MyPhone Rio 2 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 are arguably two of the most popular handsets in the country today under 6000 pesos. Both have good value for money, great design, good build quality and camera. Today we'll put them in a mini shootout comparing the camera performance of the handsets in bad lighting condition.

MyPhone Rio 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 Mini Camera Shootout! (Poor Lighting Condition)
Rio 2 and Redmi 2 side by side
Mini Photo comparisons


MyPhone Rio 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 Mini Camera Shootout! (Poor Lighting Condition)
Selfie dim lighting
(Redmi 2 - Rio 2)
When it comes to taking selfies in the dark, both handsets performed very well. I was actually surprised on how good the front camera of the Redmi 2 looks given that it's using just a 2 MP sensor. It also has that beautified filtered effect and very fast shutter speed for your selfie enjoyment. However, the Rio 2 is the real surprise here, I did not expect it to even compete with the Redmi 2 even at 5 MP due to the great experience the I had with old Redmi 1S. The Rio 2 exceeded my expectations and was able to perform even better than the Redmi 2. The colors look more natural, unfiltered and detailed! To my delight it even have better range and was able to get more light to make it look clearer.

Final Score: Redmi 2 (0) Rio 2 (1)

MyPhone Rio 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 Mini Camera Shootout! (Poor Lighting Condition)
Lights off selfie
(Redmi 2 - Rio 2)
In this area, Redmi 2 clearly prevailed wherein the Rio 2 doesn't look that visible when compared. Both still performed acceptable even with very poor lighting.

Score: Redmi 2 (1) Rio 2 (1)

MyPhone Rio 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 Mini Camera Shootout! (Poor Lighting Condition)
Lights off HDR
(Redmi 2 - Rio 2)
In this part we decided to turn off the light and took photos in HDR. Again, to my surprise I was able to get visible images from both devices even in the dark. However, the Rio 2 exceeded  my expectations again and beat the Redmi 2 in this portion.

Note: Both uses an 8 MP rear camera sensor

Score: Redmi 2 (1) Rio 2 (2)


MyPhone Rio 2 Vs Xiaomi Redmi 2 Mini Camera Shootout! (Poor Lighting Condition)
Lights off Flash
(Redmi 2 - Rio 2)
Then we turn the flash on and took the photo! The result was again pleasing to my eyes, the Redmi 2 was able to capture the clearer photo this time even if it's a bit overexposed, the Rio 2 was duller in colors but appears to be a bit sharper in details. If the photo lighting is adjusted, the Rio 2 wins, if we leave it this way Redmi 2 wins.

Final Score: Redmi 2 (2) Rio 2 (2)

It's a close call and a tie in the battle at low light! for me! While the overall performance of Redmi 2 (especially the UI) and LTE connectivity makes it a more solid buy, there's no denying that the camera capability of Rio 2 can keep up with the highly regarded Xiaomi Redmi 2 except shutter speed.

Check out our reviews of these 2 great devices...

For our review of the Rio 2: Click Here!
For our review of the Redmi 2: Click Here!
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