This time, we’re taking things a notch further than the usual specs comparison. We’re going to do a camera battle between two of the most talked about smartphones in the budget category – The Honor 8C and the realme 3.

photo comparison 27Both devices are powered by 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras with AI features such as scene detection. Both also offer Portrait Mode using the secondary depth sensor, for capturing shots with a gorgeous depth of field effect.

So which one actually takes better photos? Let’s dive in and find out.

Day Shots
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In this shot which tests both color accuracy, exposure and detail, the photo taken by the realme 3 seems a bit dim, but retains most of the details. The photo taken by the Honor 8C on the other hand, looks overexposed in some areas, especially on the upper right corner where portions of the steel bars are no longer visible.  Winner: Realme 3

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In this instance, the photo taken by the realme 3 does seem to be slightly brighter, but the one taken by the Honor 8C looks more natural, and closer to the actual color of the flower. It also shows slightly more depth. Winner: Honor 8C

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In this image of a wooden pot, both devices were able to capture a sharp and detailed photo. The difference is that the colors in the Honor 8C’s shot looks more natural, and closer to the actual color of the object. Winner: Honor 8C

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We took a photo of metal bars to see which camera is better at detecting edges, while keeping the details, color, and exposure in check. If you’ll notice, the photo taken by the Honor 8C has a greenish tint on some of the areas. The one taken with the realme 3 is just slightly overexposed. I’d say both were able to process the edges well. This one’s a draw. Winner: Both

Portrait
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In this shot of a plant with a road as a background, It’s pretty clear that the Honor 8C was able to generate a more refined depth of field effect. Winner: Honor 8C

Selfie
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In this selfie taken at around 5:30 in the afternoon, the photo taken by the realme 3 looks more natural and shows better details compared to the one taken by the Honor 8C, which seems to be slightly overprocessed. Winner: Realme 3

Verdict

As to who takes the better photos, the realme 3 and Honor 8C can trade punches all day. The former pulls ahead in selfies, but the latter is able to generate a more refined depth of field effect. So on, and so forth.

Both phones are able to capture good levels of detail, and sharpness. Both can also be a hit and miss at times. At the end of the day, it boils down to personal preference, but you can’t go wrong with either of these two.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.