Hey guys today we are going to compare the cameras on the OnePlus 8 with the ones on the POCO X2. I know these phones are not directly competingwith each other, and there is a big price difference between the two. But a lot of you guys asked me to make thisvideo, so here it is. This is going to be a very detailed videoThere is a big price difference between these2, so keep that in mind while we are taking a look at the image and video samples. Let us take a quick look at the cameras onboth these phones, so you guys get a better idea of what we are dealing with. OnePlus 8 gets a triple camera setup on itsback. Primary camera gets a 48 megapixel Sony IMX586sensor with F/1.75 aperture and a 25mm lens. Next camera gets a 16 megapixel sensor withF/2.2 aperture and a 14mm ultra-wide lens. And finally there is a 2 megapixel sensorwith F/2.4 aperture and it gets a macro lens. POCO X2 is priced much lower than the OnePlus8, but it still gets 4 cameras on its back. Primary one being the 64 megapixel Sony IMX686sensor, with F/1.9 aperture and 26mm lens. Next is the 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.2aperture and a 13mm ultra-wide lens. Then there is a 2 megapixel sensor with F/2.4aperture and it gets a macro lens. And finally there is another 2 megapixel sensorwith F/2.4 aperture, and this one is used for sensing depth information for portraitshots. OnePlus 8 can shoot stabilised 4K videos atupto 60fps, while the POCO X2 can do it at 30fps. OnePlus can shoot 1080p videos at 30/60/240fps,and POCO can take these at 30/60 and 120fps. POCO can also shoot 960fps super slow motionvideos at 720p resolution. At the front, OnePlus 8 gets a 16 megapixelsensor with F/2.0 aperture. While the POCO X2 gets 2 cameras at front. 

Main one gets a 20 megapixel sensor with F/2.2aperture, and the second one gets a 2 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.4 aperture. Interface of the camera apps are pretty straightforwardon both the phones, and they also get full fledged pro modes, which gives you bettercontrol over your images. If you want a detailed look at this, I suggestyou guys check out my dedicated camera reviews of both these phones. I will leave cards to them on the top rightcorner of the screen, and also link them in the description section. Before we move on to the image and video samples,if you are new to this channel, please make sure to hit the subscribe button and bellicon next to it. That way, you wont miss out on any of theupcoming videos on this channel. Let us start with the day time images. Both these phones have very high resolutionsensors, so are no shortage of details, in any of these images. In this set of images, one from the OnePlus8 is a bit brighter, and the POCO X2 seems to add a bit more contrast to its image. But this is not consistent behaviour fromeither of them. In this very next one, Image from the POCOX2 is brighter, and OnePlus 8 has added more contrast. So this keeps on changing from scene to scene. I would have liked to have a bit more consistentresults from both. That being said, no matter if you are takingthese images outdoors or indoors, there are plenty of details in both of them. OnePlus 8 has a flagship processor to backit images, but it is nice to see the POCO X2 doing so well in comparison with a midrangeprocessor. Colours look good from both these phones. You wont notice it when you look at POCO X2’simages alone, but when we compare it with the ones from OnePlus 8, there is a slightgreen tint in POCO’s images. Other than that, these images look good. If I had to choose between the two, I wouldsay OnePlus 8 is showing more natural looking colours. But colour is a personal choice, so whichone of these you choose, depends on your liking. In some shots like this, POCO added a lotmore contrast, making the shadows appear too dark. It was the same in this image. Shadows appear bit dark in the image fromthe POCO X2, while OnePlus 8 did well to bring those up. OnePlus does better when the situation demandsfor a better dynamic range. It brings up more detailed from the shadows,while keeping the highlights in check. Look at these images, OnePlus brought backso much information from the shadows, while the shadows in POCO X2’s image barely haveany details. While the POCO X2 is not too bad for its price,dynamic range on the OnePlus 8 is clearly better.

 These were 12 and 16 megapixel images fromthe OnePlus 8 and POCO X2 respectively. Both the phones offer you the option to takehigher resolution images. Here are how 48 megapixel images from theOnePlus 8 look against the 64 megapixel images from the POCO X2. If we zoom in, we see the images from thePOCO X2 being much detailed and sharper compared to the ones from the OnePlus 8. These higher resolution images have slightlymore details than their respective pixel binned ones, but only in very bright lighting conditions. And you need to zoom in 5-6 times to see thisdifference. Higher resolution images are also much largerin file size and don’t show the best dynamic range. So my suggestion is to always stick to thedefault 12 and 16 megapixel mode on the OnePlus 8 and the POCO X2 respectively. But for some reason if you absolutely needthese higher resolution images, ones from the POCO X2 are sharper and have more detailsin them. We have seen this image before, and this ishow the primary camera sees the scene. And this is how much more of the scene thewide lens on both these phones let us get in the shot. It is so nice to have this wide lens, as itgives a completely different perspective of the scene. Now the one on the POCO X2 is a millimetrewider, so it gives us a slightly wider field of view compared to the OnePlus 8. There is a shift in colour temperature andwhite balance when we switch from the normal lens to the wide one, on both these phones. Not only that, these wide shots are not asdetailed or sharp as the primary ones. This is much more apparent when we are takingthese shots indoors or of some nearby objects. But it becomes less apparent when we are takingimages outside like this. Out of the 2, wide camera on the OnePlus 8is much sharper. Here is a quick focusing test, before we headover to the close up and macro shots. Both are quick at changing the focus froma near to far object, but the OnePlus 8 is a few milliseconds faster. Its change in focus is also smoother comparedto the POCO X2. This might not mater a lot while clickingimages, but when you are shooting videos, it looks much more pleasing, compared to anabrupt shift in focus. The actual close up shots turned out reallygood from both. As we saw, OnePlus is a bit faster at settingthe focus for these shots, and the POCO X2 sometimes takes a couple of attempts. This doesn’t happen too often, but I thoughtyou guys should know it. Once the focus is set, subject is very sharpon the close-ups from both, and thanks to the wide aperture and large sensor, backgroundgets nice optical blur. For all these close up shots, ones from thePOCO X2 are a bit warmer, while the one from the OnePlus 8 are showing cooler tones. These phones can also take macro shots. Since both get a measly 2 megapixel sensorfor this camera, these images are not very good from either of them. But you can get much closer to the subjecton the POCO X2, so in comparison, its images are looking good. You need plenty of light for taking theseimages, else they will be filled with noise and the whole image looks grainy. 

