POCO X2 Detailed Camera Review: The new budget smartphone camera king!
. I have over 80 image and video samples in various lighting conditions., So make sure you watch the complete video.. I wanted to include the Gcam samples from the POCO X2 in this video., But even without those samples, this video was getting a lot longer.. So I decided to make a separate video about it. And that video will go live a day after this one.. Let us quickly get the specs out of the way.. There is a quad camera setup at the back.. Primary camera gets the 64 megapixel SONY IMX686 sensor with F1.9 aperture and 26mm lens.. Next camera gets a 8 megapixel sensor with F2.2 aperture.. This sensor is coupled with a 13mm ultra wide angle. Lens.. Then there is a 2 megapixel macro, camera F2.4 aperture.. And finally, there is another 2 megapixel depth sensor with F2.4 aperture.. At the front we now get 2 cameras. Main camera gets a 20 megapixel sensor with F2.2 aperture and a 27mm lens.. Second, camera gets a 2 megapixel depth sensor with F2.4 aperture.. I think if companies are including 2 cameras at the front, 2nd one should always get a wide lens, because even on the phones without the depth sensor, edge detection is pretty good. When it comes to portrait selfies. In the camera app, you do get a pro mode which lets you adjust all setting like white balance, focus shutter, speed, ISO and exposure.. You can also switch between different lenses. Turn on focus, peaking, take 64 megapixel images and take RAW images from this Pro mode.
For the Primary camera Range of Shutter speed is from 11000s of a second all. The way up to 32, seconds. And Range for ISO is from 100 to 3200.. Now, before we get to the image and video samples, if you are new to this channel, please make sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon next to it.. That way, you wont miss out on any of the amazing videos coming up on this channel.. As always, we start with the daylight images.. The 64 megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor captures incredible details when we have plenty of light around.. Now these are 16 megapixel images, since, in the normal mode, the phone uses pixel binning to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel. Giving us more details in each of the shots.. These images are sharp and there is no shortage of detail. Even when we zoom in on any part.. There seems to be good amount of contrast in these images., As with the POCO F1, when it was launched and with most of the Redmi phones. There is a slight green tint in these images.. You can easily fix it in editing, so I wont say its a big deal. And with the POCO F1 Xiaomi, eventually fixed it with software updates. So we should not worry too much about it.. Overall colours are nice and naturally saturated from the POCO X2. Images. Dont. Look overly processed and the colours are nice and balanced.
. If you want more punchy looking colours, you can turn on the AI scene, detection mode and that will add a bit more contrast and saturation to your images.. I like to keep the AI scene. Detection turned off for all of my shots.. What I like to keep on is Auto HDR mode., POCO X2 is intelligent enough to know when it needs to turn the HDR mode. On. You can see. There is a difference in the images shot with the HDR mode.. With this mode turned on, There are more details in the darker parts and you can even see more details being preserved in the brighter areas of the image.. We can see the same in these next set of images.. Hdr mode does help in bringing out more details from the darker or shadowed areas, while also preserving the details from the brighter areas.. So I would suggest you to leave the HDR mode on auto all the time. In some of the images like this difference that the HDR mode makes is just amazing., As I said before, these have all been 16 megapixel images.. If you want to take higher resolution images, you can switch to the 64 megapixel mode.. These images capture lot of information, so they are 3 4 times larger in terms of the file size., Which means, if you leave this mode on all the time. Your phones, internal storage, fill up pretty fast.. Let us compare these 64 megapixel images with the 16 megapixel ones.
. Looking at them from this distance, you can barely differentiate between the two.. You will have to zoom way in to see the difference., And only then can you notice that the 64 megapixel images have a slight edge in terms of the detail level.. I am sure most of you, dont zoom in so deep or even compare images side by side like this in real life.. So I would suggest you to stick with the default 16 megapixel mode for all of your shots.. It also gives you a much better dynamic range, as the HDR mode cannot be used while taking 64 megapixel images.. This is an image shot with the primary camera, and here is the same image shot with the 8 megapixel ultra wide camera.. Look at how much more of the scene, this 13mm ultra wide lens lets you get in your shot.. This lens is specially useful when you want to show the scale of things or when you want to get more of the scene in the shot, but you dont have enough space to physically move away from your subject.. There is also a 2x mode in the camera. App, but we dont have a 2x telephoto lens on this phone., So what this mode does? Is it just crops in on the image captured with the primary camera.? Now the 8 megapixel sensor is not as good as the primary one. So these wide images are not as sharp or detailed as the images from the main camera.
, But nevertheless it is always nice to have multiple focal lengths on your phone.. It helps you tell stories in different ways.. If we look back at these images side by side, you can see a clear difference in the white balance and colour temperature between the 2 lenses.. You can easily fix this if you know how to edit these images later on., But for most people who dont edit their images. I think POCO should try to fix this thing in the camera software itself.. Hopefully they acknowledge and fix it in one of the future. Software updates. Before we move on to the close up shots here, is a quick, focusing speed. Test. POCO X2 is quick at switching the focus from a near to far object, but the shift in focus is a bit abrupt and not very smooth.. This is not an issue while clicking images, but if we are shooting videos, this is clearly visible.. This quick and accurate focusing is very important when we are trying to take close up shots. Since the POCO X2 is quick at focusing on a nearby object. These close up shots turned out to be amazing.. You can see that the subject is in perfectly sharp focus and since we have got a very wide F1.9 aperture on the main camera, you can see that the background gets a very nice and natural optical blur.. If you want to get even closer to your subject, the POCO X2 comes with a dedicated Macro lens.
