“Music” Hey Guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz. And I finally have the video that you guys have been waiting for, the detailed camera review of the Redmi K20 Pro. Most of you guys know this by now, that I don’t get review units, So I purchase these phones when they go on sale, just like you guys, which means some of these videos are a bit delayed.
On top of that, it has been raining continuously in my city, making it more difficult to get good image samples. But I think its better late than never, and I know this video is still going to help a lot of you guy.
Now I spent a lot of time taking images in various lighting conditions, and I have also included lot of videos samples from all the lenses and some interesting slow motion videos. Not only that, but I also took few images with the Gcam app for the phone, so make sure you watch the complete video.
Redmi K20 Pro comes with a triple camera setup. But before we go ahead and check these 3 cameras, let’s take a few moments to talk about the skins that you see on my K20 Pro. These skins are from our sponsors of this video Capes India.
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Head over to Capes India’s website from the link in the description and use the coupon ‘tecworkz’ to get 10% off on your order. Primary camera on this K20 Pro gets the same 48 megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor that we saw on so many phones this year.
On this phone it is coupled with F/1.8 aperture and a 26mm lens. Next camera gets a 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture and a 53mm lens which gives us 2x optical zoom. There have been rumours going around that this telephoto lens is nor working or it is fake.
Don’t worry, it is working as it should and I will talk more about it when we look at the image samples. 3rd and the final camera comes with a 13 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture, and this one gets a 12mm super wide angle lens.
You can take 4k videos in up 60fps, and the interesting thing is, you can take these 4k 60fps videos with all the 3 rear cameras. We don’t see many smartphone manufacturers giving us this feature. It can also take 1080p videos in 30/60/120 and 240fps and this one is my favourite, it can even record 960fps super slow motion videos in 1080p resolution.
The motorised pop up front facing camera gets a 20 megapixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture. With all these specs out of the way, let us now get to the image and video samples from this K20 Pro. Starting with the daylight shots.
By now, we know that the 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor captures a lot of details, and the Redmi K20 Pro is no different. There is a good amount of sharpness to these images and the contrast levels are also maintained well in almost all of these shots.
Even as we zoom in on some of these shot, we see that they hold their details. Colours look good for the most part. Overall white balance of these shots is slightly on the warmer side, which depending on your colour preference you may or may not like.
I personally feel the colours turned out pretty good, specially given the overcast lighting conditions. The dynamic range in the normal auto mode is not that great, but with the HDR mode turned on, things get a lot better.
It does well to bring up lot of details from the shadows, while preserving the information from highlights. In this particular image, difference that the HDR mode makes is very apparent. But for posting on social media I think the image without HDR mode is better as it looks more dramatic.
Here is another image showing how much information can be brought back from shadows if you use the HDR mode. As I was taking these shots, the weather suddenly got better, with bright blue sky and some clouds came along.
Or at least that is what I wished would happen, so I could take these images. But even if the weather didn’t change, the sky replacement feature on the K20 Pro allowed me to manipulate the sky in these images, to make it look like the sun actually came out.
To access this feature, in the gallery, go to an image with sky in it, tap on this edit button, select filter and tap on sky. Now this gives you various choices. You have 6 different types of sky to choose from, and you can even adjust the amount of the filter applied by moving this slider around.
If you look closely, with the sky the overall reflections and some subtle tones of the image also change colour, making it very difficult to guess which one if the ordinal image. It’s such a cool feature to experiment and play with.
Now the K20 Pro has 3 cameras at the back and all 3 have different focal lengths. Thanks to which, you can take wide, normal, and 2x optically zoomed images like this, by standing at the same spot. Like with most other phones with multiple cameras, wide and telephoto cameras are not as sharp at the images from the primary camera, but it is still great to have this option.
I like the wide lens in particular, as it gives these images a very unique perspective. Now, some of you might have heard that the telephoto lens on the K20 Pro is fake or it is not working, because you can take 2x images even when this lens is covered.
Let me explain how this telephoto lens works on this and all smartphones in the market.This camera uses a lower megapixel sensor with a smaller aperture value than the primary sensor. So it needs lot of light to capture detailed images.
Most of the times when you are indoors or in lower lighting situations, there is less light so this sensor is not able to produce detailed images and there might be lot of noise. So what all these phones do is use the primary camera (which has a much better quality sensor and wider aperture), to capture these images and then digitally zoom or crop in on a particular part of an image.
These digitally zoomed images from primary camera are better than optically zoomed images from the telephoto cameras in lower light. Every smartphone manufacturer uses this method to give you best possible results.
And some smartphones are smart enough to use this method even if there is plenty of light but the telephoto lens is partially or fully covered by your finger. So don’t worry, telephoto lens on this K20 Pro is working just as it should.
