Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is the cheapest smartphone in the country to offer a 48-megapixel rear camera. Powered by Sony’s IMX586 sensor, Redmi Note 7 Pro also houses a 5-megapixel sensor on the back. The smartphone also uses machine learning algorithms to optimise the images.
Apart from dual-rear cameras, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro also supports 4K video recording at 30fps, which is quite high for an under Rs 15,000 smartphone. Before we hold forth with the camera review, here’s something you need to know about the much-hyped 48-megapixel camera.
The smartphone by default uses 12-megapixel sensor and you need to manually enable the 48MP mode to get started. Also, the camera app switches back to 12-megapixel mode once you’ve closed the application.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a bunch of modes such as Portrait, Night, Time lapse, Slow motion and Pro among others. Under the in-app settings, you can find some nifty features such as ability to scan QR codes, fingerprint shutter, and pre-set contrast, saturation, and sharpness levels.
Default 12-megapixel camera mode
Even as the 48-megapixel camera is the highlight of the phone, the default 12-megapixel mode isn’t a slouch either. Photos taken in the default mode with AI mode on deliver quite impressive results in daylight. There’s minor degradation in the quality in lowlight but is good enough for sharing on social networking platforms. With the 48-megapixel camera, you get richer details while contrast and saturation levels appear more or less the same.
After having enabled the 48-megapixel camera, you’ll notice a slight delay in image processing. The shutter button becomes unresponsive for a fraction of second, especially when the image is still under the process. This probably is a deliberate move from Xiaomi to prevent the app from crashing. The results, however, are quite impressive and worth the wait. The 48-megapixel photos are super rich in details which you can easily determine by zooming in on the photo. Some results might even surprise you with the sharper focus even after ultra zoom.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro does really well in daylight condition. You’ll love taking the camera outdoors to capture landscapes and even a few macro shots if you love close-up photography.
Night Mode and lowlight
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers pretty decent results in lowlight condition. It struggles with focus at times, especially when the subject has multiple light sources. But this is the case with the most of the mid-range and budget smartphones.
The dedicated night mode is quite impressive, though. It enhances brightness without losing clarity. It does oversaturate photos which Xiaomi would like to fix with its future software updates.
First Published: Mar 10, 2019 17:48 IST