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Xiaomi Mi A3 Detailed Camera Review

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Xiaomi Mi A3 Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey Guys it’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and it’s time to check out the triple cameras on the Mi A3. When it came out, the Mi A1 had one of the best dual camera setup in the budget segment. A year later, Mi A2 took the camera quality a few steps further.

Do you think the Mi A3 will follow the legacy of having one of the best set of cameras on a budget smartphone? Let’s find out. Normally I like to take some time for making these videos, but you guys have been requesting this video ever since I posted its unboxing video.

So I went out on the weekend and took a lot of image and videos with this Mi A3 in various lighting conditions, for this this video. I also wanted to include Gcam samples in this video itself, but then the video becomes too long.

So, soon after this video goes live, I will start working on a video where I compare the image shot with the Gcam mod for the Mi A3, with the ones shot with its native camera app. Before we go any further, if you are new to this channel, make sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon next to it.

That way, you won’t miss out on any of the amazing videos coming up on this channel. Let us take a quick glance at the camera specs on this phone. Like on most recent smartphones, primary camera on this phone gets a 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, with F/1.

79 aperture. Next camera gets a 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture and an ultra wide lens with 118 degrees field of view. 3rd and the final camera at the back gets a 2 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.

4 aperture. You can shoot 4k 30fps and 1080p 30/60fps videos with both the 48 megapixel primary and 8 megapixel ultra wide angle cameras. There is no optical image stabilisation, but 1080 and 720p 30fps videos get electronic stabilisation.

At the front, Mi A3 gets a 32 megapixel selfie camera with F/2.0 aperture and 79 degree field of view. So with all these camera specs out of the way, let us now get to the interesting part, the Image and video samples.

Daylight images from this 48 megapixel primary camera are pretty detailed as you you would expect. It also handles the exposure of the scene nicely. Good bright light did not last for very long, but even with all these clouds around and in un even lighting, these shots turned out pretty good.

There is some noise in the darker areas when we zoom in, but in these diffused lighting conditions, we would get similar results from any smartphone in this price range. Colours seem to be accurate for the most part, but when you view these images on screen of the Mi A3 itself, they might look a bit saturated.

The images in them selves are not saturated, as you can see here, but the display on the A3 is calibrated in a way that anything you see on it, seems a bit more vibrant than it is in real life. By default, the dynamic range of this primary camera is decent at best, but you can turn on the HDR mode to get even better results.

Be aware that Sometimes, turning on HDR just messes up with the exposure for some reason, like it did in this image. I had to take the image 4 times for the phone to get the exposure right. I thought this was a one off thing, but it kept on randomly happening every now and then.

And some of the HDR shots turned out just really bad. I think the phone isn’t stitching the multiple exposure layers correctly or something resulting in the contrast and exposure in some images being all around the place.

But whatever it is, Xiaomi need to address this with the next software update on a priority basis. Now when the HDR mode does work, it does a good job of bringing up the shadows and preserving the details from the highlights.

As I zoom in on this image, You can clearly see how much details the HDR mode brought back from the shadows. Now the multiple lenses at the back gives you different focal lengths, so you can take a wide angle image like this, or switch to the normal lens and get a completely different composition, all by standing at the same exact spot.

There is also a 2x mode, but there is no 2x telephoto lens at the back, so all this mode does, is digitally zoom in on the image being captured by the primary camera. Here is another set of images showing the wide and the normal image.

As fun it is to have a different perspective of the scene via a wide lens, this lens is not very sharp, specially around the corners. First of all, its just an 8 megapixel sensor, so it doesn’t capture too many details to begin with.

But then most of the companies using these wide cameras, don’t couple them with the best lenses, so we loose a bit more detail there, and these wide images are nowhere as sharp as the images from the primary camera.

So if I was getting this phone, I won’t get it for its capability to shoot wide images alone. Next we have a comparison between the native 48 megapixel images and the 12 megapixel one, which use pixel binning.

There is a small difference in the amount of details that are being shown in both these modes, but honestly, you won’t even notice them unless you zoom in 3-4 times. These 48 megapixel images are at least 3 times larger than the 12 megapixel ones in terms of storage.

