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Redmi Note 7 Pro camera in-depth review: The best budget 48MP Sony IMX586

ByCheryl Evans 2019-03-26 5677

No wonder Redmi Note 7 Pro went out of stock in seconds! Compared with its predecessor, Redmi Note 7 whose main camera is considered a defect, Redmi Note 7 Pro uses the state-of-the-art smartphone camera sensor, Sony IMX586 instead of Samsung S5KGM1. More surprisingly, it is priced nearly 50% lower than Xiaomi 9, and Honor View 20 which use the same camera sensor. As a result, the latest smartphone is the most sought-after.

Want to know whether Redmi Note 7 Pro is worth buying? Let's find out more about its main camera, and you'll be amazed at how hard the sub-brand, Redmi tries to surpass the main brand, Xiaomi.


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Redmi Note 7 Pro camera specs

Redmi Note 7 Pro benefits from Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor with 48MP, f/1.8 aperture. Each of the pixels is only 0.8 micron in size, stacked onto the 1/2 inch unit. The sensor allows 8K video capture in good light, 4K true HDR, or just switch to 4K, interpolated 8K in poor light.

Different from Samsung S5KGM1, the 48MP of Note 7 Pro is not achieved through interpolation  but the direct output from the hardware, and the latest camera sensor also features HDR for vivid colors in all cases. Although users can barely detect the difference in image processing speed, Samsung S5KGM1 needs to be backed by algorithms and it takes a longer time to produce 48MP photos. However, IMX586 costs more, but it is more efficient than Samsung S5KGM1. Thus, you won't be disappointed at the camera of Note 7 Pro.

Let's compare IMX586 with other Sony CMOS sensors launched before and used in flagships at first.

Huawei P20 Pro
Redmi Note7 Pro
Huawei P20, MEIZU 15
Vivo NEX,Xiaomi Mix 2S
Sony Xperia XZ2

What are the advantages?

Such a big sensor size and high resolution are rarities. As for those who know the imaging well, the bigger the size of the sensor, the less noise will be in the night mode; the higher the resolution, the more details can be recorded. Simply put, smartphones using Sony IMX586 are more competitive than over 99.7% on the market, with sensor size only second to IMX600 used in Huawei P20 Pro.

The main camera supports 4-in-1 large pixel (1.6 microns) with "Quad Bayer'' filter to reduce noise by rearranging 4 adjacent pixels. By doing so, the wide dynamic range is four times as wide as traditional CMOS sensors, avoiding over-exposure in the strong light and under-exposure in low light. In addition to the handheld super night mode and 19.5:9 full-screen shot, Redmi Note 7 Pro is a big threat to Huawei P20 Pro, the king of the night shot. 

Seeing is believing

In the launch event on March 18, photos taken by Redmi Note 7 Pro were compared with those by Honor View 20. Have a look at them, and you'll immediately know that the former ones were more true-to-life.

Camera comparison of Redmi Note 7 Pro and Honor V20

The photo at the left presents much clearer woolen yarns and brighter colors, whereas, obviously, the right one is fuzzier and darker.

Camera comparison of Redmi Note 7 Pro and Honor V20

Similarly, after zooming multiple times, clearer details of the basket and the cord are in the left photo, as well as better lighting.

However, it's too early to make a decision. Generally, please notice that Redmi was playing the role of judge in the launch event, these photos might not show true objectivity. Give one more minute to yourself, and look at the photos we've got.

No matter photos are taken indoors and out, not only the colors but also the details are impressive. As for you, the beauty, amazement and excitement of your daily life or journey can be recorded perfectly forever. Furthermore, the photos are ready to be shared with friends on your favorite social media.

the distant shots of Redmi Note 7 Pro

the distant shots of Redmi Note 7 Pro

What about distant shots? Just have a quick glance at these three photos taken in Japan.

The first one is shot in strong sunlight, it's amazing that all details are retained. It is impossible to find the problem of over-exposure. The sky is so blue, and colors of both the car and the truck look great. Fix your eyes in the middle, and you'll feel the 3D effect better, just like being in the street of Ginza.

the distant shots of Redmi Note 7 Pro

Likewise, the colors of red and blue are rich and aesthetic in the second photo. No post-production is needed because even the details in the darker parts are wonderful.

the photos shot in strong sunlight by Redmi Note 7 pro

If you love the magnificent scenery of nature, you'll be greatly satisfied, too. The power of splashes, and the waves in the sea are overwhelming. The variations in brightness are so fascinating, reflecting the colors of the setting sun.

The scenery photos shot by Redmi Note 7 Pro

From the above, we can find that the white balance and colors of Redmi Note 7 Pro are outstanding. Next, let's move on to the night mode.

The two photos clearly demonstrate the high performance of Redmi Note 7 Pro in night mode. The normal AI mode meets most needs; when the luminous environment is more complicated or the light is insufficient, open the super night mode, and there will be a miraculous change. Evidently, the super night mode improves the wide dynamic range, in contrast, in the normal AI mode, there are too dark and too bright parts with fewer details.

the night shots of the Redmi NOte 7 Pro

the night shots of the Redmi NOte 7 Pro

What about the details when the photos are enlarged? Let's zoom in at first. What are the words above the door? ISMAIL BUILDINGS! After enlarging the photo, you can see such a tiny detail without the slightest difficulty.

Redmi Note 7 Pro camera performance

The verdict: The best budget choice

Equipped with Sony IMX586, Redmi Note 7 Pro is one of the best camera phones featuring high performance. Meanwhile, its affordable price moves all of us to tears. There is no denying that it will be the most popular in the first half year of 2019. Why not choose the winner of the cut-throat competition of smartphones?

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