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POCO F1 Detailed Camera Review

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POCO F1 Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey Guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz. It seems that right now, the POCO F1 is the only smartphone that anyone cares about. So in this video we look at the cameras on this phone. I actually had this video edited and exported 2 days back, and then POCO just went and released a software update, which is said to improve some aspects of the camera.

So I had to go out again to take new image and video samples. All the images that we see in this video are shot after the 9.6.18 update. The primary camera on the POCO F1 has a 12 megapixel sensor with F/1.

9 aperture, a large pixel size of 1.4 micron, and it used dual pixel auto focus. Secondary camera has a 5 megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. And this camera is only used for sensing the depth information for portrait shots.

You can shoot 4k videos at 30fps, 1080p at 30, 120 and 240fps and 720p videos at 120 and 240fps. There is no optical image stabilisation, and only 1080p 30fps videos get electronic stabilisation. At the front, there is a 20 megapixel selfie camera, with F/2.

0 aperture. The camera interface is pretty similar to the Mi A2, with the exception of the AI button at the top. Once enabled, the AI mode can detect and differentiate 25 categories of objects, and up to 206 different scenes, and change the camera settings accordingly, so you get good image.

Get ready for a lot of image and video samples from this phone. But before that, make sure to hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing videos coming up on this channel. Xiaomi wants us to believe that the POCO F1 is a flagship level smartphone, and they know that now a days, having a good set of cameras is just as important as having a flagship processor.

Fortunately, we had bright blue sky for a few minuets, so we can see that daylight images have ample amount of details. The Sharpness is on point, and overall images look very pleasing. Even as we move away from direct light, phone does well to capture good amount of detail, with proper level of contrast.

It captures good looking colours, when there is ample of light. But in diffused light or in overcast conditions like these, some of its images show a lot warmer colour tones. So it is not the best at capturing the perfect white balance, when shooting in auto mode.

All these images have been captured with the Auto HDR turned on. The phone does very well on its own to determine when it needs to capture HDR images. In these situations, it did really well to keep most of the details in the brighter parts of the image, and at the same time, it brought up lot of details from the shadows, making the overall images look good.

Here are few images with and without the AI mode turned on. In this image, AI mode detected leaves or trees, and decided to bring up shadows, bump up the saturation and bring up the overall exposure. In this image, it detected the clouds, again brought up the shadows, and added in a bit of saturation and sharpness.

Here it detected building or architecture, brought up the exposure, and added lot of saturation, contrast and sharpness. The phone does very well to detect the scene, but weather or not it applies the right settings, is worth finding out.

Honestly I personally prefer the images with AI mode turned off. I can have the HDR turned on and get similar results, or even better, I would much rather capture the original image and edit the images in Lightroom or Snapseed myself to make them look better.

For me, the AI mode was just a gimmick, and I turned it off for almost all of my other shots. I have seen some reviews explicitly stating that the AI mode is good, because it doesn’t just increase the saturation and sharpness in all of the shots.

But in my testing and from all these image samples, I can say, that is all it really does. Done get me wrong, its just a matter of personal choice. If you like the images with AI mode, you can leave it on in all of your shots.

But its just not for me. Here is a quick focusing test, before we move on to the close up and macro shots. It used dual pixel auto focus technology, so it has no issues in switching the focus from far to near objects, quickly.

Once the camera sets its focus, you can see that these close up and macro images are really good. Minimum focusing distance of the camera is very good, so you can get really close to a your subject. Thanks to F/1.

9 aperture, the background is blurred out very nicely, leaving the subject in very sharp focus. These are just normal close up shots, and not portrait shots. Speaking of portrait shots, here are a few examples.

The 5 megapixel secondary camera is used to sense the depth information, while the Primary camera camera, keeps the subject in sharp focus. There is a nice separation in the subject and the background, and the blurring seems natural, and not artificial like from some other phones.

It is however not perfect at detecting the edges, and the main subject appears a bit softer at times. I am sure this is a software issue, and can be fixed or improved with software updates. Now just as with humans, the Portrait mode does a very good job with non human objects as well.

