Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Wins Over OnePlus 6T In Our Blind Camera Test

by John Nieves  December 8, 2018

More people prefer the Mi 8 Pro’s camera

Around a week ago we put the cameras of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and OnePlus 6T against each other in a blind camera test, and asked you to determine which one took the better photo. Both phones have excellent rear camera setups, and it’s not surprising that images taken from both cameras look extremely similar.

But in the end, more people preferred the shots taken by Phone A, which is Xiaomi’s Mi 8 Pro. Personally, we still prefer the photos taken by the OnePlus 6T as they look more natural in the photos we shot, but image quality looks pretty close that it all boils down to personal preference.

In the shot above the Mi 8 Pro’s photo looks oversaturated just a tad, where the OnePlus 6T’s shot looks more natural.

It’s pretty much the same thing for this particular shot.

One thing we noticed though when we were testing out the bokeh mode on the photos was that the OnePlus 6T doesn’t require a lot of space for you to shoot subjects. That’s in stark contrast to the Mi 8 Pro, which made us move farther away from the subject to take photos.

While both cameras had similar daylight camera performance, the OnePlus 6T edged out Xiaomi’s Mi 8 Pro. Surrounding areas in the shot near the lights are more discernable compared to the shot from the Mi 8 Pro.

That’s also very apparent in this low light shot during the Lantern Parade we took in Session Road.

There is one thing that the OnePlus 6T objectively does better than the Mi 8 Pro though, and that’s video. The OnePlus 6T has better video capture capability, as it can shoot images up to 60 frames per second on 4K, while the Mi 8 Pro’s 4K capability tops out at 30 frames per second. That’s one of the reasons why we didn’t include the video component in this blind camera test as it would painfully be obvious which one is which if we did.

That being said, you can take a gander at the video performance of both phones below:

The OnePlus 6T also one-ups the Mi 8 Pro when it comes to slow-motion camera performance, offering up to 480FPS slow-mo at HD and 240FPS shooting at full HD. The Mi 8 Pro only supports 240FPS at both HD and full HD. The drawback here is that the OnePlus 6T crops more out of the frame than the Mi 8 Pro does.

That’s pretty much it for this blind camera test. You can read our reviews of both the phones featured in this test below:


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