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Battle for Smartphone Camera Supremacy – Huawei Nova 3i vs OPPO F9

Nova 3i vs F9

The Huawei Nova 3i and the OPPO F9 are both under the mid-range category. Both are equipped with bang for the buck specifications and beautiful color options that will surely catch the attention of the consumers.

But when it comes to mobile photography, which device do you think has the advantage? Let’s find out!

Nova 3i vs F9

Huawei Nova 3i Vs OPPO F9 Specs

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Nova 3i vs F9

The Huawei Nova 3i has a quad-camera setup composed of a 16MP (f/2.2 aperture) plus a 2MP for depth sensing at the back and a 24MP (f/2.0 aperture) plus 2MP camera on the front. The Nova 3i has the new Master AI on both front and back camera that automatically detects the scene and adjust the right camera settings.

While the OPPO F9 also has a dual rear camera with a 16MP (f/1.8 aperture) plus a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a single 25MP (f/2.0 aperture) camera. It also has an AI scene recognition on its rear camera and AI Beauty Recognition technology on its front camera.

Let the battle begin!

Outdoor (day light)

close-up shot

Depth of field test


portrait mode

Outdoor Selfie (day light)

with bokeh effect

Indoor (Slightly low-light)

Indoor Selfie

regular selfie

with bokeh effect

with sticker

Outdoor (night)


For us, we noticed that the Huawei Nova 3i has a better performance in day light shooting as compared to the OPPO F9. The colors on the Nova 3i are more vivid and much pleasing to the eyes even when you turned off the AI feature. The Nova 3i also excels in shooting Portraits and taking pictures with Bokeh effect specially on the front since it has a dual camera setup. Meanwhile, during low-light or night time, the Nova 3i and the OPPO F9 are just draw because there are times that the OPPO F9 shot the clearer photo and there are times that the Nova 3i has the more lively colors. And lastly, when it comes to selfie, the Nova 3i always has the brighter shots, bokeh effect is more precise and the edge detection is more cleaner since it has a dual front camera system. We also love the new camera effects on the Nova 3i like the 3D Qmoji that has 8 different characters that follows your facial expressions which you can record as a GIF and use them on messaging instead of emoji. Another one is the Gesture Effect that has different real-time animation depends on your hand gestures. And lastly, the Backgrounds that allows you to change your background literally with built-in backgrounds or you can also take / download a photo that you prefer.

In conclusion, both phones have their own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe it’s just a matter of which one you prefer the most, and for us, it is the Huawei Nova 3i who catches our eyes in this battle.

The Huawei Nova 3i has a retail price of PHP 15,990 while the OPPO F9 has a retail price of PHP 17,990.

How about you? Do you agree with us? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

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