Flipkart recently announced its first smartphone for the Indian market, the Billion Capture+ at a starting price of Rs 10,999. But at this price, it competes directly with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that has remained the best budget phone in the price range for quite some time now.
Both the phones run Snapdragon 625 chip with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, expandable via microSD card on a hybrid slot. The display on both is a 5.5 inch IPS panel with 1080p resolution and 400ppi Pixel density. But in the camera department, Capture+ gets ahead, at least on paper.
It has dual cameras at the back with 13-megapixel sensors, the Redmi Note 4 offers a single camera, though with same megapixel count. On the front as well, the Capture+ gets ahead with an 8-megapixel sensor.
1. The images taken by the Flipkart Capture+ look vivid at first glance. In comparison, that of Redmi Note 4 look quite washed out. But it does keep the actual contrast in place, while the same seems to be accentuated by the Capture+. Notice the glass gets a strange blue tinge in the Capture+ photo.
2. Again, the photo by Capture+ looks more vivid and appealing. The blacks are deep and it appears to be a high contrast image with great sharpness for colours. But that taken by Redmi Note 4 doesn’t look bad. Infact, the actual colour of the chair matches closely with the Note 4’s photo.
3. A crop frame of the above photo shows what Capture+ loses in process of making the photos more vivid. Over processing images have their drawbacks, like you have more noise in the frame and details tend to break. Since the photos were taken on auto settings, including focus (without touch-to-focus) it shows the Capture+ has better AF capabilities.
4. This is where photos taken by Capture+ would have an advantage over that of Redmi Note 4. Overall the photo looks more appealing though it is far from what the original scene looked like (Delhi-NCR sky is never this clear and blue). Details are again better on the Note 4’s photo.
5. The colours in actual definitely don’t look like that captured by the Billion Capture+. Which photo looks better?
6. In the HDR mode, both phones fail to capture accurate colours. The details are slightly better on the Redmi Note 4 and the contrast and dynamic range are captured better by the Capture+. But being an HDR photo Redmi Note 4 wins here (the light on trees is rendered much better).
7. Indoors, both the cameras don’t have light bleed problem which is great. But the Capture+ photo looks slightly brighter, probably owing to its Monochrome + RGB setup that takes in more light. But the photo has more noise, especially in the top corners.
8. Selfie time. The camera on Capture+ definitely captures better details, but that is not how I look, at least not when I am in the office! The camera gives the face a good tan. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 does a better job with colours. Though the photo is a little washed out, it still manages more accurate colours.
9. The good part about front camera on Capture+ is the HDR mode for the front shooter, which allows you to capture selfies against light. It is not the best HDR photo we have seen, but it is better at getting the face and the background compare to phones without it, like the Redmi Note. Also the details come in handy.
Overall, both smartphone cameras capture good details for their asking price of around Rs 10,000. But Billion Capture+ goes a step ahead to make them look more vivid. It does have a better AF response as well, but overall Redmi Note 4 retains original colours and slightly more details. While the camera app on the Redmi Note 4 is a little more sophisticated, it also slightly more responsive given that it handles just one camera.