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Xiaomi Mi A2 Detailed Camera Review

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey Guys it’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and its time to check out the dual cameras on the Mi A2. This year, all smartphone manufacturers have stepped up their camera game, and Mi A2 is trying to defend the legacy of its predecessor, the Mi A1.

Just like I did in the unboxing video, I am again giving away a F-code for a black Mi A2, somewhere in this. It will be flashed for a few seconds, and it can be used on a first come first basis on Xiaomi’s website.

The vertically placed dual cameras on this phone, look exactly like the ones on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and we all know, that design was actually borrowed from the iPhone 10. Camera module sticks out quite a bit, and it make the phone rattle when you place it on any surface, even with a case on it.

And this is something that we have to learn to live with. Primary camera has a 12 megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor, with F/1.75 aperture, and a pixel size of 1.25micron. Secondary camera has a 20 megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor, again with F/1.

75 aperture. And this sensor uses pixel binning technology, to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel, so it captures better images in lower light. You can switch between the lenses while taking images, while you are in Manual mode.

You can take 4k and 1080p videos at 30fps, and a recent software update, added a 1080p 60fps video mode. There no Optical image stabilisation, but the 1080p videos are Electronically stabilised. 4K videos are not electronically stabilised.

There is a dual LED single coloured flash, which sits between both the cameras. At the front, you again get the 20 megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor, but with F/2.2 aperture. This one also supports the pixel binning technology, to help you take better selfies in lower light.

You also get a dedicated front facing flash. And you can take HDR and portrait images with the front facing camera as well. Interface of the camera app is pretty similar to some of the recent Xiaomi smartphones.

You get a manual mode, where you can adjust all the settings like white balance, focus, shutter speed and so on. It also gives you focus peaking option, which is really handy, and you don’t get it on many phones.

In the manual mode, you also have the option to switch between the two lenses. Now, before we get to the image and video samples, make sure to hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out, any of the amazing videos, coming up on this channel.

For the past few months, it has been continuously raining in my city and the weather has been very cloudy. The A2 is not waterproof, but I still took it out in this weather, so I could take image samples for you guys.

We actually saw blue sky for a few minuets, and I was able to take a couple of pictures. You can see lot of details in these images, and it also seems to be handling exposure of the scene nicely. Good weather did not last for long, and clouds started covering the entire sky again.

The light was pretty uneven, but the A2 did a good job of lighting the scene properly. It was extremely windy at the time of taking this picture, but you wont see motion blur in the tree leaves, as the camera did well and used a fast shutter speed.

Even in these overcast situations, it doesn’t make the scene too dark, so the dynamic range really good for a phone of this price. Speaking of dynamic range, here are a couple of shots with and without the HDR mode turned on.

You can clearly see the difference in these images. HDR mode brings up lot of details from the shadows, while preserving the highlights in the clouds. When you are talking pictures outside in bright light, I would suggest you to leave the auto HDR mode enabled.

HDR mode is a bit too aggressive as the light goes down, and sometimes produced very dramatic looking colours, so It’s better to leave it off in lower light. These are not sharpest or the most detailed images that I have seen, but given the lighting conditions, I would say the cameras are doing a pretty good job.

It captures good looking and accurate colours in almost all lighting situations. They are bright and vivid, but if you want even punchier looking colours, you can increase the saturation or contrast from the camera settings.

I am really glad, that Xiaomi has fixed the weird green tint issue, that we saw in some of the images from Mi A1 and even the Redmi Note 5 pro. It uses phase detection for autofocus, and the focusing speed is very good.

Here is an example of that. Once the camera sets its focus, Close up and macro shots are crisp and detailed. These are normal close up shots and not portrait shots, but you can still see the background being blurred out really well, thanks to the wide F/1.

75 aperture. It might take a bit longer to focus in low light, but be a bit patient and it will grab on to the focus, and resulting images will be really cool. Coming to the portrait shots. Secondary lens is used while capturing the these shots, and the results are nothing short of amazing.

Xiaomi’s Image algorithm works really well, and differentiates the subject and background very efficiently. The blurring of the background is a bit too aggressive for my liking, and I would have liked to see a blurb intensity slider.

But the edge detection is very polished, and the overall images turned out very pleasing. Even with multiple people in the shot, this mode does a good job. Portrait images of non human subjects turned out to be equally impressive.

Just look at how well it differentiates between the subject and the background. I will have to compare this with the Mi A1, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro to see how it performs against the portrait mode images of those cameras.

But when look at these images individually, they look really good. I actually think that these images are at par if not better than few of the flagship smartphones. Moving to lower lighting situations, it continues to capture good colours.

These images are captured just after the sun had gone down, and the Mi A2 still managed to capture lot of light. When in auto mode, by default the phone uses primary camera for capturing all the images.

But for lower lighting situations, you can manually switch to the secondary lens from the manual mode. According to Xiaomi, this is the ideal lens for lower light. Image algorithm keeps noise levels under control for the most part, but some of the images are not sharpest or most detailed in these lighting conditions.

Since there is no OIS the shutter cannot be open for longer time to capture more information. But the good thing is, most of these images look good, as long as you don’t zoom in and try to pixel peep.

While taking portrait shots in lower light, secondary lens is used to capture the main subject, and the primary lens now gathers all the background information. This results in good looking portrait shots even if the light is low.

The 20 megapixel front facing camera can take sharp and detailed selfies. These images are crisp, show good colours, and thanks to the HDR mode, show good dynamic rang. This camera also uses the Pixel binning technology, resulting in better low light shots, compared to other smartphones in its price range.

Just like most of the other smartphones, You can take portrait images with the front camera as well. These images are bright, sharp and the blurring algorithm again does a very good job of differentiating the subject from the background, even if you have multiple people in the shot.

Some shots from the front facing camera are over exposed, but you can easily tap on the image and adjust the exposure to your liking. It delivers good looking portrait selfies in lower light as well. And you also have a front facing flash, for very low lighting conditions.

Here is a video sample from the front facing camera of the Mi A2. It was very cloudy and extremely windy, so most of the audio from this clip is unusable. But you can still see the stabilisation, exposure and the colours that it offers.

You can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. These videos are super smooth, thanks to EIS. One of my biggest gripe with the Mi A1 was, that the video from it was really really bad. And I am so glad that Xiaomi has fixed that with this Mi A2.

You can also shoot 4k 30fps videos with the native camera app, but these videos are not electronically stabilised. You also have the option to shoot 1080p slow motion videos We saw over 60 image and video samples.

And we can definitely say that this phone is a worthy successor to the Mi A1, at least in terms of its camera performance. At the price of 17,000Rs, Mi A2 offers you excellent set of cameras. Looking at these image and video samples, What are your thoughts about the camera of the Mi A2? Let me know in the comments section.

I will compare the camera on this phone with a lot of other phones, in the coming days, so keep an eye out on that. That is it for this video guys, Please hit the like button if this video helped you, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this.

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