“The POCO F1 comes with a dual camera setup on the back comprising 12-megapixel primary shooter and 5-megapixel secondary depth sensing lens”
POCO F1 (review) recently took everyone by surprise when it beat the likes of iPhone XS (review) etc to emerge as a finalist against Huawei Mate 20 Pro (review) in a blind camera comparison hosted by the popular YouTuber, MKBHD. It seems that video led to the folks at DxOMark take notice of the affordable but loaded flagship. POCO F1 has been awarded an overall score of 91, which is ahead of the likes of Nokia 8 Sirocco (review) and the original Google Pixel. The score is almost as good as the Apple iPhone 8 (review), which got 92 points.
The POCO F1 managed to notch up a score of 92 points for still imaging and 90 points for videography. Notably, the POCO F1 comes with a 12-megapixel sensor with 1.4-micron pixels and f/1.9-aperture, backed by a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2 lens for depth sensing.
According to DxOMark, while the POCO F1 didn’t secure a position in top 20, it’s still a respectable score, especially considering the price. The benchmarking website notes that the strength of the smartphone in imaging lies in “excellent autofocus performance, nice flash pictures, and pleasant colour in all tested conditions.” The smartphone was able to capture images with good exposure both inside and outside with high levels of contrast, accurate white balance, and pleasant colour. However, the test does reveal that the POCO F1 leaves scope for improvement in HDR, bokeh, and zoom shots.
Coming to the videos, the smartphone demonstrated fast and accurate autofocus in most lighting conditions. The POCO F1 was also able to track the subject effectively and offered a good stabilisation while shooting hand-held videos. It struggled only when the lighting conditions were extremely low and also does not offer good dynamic range while recording moving subjects. DxOMark notes that the PDAF system on the POCO F1 works well in all lighting conditions; however, the phone could do with some improvements in capturing details as it struggled to preserve details in video captured in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.
|Octa core (2.8 GHz, Quad Core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core)|
|6 GB RAM|
|6.18 inches (15.7 cm)|
|1080x2246 px, 403 PPI|
|12 MP + 5 MP Dual Primary Cameras|
|20 MP Front Camera|
|Quick Charging 3.0|
|USB Type-C port|