Poco F4 GT review: a design designed for gaming

Poco has never shown great ambitions in the photography segment, but at this price, the F4 GT faces real competition. Google Pixel 6 has a very big advantage over smartphones in the comparison. But today we have to compare it with the latest Vivo V23, which has a fairly similar configuration.

On the back, this F4 GT chooses a 64 Mpx wide-angle sensor, whose lens opens at f / 1.9, an 8 Mpx ultra-wide angle (f / 2.2) and a 2 Mpx macroscopic sensor (f / 2.4).

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

The 64 Mpx module benefits from the technology pixel binding, which allows pixels to be merged together (here with four) to capture more light and provide more sharpness. The phone therefore delivers standard snapshots in 16 megapixels.

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

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

Under good conditions, the two smartphones show a rather different rendition. The image of the Poco F4 GT is better exposed and suggests a similar or even slightly higher level of detail. On the other hand, we see that the color patterns are almost completely washed out. Vivo V23 relies on a more pronounced accentuation, and the result is ultimately less natural. Overall, it is therefore possible to take proper photos with the Poco F4 GT during the day.

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

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

At night, the digital processing of the Poco F4 GT is much more intense, which lowers the level of detail: we perceive, for example, a punitive smoothing on the front of the book, but also artifacts everywhere. The colors are also unsaturated. It is far from shining on the V23, which suffers from similar pains but manages to stay sharper in general and favors noise over smoothing. It also performs better in the periphery, which is not necessarily visible in this part of the image.

64 MP mode

Of course, it is possible to take pictures in full definition via the camera settings. As usual, we isolated an area of ​​the same size on each of the shoots. You can see the difference in the definition.

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

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

During the day, this mode allows you to enjoy a sharper and more detailed image. It can therefore be interesting to use, even if the images inevitably weigh heavier on the smartphone’s (non-expandable) memory. When the light is dim, it gives no 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 (8 Mpx, f / 2.2, lign. 16 mm, ISO 339, 1/100 s)

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

Under good conditions, the F4 GT’s ultra-wide angle takes advantage, which is not very difficult; a blurry veil covers the stage for the Vivo V23 fighting in the field of focus. Poco’s smartphone is far from shining, but is still much more readable. We can easily distinguish all the elements in the scene, even if the sharpness is too weak and the colorimetry saturated.

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

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

As expected, the night result is very poor on both devices. The low exposure prevents the restoration of enough detail to naturally transcribe the scene, which then seems completely blurred.

Front and video module

In front there is a 20 Mpx sensor (f / 2.4) for selfies. The footage is detailed and the sharpness interesting, provided you do not leave the age-old beauty filters on; they are by default. Managing the dynamics is always a bit risky, but overall, the rendering is natural and compelling.

The smartphone is capable of filming in 4K at 30/60 fps and in Full HD up to 120 fps thanks to its advanced SoC. The result is very accurate, especially thanks to efficient stabilization and good sound recording. Two good points!

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