You can see how good it is at detecting the edges, to separate the background. I think it is better at taking portrait images of objects compared to humans. It also handles the exposure of the screen really well and shows very accurate colours in these situations.

Now as we move to artificial or lower lighting situations, we see some amount of noise creeping in. It still manages to capture ample amount of details, given the lighting conditions. Turning on the HDR mode, will help keep some of the noise down, but then the images are not vert sharp.

With the HDR mode disabled, you get a bit of noise, but the images are much sharper. It continues to capture good colours in these situations, and there are no warm tones as we saw in some of its daylight images.

Even without Optical Image stabilisation, you will rarely notice a blurry image in lower light. It also manages to capture lot of light, and some of its images appear brighter than the actual scene. On its own, the low light images are really good, but we need to test it out against the likes of the Mi A2, Zenfone 5Z and even the OnePlus 6, to see where it stands in comparison.

The 20 megapixel front facing camera captures detailed sharp selfies, when there is ample of light. I really love that this phone lets you click images with the fingerprint sensor, which means you end up with less blurry images.

This is a simple solution and I think, it should be a default feature on all phones which have rear fingerprint sensors. It uses the pixel binning technology to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 super pixel, and this really helps in taking sharper images in lower lighting situations.

You can take portrait selfies with this phone, and the images are really good. It does really well at detecting the edges, and separating the subject from the background. It might miss a few strands of hair here and there, but it the overall images are very pleasing, and I would say much better than the portrait selfies from the OnePlus 6.

Here is a video from the front facing camera of the POCO F1. You can see how the stabilisation is, and how it handles the colours and exposure of the scene. I had the electronic stabilisation turned on for this video, but the front facing camera doesn’t seem to support EIS as of now.

I really hope they add this feature in one of the future software updates. You can shoot 4k videos in 30fps. These videos are not stabilised, and for some reason, it adds a lot of saturation to these 4k videos.

1080p 30fps videos do get electronic stabilisation. These videos are nice and smooth, and show a good amount of detail. This phone packs in the same processor as the OnePlus 6, but sadly, Xiaomi hasn’t enabled 4k 60fps or 720p 480fps video recording.

We do get 1080p slow-motion videos at up to 240fps, and here are a couple of examples of it. There is also an option to record 1080p time-lapse videos, and the time-lapse that you saw at the starting is actually captured with the POCO F1.

After looking at over 60 image and video samples, we can definitely say that, in daylight it takes really good and sharp images. There are plenty of details in almost every shot, and I am happy with the dynamic range it offers.

For me, the AI mode was not particularly helpful. It is smart at detecting the scenes, but it can’t really do a lot to Improve the images after that, so I would prefer to leave it off. If you prefer the saturated and sharper images from the AI mode, you can leave it on, as its a matter of personal preference.

Portrait images are good, possibly the best in a device that costs around Rs.20,000, but like with every other smartphone, there is scope for improvement with future software updates. POCO F1 also does surprisingly well in low lighting conditions.

They are filled with details and even with the lack of OIS, it captures a lot of light. We will have to compare and check its performance against the OnePlus 6 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z, but looking at all these low light images, I am sure it is going to be a very close completion.

1080p videos are very smooth, and having the ability to shoot 240fps videos in 1080p is a treat. I would have loved to see some sort of electronic stabilisation for the 4K videos, hopefully Xiaomi adds it in one of the future software updates.

For the Price of Rs.20,000 I think you cant get a better set of cameras than this, at least right now. But that’s it, its better than other phones in and around this price range. Don’t expect it to outperform, or even match the performance of the Pixel 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S9.

After all its a 20,000Rs phone. If you are in the market for a phone of this price, look no further than the POCO F1. With a very good set of cameras, you also get other things like top of the line processor, faster storage and all round better performance.

I am already working on comparing these cameras with the MI A2 for my next video, coz I know many of you want to know the difference in their camera performance, as they are priced close to each other.

What are your thoughts about the cameras on this POCO F1? Has it impressed you? Let me know in the comments. That is it for this video guys. Please hit the like button if you enjoyed this video, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this.

You can also check out some of the other videos on this channel. This has been Sagar, and I’ll catch you guys in the next video. Take care.

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