Redmi Note 5

Upgraded dual 12MP setup

Finally, we come to the camera. With all said và done, it is the biggest differentiating factor between the xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro & the xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 5 AI Dual Camera. The main reason why would definitely prefer the latter, given the opportunity khổng lồ choose. Và we"re not talking about the "AI" part here. Mi claims the newer mã sản phẩm comes packed with improvements to lớn portrait mode, beauty mode and face unlock. Even if that is true, we have no reason khổng lồ doubt the algorithms will eventually, if not already, end up on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro as well.

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No, the important difference is in the hardware. The main 12MP rear camera has been upgraded with a Samsung S5K2L7 sensor. It has larger 1.4µm pixels compared to 1.25µm, compared to its sibling & also dual pixel PDAF, for faster focusing. In front of it, a brighter f/1.9 lens replaces the f/2.2 one on the Indian model.

The 5MP secondary camera on the back is identical between the two phones - hardly significant since it is mostly used for depth data anyway. Overall, the Redmi lưu ý 5 AI Dual Camera has all the prerequisites lớn capture notable better photos than its sibling.

The same should potentially be true about the selfie chất lượng as well, seeing how the Redmi chú ý 5 AI Dual Camera replaces the 20MP f/2.2, 1µm snapper with a lower resolution, but higher-grade 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm OV13855 module.

But before we get into the gist of it, as well as some interesting video capture finds of ours, let"s take a step back and look at the camera UI. The camera viewfinder is a pretty typical mi affair - a clean main interface, with a toggle for HDR (and thankfully an auto setting) và the flash toggle.

The third icon in the roll hides away a few other interesting controls. Mostly toggles, lượt thích the màn chơi meter, timer, as well as the beauty mode, HHT and the Scenes recognition. While it"s not the most elegant way of fitting more icons into the left bar, it"s not that bad either.

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Camera UI

Anyway, the Scenes button toggles the automatic detection on and off. If you want to lớn overwrite the AI"s guess, you can always mix one of the listed modes manually. As far as our testing goes, most of the tweaks the various Scenes bởi vì on the picture are subtle. There is no real danger of ruining a shot by accident. You can leave it on Auto.

There are 17 filters available with live previews. The camera also offers quite a few different shooting modes - Panorama, Timer, Audio, Straighten, Manual, Beautify, Group Shot, Tilt Shift, and Night (HHT) as well as the camera settings. Unfortunately, the Manual mode lets you tweak only ISO (100-3200), và white balance, but not shutter tốc độ or focus.

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Portrait mode • Manual mode

Still image unique on the Redmi chú ý 5 AI Dual Camera is very good. The brighter f/1.9 aperture does make a noticeable difference, but the results are still comparable khổng lồ the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro. Dynamic range is a bit better. Processing and color science remain consistent - noise suppression gets the job done, colors are not blown-out. Perhaps even a bit muted here và there. Edge khổng lồ edge sharpness isn"t great, but is about what you can expect from an entry-level device.

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Redmi note 5 AI Dual Camera samples

One thing that seems to lớn plague the Redmi chú ý 5 AI Dual Camera is the very temperamental trắng balance. The algorithm is just all over the place, fluctuating constantly from super cold lớn super warm settings, under the exact same conditions. Even the controlled white lighting in the studio made no difference. These samples are part of a burst.

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White balance issues

The HDR algorithm is pretty well balanced and doesn"t over-process. Still, it helps khổng lồ counter the rather limited dynamic range lớn some extent. And since there is an tự động hóa option, we see no reason not khổng lồ have it enabled all the time.

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HDR: Off • On • Off • On • Off • On

Low-light photos are reasonably good.

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Redmi lưu ý 5 AI Dual Camera samples

If you leave the automatic HHT mode enabled - it enhances the low-light shots- you will get much less noise in the images but most of the samples won"t benefit from much more detail or higher contrast. Still, we prefer less noise và we suggest keeping this option on.

And here you can see how the Redmi chú ý 5 AI Dual Camera compares against other devices in our extensive pixel-peeking database.

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Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Ai Dual Camera vs Redmi cảnh báo 5 vs mày A1 in our Photo compare tool

Not much to say about panoramas. They look well enough, have plenty of resolution & practically no signs of ugly stitching.

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Panorama sample

Portrait mode works reasonably well on the Redmi cảnh báo 5 AI Dual Camera. Frankly, we expected some better edge detection for the bokeh effect. Even though there is a dedicated secondary camera, that should be doing most of the work, it appears mi is still relying mostly on software, than anything else. To lớn be fair, shooting people yields noticeably better results. Flowers, on the other hands, don"t make for great subjects.

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Portrait mode: Off • On • Off • On • Off • On

You might have also noticed that Portrait mode appears khổng lồ zoom a tiny bit. We aren"t exactly sure why that is the case, but some users on the MIUI diễn đàn seem khổng lồ consider it a bug that mi needs khổng lồ address.

There is a simulated bokeh effect on the selfie camera as well. Naturally, it only works with people, through face detection. The results are definitely usable, especially for social network posts, but nothing spectacular. Things like stray hairs & glasses easily confuse the algorithm.

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Portrait mode selfies

Since we are already on the subject of selfies, the bump up to a larger pixel size, at 1.12µm, in the OV13855 sensor & the brighter f/2.0 in front seem to lớn make a barely noticeable difference to lớn overall selfie quality. Non the less, we appreciate the this rout better than a higher resolution count, purely for the sake of numbers.

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Redmi lưu ý 5 AI Dual Camera selfie samples

An autofocus camera would have made an even better upgrade. But that still seems unattainable at this price point. In low-light conditions, it"s still the dedicated LED fill light that can make the most difference.

There is a fairly extensive beauty mode. You can either toggle it on và let the AI decide what to do with your face or adjust the intensity of the effects yourself. There is no real way lớn go over-board & distort your face, which is good.

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Beauty: Off • Medium • High

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More beauty shots

4K clip capture, with one simple trick

Did we manage lớn peak your curiosity? OK, hold on a bit. Just a few words about the camera UI first.

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Camera UI

You get a dedicated viewfinder & well, that"s about it. On khổng lồ resolution then. Officially, the Redmi lưu ý 5 AI Dual Camera can capture đoạn phim at up to lớn 1080p