Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs. Xiaomi Mi Max Camera Shootout – Who is better?

Who has the better camera? This is a shootout between the Xiaomi Redmi Pro which features the latest Dual Camera and the Xiaomi Mi Max, two mid-tier phones that are of the same price range and offer roughly the same features.
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Xiaomi Redmi Pro is advertised as a mini DSLR Bokeh Camera. It is equipped with Dual Cameras, a main 13 megapixel shooter and a 5.0 megapixel Stereoscopic Camera. The 2nd camera is for stereoscopic mode, a feature that would allow you to blur your backgrounds on varying levels (this feature was not used in the test). Here are some key features below

  • 13 megapixel SonyIMX258 CMOS BSI Sensor, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Dual Tone Dual LED Flash
  • 5.0 megapixel Samsung Camera (Stereoscopic mode)
  • Mediatek Helio X25 Deca Core
  • 5.5 inch IPS 1080p OLED Display
  • 3 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
  • MIUI 8.0 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow) – chinese ROM
  • 4050mAh Battery
  • Complete Review here

Verdict on Camera Performance:

  • Deeper contrast and stronger colors
  • Digital noise even on good lighting
  • Photos are a bit dark
  • Poor low light performance
  • Video Format: 1080p (H.264) @ 24 fps

 

 

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Xiaomi Mi Max is a giant 6.4 inch Phablet from Xiaomi. Honestly, the camera isn’t its biggest strength, as it was advertised as an all rounder multimedia device. The phone was also praised for its 13 hours plus battery life and a premium ultrathin frame. Nevertheless, the camera is also surprisingly above average and is capable also of shooting up to 4K video. Here are some key features below

  • 16 megapixel CMOS BSI Camera Sensor, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Dual Tone Dual LED Flash
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC
  • MIUI 7.4 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 4850mAh battery
  • Complete Review here

Verdict on Camera Performance

  • Good Detail on absolute lighting
  • Photos appear brighter
  • more accurate and natural color production
  • Poor Low Light Performance
  • Video Format: 1080p (H.264) @ 30 fps
  • Also supports 4K Video

Conclusion:

Who was better? First of all, it was a close fight, however, the Xiaomi Mi Max edges the Redmi Pro especially in absolute good lighting. The colors, contrast levels look more natural. The videos performance also look a bit better, it has more light, details are good and the fps ran at a stable 30 fps. However, the low light performance didn’t fair as much, as this is actually the weakness of both phones. Low light has very high noise and low detail. It struggles to maintain good quality pictures at night, the same can also be said on the video performance.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro also deserves praise. Some photos especially close up and macro shots look good. Strong contrast and deeper color saturation, but on landscape shots, it looks a bit more artificial. On my tests, the colors of the leaves are dark green or heavy green on all the pictures. The pictures also look a bit subdued especially with decrease light. Video performance also suffers from inadequate lighting, even with absolute good lighting, it exposure levels are not what it’s supposed to be. Anyway, the photos were set at Auto, so no manual manipulation of the exposure and white balance was done. Also HDR (High Dynamic Range) on both phones was turned on. (for a more detailed look, you can refer at the video above)

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