Recently, we have covered a complete comparison story of the two most admired budget devices: Honor 9 Lite and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. There we covered all the aspects of the two handsets including performance, user interface and a lot more; but there is still a majority of consumers who have researched but are still confused which device has the best Camera.
So, once in for all, let’s find out that which device has the better camera
Honor 9 Lite is among the list of a few devices that are low on budget but still comes with a dazzling four-Camera setup and houses both front and rear Dual-Camera setup. It houses a 13MP+2MP camera in the rear with an Aperture of f/2.0, LED Flash and PDAF(Phase Detection Auto Focus). As per the brand, their device comes packed with an upgraded beauty algorithm which identifies the facial contours and applies the effects considering the gender.
In the front, there is a 13MP+2MP Dual-Camera setup which is capable of taking exceptional selfie shots. The device can record 1080p videos at 30fps from both rear and front camera units. The Camera UI is easy to understand but at the same time is robust as it gives you complete access over the manual controls, you can here adjust focus, shutter speed, ISO, Exposure and much more.
This device offers multiple shooting modes including the Portrait mode, Wide-Aperture mode, Time-lapse mode, Pro video mode, HDR mode, Panorama mode, Light-painting mode, Filter mode. Watermark, etc. The Wide-Aperture mode works similar to that of the portrait mode but with this, you get the liberty to adjust the Aperture artificially after taking the shot which results in more/less background blur strength.
Camera specs of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5:
It is among the list of fresh handsets introduced by Xiaomi, however, the internals and exteriors of the device are very similar to that of the old Redmi Note 4. In the Camera department, there is no Dual-Camera setup on the device and comes with a 12MP Single-rear Camera with Aperture f/2.2, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF(Phase Detection Auto Focus). The biggest strength of the device is that it can record 4K video at 30fps from the rear camera and shockingly, the pros end here.
In the front, there is a 5MP shooter with selfie-light and beauty mode 4.0. Redmi Note 5 can record 1080p footage at 30fps through the front-facing snapper. Xiaomi does provide a pro-mode, but unlike the competition, doesn’t provide the user multiple features for manual photography.
The Camera UI is simple and offers distinct shooting modes including Panorama mode, Manual mode, HHT mode, Tilt-shift mode, Beauty mode, Straighten mode, Audio mode. Timer, etc. Straighten mode is one of the best modes here as it gives you the liberty to capture straight shots irrespective of how you hold the device.
Which Smartphone to Buy?
When it comes to mobile photography, the Honor 9 Lite features a portrait mode from both rear and front snappers which will give your images a DSLR like bokeh effect and this functionality is not present on the Redmi Note 5. In case you don’t know “lesser the Aperture value better the light in Image”, Honor 9 Lite comes with a Wide-Aperture of f/2.0 as compared to the f/2.2 on the Redmi Note 5 which simply means Honor 9 Lite can hold better in the low light situations. The same story continues with the front camera, images clicked by Honor 9 Lite’s front camera is detail-rich, clear and with crazy bokeh effect. Since there is no EIS/OIS present on either of the device both records little shaky videos due to which the 4K video on Redmi Note 5 doesn’t make any difference unless and until you are using a gimbal or a tripod for this job. In other words, if you want a smartphone for recording videos more than images than you should go for the Redmi Note 5 but if you are looking for a complete package than you should go for the Honor 9 Lite where you have to compromise a little in terms of video.
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