Camera Comparison: Honor 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi A1

    Huawei’s latest smartphone, the Honor 9 Lite, has a troublesome battle to combat. It is a phenomenal telephone, has the appropriate specs for its worth, and will go well with the patron’s fancy. But, it must get across the status our present finances favorite, the Mi A1, has earned for itself.

    The Honor 9 Lite is priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 14,999 for its 3GB and 4GB RAM variants respectively. It has two monochrome cameras on the again and guarantees nice photographs. Whereas the telephone can go toe-to-toe with the Mi A1 for essentially the most half, consumers on this vary will maybe make the ultimate resolution based mostly on its digital camera high quality.

    Digital camera specs

    The Honor 9 Lite  has 13MP and 2MP sensors on the back and front. The 13MP sensor is the first sensor, whereas the 2MP sensor is a monochrome sensor, that Honor additionally makes use of to seize depth.

    Alternatively, the Mi A1 has a 12MP wide-angle major lens with f/2.2 aperture (similar because the 9 Lite) and a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. Evidently, the Honor 9 Lite is made to seize extra element and higher colors, whereas the Mi A1 desires to money in on the portrait mode.

    Digital camera UI

    Honor 9 Lite

    The Honor 9 Lite has clear and simple to make use of software program. It provides a bunch of modes and settings that may be accessed just by swiping left or proper from the primary display screen. This has all the fundamental features, enabling straightforward controls. However 40% of the display screen is roofed by black borders, which leaves restricted house for the viewfinder. 

    You get the digital camera switching button, flash controls, wide-aperture mode and transferring image mode on high of the display screen. Whereas, the gallery shortcut, shutter button and video swap is on the backside. 

    It additionally has a Professional mode that permits you to tweak settings like ISO, publicity, focus and so on. There is a professional video mode, evening shot, time-lapse, filters, watermark, mild portray, panorama and extra. It additionally has shortcuts for contact to seize, seize smiles and object monitoring. 

    Mi A1

    The digital camera UI on Mi A1 is even less complicated and permits more room to viewfinder, regardless of having a smaller display screen. The black border stays on the Mi A1 as nicely, nevertheless it’s simply on the backside.

    On the highest, there is a software program key to toggle flash, a portrait mode button and a HDR toggle. The underside has a button to toggle filters, swap cameras, shutter button, gallery shortcut, video and choices. Tapping on choices takes you to modes and settings. The Mi A1 has a panorama mode, handbook/professional mode, beautify, group selfies, sq. picture and audio. The audio mode lets you take a photograph by way of voice instructions.

    On high of the choices menu, you may see a twin digital camera watermark choice and settings icon. 

    Which is healthier?

    When you like a easy easy-to-use and clutter-free digital camera UI, MIUI aces at it. When you like experimenting with the digital camera and wish tons of modes to play with, then the Honor 9 Lite can do the job.

    Total, the digital camera UI on Mi A1 is healthier since you get to make use of a bigger a part of the display screen because the viewfinder. The Honor 9 Lite makes issues simpler by offering modes for particular taking pictures situations, however you are able to do all of this with the Mi A1 as nicely. The Honor 9 Lite’s digital camera app takes a cut up second lesser to open than the Mi A1’s.

    Pure mild

    The Mi A1 is a greater shooter in brilliant mild than the Honor 9 Lite.

    The image above was shot from the identical spot utilizing the Mi A1 and Honor 9 Lite. Right here, the colors are hotter on the Mi A1, making it look yellowish as compared with the Honor 9 Lite’s shot. However the color of the grass and the dome construction are nearer to supply on the Mi A1. The colors look underneath saturated on the Honor 9 Lite.

    That stated, whereas the Honor 9 Lite fails to provide true-to-source colors, there are areas the place it beats the Mi A1. Take a look on the photographs beneath.

    The Honor 9 Lite generally judges the scene higher.

    The Honor 9 Lite does a greater job at judging the scene. Within the image above, the Mi A1 overexposed the background, whereas the Honor 9 Lite managed to regulate publicity in that space. Take a look at the sunlit grass behind the tree.

    The Mi A1 has larger dynamic vary.

    The Mi A1 has larger dynamic vary and produces higher particulars within the shadow areas of a scene. On this picture, shadow particulars are higher outlined and the depth of sunshine within the total body is unfold higher as nicely.

    Synthetic mild

    In incandescent lighting, the Honor 9 Lite shines. It captures vibrant and punchy colors and reads the scene fairly nicely. The Mi A1 confirmed related outcomes, however you’ll be able to see slight smudging from lens flare close to the corners, which is able to typically wreck photographs.

    The Honor 9 Lite messes up white steadiness generally.

    The Honor 9 Lite once more messes up white steadiness right here. The partitions look whiter than they need to and saturation is off. The Mi A1 produces a barely oversaturated, however a extra nice picture.


    Portrait mode, shot in pure mild.

    The Mi A1 and the Honor 9 Lite can each click on good portrait photographs. However the Mi A1 makes use of the telephoto lens to measure depth after which makes use of software program to provide background blur. The Honor 9 Lite is extra depending on digital camera, missing a telephoto lens.

    The Mi A1 produces higher definition within the background blur in comparison with the Honor 9 Lite. The result’s a noticeable extra nice picture.

    Neither telephone can shoot portraits in low mild.

    Not one of the telephones really proved to be good for low mild portraits. However, if we’ve got to selected one, the Honor 9 Lite did higher. The image above reveals how grainy the shot from Mi A1 is, whereas the shot from 9 Lite nonetheless has some particulars. Neither is appropriate, however the monochrome digital camera on the 9 Lite permits extra mild consumption.

    Low mild

    Neither telephone is especially nice at low mild taking pictures.

    The Honor 9 Lite is behind for low mild images.

    Even in low mild, the Mi A1 beats the Honor 9 Lite. Be it colors, dynamic vary or particulars, the Mi A1 produced higher outcomes. You possibly can see extra of the automobile within the picture above, whereas the Honor 9 Lite removes the quantity plate utterly.

    You possibly can see related ends in the image of the tree, the place the Mi A1 additionally produced higher colors and particulars.

    The Honor 9 Lite cannot resolve the whole pole right here.

    The pole within the image above was shot on the similar time and spot from each the telephones. The Mi A1 managed to seize a greater saturated yellow, with respectable particulars.


    It is tough to search out dissimilarities between these cameras for those who’re photographs on their very own screens. In contrast side-by-side, the Mi A1 is a noticeably higher digital camera telephone. It produces larger particulars, produces higher colors and has larger dynamic vary. The Honor 9 Lite is actually not unhealthy, however in comparative phrases, we must advocate the Mi A1 over this one.

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