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Xiaomi has recently launched their brand-new Redmi Note 8 series smartphones in Malaysia and there is this one key feature that caught everyone’s eye during the launch event – that whopping 64-megapixels camera on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. In fact, it is the first-ever 64MP smartphone camera ever launched in Malaysia. Let’s find out what does that actually means apart from the obvious number 64 is higher value compared to 48 and the rest of it.

64-megapixels camera?

For the past few years, we have seen 12-megapixels camera being the mainstream camera pixel resolution out there. The first half of 2019 saw a steady increase in smartphones adopting the 48-megapixels camera sensor and then at the final quarter of 2019, Redmi Note 8 Pro step up the game to 64-megapixels.

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At this point, some of you might be questioning the actual usability of the photo considering that smartphone camera sensors are smaller than any of those professional mirrorless or DSLR cameras.

What's Up with Redmi Note 8 Pro's 64MP Camera 1
Source: New Atlas – https://newatlas.com/camera-sensor-size-guide/26684/

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is incorporating a 1/1.7″ sensor which was used on the ever-popular Panasonic Lumix LX series camera such as the LX3, LX5 and LX7. That is considerably bigger than the regular-sized 1/2.9″ or 1/2.55″ sensor.

In case you’re wondering, the raw photo resolution output from the 64MP sensor is a mind-boggling 9248 * 6936 pixels. To put things in perspective, that is 31 times more pixel than your standard 1080p Full HD resolution or 7.73 times more than 4K Ultra HD resolution. That means the sensor has all it takes to record the fine details upon each shutter press and it gives you the freedom to crop the image and tell a different story.

Freedom to Crop

What's Up with Redmi Note 8 Pro's 64MP Camera 2
Photo by Gradient Lok – https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/

This photo was captured in 64MP mode and it looks stunning by itself. You may download the original full-size photo here.

Fun fact: the picture is actually printed and displayed at Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni LRT stations. The entire printing measured at 3.26m x 2.44m. Remember – this picture came out from a smartphone!

Photo by Gradient Lok - https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/
1080p cropped;
Photo by Gradient Lok – https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/

As seen here is a Full HD 1080p crop from the 64MP file and for a night shot, it looks spectacular. There is minimal ISO noise to it and plenty of the details are still retained in the shot.

Photo by Gradient Lok - https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/
Photo by Gradient Lok – https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/

Same applies to this day time shot of a bug in a flower stamen.

Photo by Gradient Lok - https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/
Cropped 1080p;
Photo by Gradient Lok – https://web.facebook.com/gradientlok/

The 100% crop clearly shows the bug’s feature even down to the claws.

Pixel Binning

Right after the launch, some readers actually ask us the purpose of having a 64-megapixels camera sensor given that they are just planning to upload them to social media. Now, it is perfectly alright if you just want to stick with the default 16-megapixels mode because we are actually benefiting from the sensor.

Photo by Billy Cane - https://web.facebook.com/billycanephotography
Photo by Billy Cane – https://web.facebook.com/billycanephotography

Upon pressing the shutter button, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will take the data collected from the 64-megapixel sensor and then combines 4 pixels worth of data into 1 pixel. The end result? Sharper and cleaner image.

Final Words

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The Redmi Note 8 Pro is Malaysia’s first-ever smartphone to be equipped with a 1/1.7″ 64-megapixels camera sensor. From the photos we have seen above, clearly, it can snap breathtaking photos no matter in day time or night time. Remember – the Redmi Note 8 Pro is priced at RM1,099 for 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and RM1,199 for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.

On a side note, here’s how you can win a Redmi Note 8 for yourself too.


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