Mid-Range Smartphone Camera Comparison: Which Affordable Phone Has the Best Camera?

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The five comparison devices do not have any serious weaknesses in very good lighting conditions. Even under difficult lighting situations, the current mid-range smartphones capture the scenes well, as our photo of the pedestrian tunnel reveals (scene 4). However, the slow release times of the Galaxy A71 compared to the competition are striking – they are noticeably longer.

In our opinion, there is no clear winner in the daylight images; the shots of the Mi Note 10 Lite are a bit too inconsistent for that. Overall, the Xiaomi phone has the best image sharpness, dynamics, and natural color rendering. However, the Mi Note 10 Lite sometimes has problems with sharpness (scene 4). There are also some slight image noise issues in shadowy areas, and colors sometimes appear somewhat dull (fruit bowl). The Redmi Note 9 Pro is on a similar level. The photos are often a little blurred and partially over-sharpened compared to the Xiaomi model. However, there are also shots in our test photo portfolio that appear more appealing with the Redmi smartphone (scene 4).

Clear artifacts also occur with the realme 6 Pro. Its Samsung image sensor struggles with noise in the daylight, so the pictures look very grainy. The exposure is also often poor. That said, the sharpness in the photos is fine.

The Galaxy A71 has a level of quality between the Xiaomi phones and the realme 6 Pro. The color accuracy is sometimes poor, Samsung often oversharpens the scenes, and, as already mentioned, the release times need improvement.

We did not like Huawei’s daylight photos much. The colors in the P40 Lite 5G’s photos are too warm, and the dynamics in the photos are very heterogeneous (scene 1 vs. scene 4). The colors in the portrait shots also appear exaggerated and unnatural – especially the yellow and green tones. In terms of sharpness, the P40 Lite 5G is also quite poor. 

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