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Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Camera Review - Affordable Dual Cam

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At just PHP 9,999, the Cherry Mobile Desire R8 is definitely one of the most affordable smartphone in the country with legitimate dual camera setup today.
Cherry Mobile Desire R8 Quick Camera Review
Legit dual cam!

Related: Meet Cherry Mobile Desire R8, Capable Affordable Dual Cam?

In particular, its 64 bit MT6750T octa core processor has Dual ISP to support its 13 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX258 + 5 MP f/2.0 OV5675 dual rear cameras. It's also paired with autofocus, BSI, and dual tone LED flash.
Refocus and variable aperture adjustment
Refocus and variable aperture adjustment

Camera software is still very basic. It only has HDR and few filters even if it has RAW output support. But, just like Huawei dual camera devices, the Cherry Mobile Desire R8 has the ability to refocus and adjust variable aperture on the gallery app even after taking the shot if you took via dual camera mode.
Normal vs dual cam mode
Normal vs dual cam mode

You can manually adjust the the digital aperture value from f/9.0 to as low as f/0.8 and change the focus of your subject digitally.

As a result, shots taken on dual camera mode has deeper background blur / depth of field for bokeh.

Tip: For best results, make sure that the distance of your subject is below 2 meters.


Normal Mode

On normal mode, the Cherry Mobile Desire R8 has promising results. While focus and shooting speed is isn't fast, it can produce great punchy color tones with pretty sharp details and good dynamic range on daylight.

There are few times, we experienced over-sharpening and not that accurate white balance though. In lowlight, results are hit or miss even on HDR mode. Use the flash as much as possible. Focus and shooting speed isn't fast as well.

Selfie camera isn't great for indoor use, but at least it has flash to make you visible even in very dark places.

Camera Samples

Daylight
Daylight
Indoor well lit
Indoor well lit
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Decent indoor lowlight shot!
Decent indoor lowlight shot!
Night sample that's lacking in details
Night sample that's lacking in details
Grainy indoor selfie
Grainy indoor selfie
Selfie flash
Selfie flash, decent enough

Dual Camera Mode

For dual cam or bokeh mode, the Desire R8 performed better than expected. There are times you'll get terrible blurred out corners, but when you hit it right, results are good to wonderful!

The depth or background blur is isn't just natural looking compared w/ bigger DSLR cameras, but for a smartphone, this will do!

Bokeh Camera Samples

Good daylight bokeh shot at f/0.8
Good daylight bokeh shot at f/0.8
Indoor bokeh 1
Indoor bokeh 1
Indoor bokeh 2
Indoor bokeh 2
Dim light bokeh
Dim light bokeh

Verdict

The Cherry Mobile Desire R8 is a capable daylight shooter under PHP 10K. It has great resolved details and good colors most of the time. The bokeh mode is also promising if you know how to use it right.

But, Cherry Mobile still needs to improve on few things. Focus and shooting speed should be faster and lowlight performance could be better.

Cherry should also work on making a better camera software. It's still too plain and limited for us.


Note: For videos, it can shoot up to 1080p at 30 fps behind and 480p in front.
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