Like I said in my OnePlus 8’s camera review,you can take much better and detailed images by digitally zooming in with the main sensor. Try it out. Coming to the portrait shots. You have heard me say this countless numberof times by now, that this is my favourite mode to shoot, on any smartphone. Portrait mode on these phones make your imagesstand out and make them look a lot more professional. Both the phones are amazing at detecting theedges and accurately separating the subject from the background. But just look at the dynamic range in theportraits from the OnePlus 8. It handles the bright background in such anamazing way, while the POCO X2 completely blows it. This is the 1st instance in this comparison,where we saw the POCO X2 fall noticeably behind. That being said, it still takes amazing portraitshots, when the background is not too bright. It also gets is the movie mode, which letsus take 21:9 portrait shots with black bars at the top and bottom, giving these imagesa cinematic look. We don’t get this mode on the OnePlus 8. You can take portraits of objects on both,and in most cases the edge detection is equally good on both. While taking portraits of objects, may timesOnePlus 8 just wont blur the background. I don’t know if its a glitch or something,but it has happened on a few occasions since the latest software update. If it’s a widespread issue, hopefully theyfix it in the next update. Even with this issue, for portraits, I wouldchoose the OnePlus 8 because of the amazing dynamic range. Let us now move to images that I took in indoors,artificial and lower lighting situations. This is where, usually the lower prices phonestart falling behind. But as we saw in its dedicated camera review,POCO X2 has a very capable camera, even in these situations. Objects are sharper in OnePlus 8’s images,and they also show less noise compared to POCO X2. But in this image, OnePlus 8 tried to coolthe image down, whereas the actual colour of the lights is as we can se in the POCOX2’s image. OnePlus 8 gets optical image stabilisation,so its sensor can capture light for a few extra milliseconds, which we see in some shots. All in all, these shots look good from boththe phones so far. Again OnePlus 8 messed up the white balancein this shot. Actually messed up is not the right word,because some people might actually prefer hot the OnePlus 8 made the image look. It’s just that I prefer that my phones capturethe colours as they really were. We start seeing bigger difference betweenas we move on to even lower lighting situations. Images from the POCO X2 don’t have nearlyas many details as the images from the OnePlus 8, and as I zoom in, we see POCO’s imagefilled with just noise. It does get a night mode to help it take betterimages as the light gets even lower. And the night mode images do make a big difference. As you can see, with the night mode turnedon, there isn’t much difference between these images from the first look. There is still more noise in POCO’s images,but you can’t tell that unless you zoom in and compare them side by side. Some images from the POCO X2 are even brighterof the two, but the ones from the OnePlus 8 look so much better overall. So again in low light OnePlus 8 is a clearwinner. That brings us to the front facing cameras. I think OnePlus really needs to work on itsselfie camera, because its selfies don’t really feel like they were taken with a 16megapixel sensor. Ones from the POCO X2 has more details inthem. I still like the skin tones that OnePlus 8captures, but overall for selfies, I would go with the POCO X2. There is a secondary depth sensor at the fontof the POCO X2 to help it with these portrait selfies.

 I think it would have been much better ifPOCO spent that money in refining the dynamic range of the main camera for these shots. I like how sharp these shots are from thePOCO X2, but at the same time, I hate that it completely destroys the shot with overblownhighlights. Again when the background is not too bright,POCO X2 does better job with the details in the face, so I choose it for taking portraitselfies as well. Here is a video from the front facing cameraof the OnePlus 8 and the POCO X2. You can see how both thes phones are handlingoverall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation, when I am walking around withthem. 4K videos are stabilised on both, but thePOCO X2 can only shoot them at 30fps whereas the OnePlus 8 can also shoot them at 60fps. Videos from the POCO X2 are really good forits price, but one from the Oneplus 8 look better and capture more details since theyhave a higher bit rate. Slow motion videos also look better from theOnePlus 8, both the 1080p and 720p ones. But if you want to shoot super slow motionvideos, POCO X2 is the only one that allows you to shoot 960fps videos at 720p right now. So after looking at close to 90 image andvideo samples in various lighting conditions, we have a fairly good idea that which of thesehas a better cameras. In bright daylight, there is very little differencebetween images from these phones, which in itself is a big win for the POCO X2, becauseit costs less than half as much as the OnePlus 8. It falls behind in the dynamics range whiletaking portrait shots, and its overall low light performance is not up to the level ofOnePlus 8. But that doesn’t mean it is bad at takingthese images. 

If we look at its images alone, they lookreally good for a phone that starts at under Rs.20,000. Videos are better from the OnePlus 8, butagain the POCO X2 gives us best videos out of any phones priced at under Rs.20,000. If you are trying to decide between these2, and you have the extra money, you should definitely go with the OnePlus 8. But if you just can’t stretch your budgetbeyond 20,000rs, POCO X2 is your best option, and you wont be disappointed when it comesto its cameras. What do you think about the cameras on thesephones? OnePlus 8 costs more than twice as much asthe POCO X2, so do you think its images were twice as good as the ones from POCO X2? Let me know in the comments. 

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