Camera Shootout – Ulefone Be Touch 2, Bluboo X550

As my daily driver, the Bluboo X550 currently serves me well. How does then the camera stack up against the Ulefone Be Touch 2, my previous daily driver?

Note: The Ulefone Be Touch 2 has had a previous camera shootout with 2 other devices, check it out here.

The Bluboo X550 carries an Omnivision OV8865 sensor, one of Omnivision’s newer sensors, while the Ulefone Be Touch 2 carries the widely used SONY IMX214 sensor. Both have their pros and cons, and here we’ll compare them. Do note that all shots were taken in daylight, as the Ulefone Be Touch 2’s night shots are extremely noisy and cannot be used to do a fair comparison.

General Clarity and Colours

UBT2 vs. BX550 - Close shot

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Comparing the Ulefone Be Touch 2 and Bluboo X550’s clarity, we can notice that the Ulefone Be Touch 2’s IMX214 sensor does take pictures that are sharper and cleaner, while on the Bluboo X550 the photos don’t seem to be that clear. However, both are able to capture detail pretty well.

As you can see here the colours are also slightly different. While both colours are slightly off the real colour of the coin, the Bluboo X550 still provides a more true colour, while the Be Touch 2’s colour is slightly pinkish.

UBT2 vs. BX550 - Object shot with background

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Here we can see that the Bluboo X550’s sensor is slightly more wide angled, as the shot was taken at the exact same place. Looking closer at the original photos, we can also see that the texture on the Xiaomi Pistons 2 earpiece can be seen sharper and clearer on the photo taken by the Be Touch 2, while again the Bluboo X550 lacks in sharpness. The colours in here seem almost exactly the same.

UBT2 vs. BX550 - Outline shot

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This shot is slightly different. While in the first photo comparison the Bluboo X550 had a more natural colour, in this case the Be Touch 2 had a more natural colour, capturing the brownish-ness of the reflection on the keyboard nicely.

It should also be noted that the Bluboo X550 has a much faster shutter speed, while the Be Touch 2 seems to lag when focusing, and has a slower shutter speed. The Bluboo X550 also has a larger F-stop aperture.

Detailed Comparison

Taking a look at an outdoor shot taken by both devices, we can see some major differences. This scene was chosen for its colours and level of detail, so that a detailed comparison can be made.

UBT2 vs. BX550 - Detailed 1

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Here we can see an obvious difference when simply looking at the 2 photos side-by-side. The colours are a lot different, and while at first glance cannot be seen, the clarity of the photos are also different.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the colour of the trees. You can see that they are a lot different, with the Bluboo X550’s green being slightly more brownish, while the Be Touch 2’s green being quite saturated. I’d say the Be Touch 2 wins here with the fuller greens. Again when looking at the buildings through the leaves, you can see the difference in clarity.

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Speaking of clarity, let’s take a look on the right. Again we see that the colours of the Be Touch 2 seems a little fuller than the Bluboo X550’s, but this time at first glance the sharpness seems to be almost the same, with the Be Touch 2 being only slightly more sharper. If we look closer though, especially at the brick walls, you will notice the the outlines on the Bluboo X550 are not as clear as on the Be Touch 2.

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The original photos can be found below for further analysis.

Original Photos (Be Touch 2)

Original Photos (Bluboo X550)

Conclusion

From here honestly I’d say the Ulefone Be Touch 2 does win in terms of daylight shots, though its capture speed and focus speed has space for a lot more improvements. The Be Touch 2 could also do better in night shots, as the photos were too noisy for any proper comparison. The Bluboo X550, while providing a more natural colour fails to deliver saturation, and also lacks behind in clarity and sharpness. However, it does handle detail fairly well, and is only short of edge sharpness. The Ulefone Be Touch 2’s camera still wins here.