Moving on, all the images from the primary camera have been shot in the default 12 megapixel mode, which uses pixel binning to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixel, giving us a denser detailed image.
But if you want, you do get an option to take 48 megapixel images. Here are a few 48 megapixel images compared with the 12 megapixel ones. The difference is so little, that most people might not even notice even after zooming in 2-3 times.
So I would suggest you to stick with the normal 12 megapixel mode for almost all of your shots. Moving towards the close up shots. Primary camera is fast at setting the focus on a particular object. The subject is in perfect sharp focus, and thanks to the wide F/1.
8 aperture, background gets a nice optical blur. it is very fast at latching on to the focus on a nearly object. Just move the camera close to any object and it just grabs on to the focus. If you love taking portrait shots, the Redmi K20 Pro won’t disappoint you.
It is good at detecting the edges and separating the subject from background. Edge detection might not be perfect in every shot, but almost all of the portrait shots look pretty good. You can choose to take the portrait shots with the primary camera, or use the telephoto camera to take these shots.
While the portraits from the telephoto lens have more natural look to them, I feel the ones from primary camera are sharper and show better colours. It does equally well while taking portrait shots of objects.
I feel that the edge detection is much better than any of the previous Redmi smartphones. And thanks to the option of taking portraits from primary or telephoto lens, you dont have to worry about walking away from the subject to get these shots, just switching the lens does the job.
Specially in indoor or artificial lighting conditions, where the portrait shots are much better from the primary lens. Coming to indoor, artificial and lower lighting situations. These images look good, specially if you look at them on a smartphone.
There is a bit of noise creeping in, but it’s visible only if you zoom in a lot. K20 Pro does really well while handling the exposure from lights in these situations. And you can see plenty of details in these shots, if there is even a small source of light nearby.
If these images are not good enough for you, there is a night mode to help you take even brighter and better images in lower light. Look at how much more light, details and sharpness this mode brings in.
Only downside is, like in most phones, these night mode images take a couple of seconds to capture, so its better to try this mode on non moving objects or scenes. Now many of you guys always ask me to make videos about Gcam.
Keeping that in mind, I have included some Gcam samples form the K20 Pro in this video itself. Here is a low light image compared with the Gcam image. We can clearly see the Gcam image being a bit brighter.
And now here are same images shot in night mode on both the apps. In this case, the night mode image from the native app of the K20 Pro turned out better than the night mode image from the Gcam. Here are the next set of images.
Again the auto mode image from the Gcam is slightly brighter. And here are same images with night mode from both the apps. In this case Gcam gave a bit brighter image, but it also added a lot of noise, where as the image from the K20 Pro’s native camera has less noise and looks more balanced.
Moving on to the next set of images, we see the same trend continue. Normal auto mode images are slightly better from the Gcam, but the night mode images are better from the native camera app of the K20 Pro.
Like you guys, I also expected the night mode images from the Gcam to be much better but that’s not the case. Here are a few images from the Gcam and native app in day time. Here, the difference gets even narrower.
It’s only when you zoom in a lot, you might notice the images from Gcam being tad bit sharper. But even then the difference is so little, that I would say its better to stick with the native camera app for almost all of your images.
That brings us to the front facing camera. I have said this before, that i am not a fan of this pop up mechanism fro the front facing cameras. I would much rather have a small notch than this mechanism.
This 20 megapixel selfie camera can actually take some amazing detailed images. I feel that this might be the best selfie camera that Redmi has ever included on their smartphones. I did see MKBHD’s video about this phone, and I know he said its really bad, but I think he might have got a defective unit, because I have the same exact phone, and the results are in front of you.
It does really well with the portrait selfies as well. Edge detection is at par with the other phones in its price range, and overall colours and dynamic range also seems pretty good. You can take 4K 60fps videos with this phone, and you can do this with all 3 rear cameras.
You can’t switch lenses while recording videos, but its cool that we have this option. 60fps videos are not stabilised in any way, but 30fps videos get electronic stabilisation. You can also shoot 1080p slow motion videos at 120, 240 and even 960fps, and this is insane.
Redmi has done a great job with the cameras on this K20 Pro. I think, other than the lack of OIS on the primary camera, there isn’t a lot to complain about. It is worth mentioning that, telephoto and wide cameras are not as sharp as the primary camera, but we see this trend on almost all the smartphones which are priced even higher than the K20 Pro, so we sort of expect that by now.
With the ability to take 4K 60fps videos with all 3 lenses, 960fps slow motion videos at 1080p resolution, smart features like sky replacement and various effects in portrait shots editor, I think the K20 Pro offers one of the best set of cameras at this price point.
I will definitely compare these cameras with the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, Realme X and even the Redmi Note 7 Pro, to see where does it stand in comparison. So make sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon next to it.
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