Dual-camera setups are part of a major smartphone trend, and they’re not exclusive to expensive devices. Cherry Mobile introduced their own dual rear camera phone to the Philippine market in the form of the Desire R8, which is priced at just PhP 9,990 (US$ 200).
Since affordable phones are now able to match flagships in their own way, let’s put the Desire R8 against one of our favorites: the Huawei P10.
We took the photos using both phones’ bokeh or wide aperture mode and applied the biggest lens opening possible. The Desire R8 has 13- and 5-megapixel color sensors, while the P10 has 20-megapixel monochrome and 12-megapixel color sensors with optical image stabilization.
Let’s begin with the comparison.
We start with a candid photo of Leez and her purple Brookstone Cat Ear Headphones. Both phones were able to capture a nice image with great bokeh effect. If you find the blur to be excessive, you can always adjust after taking the shot.
Now on to a proper portrait of Leez with a lot of natural light coming from the window, which brightened her face well. We kind of prefer the Desire R8’s shot here (despite the yellowish skin tone and dim exposure) over the P10’s luminous portrait. The Desire R8’s soft cut out of Leez is also easier on the eye.
As for indoor macro shots, we have Mario as our subject with Luigi and a sand stormtrooper in the background. The 12-inch distance to Mario created satisfying bokeh from both phones; however, the Desire R8 struggled in this faint lighting environment.
Our Spider-Man Sphero toy stars in this next shot. With enough natural and artificial light, Spidey was able to stand out from the background. The Desire R8 produced the best bokeh effect here, although it looked overprocessed compared to the P10’s photo.
Going outdoors will give you the best results, as you can see with Isa’s portrait. The abundant amount of light balanced out the shadows and highlights, but the Desire R8 processed the image too much. The P10’s shot looks a bit flat, though you can always edit afterward.
So, how did the $200 Cherry Mobile phone stand up against Huawei’s flagship? For its price, the Desire R8 was able to put up a good fight. It showed aggressiveness in image processing, which made its shots look unnatural; we’re still surprised with its output, though. As long as you can find good lighting, you’ll be able to take a decent bokeh-rich shot.