“Music” The Redmi Note 5 Pro changed the camera game on budget smartphones for good, forcing the competition to include good set of cameras on their budget smartphones. Xiaomi continued doing this over and over with their Note 6 Pro and Note 7 Pro, and now the Note 8 Pro is here, and will it still continue this trend? Hey guys I am Sagar from Tecworkz, and in this video, lets find out, how good the cameras on this Redmi Note 8 Pro are.
For some reason most people usually associate the number of cameras on a smartphone with quality of cameras. So to ride on this wave of thoughts, Redmi included 5 cameras on this Redmi Note 8 Pro. Yes, you heard me right.
5 Cameras. 4 of which are placed at the back, and 1 at the front. Primary camera gets a new 64 megapixel sensor with F/1.9 aperture and 26mm lens. You might see or hear about 64 megapixel camera on a smartphone, and get very exited.
But having so many pixels on a small sized sensor, means each individual pixel will receive less light. To cope up with this, the 64 megapixel Samsung sensor uses pixel binning to combine information from 4 pixels into 1 pixels, giving us a sharper 16 megapixel image by default.
But if you want, you can take 64 megapixel images as well. Next camera gets a 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture and an 13mm ultra wide angle lens. Then there is a 2 megapixel camera with F/2.4 aperture, and this one gets a dedicated macro lens, which lets you get extremely close to any object.
Finally we have another 2 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture, and this camera is only used for sensing depth information for portrait shots. Note 8 Pro lets you shoot 4K 30fps videos, 1080p 30/60 and 120fps videos and 720p slow motion videos in upto 960fps.
At the front, there is a 20 megapixel camera with F/2.0 aperture, and it can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. Camera interface is pretty similar to most other Xiaomi phones, where you swipe in either direction to switch modes.
There is an option to switch lenses right above the shutter button. 0.6x button is for the wide lens, 1x is for the primary lens. There is also a 2x option, but there is no 2x lens on this phone. So when you press 2x, the phone just crops in on the image taken with the primary camera, so it is just digital zoom.
At the top we have the option to switch to the new macro lens. In the Pro mode, you can adjust all settings like white balance, focus, shutter speed, and ISO according to your liking. Shutter speed in this mode ranges from 1/1000th of a second, all the way to 32 seconds.
And the range for ISO is from 100 to 3200. You can take 64 megapixel images from this mode as well, but these is no option to shoot RAW images. Now before we get back to the image and video samples, if you are new to this channel, please make sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon next to it.
That way, you won’t miss out the amazing videos coming up on this channel. Starting with the day time images. As you can see, there are plenty of details in these 16 megapixel images. They are sharp and I think there is plenty of contrast.
These images look so good, it is hard to believe they came out of a budget smartphones. Colours look good and very pleasing. They are natural and accurate. If you want slightly punchy looking colours, turn on the AI scene detection mode.
By default, dynamic range of the primary camera is pretty good, but with the HDR mode turned on, it gets even better. Even with the HDR mode set to auto, it brings up lot more details from the shadows, while preserving the highlights.
In this image, we can see so many details inside the large hall, and at the same time, we could also make out what’s outside the windows in the bright light. Same is the case with this image. Note 8 Pro manages to bring out so many details from the shadows, while preserving most of the details in the highlights from outside the window.
Since the HDR mode really helps improve the images, I went ahead and left in on auto for almost all the images the I took. I like taking close up images, and I need the camera to set the focus quickly and accurately for these shots, which the Note 8 pro manages to do really well.
You can see the subjects in all these shots are in perfectly sharp focus, while the background is blurred out, thanks to the wide aperture. This phone also lets us get even closer to the subject for taking macro shots, thanks to the dedicated macro camera.
And I really like how good these images turned out. With plenty of light, you can get extremely close to the object and click very nice looking macro shots. This feature might not excite everyone, but if you are someone who likes to take close up and macro shots, you are going to love it.
