Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 smartphone along with Redmi Note 7 Pro on February 28 in India. We already brought you the first impressions of the phone and benchmarks scores, here we have the camera samples from the phone.
Redmi Note 7 packs dual cameras at the back arranged in a vertical array, the primary shooter is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and large 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF and EIS which is accompanied by another 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor for portrait shots, the LED flashlight can be found below the camera module. On the front, it features a 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12μm pixel size but lacks the selfie flash on the front.
The camera UI is similar to other Xiaomi smartphones running MIUI 10 with flash, HDR, AI (that can detect 33 scene categories for rear and 12 scene categories for the front camera), color modes (Normal, Vivid, Film, Amour, Latte, Sun, Cookie, Calm, Soda, Gourmet, Glow, Berries, B&W and Fade) on the top. Pressing the menu option shows timer, tilt-shift, straighten, group selfie, beautify and Google Lens. There is a front camera toggle on the bottom along with option to select modes such as Short Video, Video, Photo, Portrait, Night, Square, Panorama and Pro mode to adjust white balance, shutter speed (1/1000s to 1/4 seconds) and ISO (ranging between 100 to 3200). Beautify option (that can be set from 1 to 5) is available for both front and rear cameras.
For the first time, Xiaomi has enabled Cam2API by default on a Redmi device, and so users can side-load ported Google Camera APKs for advanced editing including RAW capture, a working APK can be downloaded from here. We will also post the Stock camera and Google Camera comparison very soon.
Coming to the image quality, daylight shots came out great with good dynamic range, HDR shots looked more details. Dual camera portrait shots were good and the edge detection was good as well. Low-light shots are just fine, and there is a night mode making the images brighter offering more details, but there is still noise when there is hardly any light. Images with flash are good and the flash is not overpowering. Daylight front camera shots are decent, but low-light shots are nothing more than average since it only uses screen flash. Most of the times we found images captured in AI mode more pleasing to eyes. Portrait for the front camera looks artificial since it uses software-based blur. We also observed shutter lag while clicking the photos, the phone clicks a photo a second after you tap the shutter.
Check out some camera samples (Click the image to view the full resolution sample.)
It can record videos at 1080p resolution at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 30fps, and it also has slow motion 1080p or 720p resolution video recording at 120fps. Redmi Note 7 lacks 4K video recording, check out the video samples below.
Check out the complete review of the phone here.