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Xiaomi Poco F1
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By: Adam Łukowski

Quite surprisingly this Poco came out awesomely

Photography, video

Let us look for compromises in the photography field… If I had to judge Pocophone F1 through the rest of its specification I would say that it is average. But let us take a look at the price – and we will change our mind. In its price segment Pocophone does not have to be ashamed of anything.

When it comes to the price of the phone, photos are simply good. Of course we can complain about nuances – like the weak work of autofocus in macro shots or noticeable noises in night time photos. But overall – it is hard to criticize anything. In the manual mode I could take a photo of a starry night offhand, after getting to know the work of AF, I have managed to take macro shots as well, though from a longer than intended distance.

Pocophone F1 nicely reflects colours, and the AI does not exaggerate with colours as in some more praised smartphones. Basically, we need to really check closely to see which photo was taken with AI and which without it. I really enjoy the background blurring in F1.

The foreground object is usually cut out precisely, and besides the blurring itself (which level can be changed after taking the photos and saved in a separate file) the software allows playing with special effects. The background can be animated and the effect can be saved as a moving GIF. Portraits are a strong side of Pocophone F1’s camera.

When it comes to panoramas – we need to be sure that our hands do not shake – otherwise frames will be “glued” together unevenly. And the digital zoom – well, it simply is – which does not mean it is worth using it.

The front camera gives decent effects as well, though in some cases there is a tendency to overexpose brighter parts of the shot. We cannot complain about colours representations or the work of the beautifying mode – it looks rather natural.

When it comes to video recording it is nice, but not ideal. Here is a compromise in the form of a lack of optical image stabilization – though maybe it is not as strong as with night time shots. We can see that the software tries to compensate the hand shaking, but it has different results. Basically, by judging it through the price of the phone, we should not complain about video capabilities.


Videos from Pocophone F1
video: GSMchoice.com, via YouTube

The camera has received a simple, friendly interface, known from other Xiaomi smartphones. It is worth mentioning that there is Google Lens integrated into the system. There is a manual mode or colour filters, there is of course a timer, Tilt-Shift, Time-Lapse or even slow-motion recording – in FullHD and 240 frames per second. The results are not astonishing – but the feature is here.

Source: GSMchoice.com; viewed: 848 times.


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