Photography and video
The sign on Redmi Note 7’s housing says “48 MP”. It is beautiful – but there is a small catch, or – if you prefer – another compromise. The main camera has the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 matrix – which in fact has 48 megapixels, but it works in the Quad Bayer technology. What it means is that it connects four neighbouring pixels into a single, bigger one, which is supposed to capture more light, so in fact we take 12-megapixel photos.
48 megapixels can be run only in the Pro mode (that is a manual one), and while doing that we can see an untranslated description fragment in Chinese. The question is whether or not it is worth it… Besides the size I did not notice any benefits from using 48 Mpx. Maybe you will? I will simply place this 48 mega in the bag that is signed “marketing” – and will be stubborn enough to call the main camera “twelve” with big pixels. And the secondary one? It has 5 megapixels and its job is the background blurring.
Fortunately, Redmi Note 7 can boast with a decent, for its price, photo quality. At the first glance – they are perfect for such a cheap phone. However, after we will zoom in we can see that the details representation is far from ideal – though it of course remains on a good level. Colours are captured properly, but if we like them more underlined, juicy – it is worth turning on the AI, which will adjust settings depending on the recognized scenery.
The effect is enhancing colours and contrast, and if we will add HDR, photos will be really pleasant. Redmi Note 7 captivated me with colours representation of sky and water – but it will work decently in other sceneries as well. In my opinion, when it comes to other middle-guys, Redmi Note 7 stands out positively.
It is slightly worse after the dark, lots of noises appear. But there is a solution for this in the PRO mode. We just need to force a lower sensitivity, extend the shutter opening time – and the shot will be much better than the auto mode. Yes, it could benefit from having a stable support – but even if you will handle everything to the auto mode besides the sensitivity, in the Pro mode it will be much better. In the camera software there is the Night mode as well. In some conditions it can “draw” out something more and enhance the contrast – but it depends on the particular scenery. It is worth a try. In any case – I recommend using the Pro mode.
Redmi Note 7 offers a portrait mode, that is a background blurring. It works nice, it rather precisely cuts the foreground object from the background, though it can have some problems with more complex edges (like hair). Still, I assess this positively, though it lacks some additional effects, know from models like Mi 8 Pro.
In addition, we have nicely working panoramas and a nice digital zoom (for this phone’s class of course).
The front camera proves to be decent and it is difficult to reproach it for anything particular. Let us say that the photos’ quality is appropriate – skin’s colour is represented well and the background complements the foreground person not dominating over it.
We can use beautifying and a software for background blurring. It works slightly worse than in the back camera, but in my case – due to my software-friendly hair – it worked pretty nice. If you have a lush hairstyle – the “cut” will be slightly less precise.
When it comes to the video recording it is good. The image is smooth, the sound is recorded with an appropriate dynamics and clearness – but in Full HD with 60 frames per second. 4K appears only after installing an alternate app – but we assess the phone straight from the manufacturer. Still, you can be pleased with the quality of videos – apart from those recorded in slow motion in 120 frames per second. Unfortunately, here we will notice some distortions in smoothness. It is best not to record while moving – we must remember that the image stabilization in Redmi Note 7 is only a digital one.
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The camera is accompanied by a simple, rather friendly interface. Main work modes can be switched using gestures, by swiping the finger to sides. In every mode, under the “hamburger” button, we have even more additional options, and next to them – shortcuts to least used settings. There are colour filters as well – and I would not complain, if it was not for the flaw with the translation with the 48MP switch.