How good is the Obi Hornbill S551’s camera?


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The low mid range is decidedly a hard-fought battle between manufacturers. Here, on paper specifications win the consumer but most of the times, the results hardly match expectations. The Obi Hornbill costs Rs. 9,250 but has a 13 megapixel camera, which is hardly seen at this price. It is well known that Megapixels don’t always matter, so we are putting it head on with the Xolo Q2100, a phone that is priced slightly higher, to see which comes out as the better stills camera in a tough challenge. So, how good is the Hornbill’s camera? Let’s find out.

The Obi Hornbill comes with a 13 megapixel unit while the Xolo Q2100 comes with a 8 megapixel unit. The extra details are mostly irrelevant for the price range these come at, so let’s dive into the comparison. Let’s start with the full resolution samples. First up, we have three photos taken in full broad daylight.

Obi Hornbill

Xolo Q2100

In the image with the colorful dustbins, if you examine the details closely, the Hornbill has some advantages thanks to higher resolution and lesser sharpening artefacts. From the image as a whole, you can also note the difference in colours, with the Obi tending more towards natural. Moving on to the next one “Lucky Game”, you can see the obvious difference in the sky colour, with the Obi one closest to reality. In the last photo, we see similar differences, but surprisingly the colours are muted on the Xolo, with the Obi slightly saturated.

In the same conditions, let’s see what the HDR performance is like on both the phones.

Obi Hornbill

Xolo Q2100

There are two shots here, one of a car, with the sun in the background and the other of a beach monument. In both these cases, the HDR performance is not so great on both the phones, but we agree that the scene is challenging for anything other than high end phones. Moving on, we have the less-challenging Macro scene where most phones are good at resolving enough detail. So here are some shots to give you an idea about the performance on both the phones.

Obi Hornbill

Xolo Q2100

Finally, we have the low light performance comparison, with both the phones set in the “night” scene.

Obi Hornbill

Xolo Q2100

The Obi, with slightly lower shutter speed, obviously gives the better image out of the two here. However, with the flash set to ON, the Xolo produces a much better image. And that brings us to the conclusion. The Obi Hornbill, priced at 9,250 seems to take decent pictures, even when compared with a higher priced phone. While it is entirely a different case when it comes to video, the stills are what people use most, and we hope this comparison helped you make a choice. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Author: Team FoneArena

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