Dual camera explained: first samples from Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Xiaomi is a company that is practically not present in the United States and while recognized in Europe, its devices are not officially sold there either. At the same time, Xiaomi is big in China: the company makes phones with its custom MIUI interface that have stylish looks and outstanding bang-for-the-buck.

The new Xiaomi Redmi Pro is a brilliant illustration of the philosophy of the company: it is packed to the gills yet its price starts from just $225. While it has an excellent metal build and an impressive, 4,050mAh battery, the Redmi Pro is particularly interesting because of its novel dual rear camera setup.

What are the two cameras and how are they being used? Let's find out.

First, let's start with the specs: we have two cameras on board, a 13-megapixel main rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an additional, 5-megapixel secondary depth. The sensor also has phase-detection pixels that makes auto-focus faster.

Megapixels, however, don't tell the full story about this phone: the addition of a secondary camera is there for a particular purpose: it captures images simultaneously with the main rear camera and allows you to refocus the image after you've captured it. You also have a slider that allows you to control the amount of blur on the background, so you can emulate a bokeh effect.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro camera test images

Nothing tells a better story about camera quality than some samples from the Redmi Pro snapper itself: you can see that it has a ton more of those blurred backgrounds, and while the transition between blurred and in-focus objects is not as sharp as on a DSLR, it's still a nice effect to have. It will be interesting to see whether the two cameras are able to maintain this good level of performance in lower light as well. Take a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Pro camera samples yourself right below.

source: Mi.com (translated)



1. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i love everything about redmi note 3(snapdragon) except for its low light camera, audio output(through earphone), and i prefer front fingerprint scanner. I wonder how this device will perform in those 2 areas. Also, Miui visual is still meh (imo).

11. shaprack

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

there is trick to correct audio output in Note 3

2. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Great package .. Decent battery .. Oled display.. Great camera .. Top notch build quality yet affordable .. But it is such a minor update or even a downgrade for a redmi note 3 pro user like me.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Most likely for an international variant! Snapdragon will have to release new midrange chip! Maybe snap650/52 ! Thn it will br a good upgrade over RN3 pro !! I love MIUI8

5. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

This is the kind of device i have always dreamt about. Almost perfect. High in specs and highly affordable. OLED screen is like a cherry on the cake. Will definitely buy this next year,if released in India, when my Redmi note 3 gets old.

6. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Great sample pictures from whom, Xiaomi marketing team? I'd rather wait for real life reviews.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

edited or not, thats one hell of a camera for low-end device.. well done..

8. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I'll pass. I got a Redmi Note 3 (SD) a few weeks ago. Lousy software, hangs all the time, tons of bugs. Never again. Unplug the headphones: Phone hangs and starts to cook its CPU in neutral. Force restart: Phone does a 10 minute recovery before starting up again. Proximity sensor: Bug. Turns of display when talking, but then leaves it off when you are done. Can't end call from my end. Set us proximity calibration sometimes works - for a couple of hours. Camera is lousy. Poor colour tone on the screen, and many more bugs and features that don't work that I can't be bothered listing, like 'Ok Google' telling me that my phone is locked when it isn't for example - and this is on the latest firmware. Now I guess that there won't be many updates to fix these issues as they will be focusing on the new RN4. My Meizu M2 Note may have had mostly weaker hardware, but was a way more mature product and everything worked and was a way better thought-out phone overall. Pretty disappointed with the RN3 Pro overall, and I will be giving Xiaomi a rest for a few years at least - until they get their act together. I can't be bothered to restart my phone 2 - 3 times a day.

9. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Thanks for the feedback. What a POcrap phone.

10. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Been using redmi note 3 pro for more than 3 months... never had that problems you mentioned... Now rocking miui8 ...fluid..excelent features....great camera...

12. shaprack

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

i think you got Chinese one bloated with MIUI 7 hard luck

13. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Correct, it is running MIUI ('Stable').

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