Huawei Nova 3i Camera Review: AI-Assisted Cameras in a Budget

Huawei recently launched the Nova 3i, which, priced at Rs. 20,990, is the company’s first device to feature the all-new Kirin 710 chipset. One of the most standout features of the device is the quad camera setup, featuring dual lenses on both front and rear end. But, are these cameras really as good as Huawei claims them to be? Let’s find out, as we do an in-depth camera review of the Huawei Nova 3i:

Huawei Nova 3i Camera Review


The Huawei Nova 3i has a dual camera setup on the back, featuring a 16MP f/1.8 primary sensor and a 24MP f/1.8 secondary monochrome sensor. Unlike other mainstream smartphones, however, the device also packs a dual camera setup up front, featuring a 24MP f/2.0 primary sensor, coupled with a 2MP secondary sensor for depth perception.

Rear Cameras

  • Performance in Good Lighting Conditions

The lenses on the Nova 3i are pretty much the same as the Nova 3, and the image quality confirms that statement in high regards. The camera manages to produce images with rich colors and pixel-perfect sharpness. There is no loss in quality even while zooming at high levels, and the overall color reproduction is great.

  • Performance in Low Lighting Conditions

As for low-light performance, the 16MP f/1.8 primary sensor assisted by the monochrome sensor helps in adding detail, sharpness and dynamic range to the images. Using the auto mode with the AI enhancements turned on, the phone is easily able to capture ample amounts of light to deliver images that have a good amount of details, high dynamic range and little to no noise.

  • Portrait Mode Performance

The camera also offers a portrait mode that exhibits a great bokeh effect and decent edge detection, with the camera slightly faltering in low-light conditions. Sure, they are no match for the Pixels or the iPhone X, but it’s pretty damn good, and quite better than its competitors, especially at this price point.

  • How it Fares Against the Competition?

Sure, the camera is great, but how does it fare against its competitors? Well, I tried comparing the Nova 3i with the Honor Play and the Mi A2, and the results are quite satisfactory. While the Nova 3i manages to capture images better than the Honor Play, exhibiting better structure and colors, it does fall behind the Mi A2, which does boast of the best camera setup in the price bracket. Nonetheless, here’s a camera comparison between the three devices, so you can see for yourself:

  • Video Recording Performance

Video recording performance on the Huawei Nova 3i isn’t all that good, not because the video quality is bad, but because the smartphone lacks any kind of stabilization. The smartphone is capable of recording 4K footage at 30fps, but the lack of stabilization makes the videos very shaky even when keeping the phone as still as possible. Compared to the images captured by the device, I was disappointed by the video performance and I really wish Huawei had included some stabilization.

Front Camera Performance

On the front side, the Huawei Nova 3i packs in a 24MP f/2.0 primary sensor along with a 2MP secondary sensor for depth perception, similar to the Nova 3. What I find great about these cameras is that while generally, devices around this price point advertise themselves to be great selfie shooters, they often aren’t. However, the Nova 3i is pretty much a great selfie shooter as well. The front camera setup also has a portrait mode option which is capable of capturing decent portrait shots with good edge detection and a pleasant bokeh effect, and images are mostly social-media sharing ready.

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Huawei Nova 3i Camera Review: Better Than Most

All things considered, Huawei has done a fantastic job with the Nova 3i. In case you hadn’t already noticed, the sensors on the 3i are the same as found on the Nova 3, hence the superior image quality. The only complaint that I had with the camera setup was the lack of any kind of stabilization, barring which, the Nova 3i is a decent shooter at its price.

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  • Asad says:

    Who is the stupid (Wrote the review)??? You know nothing about its kibosh, gimcrack camera both front and back.
    comparing it AI camera with MI A1 its camera is good for nothing.
    Take pictures like a cartoon. Fucking beatify, looks like prisma 🙁

  • Prasanna Gautam says:

    How many AI cameras on nova 3

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