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Realme X Detailed Camera Review With Gcam Samples

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Realme X Detailed Camera Review With Gcam Samples

“Music” Hey Guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz. And here is my detailed camera review of the Realme X. You guys have been asking for this videos, ever since this phone was announced. So I purchased it as soon as it went for sale in India.

But since then it has been raining continuously in my city, it made difficult for me to get these samples, making this video a bit late. That gave me some time to shoot lot of image and video samples in various lighting conditions.

I’ve also included a few image samples that I shot with the Gcam app for this Realme X towards the end of this video, so make sure you watch the complete video. Just like the Realme 3 Pro, this Realme X also come with a dual camera setup at the back.

While both the camera modules might look same at a glance, we actually have an upgraded set of cameras at the back of the Realme X. It gets the 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor as its primary sensor, and it is coupled with F/1.

7 aperture and a 26mm lens. Secondary camera gets a 5 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.4 aperture, and it is only used for sensing depth information for portrait shots. It can shoot 4k videos at 30fps, 1080p videos at upto 120fps and 240 or 960fps slow motion videos at 720p resolution.

The motorised pop up front facing camera gets a 16 megapixel sensor with F/2.0 aperture, and 25mm wide lens. Before getting to the image and video samples, lets us talk about these skins for the Realme X from out sponsor Capes India.

They offer a wide variety of skins in various designs for lot of devices. Since the back of the Realme X is made of glossy plastic, it gathers scratches very easily. Using Capes India skins will help you protect the back from getting scratched, and it also provides a good grip to the back your device, making it less likely to slip out of your hands.

Head over to Capes India’s website by clicking on the link in the description, and use the coupon ‘tecworkz’ to get a 10% discount on your order. Starting with the daylight images. Now as I mentioned before, it has been raining in my city for the last few weeks, so I couldn’t get any images in bright sunny light.

But these images in overcast conditions should give you a pretty good idea of the cameras that this Realme X packs in. There is no shortage of details in these daylight images. The primary camera, manages to capture sharp and detailed images even when you get indoors during the day.

I feel the colours that this Realme X captures are a bit more saturated than the actual scene, and there is also a bit more contrast in these images. I like the colours to be represented accurately in my images, but colour is a personal choice, and some of you may prefer these saturated punchy colours, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Dynamic range of this primary camera is not the best in the auto mode. it tries to make thins a bit better when you switch the HDR mode on, but even then, there is not a huge improvement in most of these images.

It does bring up some details from the shadows, when the HDR mode is turned on, but doesn’t too a very good job of preserving the highlights. In some of the shots like this, when the HDR mode does make a big difference, the image starts to look very processed, as you can see here.

All these have been 12 megapixel images shot in auto mode, but if you want, you can shoot 48 megapixel images with this Realme X. If you have been watching my video for some time, you might know this, that the 48 megapixel images barely have any more details than the normal 12 megapixel ones.

And in many cases those even show more noise than the 12 megapixel ones, specially in lower light. On top of that, these 48 megapixel images are also huge in terms of file size, without giving us any noticeable advantage over the default 12 megapixel images.

So I always suggest you guys to stick with the default 12 megapixel mode for all of your shot. If you still want to use the 48 megapixel mode, try and limit its use for take photos of landscapes, or architecture and that too when there is plenty of light around.

Coming to the close up shots. Realme X is very quick at switching the focus from far to near objects, which means it makes it very easy to set the focus on a nearby object, so you can get amazing close up shots like these.

The subject is in perfect sharp focus, and thanks to the wide F/1.7 aperture, the background gets a very nice optical blur. I love taking these close up shots, just as much as I love taking portrait shots.

I know many of you guys don’t even use the portrait mode, but for me, this is one of the most used modes on any smartphone. And I switch to the portrait mode, when ever I have people in my shot. Realme X does well to separate the subject from the background, and the overall image has a nice look to it.

That being said, the edge detection is not perfect, and as you can see it missed out on certain parts of the glass or the cap in this image. I hope Realme is aware of this, and is working on making this mode better with software updates.

Realme X can also take portrait mode images of objects, and I feel the edge detection is a bit better while capturing these shots. BTW guys, I am curious that how many of you actually use the Portrait mode to take images of objects.

I have been told that, I am one of the very few people who do it, but I am sure there are quite a few of you who do this too. So if you are someone who does this, let me know in the comments. Moving on to indoor, artificial and lower lighting situations.

Just like the Realme 3 Pro, Realme X also does really well even when the light goes down. These images might not be as detailed as from some of the flagship smartphones, but for a phone which is starting at under 20,000Rs.

these results are pretty impressive. Just look at the amount of details in these shots. Sure, you will see some noise as we zoom in, but that is true with any phone that we have in the market. And the Realme X continues to show good focusing speeds even in such low lighting conditions.