So unless you are trying to capture a landscape or some brightly lit architecture, I won’t suggest switching to the 48 megapixel mode. The default 12 megapixel mode works just fine for almost all day to day images that most of us take.

Coming to the close up shots. The focusing speed and the minimum focusing distance of the primary camera on this Mi A3, doesn’t seem to be as good as some of its competing smartphones. In fact, it takes quite some time to get the focus right, and this is noticed when you use the camera.

But when it sets focus on particular object, the close up shots turned out really well. The subject that you are trying to focus on, is very sharp. And thanks to the wide F/1.79 aperture, remaining background gets a very nice optical blur.

I switch to the portrait mode, whenever I have people in my shots. So how good a camera is at taking portrait shots, plays a big part in deciding whether or not I am going to use a phone for long time.

I would say the MI A3 does a fairly good job with these portrait shots. I wouldn’t call it the best, because it does need some refinements via software updates, so it can get the edge detection right.

But the subject of your portrait shot is perfectly sharp, and the overall images look pleasing. I would just like the edge detection to get a bit more refined, and the exposure of the background to be put in check in the next software update.

Edge detection gets much more accurate when you start taking portrait shots of non human subjects. I don’t know why, but this is the case with almost all the phone that I test. May be it is because the edges of objects are better defined.

I hope manufacturers could take this kind of edge detection and somehow use it while taking portraits of humans as well. Let us now move to the images the I took in indoors, artificial and lower lighting conditions.

There are plenty of details even when we take images indoors and when there is lot of light around. There is a bit of noise in the darker parts, specially if you have the HDR mode turned on. Since the phone tries to add in more light to the shadows or the darker parts.

But this noise isn’t too much at this stage. As we move to even lower lighting areas, the Mi A3 still captures a lot of details. The focusing issue again comes into play in lower light, when it need a bit of time to latch on to the focus.

You do get night mode, which lets you take much better and bright images than the auto mode does. You can see the difference that the night mode makes, when we see these images side by side. You can take these night mode shots of any low light situation, and the results will most definitely be better than any of the auto mode images you take in similar situation.

There is obviously more noise in these night mode images, and I don’t know about you guys, but I will much rather prefer noisy images that look like this, rather than having dark images with barely anything to see but with low noise.

You should also know that these night mode images take a few moments to capture, so if you have anything moving in the scene, that thing will be blurred out. So if you are capturing night mode images with people in it, ask them to be very still for about 2-3 seconds.

For a phone which starts at around 13,000Rs. I would say the Mi A3 has got an impressive low light camera. That brings us to the front facing camera. It’s a 32 megapixel camera, which means the images sizes are huge, and there are plenty of details in these selfies.

It seems to be showing accurate colours for the most part, but some of the images seem to be a bit over sharp for my liking. HDR mode makes sure that the selfies are well exposed in most backlit conditions.

There is no depth sensor at the front, so blurring for the portrait selfies is achieved via software. And it seems to be doing a pretty good job of separating the subject from the background. It does miss out on certain strands of hair here and there, but I think, most of you will be happy with the selfies and portrait selfies that this Mi A3 can take.

Here is a video from the front facing camera of the Mi A3. You can see how it handles the overall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation when I am walking around with it. This phone can shoot 4k 30fps videos and here are a few examples of it.

What is even cooler, is you can shoot these videos with the wide lens as well. There is no electronic stabilisation while shooting 4k videos. Electronic stabilisation comes in while shooting 1080p 30fps videos.

There are options to shoot 1080p slow motion videos at 120fps. And if you are wiling to go down to 720p resolution, it will even let you shoot 240fps slow motion videos. Now the Mi A3 is not the best when it comes to shooting videos, but it will get the job done.

So after taking and looking at all these image and video samples, I think the Mi A3 has got a good set of cameras. Xiaomi needs to fix a few issues like the exposure in HDR mode, and the focusing speed.

If they do that with a software update in the next few days or weeks, I think the Mi A3 could very well be one of the best camera phone in under Rs.15,000. On its own, it has got a really good set of cameras.

But now a days, everyone will judge a smartphones camera performance in comparison to some other phone in the same price range, or compared to its predecessor. So to see where does the Mi A3 stand in comparison to its competition, very soon I am going to compare its cameras with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Mi A2 and even the Realme X.

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