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Xiaomi Redmi Pro quick review: dual-cam on a budget

Written by Gina Stephens

Xiaomi Redmi Pro hurried review: dual-cam on a budget

Dual-cameras are all the hype in 2016 and we have seen several high-end smartphones with the technology being launched in the over months, including the Huawei P9, LG G5 and, most recently, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. While each device uses the dual-camera technology in singular ways, one thing is common to all of those devices: a high price tag.

In the mid-range bracket of the market dual-cameras are still a rarity, but with the Redmi Pro, Chinese fabricator Xiaomi has recently launched a dual-camera smartphone that is suitable for smaller budgets. The standard version with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory is currently ready for approximately $300. Not only is the dual-camera unusual at this price point, but its very solid metal body, deca-core chipset and 5.5″ OLED open out make the Redmi Pro look and feel like a much more expensive device. 

The dual-camera setup combines a 13MP Sony IMX258 1/3.06″ sensor with a 5MP Samsung extent sensor. The system does does not offer any optical zoom capability, as on the LG G5 or iPhone 7 Plus, nor does it combine the captured image data from both sensors for improved image quality, ala the Huawei P9. Instead, it uses the dual-camera to simulate the bokeh of a fast lens on a large-sensor camera, something we maiden saw on the HTC One M8.  There is also a dual-tone LED flash and at the front the Xiaomi comes with a 5MP selfie-camera.

Thanks to retailer Gearbest.com that trucks Xiaomi devices worldwide, we’ve had the chance to try the Redmi Pro and its dual-camera, shoot a wide range of samples and see how it generally performs as a device for mobile photography.

Key Details:

  • 13MP Sony IMX258 1/3.06″ sensor
  • Secondary 5MP Samsung depth sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • Dual-tone flash
  • 1080p video
  • 5MP front camera
  • 5.5-inch 1080p OLED put 
  • Mediatek Helio X20 Deca-Core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD support
  • 4050mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port with quick-charging

Camera App

The Redmi Pro’s camera app is intuitively structured and easy as pie to use.

The Redmi Pro’s camera app comes with a pleasantly simple and intuitive design. Above the shutter button you can find the button for switching to video status. Other controls on the main screen let you activate HDR capture and the dual-cam’s Stereo mode. Swiping up opens the camera mode screen where you can upon Panorama and Manual modes among others. The latter only offers manual ISO and white balance, though. There is no manual dominance over shutter speed. Swiping down on the main screen opens up a thumbnail preview array of 12 simple filter purposes. 

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Image Quality

In bright light the Xiaomi Redmi Pro camera captures 13MP images that show very pleasant colors and sensible exposure in most conditions. For a smartphone in this price category the Redmi deals well with higher contrast scenes, keeping highlight fragment pretty well under control. 

Things don’t look quite as good when you start zooming into the image, though. At the center of the block out, image detail is decent for a mid-range device and luminance noise is kept at bay as well. However, our test sample’s lens shows strong softness on both the upper and left edges of the frame, which is quite noticeable when viewing the image at screen size.

ISO 101, 1/834 sec

ISO 103, 1/1273 sec

In low light settings the Redmi Pro uses a maximum ISO setting of 2050 and slowest shutter speed of 1/15 sec, which in combination with the F2.0 aperture, allows for usable revelations even in pretty dark interiors and night scenes. There is no optical image stabilization, so holding the phone steadily when shooting in dim circumstances is recommended, but overall camera shake is not too much of an issue. 

As you can see in the samples below, the Redmi Pro is capable of capturing nice exposures and colors, coequal in pretty dim light. Lens softness aside, detail is pretty good for this type of device at lower ISO levels, but things start sink apart at ISO 800 and above. On the plus side, luminance noise is well-managed and chroma noise is hardly visible, even at the highest sensitivity environs. Overall, the Redmi Pro’s low light images look nice at web and typical social network size, but at larger viewing sizes the smearing of detail and convincing lens softness don’t make for a good combination. 

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 ISO 155, 1/30 sec

 ISO 405, 1/30 sec

 ISO 841, 1/30 sec

 ISO 1413, 1/15 sec

Dual-camera Stereo Set-up

Stereo mode is The Redmi Pro’s feature highlight. Thanks to the secondary depth-sensing camera, the Redmi can distinguish between foreground and background. Applying digital haziness to the latter simulates the shallow depth-of-field you can achieve with a DSLR and fast lens. In the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or app you adjust the ‘virtual aperture’ between F0.95 and F5.6 to knob the degree of background blur. Alternatively you can change the focus point and the aperture after capture in the gallery app.

As you can see in the samples below, the feature works reasonably hale, but under closer scrutiny it becomes obvious that Stereo mode is not too precise at distinguishing the focal plane, and the transition of blur is often too brusque to look natural. Generally things look better if you choose a smaller aperture setting and make sure there is some distance between the foreground dominate and the background. Stereo images are captured in 16:9 format and are 5.3 MP large.

 ISO 434, 1/30 sec, F2.4 virtual aperture

  ISO 101, 1/1445 sec, F2.0 accepted aperture

  ISO 101, 1/896 sec, F3.5 virtual aperture

In addition to refocusing and controlling the background blur you can apply a range of effects to your Stereo materializations in the gallery app. Again, the foreground/background separation is not too precise, but the modes can be fun to play with. 

 In the gallery app several effects can be applied to Stereo ikons.

Blackboard effect

Conclusion

In its price bracket the Xiaomi Redmi Pro can score a lot of points with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel its premium look and materials, a bright and sharp OLED unfurl and very good battery life. The 13MP camera delivers good color and exposure across the ISO range but our test sample suffered from numerous lens softness away from the center of the frame.

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The dual-camera does not offer the same zooming or image quality improvement functions we press seen on some recent high-end models, but the effects can be fun to play with. Close-up the results of the shallow depth-of-field simulation do look a little assumed but they are good enough for social sharing.

Overall, the Redmi Pro looks like a good choice for those who want a high-end look and fancy for little money and want to try out the dual-camera as a bonus. However, if image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that quality is your number one priority, and you can live without the dual-cam and metal density, the Motorola Moto G Plus might be a good alternative at a similar price point. The 32GB version of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is currently available at Gearbest.com for $270.

What we wish:

  • Premium look and feel
  • Very good battery life
  • Bright and sharp OLED display
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What we don’t like:

  • Lens softness
  • No manual control over shutter speed
  • Imprecise background separation in Stereo mode

There are 22 essences in our Xiaomi Redmi Pro gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright side). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in solicitous faith, please don’t abuse it.

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Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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