But if these images are not good or detailed enough for you, then there is a nightscape mode, which helps it take even better images in lower light. Difference is not as big as the night mode of the Pixel phones, but the images shot with the night sight mode on the Realme X, do have a bit more light and details in them.

There is also a lot of noise in some of these night sight shots, but what would you prefer, dark images with no noise and barely anything to see, or good looking images with some amount of noise creeping in? I know I prefer the later.

But like with most other phones, these nightsight images take a few seconds to capture, so you need to hold the phone steady and your subject also need to be steady for these images to be good and sharp.

I find it best to use the nightsight mode for capturing non moving objects or scenes. You guys always as me to make these videos again with Gcam installed on these phones. So keeping that in mind, I have included a few Gcam samples in this video itself.

It was pretty overcast, so I had the HDR mode enabled on the native camera app, and HDR plus enhanced turned on on the Gcam app. And yes I have also adjust the HDR and saturation parameters in the Gcam app, to get the best possible results.

With that, we see the HDR mode on Realme X’s native camera app gave us better looking image. Now there is less noise and slightly better details in the Gcam’s image, but you wont notice it unless you zoom in a lot.

And the overall image from the Native camera app looks better in the 1st look. We see same thing in this second set of images. And there is a bit more saturation in the image from the native camera app, which depending on your colour preference you may or may not like.

The images from Gcam are good and have more details, but you will need to edit them a bit so they look even better. But I like how Realme has optimised the software on the Realme X, so most of the images look good straight out of the camera.

The real magic of the Gcam app is unleashed when we move to lower lighting situations. Right out of the camera, even in the auto mode, we see the image from the Gcam shows much more details, whereas the one from the native camera app is just too soft.

Things get even better when the Night mode on the Gcam and night sight mode on the native app is turned on. Now there is already a good amount of light in this image so the difference is not very apparent unless we zoom in.

There is a much bigger difference once we move to even lower lighting situations. This was the actual amount of light present, and the native camera app on the Realme X in the auto mode shows a lot of noise in the image.

And here is the same image shot with the auto mode on the Gcam app. Just look at the difference. Things get even interesting with the night mode turned on, on both the apps. Now please look past the slight motion blur captured in the night mode image from the Gcam, as it was because my hand moved a bit while taking this image.

But even then, look at the amount of light being captured by the Gcam. And it also shows more details as we zoom in, while the image from the native app on Realme X just looks like a water coloured picture, when we zoom in.

You will see this trend in all of the following images. So although the Gcam app is not very useful while taking images in daylight, it takes so much better images once the light goes down. So if you take lot of images in lower light, give the Gcam mod a try.

Just be aware that it is difficult to find a working Gcam mod for the Realme X, and even if you do find one that works fine, you will have to dig deep in the settings and make a lot of changes for the images to turn out just the way you like them.

In the description, I will leave a link to the Gcam mod that I used for this video. That bring us to the front facing camera. The 16 megapixel front facing camera is good for capturing everyday selfies.

It captures lot of details, with good colours and overall images look pleasing. But the sensor doesn’t seem like it offers 16 megapixel worth of details, if you know what I mean. I feel the Realme 3 Pro has got a slightly better selfie camera.

We will of course compare the two in their camera comparison video, which should be coming out in the next few days. It is good at taking portrait selfies. Edge detection is good, but the dynamic range while taking the portrait shots take a big hit.

And in most of the cases where we would expect the background to be well exposed, this Realme X just blows it completely, and almost all of the details are lost. It can take 4K 30fps videos. These videos are not stabilised.

You get electronic stabilisation, when you switch to 1080p resolution. Realme X can take 1080p slow motion videos in 120fps. And it can go even further to take 240fps or 960fps slow motion videos in 720p resolution, and here are a few examples of that.

After looking at all the image and video samples from Realme X, I have to say I am impressed with the cameras on this phone. Images turned out to be really good in almost all lighting conditions, and I don’t think there is too much to complain about here.

Which means this is a very good phone to consider, if you are in the market for a new smartphone under Rs.20,000 with really good cameras. And it also means that the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro have a got a very tough competition in the camera department.

To find out which one of these have a better set of camera, I am going to put them up against each other in one of my next videos. So make sure you are subscribed to the channel and have the notifications turned on, so you don’t miss when those videos come out.

Until then, if you are planing to get the Realme X, I will appreciate if you get it from the affiliate link in the description section. Doing this helps the channel, at no extra cost to you. That is it for this video guys.

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Take care.

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