Just like the Macro camera, there is a dedicated wide lens here, and it lets you take these cool looking shots, which you would not be able to take with the normal lens. You can in a way replicate images shot with a telephoto lens, by digitally cropping in on the images, like the Note 8 Pro does when you hit the 2x button.
But getting ultra wide shots without having an ultra wide lens is something that is hard to achieve digitally. This wide lens and the sensor behind it is not as good as the primary camera, so these images don’t look as sharp, or have as many details.
But they definitely come in handy in situations where you want to show the scale of things in your scene, or in situations where you just don’t have place to move back, but you still need to get your subject in the shot.
By default, the images from primary camera are shot at 16 megapixels using pixel binning, but you can switch to the 64 megapixel mode, if you want higher resolution images. And unlike the 48 megapixel images from the Note 7 Pro, these 64 megapixel images actually have more details than the 16 megapixel ones, and they are sharp even when you zoom in 3-4 times.
So if you want more detailed images and you are in brightly lit outdoor conditions, switch to the 64 megapixel mode, but you should also know that these images will be much larger in terms of file size.
And while taking images in lower light, stick to the 16 megapixel mode, since it uses pixel binning resulting in lower noise levels. Redmi smartphones have been one of the best when it comes to the portrait mode.
They have been learning and perfecting it over time, and now just look at how good it has got. The subject is in sharp focus, Edge detection is near perfect, there are no hard edges so the transition between the subject and the background looks seamless, and the background is blurred out nice and evenly.
Dynamic range while taking portrait shots should have been better, but the overall images still look very good. You can take portraits of objects, and the images turn out just as good, if not better. It can detect the edges perfectly even if the objects are as complex as this.
Looking at these images, it is hard to believe that they came out of a 15,000Rs. smartphone. As the light starts to go down, we start seeing some changes in the quality of images. It still does really well for a phone of its price, but you start to see a lot of noise creeping in these images.
Colours are still good, and the images look really good if you look at them on the screen of your phone. Note 8 Pro also handles the exposure from light really well. If you want to take even better images in lower light, you can switch to the night mode.
These night mode images have a bit more light and details and the noise levels are kept in check. In some situations the difference that this mode makes is very big and apparent, while in others, it is not that big.
In either case, you get better images with the night mode turned on. But these images do take a couple of seconds to capture, so make sure to hold your phone steady, and if you have people in your shot, as them to stay very still, else they might be blurred out.
That brings us to the 20 megapixel front facing camera. There are plenty of details in these selfies. I think there is a bit of artificial sharpening being applied to these images, but most people won’t mind it, as it makes the images feel more detailed.
You can take portrait selfies with the front facing camera. And even without the secondary depth sensing camera, it does a very good job of detecting the edges and blurring out the background, even if you have multiple people in the shot.
Here is a video from the front facing camera of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. You can see how it handles the overall colours of the scene, exposure and the stabilisation when I am walking around with it. 1080p 30fps videos are stabilised via electronic stabilisation.
These videos don’t look very impressive, as they are not of very high bit rate, and the exposure also changes abruptly, which doesn’t look good. 4K 30fps videos are not stabilised in any way, but they look nice and detailed, and with a bit of stabilisation applied via the google photos app, they can look really good.
Thankfully these videos are not as choppy as the videos from the Redmi Note 7 Pro were, when it first came out. So after looking at all these image and video samples, what do you think about the cameras on this Note 8 Pro? If it wasn’t clear from the video, personally I am very impressed with cameras on this phone.
For many of the images, specially while shooting in portrait mode, it is difficult to believe that a phone starting at Rs.14,999 can do such a great job. For this price, I personally think, you won’t find a better set of cameras right now.
So if you are looking for a new smartphone under Rs.20,000 and camera is your top priority, just don’t think too much and go with the Redmi Note 8 pro. Cameras on this phone are so good that I am going to HAVE to compare it with other bigger phones that I have.
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