. It lets you get much closer to the subject and still allows you to set the focus. So you can get amazing macro shots like this.. It is so much fun to take these shots. Since its just a 2 megapixel sensor with F2.4 aperture. We see lot of noise in some of these shots.. To avoid this noise make sure you are taking these macro shots in areas where there is plenty of light. Best results can be found while shooting outside on a bright, sunny, day. Coming to my favourite kind of shots. The Portraits. Portrait mode on smartphones is the easiest way to give your images a professional look. As it mimics the kind of images you might get when you are using an interchangeable, lens camera and an expensive prime lens.. I have always felt that Xiaomi, Redmi and now POCO have got very good at isolating the subject. From its background for these portrait shots., The edge detection is near perfect and the background is blurred out very nice and evenly.. You can even change the amount of blur to the background or add various studio lighting effects to your portrait shots before or even you have clicked them. There is this new Movie mode within the Portrait mode which lets you take 219 images with black bars at the Top and bottom giving your portrait shots a very lice cinematic look.. I like this mode, very much. For the top and bottom black bars. You can either let them be as they are or just crop them out in editing.
. You can take portrait mode images of objects as well. When the object is too complex. It just keeps the part that you tapped on in focus and then gradually blurts out rest of the image like we see in this example. When it detects the edges like in this shot. You can see how well it separates the subject from rest of the background.. I feel this and some other phones from Redmi handle these portrait shots of objects in a much better way compared to most of the other smartphones. And ya. You can use the movie mode while taking portraits of objects as well to add in a bit more drama to these portrait shots.. Let us now get to the images shot in indoors artificial and lower lighting situations. When you are shooting in these kind of lighting situations, make sure that you are not in the 64 megapixel mode., Since that mode does not use pixel binning. There is a lot of noise in those images compared to the 16 megapixel ones. With that said, I think the low light performance on this phone is pretty good.. There is enough sharpness, so you can make out edges of everything and even if you zoom in you, can still read the small text on the wall. Menu.. The low light performance is not groundbreakingly great for the price., But if you know how to use the camera and have realistic expectations, you can get some good looking images.
. Since this sensor is not optically stabilised, you will start seeing some noise as we start shooting in even darker situations. To make up with this. You can switch to the night mode. Right from the 1st image. You can see that the image with the night mode have better details and colours in it. I like that the night mode images dont take too long to capture that way. You dont have to hold the phone steady for 4 5 seconds to get a good shot. Night mode. Images handle the exposure from light in a much better way. Making the overall shot look very pleasing.. It not only adds more light to the shot, but also elevates the colours making the night mode images look much richer. Whenever you find yourself in less than ideal lighting conditions, make sure to switch to the night mode. So you get the best possible results from your POCO X2.. That brings us to the front facing cameras.. The 20 megapixel selfie camera can take some good looking selfies., But I think even with the beauty mode turned off, this phone is applying some amount of smoothing to my skin. In all of these shots. – And one big thing to note is whenever you switch to the selfie camera by default, the beauty mode is turned on.. If you dont wish to use it, you will have to turn it off manually. Every time you switch to this camera. Thanks to the secondary depth sensor, edge detection is fairly accurate in these portrait selfies.
. Since the background is blurred out, these portrait selfies appear to be for sharper than normal ones.. The dynamic range takes a big hit while taking these portrait selfies.. As you can see, the bright background is completely blown out in all of these portrait selfies.. Now these selfie cameras are not the best when the light gets low.. There is a lot of noise in the selfies when the light goes. Down. Here is a video from the front facing camera of the POCO X2.. You can see how it is handling overall colours of the scene exposure and from the looks of it. There doesnt seem to be any kind of stabilisation for this video. With high noise levels in lower light, a bit of over softening of the images and no electronic stabilisation while shooting videos.. I am not too impressed with the selfie camera on this phone. Coming to the video performance of the rear camera., You can shoot electronically, stabilised, 4K videos at upto 30fps and these videos look really good. Here is a short montage of 4K footage shot with this POCO X2 that I put together., You also get to shoot 1080p 60fps videos, but at this frame rate you dont get any kind of stabilisation.. You can shoot 120fps slow motion, videos at upto 1080p resolution and if you want to go crazy with the frame rate, There is also an option to shoot. 960Fps super slow motion videos at 720p resolution.. I am just not a big fan of these low bitrate lower resolution, high frame rate videos, so I stick to shooting slow motion videos in 1080p resolution.
After looking at over 80 image and video samples, I am really impressed with the rear cameras on this POCO X2.. It can capture very detailed images with accurate colours when there is ample light around. And even as the light goes down the night mode, helps it take good. Looking usable images., I am personally a big fan of portrait mode photography and Recently I have found a liking for macro photography as well., So I am glad to have this phone perform amazingly well in both these modes. At a starting price of Rs.15999. I think POCO. X2 is the new camera champion in the under 20000Rs. smartphone world.. These have been my thoughts about the cameras on this phone.. What do you guys think about the cameras on this phone? Do, let me know in the comments. That is it for this video guys.. Please hit the like button. If you enjoyed this video and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this., You can also check out some of the other videos on this channel.. This has been Sagar and Ill catch. You guys in the next video.