We were fortunate to be able to test and bring to your attention both top of the range Xiaomi Mi 8 and the new POCOPHONE F1, the latter arrived on the market with a very attractive launch price despite the hardware specifications of all respect. Many times, however, we said that the balance of the scale for the purchase of a device compared to another, is determined by the photographic performance that a device is able to give us.
And in the specifics of Mi 8 and POCOPHONE F1, many have wondered if it is convenient to buy one or the other terminal, especially because of the price in some cases to the clear advantage of the smartphone that repeats all'hashtag #masterofspeed, and that shares most of the photo sensors of the older brother. In particular on Xiaomi Mi 8 on the rear we find a dual camera composed of Sony IMX363 sensor from 12 megapixel, aperture f/ 1.8 and pixel dimensions of 1.25 nm with optical stabilization OIS to 4 axis, while the second telephoto type sensor appears to be the Samsung S5K3M3 from 12 megapixel with aperture f/ 2.4 and pixel dimensions of 1.4 nm all seasoned by a dual flash dual-tone LED flash. We are also offered the option of one 2X Optical zoom, but also the possibility of PRO modeso you can set the individual settings of a photo by choosing also from which optics to make the shot.
On the POCOPHONE F1 instead we find a dual rear camera that consists of a12 megapixel optics, Sony IMX363 sensor, with pixel surface from 1,4 um and aperturef/ 1.9, equipped Dual Pixel autofocus quick, precise and soft in the changes to which a5 megapixel optic, Samsung S5K5E8 sensor, with pixel surface from 1,12 um and aperture f/ 2.0.
Therefore the difference is not only found in the second sensor but also in the opening of the main optics, better in Mi 8 and that it also provides us with a stabilization OIS to 4 axes unlike the POCOPHONE F1 which instead provides a stabilization of the 'imamgine of digital type. But let's see together a few shots in comparison.
POCOPHONE F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8: photo comparison
In these first shots we can see a substantial difference in the colors that in the case of POCOPHONE F1 show a slight yellowish dominant while Mi 8 seems to return colors more faithful to the scenario photographed.
Even in these shots we can see how Mi 8 manages to return better shots than the younger brother. The smaller opening of the optics mounted on Mi 8 is noticed by capturing more details in the shaded areas of a photo. Also note a sort of "zoom" effect of the Mi 8 optics compared to that of POCOPHONE F1, which instead always gives photos with subjects more distant than the photographer. The brightness of the colors is evident on the shots of the Mi 8 while the effect obtained with the portrait mode seems the same on both devices.
Both smartphones at the software level make available the AI assistant, which exploits the artificial intelligence to determine the best shooting parameters of a photo according to the scenario in which it is found. I tried with limit situations such as a backlight, where we are given the opportunity to take shots in SILHOUETTE mode, ie with "colored" background and shadowy subject or the CONTROLUCE mode that allows us not to lose the details of the subject. I also tested the optics of Mi 8 and POCOPHONE F1 with a macro. The results in this case seem to be better on the POCOPHONE F1 net of a not properly optimized white balance.
Also in these two further results we can see a substantially better result in POCOPHONE F1 which apparently seems to be less affected by the control. In fact, in Mi 8 we always find a slightly "faded" photo perhaps due to too much light capture of the surrounding environment. Finally we can only deal with what is offered by the camera selfie by both devices that in the specific case of Mi 8 adopts a view with Samsung S5K3T1 sensor from 20 megapixel with aperture f/ 2.0, which turns out to be the same as POCOHONE F1.
In this case, the shots returned by smartphones seem to be virtually identical, but for both devices we find white balance errors: on Mi 8 tending to blue tone while for POCOPHONE F1 instead confirms the tendency of yellow. The portrait mode seems to do a good job on both top of the range, although in the details seems to win the Mi 8.
Probably I will have thrown even more confusion to those who are undecided about the purchase of Mi 8 or POCOPHONE F1. I personally would opt for the top of the range Mi 8 but in case you choose for the cheaper solution surely you will not have much to regret.