Cameras

The Realme 3 Pro has a total of 2 cameras at the back and a single selfie camera at the front. Pretty standard in terms of smartphone cameras these days. Here are the list of specs for the camera:

  • Dual rear-facing cameras
    • 16MP f/1.7 with dual pixel PDAF
    • 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Selfie camera
    • 25MP f/2.0 with fixed focus

Realme 3 Pro

Like our usual tradition, we have an entire Shutterfly album here to showcase all of the pictures taken in its full size, alongside with the metadata.

Rear camera pictures

Let’s first go on by saying that the camera on the Realme 3 Pro is actually quite good. We tested out the camera for ourselves and we have to say that the camera is indeed capable of taking great pics.

We use the word “capable” here because the image quality varies depending on the settings that you use. Let me show you what I mean.

Scenario 1

Starting off with the usual scene for pictures, I took the same picture with various settings – with and without AI, with and without chroma boost, with and without HDR. Here’s a few combinations of settings I want to show you.

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Taken without AI, HDR, or chroma boost.
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Taken with AI, without HDR or chroma boost.
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Taken with AI, chroma boost, and HDR turned on.

From here, you can get a wide range of outcome depending on what type of look you want your picture to have. The most obvious here is the shadow over the two buildings on either side and also the sky’s color.

I personally like it with just AI turned on.

Scenario 2

Taken from a building from the 18th floor, we have a good view of Jalan Tun Razak and it is great for pictures. With this scene, we also changed the different settings to see what looks great.

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Taken without AI, chroma boost, or HDR.
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Taken with AI turned on. No chroma boost or HDR.
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Taken with AI + HDR only.
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Taken with AI + HDR + chroma boost

In this scenario, we can see that the picture changes drastically depending on the settings enabled. Since there are a total of 4 options to mess around with, I found that for beautiful, colorful scenes like this – it is best to just turn on everything.

Scenario 3

We went over to Penang two weeks ago and we went up to the 59th floor at The Top. Obviously, it is photo-taking time.

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Taken without AI, HDR, or chroma boost.
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Taken with AI enabled only.
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Taken with AI + chroma boost.
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Taken with AI + HDR + chroma boost

In this scenario, I honestly am torn between the 4 combinations of settings. I do like the overall detail and brightness of the buildings on the last picture, but the mountains and the sky looks very flat in terms of color dynamics.

The mountains and sky look the best on the 3rd image – and that is without HDR turned on.

Scenario 4

Back home, I tried taking scenario 1 again but at night. It was a stormy night, hence the patch of bright light from afar. Here, we realized one peculiar behavior of the night mode.

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Without night mode.
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With night mode.

Did you realize the change in field of view? From what we discovered, the image goes from 16MP to 12MP – a decrease in pixel count. However unlike any other smartphones that goes down 4 times the pixel count to perform the 4-in-1 pixel mambo jumbo, the Realme 3 Pro cuts only 25% of the pixel count to perform EIS, hence the cropped field of view.

Honestly, this is an interesting way to circumvent the stabilization issue while maintaining a rather high pixel count. The 25% reduction in pixels does create sufficient leeway for EIS – and the image looks rather good in terms of colors and overall brightness. Not so much on the sharpness, though.

Here’s a bonus scenario for the night mode. This was taken at our hotel at Penang.

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Without night mode.
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With night mode.

Selfie camera picture

I’m surprised by the sharpness of the selfie image as my face – while holding the phone at arm’s length – is sharp. The background has been blurred slightly and that actually creates a good image. However, the image turned out to have a strong cyan hue to it.

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Camera UI

For the full camera UI discussion, you can check out our review of the Realme 3 and the OPPO F11 Pro. They’re all using ColorOS 6 with the same camera UI – and I absolutely love it.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
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Software
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Connectivity and ports
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Screen
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Performance and gaming
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Camera
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Value
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