Had a chance to attend FHA 2014 (Food & Hotel Asia) at Singapore EXPO, instead of using DSLR to shoot. Brought out my Redmi to test on camera capability under challenging lightning (spotlights, different light colours, etc) environment on my journey to the exhibition.
Redmi comes with 8 Megapixel, 1.4ųm sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 28mm wide angle lens, five plastic lens and a 1080p video recording. It is not great but with the help of MIUI, operation is smooth and result is above average. As photo above, exposure of headlight is under control, details such as “Exit” word that still looks sharp and readable.
Challenging lightnings in an area with banner, spotlight and roof light. Pretty face on the left can be clearly seen and those chinese words are well captured.
I discover photo that produced by Redmi is cooler compare to HTC and Samsung. It seems to covered by a light blue tint that result slight underexposed of image.
Many details was captured on brighter objects above, motion is acceptable because of the fast shutter speed. But due to slight underexposed, darker object become a piece of blackish thing which hard to tell what exactly it is.
Reproduction of colours are natural, without over saturate or over sharpen as some manufacturers that trying to impress their client by doing so.
Shooting with a glass in between, the camera able to focus right on the product without having trouble trying to focus on the reflection.
Over exposed on left windows when it focus on passengers, reasonable because it need to bring up the brightness to capture details of object.
This is where Redmi doesn’t perform well, photo shoot with flash. The flash tend to take longer time (2-3 seconds) to capture a single shot. Tt also light up two times, a pre-flash and another for actual shoot, failure percentage will be high for a candid shot, because pre-flash will obtain attention from object.
Full HD 1080p video record sample as below, 720p click here.
IMHO, although the 1.3MP front camre is not up to par with those mid-tier from other manufacturers. But with the advantage of Redmi price (SGD 169), performance of the main camera consider way above average with capability to do most of the daily record shoot.