Redmi Note 7 Review

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A big 48MPhường main camera aided by a 5MPhường depth sensor

The huge 48MP sensor on the back of the Redmày chú ý 7 should take some sweet daylight and nighttime shots. The sensor is quite big at 1/2", though the individual px size is not that large at 0.8µm pixels.

The sensor uses a Quad Bayer arrangement where four pixels are grouped in a square under a filter of the same color so a 12MPhường capture is almost like it"s been captured by 12 million big 1.6µm pixels. If you capture 48MPhường photos with this thiết lập they wouldn"t match in chất lượng 48MP photos produced by a sensor with a regular Bayer filter but we doubt we would ever see any of those in a compact device such as a phone. The direct benefit is that users here get sharper 12MPhường photos with less noise even at high ISO values compared khổng lồ the regular 12MP sensors.

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The secondary 5MPhường camera is used only for depth sensing when the depth effect is needed - in portrait mode, for example. And as for the selfie camera, it"s a 13MP and supports various functions lượt thích HDR, AI beauty, portraits, & mirror function. However, autofocus isn"t on the danh mục of features.

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Camera menus

The default camera tiện ích hasn"t changed a bit. At least at first glance. Swiping left and right will shuffle through the camera modes & you will find additional settings in the upper part of the ứng dụng. It lets you adjust some settings like beautification, HDR, AI, đoạn Clip mode, picture chất lượng, etc.

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Camera menu options

Also, there is a way to lớn shoot in the sensor"s full 48MPhường resolution if you prefer that, but you"d have khổng lồ go to the camera"s Pro mode for that.

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Camera thực đơn options

Image quality

We kichồng off with some daylight samples, which turned out lớn be quite good. When enough light reaches the sensor, you can expect pretty consistent performance - there"s plenty of detail, contrast is good, colors are punchy, although inaccurate, & the noise is virtually non-existent.

We bởi have some complaints about the exposure metering as the auto mode returns somewhat darker images than we would prefer. And the contrast is perhaps a bit khổng lồ high making shadows appear even darker.

Also, there"s a somewhat noticeable magenta tint on some of the daylight photos as well as in our shots of the test posters suggesting an issue with the trắng balance in certain scenarquả táo.

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Mode: Normal • AI

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Mode: Normal • AI

Luckily, the HDR can fix most of the stuff we mentioned. When turned on, images come out a noticeably brighter và you start to see some detail in the dark parts of the image. On the other hand, the highlights are clipped and become brighter than they should while losing some contrast along the way. Images look a bit washed out and noisy. We"ve sầu also seen some oversharpening here & there.

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HDR ON

The AI didn"t vì chưng anything for us features-wise, but it did prompt us with the correct scene when it recognized one. Still, we don"t see any significant changes lớn the colors, contrast, exposure, etc.

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As we already said, the 48MP capability can only be enabled within the Pro mode. Be prepared for noisier images & you will thua some detail along the way too so we don"t really recommend shooting in 48MP.. The 12MP in the standard Phokhổng lồ mode is good enough.

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48MP.. samples

Low-light photos và Night mode

We were quite impressed by the image unique during nighttime shooting - there"s no prominent noise, details are good và light sources appear khổng lồ be rather well-preserved. Thanks lớn its pixel binning công nghệ, the phone would happily snap brighter exposures with higher ISO than previous Xiaomi phones such as the Mi Mix 3. And that"s without any penalty in increased noise meaning that the claims for better noise/ISO ratio by Xiaomi were well founded.

And Night mode really makes a difference by restoring the highlights & bringing out the shadows. The result is nicely balanced and subjects look more detailed.

Interestingly, the gain in the tonal range of the Night mode photos is not as big if you use HDR for your night time shots. We would totally recommkết thúc forcing HDR to lớn On as the AutoHDR algorithm rarely engages on its own come night time - or at least not as frequently as we would lượt thích.

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Mode: Normal • Night mode

Here"s how it stacks against the competition.

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Xiaongươi Redngươi lưu ý 7 against the Xiaomày Mi 8 Lite và Honor 10 Lite in our Photo compare tool

And here"s how it performs in 48MPhường mode.

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48MPhường mode: Xiaomày Redngươi cảnh báo 7 against the Huawei Mate đôi mươi Pro & Honor View đôi mươi in our Pholớn compare tool

Portraits

Portraits are surprisingly good, to lớn be honest. In fact, we"ve sầu seen worse portraits on way more expensive sầu handsets. The detail is nice while the edge detection is stellar. The defocusing of the background is perhaps not as svào and colors are a bit over-saturated. In other words, you will have sầu to lớn vày a few shots from different distances khổng lồ achieve sầu the desired effect and capture the real skin tone. Also, the phone appears khổng lồ be doing pretty well under limited indoor lighting.

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Portrait shots

Selfies

The selfies turned out to lớn be quite nice as well. There"s enough detail from the 13MPhường snapper & its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm"s length so you don"t need khổng lồ get really close to the phone to lớn get the sharpest possible result. The portrait mode also seems khổng lồ bởi vì quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing).

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Mode: Normal • Portrait

Video recording

The Xiaomi Redmày Note 7"s đoạn phim options are quite limited - just 1080p