In wake of the recent phone launches, a 13MP camera has been very frequently thrown in with majority of devices over 8K. But how do phones in price range over 15k justify the quality. We selected three of the recently launched devices in the Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 range to find out. Here’s how they compare.
HTC Desire 828 and OnePlus X take the badge here. Desire 828 offers the best clicking experience. The phone is light and thin, but not as handy as OnePlus X. Yet cameras are fast, shutter button is big and the interface is friendliest of them all. You can switch between various recording options by swiping around.
Lenovo Vibe P1 camera interface lacks easy operation. To top that, it’s big and bulky. Very bulky to be handled with one hand.
Details – landscape shot
Lenovo Vibe P1 HTC Desire 828 OnePlus X
All three of them have a 13MP rear camera.
OnePlus X 13 megapixel camera has an F/2.2 aperture. The photos have a square-ish aspect ratio, though the frame is not cropped. Its image looks big, polished and overall, majestic.
On a closer look (zoom), you will find Desire 828 to have the strongest control over pixels. There is least amount of noise and lesser shivering lines. But its color portfolio is very similar to OnePlus X, which is very saturated.
Lenovo Vibe P1 on the other hand, has the least over processing and hence the photo appears closer to the real scene.
Color and clarity – front camera
The results are clear from the pictures. Desire 828’s click is so glazy and overflowing with extra colors. Skin is utterly “beautified” but have good details. Might be good for low light but strictly a bummer.
Lenovo P1’s shot is too hazy in comparison. Yet skin tone is real and there is no distortion in angle. Again, like the rear shooter, the color are closer to reality.
As if mixing the two, OnePlus X produced a both hazy and color saturated shot. Its wide and the photo is bigger (not wider) which hints of a bigger sensor. Yet the skin tone is unblemished and artificial. I also feel it tries to slim down the face; what a girly camera!
Here’s the night shot of a well-lit building. I couldn’t help block the strong flood light coming directly into the camera, but later realized it brings some key points to light.
HTC desire loses this due to the overall purple shade on its photo. There is lack of details on the building (notice the individual bricks and their subtle color differences are missing). Noise is highly controlled though, better than the other two.
While the OnePlus X has a colder rendering, it maintains the shade and noise for larger part.
Lenovo P1 has a warm color portfolio but most importantly there’s no discoloring, overall shade or loss of details.
HDR and full zoom
Here are the HDR and full zoom shots from the three devices.
Lenovo P1 is a clear winner. HTC Desire 828 follows. OnePlus X never makes it to the finish line.
With the help of bigger sensor, it can capture better zoom shots, which is quite obvious. But Lenovo P1 is next. Shot captured from HTC Desire 828 doesn’t even have the building name legible, so it comes last.
For a combination of flashy colors and lots of details, HTC Desire 828 is the phone. It is easy to operate (light) and the interface is has the best, fuss free experience to offer. Similar is the case with OnePlus X, the company has done everything right, and even selected a bigger sensor for a better photo, yet its saturated color pallet plays a spoilsport. And this is where the heavy weight Lenovo P1 grabs a chance. Loaded with tacky software, the phone doesn’t match the other two for sheer details. Yet it keeps the color intact, be it any scenario.