Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs POCO X2 Detailed Camera Comparison
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs POCO X2 detailed cameracomparison, you guys have been asking for this one ever since I purchased the RedmiNote 9 Pro Max. Hey guys it’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and inthis video let us take a deep dive, and compare every aspect of the cameras on these 2 phones. I took over 400 image and video samples withthese 2 phone, and out of those, we are going to look at around 85 of them in this video.
So if you want a complete idea of where thecamera on each of these phones shine, make sure to watch the complete video. Most of you wanted me to compare these 2 becausethey come at somewhat similar price point, and from outside, it looks thay they mighthave similar set of cameras, which cant be further from the truth. Both do get quad cameras on their back, andthe main camera is a 64 megapixel shooter on both, but the specifics are a bit different. To begin with the superficial things, designof the camera module is different on both.
POCO X2 gets the 4 cameras in a more traditionalelongated cluster, while the Note 9 Pro Max takes a new square like cluster approach. These camera modules stick out quite a biton both, and both get LED flash below their respective cameras. POCO X2 gets a dual LED flash, while the Note9 Pro Max gets a single LED flash. Primary camera on both get a 64 megapixelsensor, but POCO X2 uses a Sony IMX686 sensor with F/1.9 Aperture and 26mm Lens. While the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max uses a SamsungISOCELL GW1 sensor and it gets F/1.9 aperture and 26mm Lens. Next, both of them have an 8 megapixel sensorwith F/2.2 aperture and these cameras get 13mmm ultra wide lens. Another camera that both of them share isthe 2 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.4 aperture.
Finally, POCO X2 gets another 2 megapixelsensor with F/2.4 aperture and a macro lens, while the Note 9 Pro Max gets a 5 megapixelsensor with F/2.4 aperture and a Macro Lens. At the front, Note 9 Pro Max gets a 32 megapixelselfie camera with F/2.25 aperture. POCO X2 gets 2 cameras at the front. Primary one gets a 20 megapixel sensor withF/2.2 aperture and a 27mm lens, and the next one gets a 2 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.4aperture. Interface of the camera app is mostly similaron both, with a few exceptions like how you access the Macro mode.
If you want a more detailed look at the camerainterface of either of these phones, I suggest you check out their dedicated camera reviewson my channel. I will leave cards to both those videos onthe top right corner of the screen, and also leave links to them in the description section. Now before we head over to the image and videosamples, if you are new to this channel, please consider hitting the subscribe button andthe bell icon next to it.
We make amazing videos on this channel, anddoing so will make sure you don’t miss out on any of them in the future. This time let us start with the videos first. Both the phones can shoot 4K videos at 30fps,but ones from the POCO X2 are electronically stabilised, while there is no stabilisationin 4K videos on Note 9 Pro Max. These 4k videos from the POCO X2 are not assharp as the ones from the Note 9 Pro Max. If I pause on one of the frames, you can seehow sharp it is from the Note 9 Pro Max.
1080p 30fps videos look more natural and smoothfrom the POCO X2, while there seems to be a bit more sharpening applied by the Note9 Pro Max. Basically both capture similar videos at 1080p30fps, and which one you like will depend on what your eyes and mind perceives to benatural. For slow motion videos, both can record 120fpsvideos at 1080p resolution, and these videos turned out very good from both of them.
They have no problem setting and locking thefocus and exposure while taking these videos. You also get the option to shoot 240fps videosat 720p resolution on both the phones. On the Note 9 Pro Max, there is some bug,and even when you switch to 240fps, the videos are being recorded at just 120fps.
I didn’t notice this in its dedicated camerareview, because I did not have slow motion video from other phones to compare it with. But it is clearly visible in this sample. I think this is a big issue, and Redmi needsto address this via a software update very soon. After looking at all these videos, I am goingto pick the POCO X2 whenever I need to shoot videos. Now let us move on to the images, and we aregoing to start with the images shot in day time. Both these phones capture lot of details withtheir primary camera.
We already saw that both get a 64 megapixelprimary sensor, but we still see some difference in these images. That is because, these sensors are from differentmanufacturers, and the the Processor on these phones are also different, so they processthese images in a slightly different way. Images from the POCO X2 show warmer colours,while the ones from the Note 9 Pro Max show cooler colours. Which of these images you like will completelydepend on your colour preference.
Speaking of colours, ones in the POCO X2’simage are slightly more saturated compared to the ones in the images from the Note 9Pro Max. POCO X2 also captures a bit more contrastin its images, making the shadows appear slight darker in comparison, in all of its shots. This does add a bit more depth to its shots,but again wether you like this or not will depend on your colour preference.
