In the midrange category, rarely do we get smartphones with decent output with regards to their individual camera performances. Well, with most people’s limited budget, having a flagship smartphone every time a new one pops up is out of the question. Enter the OPPO F5 Youth, Vivo V7, and the performance powerhouse which is the Xiaomi Mi A1 for a three-way camera comparison.
Before we get to the actual results, here are their cameras’ specifications.
|SPECS||OPPO F5 Youth||Vivo V7||Xiaomi Mi A1|
|Rear Camera||13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
|16 MP (f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.0 µm), phase detection autofocus, LED flash
|Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1.25 µm) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 50mm, 1 µm), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED dual-tone flash
|Front Camera||16 MP (f/2.0, 2.0 μm)
|24 MP, f/2.0
|5 MP, 1080p
|Price (SRP)||PhP 13,990||PhP 14,990||PhP 10,999|
Opening up with a shot under daylight, the differences cannot be noticed at a glance. For instance, the sky itself. On both the V7 and Mi A1 it is overblown beyond recognition to compensate. On the F5 Youth, it is somewhat detailed with discernible blues and whites. Well, the tradeoff is basically nothing on its end since the foreground isn’t too far off between the three. Talking about colors, the F5 Youth has the palest with the other two being on equal footing but not at temperature.
Next up is an indoor shot with a mix of indoor light and daylight. Exposure levels are still different from all three, with the F5 Youth’s being the brightest but not in a good way. With regards to sharpness, the Mi A1 had difficulties in focusing and post-processing, resulting in a blurry image. Regarding colors, all are on the same spectrum despite the assortment of colors available.
Next up is a landscape shot. This is with HDR off, and from left to right, we’d see an increase in contrast. With regards to details, the Mi A1 actually comes out on top for this one due to its inherent contrast. Even with this, the building that we focused on appears the brightest and clearest on the Mi A1’s shot too. As for the F5 Youth’s, it actually has the most balanced shot out of the three since the buildings in the background can be clearly seen along the foreground.
Here’s another indoor shot of a somewhat-long hall but this time with HDR on. Out of the three, the V7 is the oddball with its warmer tones, producing more orange which then resulted in having the least-exposed image.
The following is an indoor shot with ample, warm lighting. With this, the reigning tone of yellow and orange changes from image to image. For instance, the F5 Youth compensated and went for a more yellow-ish tone with the temperature. The V7’s shot took it to the other end of the warmness meter, and the Mi A1 stayed in the middle by accurately capturing how the color actually is in person.
Moving to lowlight shots, the first one is our redesigned shelf. Again, exposure and contrast are in inverse proportion from left to right. Details and colors remain the same for all three with the F5 Youth having the best clarity.
Next is a close up of one of our cameras. In details, the F5 Youth holds the crown for that while the Mi A1 has the best exposure levels despite being overblown in some areas. The V7’s shot appears the darkest out of the three with the least field of view. No to mention, even with the focus supposedly on the Tamron branding on the lens cap, the focus shifted to the Canon titling on the hotshoe.
Third to the last of the lowlight shots is another indoor shot without HDR featuring multiple levels. The V7’s take appears to have the most contrast out of the three with its darker blacks and whiter whites. The Mi A1 and F5 Youth are on the same page with similar colors, contrast, and details.
Now, with another semi-close up of our shelf, details can now be clearly discerned at a glance. The F5 Youth produced the sharpest of details with the Mi A1 in tow. The V7 still did well for itself but wasn’t enough to trump either of the two. Talking about colors, it is the same case for the three without any major difference.
To wrap things up, here’s a landscape shot of the same outdoor area from earlier. While the Mi A1’s attempt has been more than commendable in terms of exposure, its weak autofocusing produced the blurriest image. Next in line for exposure is the F5 Youth with details that can be easily made out of. And as for the V7, it has the darkest output but with better details than that of the Mi A1’s.
The selfies are more of a user-preference based choice due to each phone’s specialty. The F5 Youth, well, as its name suggests, makes the user look the youngest that it can. The V7 and Mi A1 performed similarly for the first selfie.
Next is an indoor shot with various lighting sources but with no good lighting. All of the colors are a mess for the three with the F5 Youth having the most post-processed output.
Lastly is another indoor image with actually low lighting to test the exposure compensation of these smartphones. It’s still the same case as before for all three.
Regarding video recording, the F5 Youth and Mi A1’s output are similar in stabilization and exposure adjustment – which are too harsh on many fronts. The Vivo V7 is none the better in a significant manner, but the exposure compensation is really commendable for its smoothness.
Out of the three, the V7 is automatically a bad pick for mobile photography unless you’re that willing to go the extra mile for post-processing. Between the F5 Youth and Mi A1, it really depends on the user more over what they want in a phone. There’s the F5 Youth with an inherently better sensor and beautification features. And there’s the Mi A1 for your day-to-day photography as you go about life. Which is it? Let us know in the comments below!