Poco F4 GT review: A design for gaming

Poco has never shown great ambition in the photography segment, but at this price point, the F4 GT has real competition. The Google Pixel 6 has a very big advantage over the smartphones in comparison. But today we’re going to compare it to the current Vivo V23, which has a pretty similar configuration.

At the rear, this F4 GT opts for a 64Mpx wide-angle sensor whose lens opens at f/1.9, an 8Mpx ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.2) and a 2Mpx macroscopy sensor (1: 2.4).

Main module: 64 megapixels, f/1.9, eq. 24mm

The 64 Mpx module uses the technology of the pixel binding, which allows pixels to be merged (here by four) to capture more light and create more sharpness. The mobile phone therefore delivers snapshots in 16 megapixels as standard.

Vivo V23 (16Mpx, f/1.9 eq. 24mm, ISO 183, 1/100s)

Poco F4 GT (16 MP, f/1.9, ISO 92, 1/100 sec)

Under good conditions, the two smartphones show a slightly different display. The photo of the Poco F4 GT is better exposed and suggests an equivalent or even slightly higher level of detail. On the other hand, we see that the color samples are almost completely washed out. The Vivo V23 relies on stronger accentuation, the result is ultimately less natural. Overall, the Poco F4 GT can take decent shots during the day.

Vivo V23 (16Mpx, f/1.9 eq. 24mm, ISO 4954, 1/15s)

Poco F4 GT (16 MP, f/1.9, ISO 4940, 1/10 sec)

At night, the digital processing of the Poco F4 GT is much more intensive, which lowers the level of detail: We perceive, for example, a punishing smoothing on the book cover, but also artefacts everywhere. The colors are also desaturated. It’s far from shimmering on the V23, which suffers similar pain but remains sharper overall, favoring noise over smoothing. Things are also getting better at the periphery, which isn’t necessarily visible in this part of the photo.

64 MP mode

It is of course possible to take pictures in full resolution via the camera settings. As usual, we isolated an equal area on each of the shots. You can see the difference in the definition.

Poco F4 GT (16 MP, f/1.9, ISO 4940, 1/10 sec)

Poco F4 GT (16 MP, f/1.9, ISO 92, 1/100 sec)

During the day, you can enjoy a sharper and more detailed image in this mode. The use can therefore be interesting, even if the recordings inevitably load the (non-expandable) memory of the smartphone more. When the light is low, it does not bring any gain compared to the standard mode. Only to be used if you want to crop your image.

Ultra wide-angle module: 8 megapixels, f/2.2, 120°

Vivo V23 (8Mpx, f/2.2, eq.16mm, ISO 339, 1/100s)

Poco F4 GT (8Mpx, f/2.2, eq.16mm, ISO 61, 1/100s)

In good conditions, the F4 GT’s ultra-wide angle takes advantage, which isn’t very difficult; A hazy haze covers the scene of the Vivo V23 struggling in focus. Poco’s smartphone is far from shining, but it is still much easier to read. We can easily distinguish all elements of the scene, even if the sharpness is too weak and the colorimetry is saturated.

Vivo V23 (8Mpx, f/2.2, eq.16mm, ISO 4995, 1/15s)

Poco F4 GT (8Mpx, f/2.2, eq.16mm, ISO 3675, 1/15s)

As expected, the night result is very poor for both devices. The low exposure prevents enough detail from being recovered to transcribe the scene naturally, which then appears completely blurry.

Front and video module

On the front there is a 20 Mpx sensor (f/2.4) for selfies. The shots are detailed and the sharpness is interesting unless you leave the age-old beauty filters on; they are standard. Dynamics management is always a bit risky, but overall playback is natural and compelling.

Thanks to the high-end SoC, the smartphone can film in 4K with 30/60 fps and in Full HD with up to 120 fps. The result is very correct, thanks in particular to effective stabilization and good sound pickup. Two good points!

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