I prefer the slightly more natural lookingcolours in Note 9 Pro Max’s images. Coming to the dynamic range, in this image,we see the Note 9 Pro Max do a better job. It is not only showing much more details inthe highlights, which the POCO X2 completely missed out on, but it also brought up moredetails from the shadows, which you can see in this part. In this image, both have done a very goodjob, they brought up the shadows that we see enough details on the headphones, and thehighlights in the background are preserved very well. Again both have done very well in this image.
Only difference we see in these images isthe one from POCO X2 is a bit warmer and the other one is a bit cooler. Now here is an interesting shot from boththese phones. I honestly don’t know which one did a betterjob here, because we barely see any details in the light post, and the bright sun is completelyblown out. I just think this shot looks interesting. Let me know in the comments, which one accordingto you did better in this shot and why. In this shot again the Note 9 Pro Max didbetter.
We can see better details and more coloursin the leaves compared to the POCO X2. All of these were 16 megapixel pixel binnedimages from the primary cameras on both these phones. Both of them also let you use the full sensorto capture 64 megapixel images. Main advantage of these 64 megapixel imagesis that you can keep on zooming in as much as you want, and the images still won’tfall apart. For some reason, there is a distinctive greentint in these 64 megapixel images form the POCO X2.
You do not notice this if you look at imagesfrom the POCO X2 alone, but when you compare it with the ones from the Note 9 Pro Max,you cannot miss that tint. These 64 megapixel images obviously show moredetails than the 16 megapixel ones, but that is only in bright lighting conditions. And these images don’t show as good of adynamic range as the 16 megapixel ones do. 64 megapixel images are also huge in termsof file size, and the difference between these and 16 megapixel ones is only seen if youzoom in 5-6 times.
So I think it is best if you stick to thedefault 16 megapixel ones for most of your shots. Here is a quick focusing speed test beforewe check out close up and macro shots. As you can see, both are quick at switchingthe focus from a far to near object and then back again. There is barely difference if any betweenthe focusing capabilities of these phones. And this is important while taking close upshots like this. These shots look nice and crispy. The subject closest to the camera, or theone that you tap on is in perfect sharp focus, and the background is nicely blurred out.
Both have large camera sensors and wide aperture,which results in such amazing optical blur to the background in these shots. Both these phones also do a great job withthe dynamic range even while taking these close up shots. You can switch to the macro lens and get evencloser to the subject. While these images don’t look incrediblefrom either of these phones, ones from he Note 9 Pro Max still have more details andlook slightly better since it has a 5 megapixel macro sensor as opposed the the 2 megapixelone on the POCO X2. We can zoom in, and see that images from theNote 9 Pro Max have more details and less noise in comparison.
And the colours and overall feel of theseimages is also better than the ones from the POCO X2. Macro camera is not the only extra camerawe get on these phones. Both also get wide cameras, and this is howmuch more of the scene these cameras let you get in the shot. Wide cameras are important because they letyou show a different perspective of the scene, which you normally won’t be able to, unlessyou walk far behind, and even then those images won’t look like this.
It also lets you show the scale of things,any letting in more of the scene in the shot. These wide cameras and their lenses are notas good as the primary ones, so these images are not as sharp, and you might also noticea bit of distortion towards the edges. Colours and dynamic range wise, wide imagesform the POCO X2 are looking better in this comparison. Alright now moving on to the portrait mode. Since this mode has got so much better, itis my favourite mode to shoot in on most of these new smartphones.
Both of them add a bit of over sharpeningto the main subject in these shots, but other than that, these images turned out to be amazing. Edge detection is near perfect and identicalon both. Actually these images just look like 2 differentimages taken with the same camera. So like me, if you shoot a lot of your imagesin the portrait mode, you can get either one of these and the results will be similar. Both these phones also get the movie mode,where you can click portrait mode images in 21:9 aspect ratio, with black bars at thetop and bottom. This gives these images a very nice cinematicfeel.
Again, both are doing an excellent job withedge detection, and the images look almost identical, as if they were shot with the samecamera. Which is not the case, but it is nice to seeRedmi and POCO match the performance of these cameras so well. Just like with portraits of humans, I lovetaking portraits of objects as well. Edge detection from both these phones is justas good while taking this portrait of objects. No matter how complex the edges of the objectare, or how busy the background is, they do an excellent job with this shots. While taking portraits of objects, colourslook a bit better from the POCO X2.
