When Moto G 2014 was announced, most of us would have been happy with the camera upgrade, which got a bump from 5MP to 8MP, but did that solve the purpose and make thing really better? it did for the Motorola fans who were thinking to upgrade, but not when we talk about the competition. The budget priced Xiaomi Redmi 1s has a very good 8-megapixel camera on the rear side, and while comparing captures from both the devices, we found Redmi 1s doing a better job, thanks to the good focus and exposure control. Jump down to the end of this review to know how the cameras of Redmi 1s and the Moto G 2014 fare against each other.
First off, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s has an 8MP camera on the rear side, and a 1.6MP camera on the front. The rear camera can capture videos at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, and the photos captured have a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. The MIUI v5.0 in the Redmi 1s has a good camera app, which comes with several options to play around with.
In the camera app, the options on the side use some decent space, more than what the stock Android camera app uses. But the screen is large enough, so there is enough space to preview the object. There are direct options for toggling between front and back camera, shifting between voice and video recording, toggling flash, a shutter button, menu button and a shortcut to go to the gallery. In the Menu, there are options such as Filters, Audio Capture, Handheld Twilight, Panorama, HDR and Settings. Settings again takes you to several other options for photo and video capturing, where you can even change the function of volume and shutter buttons.
There’s a whole big list of filters to choose from – Mirror, Indigo, Autumn, XProll, Japanese, 1970s, Dawn, Mosaic, Fish Eye, Blur, Sketch, Yesteryear, Vivid, Mono and Normal.
The camera did a very decent job in even the low light, but just like was the case in Moto G 2014, a lot of stability was needed or the photo would look shaky. Under natural light, the touch to focus did a great job to ensure that no unnecessary exposure is given and the natural colors are reproduced. Check below for the camera samples under different conditions.
Captures in natural light, not so bright conditions.
Captures in low light. This really needs stable hands for a clear picture.
Captures with and without flash. The flash throws some extra light unnecessarily brightening objects more than it usually is needed.
There is no stabilization, thus little shakes too are not being taken care of, and you would end up with bad photos. And, sometimes we noticed that the captures had autofocus trying to put more focus on natural colors, thus trying to focus manually is what you have to do, if you are trying to click someone in front of any natural background, i.e. flowers, leaves, etc.
So overall, the camera does a very good job with the 8-megapixel lens, and the only issue we found was the flash being too bright and putting unnecessary extra light, and in this aspect, the Motorola Moto G’s 8MP camera does a better job. But with every other aspect including the low light, the Redmi 1s is a touch better, and the control on focus and exposure is pretty much better, where the Moto G’s camera made the exposure a lot higher when manually trying to set it on a particular object.