[MI8 - dipper] MIUI Camera vs BSG Google Camera Port


Jan 13, 2019
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[MI8 - dipper] MIUI Camera vs BSG Google Camera Port

My configuration :
- Hardware : Mi8
- Software : HavocOS (link)
- MIUI Camera : ANX MIUI Camera v7 (Magisk module) (01/25/2019) (link)
- Google Pixel Camera : BSG Google Camera Port (12/30/2018) (link) (BSG's config : link)

Personal favourite : BSG Google Camera Port

My thoughts so far :
  • Details : Google (on most shots)
  • Night Mode : Google (by far)
  • Portrait Mode : Google (details + blur + colors)
  • Colors : Google (customizable)
  • HDR : Google (because MIUI's HDR also use a post-process effect that shrinks the dynamic range, and reduces the amount of details)
Remarks :
  • HDR+ Enhanced takes more time and requires to hold the phone steady when taking the picture, but it is very helpful on some particular cases
  • You can adjust the smoothness of the picture on portrait mode, in both apps
  • Don't be afraid to use the flash for indoor pictures, it gives a white lighting, and thus a better white balance
  • MIUI's HDR seems to use a post-process effect that actually shrinks the dynamic range
  • Use jpeg quality of 80% (medium), you will divide the weight of the image by 4, with no visible loss of quality
To the reader :
  • Ask questions in the topic, not by private message
  • I can post more pictures if you need
  • I'm always happy to help :)
How HDR+ works : link

The Test

Night Shot (details, HDR, colour)

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

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  • Bad colors
  • Makes dark areas less dark, but not more detailed (dynamic range shrink)

  • More details
  • Effective HDR
  • Natural colors



Portrait mode

MIUI, portrait mode (beautify = 0)

Google, portrait mode (smoothness = natural)

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  • Colors too white
  • Less details
  • Hair blurred
  • Over exposed background

 


Outdoor, night

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

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  • Street light is less blinding

  • Most detailed



Bright outdoor (taken from behind a window)

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

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  • Sky is over exposed

 

  • Natural colors
  • Rain shelter is darker



Night mode

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, Night mode

Google, HDR+

Google, Night mode

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  • Not so bad for a shot is the dark

  • Too noisy
  • Not efficient

  • HDR+ better than MIUI night mode !
  • Still too noisy

  • Awesome !



Against the light (taken from behind a windows)

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

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  • Over exposed sky

  • Still a bit over exposed

  • Efficient HDR
  • Natural colours



Dark indoor vs bright outdoor

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

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  • Good HDR
  • Unatural colors

  • Most detailed
  • Sharper image



HDR test

MIUI, HDR off

MIUI, HDR on

Google, HDR+

Google, HDR+ Enhanced

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  • Exposure 3/5

  • Exposure 5/5
  • Blurry picture though

  • Exposure 1/5

  • Exposure 4/5
  • Really makes a difference with HDR+, which is rarely the case
  • Unatural colours

 
Last edited:
Jul 18, 2018
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I'm preparing a similar review for my chanel on youtube but my conclutions aren't the same. I find HDR more deep in Miui's cam and the portrait mode in rear camera is not working whit GCAM. The only one point i find better in pixel camera is the nigth mode.
Anyway Nice post! Thanks!
 
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I'm preparing a similar review for my chanel on youtube but my conclutions aren't the same. I find HDR more deep in Miui's cam and the portrait mode in rear camera is not working whit GCAM. The only one point i find better in pixel camera is the nigth mode.
Anyway Nice post! Thanks!
MIUI's HDR basically shrinks the dynamic range of the picture, which is effective, but is not what we want. It shouldn't be called "HDR" imho ;-)
Portrait mode should work on a not-MIUI ROM with the like I gave.

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OmarD

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Great review mate.

I always carry both cameras, and in both the rear cameras work in a similar way, some case stock do a great work. Only when I'm going to use the front camera, they have a lot of advantage in GCAM.
 
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