But Note 9 Pro max shows better dynamic range,as you can see in this images. I though this was a very difficult shot, butboth of them pulled it off like champs. Again you can see the colours being a bitbetter in the shot form the POCO X2. Let us now move on to the images that I tookin indoor, artificial and lower lighting conditions. This is where most of the smartphones strugglea lot, and the regular Note 9 Pro almost gave up in these conditions. But I am happy to tell you that Both thesephones are doing a very good job here as well.
Images from the POCO X2 are a bit brighter,but then it also captures a lot of noise while bringing up the darker areas. None of these phones have OIS, but they havea big sensor and a wide aperture, and that helps the camera capture more light, so theseimages look this good. As we zoom in, there is plenty of noise inboth these shots, but the edges of the building seem to be sharper in the image from the Note9 Pro Max, while the POCO X2 handless the exposure from the light in a better way. In this shot, as we zoom in, we see sharperedges in the images from the POCO X2, so their performance is a bit inconsistent in theselighting conditions. To help them take better images as the lightgoes down, both get a night mode.
This mode helps them take brighter imageswith better colours, and they also have more details. With the night mode turned on, Note 9 ProMax captures a lot of noise, while the image processing algorithm on the POCO X2, makessure that this noise (while still present) is kept to a minimum. Night mode images also handles the exposurefrom the lights in a much better way. While both these phones are doing a good jobfor their price in these lighting conditions, ones from the POCO X2 look more natural tomy eyes. Honestly the difference is not much, and youcan’t go wrong in choosing either one of these.
Look at all these samples and try to figureout, which ones look more natural to you and go with that. That brings us to the front facing cameras. POCO X2 gets a 20 megapixel shooter whilethe Note 9 Pro max has a 32 megapixel selfie camera. While 32 megapixel sounds like a lot of details,that is not very apparent in these images, at least not at the 1st look. You have to zoom in to notice that selfiesfrom the Note 9 Pro Max are showing sharper images with slightly more details. There is a bit more contrast in POCO X2’sselfies and I also prefer how the skin tones look in its images.
POCO X2 gets a secondary depth sensor, tohelp it with these portrait selfies. I am not too sure if this was absolutely necessary,as even without this sensor the Note 9 pro max is doing an equally good job of detectingthe edges. Actually I would say the edge detection isbetter and more subtle in the portrait selfies from the Note 9 Pro Max. I think the depth sensor at the front on thePOCO X2 is completely useless, because they can achieve these results with just one cameraand software. If companies are including 2 cameras at thefront, the second one should at least have an ultra wide lens, to get more of the scenein one shot. Here is a video from the front facing cameraof the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the POCO X2.
You can see how both these phones are handlingoverall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation the I am walking around withthem. With that, you guys have seen over 85 imageand video samples. And while for videos I would easily pick upthe POCO X2 over the Note 9 Pro Max, The choice is much more difficult when it comes to images. Normally Samsung image sensors in budget smartphonesare not as good as the ones form Sony, but with this comparison, we are seeing much closerresults and it is good to see Samsung stepping up their game. Results are similar for both the phones inalmost all lighting conditions, making it so much more difficult to pick a winner.
I think this has to be the closest competitionthat we have had on this channel so far. While I love every aspect of the cameras onthe POCO X2, Due to the better macro and selfie camera,I think the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the winner for me. I said for me, because since the performanceis so similar from both these phones, we can’t pick an overall winner, and you will haveto look at the kind of photos that you like to take and see which of these is better atthat. For me, I take a lot of portraits, and bothare equally good at those, I don’t take images in lower light, so although POCO X2is slightly better at that, It doesn’t make a big difference to my needs, so I look atthe macro camera which I have started using more and more, and it is definitely betteron the Note 9 Pro Max.
And while I take very less selfies, I wouldlike to have the ones that I take to be sharper, so again the Note 9 Pro Max. This might be different for every one of you,so think about your photography style, before making your decision. In the end both of them have a very good setof cameras, and you can’t go wrong when you choose either of these. Let me know which one you end up choosingand the reason behind it, because this time more than ever before, I would really liketo know why you picked the one that you did.
And if you want to get any one of these phones,I will really appreciate if you get them from the affiliate links in the description section. That is it for this video guys, please hitthe like button if this video helped you, and subscribe to the channel for more qualitytech videos light this. You can also check out some of the other videosfrom this channel. This has been Sagar and I will catch you guysin the next video. Take Care.