As with other features, you wouldn't expect to get a world-beating phone on a £120 camera, and the Obi MV1 is in no danger of exceeding expectations.

It's not a total loss though – it comes with an 8MP rear camera, which can actually take some surprisingly good photos.

Obi MV1 review

There's face detection software, which makes it easier to grab accurately focused shots of people, but I found that tap-to-focus really struggled on the MV1.

In theory you can tap on the screen to set the focus point, but the camera never focused on what I wanted it to – I would sometimes spend ages tapping, and it either focused on something else, or didn't focus at all.

If you just want to take a quick shot the MV1 doesn't make it that easy – and that's an issue when all the competing handsets are strong on autofocus.

Obi MV1 review

I did find the resolution of the images quite impressive though; you won't be embarrassed to upload these to social media, although you also won't be troubling many photography competition juries.

You can also record Full HD video at 30fps. That's all you're really going to need from the MV1, and the quality was pretty good.

The process of shooting video is confusing though. As soon as you tap the video camera button the MV1 starts recording, where most other phones require you to first tap the video icon, and then press a dedicated record button.

Obi MV1 review

The quality of the video is the most important thing, though and you won't be disappointed unless you're looking for 4K levels of quality – in which case you won't be buying this phone.

On the front of the phone there's a 2MP camera. After using a variety of cheap but decent-quality Chinese handsets recently I'd forgotten how rubbish a properly low-end selfie camera can be, and I was immediately disappointed when I tried to take a selfie on the MV1.

The camera's field of view is very cramped, so it's hard to get everything – or everyone – that you want into the shot. On top of that, every image I did manage to take turned out grainy. That's just a fault of phones in this price bracket though, and if you're want a phone this cheap you'll be lucky to get a good selfie shooter.

Camera samples

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The flash on the Obi MV1 is strong, and this shot taken in a dark room turned out well

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The detail resolution of the camera was impressive; here it's also reproduced the colors accurately

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The camera struggles with close-ups, with autofocus becoming an issue

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This image turned out darker than the scene appeared in real life, but the detail is well preserved

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When subjects are well lit the MV1 can take some really nice shots considering it's only an 8MP shooter

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Another example of the MV1 struggling to focus when you get up close and personal

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The auto-focus has struggled here too, and the image is a little soft

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