Redmi Note 7 Pro Detailed Camera Review
we take a detailed look at the cameras on the new Redmi Note 7 Pro. I know you guys have been waiting for this one, but there are a some interesting things that I noticed while extensively testing out the cameras on this phone, so I didn’t want to rush this video out.
48 megapixel camera seems to be the new trend in the smartphone world, and as you guys might know it by now, Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the Sony IMX 586 sensor.
Which is the best 48 megapixel sensor fora smartphone, available right now.
Now having a 48 megapixel camera on a sub Rs. 15,000 phone is impressive, because the other phone with this same camera sensor isthe Honor View 20, and that one starts at Rs.
So how Xiaomi managed to pack that sensor and all the other tech in this sub 15,000Rs phone, is something everyone is wondering about.
We have a lot of things to cover, so this might be a slight longer video.
Keeping that in mind, let us quickly run down specs of all the cameras on this phone.
At the back Note 7 Pro comes with a dual camera setup.
Primary camera has a half inch, 48 megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor, with F/1.
8 aperture, and each individual pixel has a size of 0.8micron.
This does not sound like much, but the SonyIMX 586 sensor uses Pixel Binning, to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel, thus increasing the size of each individual pixel to 1.6micron.
Secondary camera gets a 5 megapixel depth sensor, with F/2.4 aperture.
None of these cameras have optical image stabilization.
Note 7 Pro is the 1st Redmi phone to support 4k 30fps video recording out of the box.
These videos are not stabilised, but at least now you have an option to shoot in 4K resolution.
You can also take 1080p 60fps videos, and again these are also not stabilized, but 1080p 30fps videos are electronically stabilized.
I observed some major issues while recording videos, but we will talk about them later on, when we look at the video samples.
So make sure you watch till the end.
Anyone might see or hear about 48 megapixel camera on a smartphone, and get very exited.
But having so many pixels on a half inch sensor,means each individual pixel will receive less light.
To make up for this, the Sony IMX586 sensor combines information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel and gives us a higher quality 12 megapixel image.
Most of the modes like HDR, portrait mode,night mode, and so on can only capture 12 megapixel images.
You can take higher resolution images by selecting the 48 megapixel mode, or by turning on that toggle in the Pro mode.
At the front, there is a 13 megapixel selfie camera under this water drop style notch.
And it has support for HDR and AI scene detection.
Camera interface is pretty similar to mostother Xiaomi phones, where you swipe in either direction to switch modes.
You can tap on these 3 lines on the top right,to go to settings, or if you want to switch to the 48 megapixel mode.
There is a pro mode, which lets you adjust the white balance, focus, shutter speed and ISO according to your liking.
Range of the shutter speed is from 1/1000s all the way to 32 seconds.
And range for ISO is from 100 to 3200.
You can take 48 megapixel images from this mode as well, but these is no option to shoot RAW images, even in pro mode.
Now there is a bit of shutter lag, or image processing time when you click images in 48 megapixel or portrait mode, or if you have the AI scene detection turned on.
This delay can be anywhere from a few milliseconds to upto 5/8 seconds.
This might not sound like a big deal if you only occasionally take images.
But for someone like me, whole likes to take many images back to back, this delay becomes frustrating after a while.
I hope Xiaomi is working on a software update to fix this issue.
Alright, with all that out of the way, let us now check out image and video samples from this phone.
Like always, I will start with well lit day light images.
It captures plenty of details in each shot.
All these images are sharp and have good amount of contrast in them.
Colours also accurate for the most part, butif you are not happy with the colours, contrast or saturation of these images, you can go into settings and fine tune each of these settings to get the look that you desire.
These are normal 12 megapixel images, and it is the default that this camera shoots in.
You can switch to the 48 megapixel mode, and here are few of the 48 megapixel images that I took.
Now here are same images captures in 12 megapixels and compared side by side.
Can you tell which one has more detail? Let me zoom in on the images, to make it a bit easier for you.
Now can you tell? Well the image on the right is shot in 48 megapixels,and the one on the left is shot in 12 megapixel.
Yes, 48 megapixel images are every so slightly more detailed, but I think the difference is not so vast that I would ask you guys to always shoot in that mode.
You can zoom in way more on 48 megapixel images,so it might be helpful while shooting landscapes.
But other than that, I would ask you guys to stick with the default 12 megapixel mode.
48 megapixel images also take up huge space,so if you shoot a lot of images in this mode, your phone’s internal storage will fill up in no time.
By default, dynamic range of this camera is pretty good, but with the HDR mode turned on, it gets even better.