Camera Functions and Sample Photos
When buying a phone, almost everyone will ask, “How’s the camera for this one?” or “How many megapixel is the camera?”. With the word “selfie” being the most word used in the world today and probably being officially added in the dictionary, camera functions on smartphones are indeed important.
The Ninetology U9 X1 has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. What’s unique about this particular phone’s camera is that, the aperture is wide open at f/2.0, which means it absorbs more light and is good for shooting in the dark. We can also see some nice bokeh effect from this phone. To put it easier for everyone to understand, bokeh means that you can keep the foreground subject in focus and have the background blurred, just like a DSLR camera.
“The camera aperture in the Ninetology U9 X1 is wide open at f/2.0, which means it absorbs more light and is good for shooting in the dark.”
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has an 8-megapixel camera as the primary shooter while the secondary front shooter is only 1.9-megapixel. Technically, a basic 6-megapixel camera can produce a good printed version photo in 5R size. So the megapixel count is not really that important…to me. What important is the accuracy of the autofocus function.
We have come across some smartphone cameras that has 10-megapixel or 13-megapixel sensor but when it comes to autofocus, it’s very sluggish and slow. At times, it’s totally out-of-focus. Good photography moments can get blurred when this happens. And I don’t like that. So let’s see how these two phones perform in the camera test.
Sample photo #1:
One thing I like about the X1’s camera, it’s sharp! Autofocus is excellent. But…there’s a but, the colour is not that “punchy”. Although I can set the camera’s saturation and contrast to maximum before taking the shot, I prefer to show the sample with it’s default setting. So the result is not that vibrant, but indeed it is very sharp. The autofocus is quick too, so I won’t miss a moment while trying to get in focus.
Here’s the same photo taken with the Galaxy S4 Mini…
It is so obvious that the S4 Mini produced more punchier colour than the X1. But if you look closely, the photo is not as sharp as the one taken with the X1. It’s not that I moved or anything. I stood really still while taking both photos. Somehow the X1 produced a much sharper photo.
Sample photo #2:
Here’s an outdoor sample. As said earlier, the X1 doesn’t really produce punchy colours. In this sample, we can really see that the photo looked really pale. But on the bright side, it’s still sharp. Autofocus works really well outdoors and the images are sharp. If I want a mid-range smartphone that has a good camera, I don’t mind this one.
Again, same photo with the Galaxy S4 Mini…
Colours are better with the S4 Mini and at least it doesn’t look pale. Autofocus works well outdoors and this time, the image is as sharp as the X1.
So much more to improve in terms of camera functions. But somehow the photos that comes out from the X1 is sharper and in better quality. The only flaw with the X1’s camera is the colour processing. If Ninetology can do something about it, then I can safely say that the X1 has one of the best camera in the mid-range smartphone arena.