Even though the Indian smartphone market of today is already bursting at the seams, new players constantly keep on joining the fray, trying to woo the attention of customers. The competition is especially stiff in the mid-range segment, which is dominated by a handful of Chinese companies. And two of them are Xiaomi and Oppo.
While Xiaomi has built a reputation for itself by offering value-for-money smartphones, Oppo’s popularity is primarily based on its claims of being the world-renowned expert in the art of capturing selfies. Few months back, the former launched its Mi A1 smartphone, and the latter expanded its line-up of ‘Selfie Experts’ with the introduction of F5. As of this article, Xiaomi Mi A1 and Oppo F5 (4GB RAM variant) are priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 19,990 respectively.
Even though there’s a signifcant price differential between them, the two smartphones are essentially mid-rangers. While Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with a fancy dual-camera setup at the back, Oppo F5 seems to have everything one might need for those awesome self-portrait images. But behind the gimmicks and marketing speak, which of the two offers a better overall imaging experience?
We find out, in our comprehensive camera comparison between Oppo F5 and Xiaomi Mi A1.
|Xiaomi Mi A1||Oppo F5|
|Rear||12MP (f/2.2) + 12MP (f/2.6), PDAF, 2x Optical Zoom, Two-tone dual-LED flash||16MP (f/1.8), PDAF, Single-LED flash|
Daylight Images (Regular)
Generally, both Oppo F5 and Xiaomi Mi A1 capture fairly-good looking images in well-lit conditions. However, shots from the former come out to be a slightly overexposed, which results in some details in darker areas of the photos getting lost.
The F5’s images are also a bit more saturated as compared to the Mi A1’s photos. Zooming in reveals Xiaomi Mi A1’s photos to have slightly-better sharpness levels than Oppo F5’s images.