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A couple of days back, we did a comprehensive performance comparison of the Nokia 6 with three other mid-range smartphones – Moto G5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2. Since then, many of our readers requested us to do a camera comparison for Nokia’s debut phone. So, considering the requests, we have prepared the camera comparison of the Nokia 6 with three of the best camera smartphones in the same segment – Moto G5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Coolpad Cool 1.
In this article, we will be comparing the camera performance of these four smartphones with one another. We will do several image tests in various lighting conditions while keeping an eye on shutter speed, focus speed and depth of field effect, if any.
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Before we start, let’s have a look at the camera specs of the four devices.
|Nokia 6||16MP, F/2.0, Dual LED Flash||8MP, F/2.0|
|Moto G5 Plus||12MP, F/1.7, Dual LED Flash||5MP, F/2.2|
|Redmi Note 4||13MP, F/2.0, Dual LED Flash||5MP, F/2.0|
|Coolpad Cool 1||Dual 13MP, F/2.0, Dual LED Flash||8MP, F/2.2|
As you can see, all of them have almost similar camera specification, although the Cool 1 does seem to have an edge with its dual sensors. But which one of them produces best images? Let’s find out.
Photos taken in the daylight from all four devices appears to be very good but what’s surprising is the image quality. Images produced by the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus are almost similar with each other. Both smartphones’ images are bright and colorful. Though, I feel that images are a little bit oversaturated but anyway, they look pretty impressive. Although, they start to blur when you zoom them to an extreme level.
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Against sunlight or direct sunlight
Most of the people are unhappy with their smartphone if it can’t click good images when the camera is pointed against sunlight. So we decided to capture images against sunlight with these devices to compare their capabilities.
The performance of these smartphones against sunlight is completely different with one another. Talking about Nokia 6 and Coolpad Cool 1 first, they both impressed me. They both produce images with natural colors and don’t lose picture quality. Although, the Coolpad Cool 1 pictures do show lens flare. Both devices manage to maintain the quality even after zooming them.
Coming to the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus, they both produce almost similar pictures with Redmi Note 4 taking a lead. But you will feel the difference only when you zoom in the images. Images look fine in normal size but when you zoom in, photos taken from Moto G5 Plus appear to be not at all smooth.
Depth of field (Bokeh effect)
Many people love bokeh effect. Those who don’t have a smartphone that does this use some applications to blur the background. So, how these four smartphones perform when it comes to the bokeh effect?
The Coolpad Cool 1 seems to be a clear winner in regard as it has dual camera setup. When it comes to focusing on the primary subject, the Coolpad Cool 1 works like a charm. Focusing speed is very good and it completely blurs the background, even the object connecting to the primary subject.
After Coolpad, the Moto G5 Plus takes a lead. Along with focusing on the primary subject and showing natural colors, it produces beautiful images with bokeh effect; thanks to its wide F/1.7 aperture. The Nokia 6 and Redmi Note 4 stand at number 3 and 4 respectively in this section, since former’s images seem pleasing to the eyes.
While it’s easy to understand the colours captured by the camera, sharpness is equally important, and it’s essentially for students or people who like to click the photos of book pages or notes. So, we decided to check this out by clicking an image of a newspaper page from all these smartphones and brought it on computer to check the sharpness and visibility of written text.
When I first saw those images on computer, I couldn’t differentiate among them as more or less they all looked same. But when I zoomed in, I found surprising results. Starting with the Redmi Note 4, it comes at the last position among all in terms of sharpness. The text is barely visible when viewed in the full resolution.
Coming to the Coolpad Cool 1, I expected it to be the best in this comparison, but unfortunately it stands at number 3 behind Nokia 6. Much like the Redmi Note 4, the image taken from the Cool 1 is unnecessarily bright, rendering the text visible, but barely readable. The Nokia 6 on the other hand, offers a realistic image.
And finally comes the Moto G5 Plus. Standing at the first spot, the handset produces amazing sharpness. Text look very good and one can read it smoothly.
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Most of the smartphones come with the HDR functionality, but very few people know what exactly HDR does. In the HDR mode, your camera processes the image in order to capture details from dark and bright areas in the photo. HDR is basically used to capture both dark and bright areas simultaneously by stitching two or more images. For example, if you are clicking the photo of a sunset, only the sky would look bright. Rest objects would look dark and noisy. But if you enable the HDR mode, your camera will work on the detail of sky as well as land.
Starting with the Coolpad Cool 1, it does amazing work when switched to the HDR mode. The handset manages to capture detailed images. Both the dark and bright areas are clearly visible. Next in the line comes the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus. The HDR functionality on both the devices is more or less similar. Both devices manage to capture corners as well.
And finally coming to the Nokia 6, at first you won’t feel any difference between Nokia 6 and Redmi Note 4 HDR image but as soon as you zoom in, you will feel the noise in images taken from the Nokia 6. This encouraged me to zoom more, and discovered a bad news for Nokia fans. In the HDR mode, Nokia doesn’t perform well. Even the center of the image is not detailed and looks blurry when zoomed in.
And here comes the challenging part. When the matter comes to the low light, there are very few smartphones that perform well. My expectations were high from Nokia as the legendary mobile maker has been offering great camera quality in its phones. But unfortunately, I didn’t see that quality on the Nokia 6.
I clicked the image of a building in the night from all of these devices. Talking about the Nokia 6 first, it produces barely visible images in low-light condition. Objects aren’t clearly visible and you can see much noise. Coming to the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus, they both produce almost similar images. Pictures taken from the duo are better than Nokia 6, though you can see noise when you zoom in.
Talking about the Coolpad Cool 1, it produces impressive low-light pictures, thanks to its dual-camera setup. Pictures are far better than the competition. Objects are clearly visible and I didn’t feel noise when zoomed in.
Low light images with flash
After clicking several low-light images without flash, we turned the flash on and clicked an image of a small plant and zoomed it to 100 percent. Let’s see what happened next.
Talking about the Coolpad Cool 1 first, it will dissatisfy you. Overall, the image is good and the handset is pretty good at color accuracy, but there’s a lot of noise.
Next in the line is the Nokia 6. While it manages to offer good details without any grains, the color accuracy isn’t up to the mark. It clicked an oversaturated image.
And finally comes the Moto G5 Plus and Redmi Note 4. They produce almost similar images that look very good. But on 100 percent zoom, the Redmi Note 4 takes a lead and offers better details. That said, color accuracy of both phones is identical to each other.
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Nowadays, everyone wants a phone that could click good selfies. So how do these devices perform?
Much like the previous section, the Moto G5 Plus and Redmi Note 4 produce similar selfies. Images look good, even though I felt some noise in the images taken from both devices. It’s worth noting that Redmi Note 4 produces little bit overexposed images.
Next in the line is the Nokia 6 which maintains the color accuracy and sharpness. It shows realistic colors and produces better selfies than the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus. And among all, the best selfie production is done by the Cool 1. Its selfies are bright, sharp with perfect color accuracy.
While camera quality is a subjective matter, it’s interesting to stack up these mid-range phones to see which one performs the best. If you’ve been following our comparison, then the Coolpad Cool 1 with its dual cameras certainly seems to offer the best output across situations. It’s being followed by the Moto G5 Plus, which has some impressive specifications such as F/1.7 aperture and dual pixel autofocus tech. Sadly, Nokia 6 fares rather poorly in this comparison. Don’t get us wrong – it delivers decent quality, but won’t be referred to as the best camera phone in its price segment. Same is the case with the Redmi Note 4.
Do you agree with our verdict? Let us know in the comments below.