Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5s Plus: Dual cameras compared

Here’s the ultimate battle of mid-range smartphones with dual-camera setup.


Dual camera setups have started becoming mainstream, even on affordable smartphones. The recently launched Moto G5s Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1 are the best examples. Priced under Rs 16,000, the USP of both devices is the dual-camera setup at the back. We pitted the two smartphones against each other to see which one performs better.

Before we go ahead and compare the photo quality, let’s first look at the camera specifications. Although both smartphones feature dual cameras, they have different setups. The Mi A1 sports a 12-megapixel sensor with wide-angle lens of f/2.2 aperture, and the other one is a 12-megapixel sensor with telephoto lens of f/2.6 aperture. The setup allows you to take standard photos using the wide-angle lens, whereas the telephoto lens offers two options – 2X optical lossless zoom, and portrait mode for DSLR-like bokeh effects. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A1 Review: Truly A1!

The Moto G5s Plus, on the other hand, features two 13-megapixel sensors – one is a color (RGB) sensor of f/2.0 aperture, and other is a monochrome (black and white) sensor of f/2.0 aperture. Both sensors work together to let you capture better photos, with more contrast and details. And the addition of monochrome sensor helps you capture better photos, even in low-light conditions. But specifications apart, does the dual cameras work as expected? Let’s find out. ALSO READ: Moto G5S Plus Review: A slight edge over its predecessor


We clicked the same shot on both smartphones, and while the photos look bright with enough details, the one shot on the Moto G5s Plus turned out to be a bit purplish. The Mi A1 did a better job in capturing details, colors and even the sky tone looks more on the natural side. Below are the sample photos.

Mi A1

xiaomi a1 outdoor

Moto G5s Plus

moto g5s plus outdoor


Next, we clicked some close-up shots of flowers. As you can see below, both, the Mi A1 and Moto G5s Plus are able to capture photos with adequate depth of field effects. However, if you look closely, the one shot on Mi A1 is brighter, detailed and reproduces punchy colors. Mi A1 takes the lead here.

Mi A1

xiaomi mi a1 close-up

Moto G5s Plus

moto g5s plus close-up


While both smartphones are capable of capturing photos in portrait mode, there is a difference in the way they capture. In case of Mi A1, it uses a telephoto lens, and as you can see in the sample below, the effect looks more natural. The Moto G5s Plus, on the other hand, uses software algorithms to determine depth. And while the effect does work to an extent, it looks artificial and there are areas besides the subject that are still in focus. Once again, Mi A1 takes the lead here.

Mi A1

xiaomi mi a1 - portrait

Moto G5s Plus

moto g5s plus portrait


In this case, the monochrome sensor on the Moto G5s Plus should ideally help in capturing sharp, and detailed photos in low-light. However, results paint a completely different picture. The photo turned out to be a bit blurry, dark and grains are clearly visible too. The Mi A1, on the other hand, was able to capture a better and brighter shot with minimal graininess.

Mi A1

xiaomi mi a1 low-light

Moto G5s Plus

moto g5s plus low-light

Low-Light with Flash

Lastly, we also shot photos in absolute low-light using the LED flash. This time around, the Moto G5s Plus took a decent shot. The flash was evenly distributed while accurately falling on the subject. The colors and details look good too. The Mi A1, on the other hand, has a brighter flash module, which lit up the entire scene, but the photo turned out to be blurry and washed out too. Look at the sample image below.

Mi A1

xiaomi mi a1 - with flash 2

Moto G5s Plus

moto g5s plus with flash

Xiaomi Mi A1 2X Optical Zoom

The telephoto lens on the Mi A1 also helps capture photos with 2X lossless optical zoom. We captured a number of shots, and as you can see in the sample shot below, the Mi A1 does a good job in capturing 2X zoom photo with adequate details.

xiaomi mi a1 2x sample shot

Overall, the Mi A1 turned out to offer better results in our test compared to the Moto G5s Plus. The telephoto lens with wide-angle lens setup also helps the Mi A1 to capture better portrait shots. If you’re looking for a mid-range smartphone with a good and all round performance, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a good option.

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Xiaomi Mi A1


Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0GHz Processor
12 MP (wide-angle) + 12 MP (telephoto)
Motorola Moto G5S+


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Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor
Dual 13MP cameras of aperture f/2.0
  • Published Date: September 29, 2017 4:29 PM IST