Xiaomi Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro Detailed Camera Comparison
Let’s put the camerason the new Mi A3, against the ones on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro. All these phones are being sold at almostsimilar price point, and I think all of them pack in a really good set of cameras.
So it will be interesting to see which oneof these comes on top. Mi A3 comes with a triple camera setup, wherethe primary camera has a 48 megapixel sensor with F/1.8 aperture. Secondary camera gets a 8 megapixel sensorcoupled with F/2.2 aperture and 13mm ultra wide lens. And the 3rd camera gets a 2 megapixel depthsensor with F/2.4 aperture.
Note 7 Pro has the same 48 megapixel primarycamera with F/1.8 aperture as the Mi A3. And the secondary camera gets a 5 megapixeldepth sensor with F/2.4 aperture. Realme 3 Pro has a 16 megapixel primary sensorwith F/1.7 aperture. And the secondary camera again gets a 5 megapixeldepth sensor with F/2.4 aperture.
All 3 can shoot 4k videos in upto 30fps and1080p videos in upto 120fps. At the front Mi A3 gets a mammoth 32 megapixelsensor with F/2.0 aperture. Note 7 Pro has a 13 megapixel sensor withF/2.0 aperture, and the Realme 3 Pro comes with a 25 megapixel sensor with F/2.0 aperture.
If you want a better look at the camera interfaceon these phones, make sure to check out my dedicated camera camera reviews of these phones. I will leave cards to those videos on thescreen and also link them in the description section, right below that like button. Now before we head over to the image and videosamples, if you are new to this channel, please make sure to hit the subscribe button andthe bell icon next to it. That way, you won’t miss out on any of theamazing videos, coming up on this channel.
Now starting with the daylight images. You can see, all three capture a lot of details,and the images look very good, straight out of the camera. All images are sharp and show a good amountof contrast. There is a slight difference in the way allof them capture and reproduce colours, and depending on your colour preference, you mightprefer one over the other.
If we zoom in on these images, we see theMi A3 and Note 7 Pro showing more details, while the image from Realme 3 Pro is showinga bit less detail and slightly more noise. Which means the 12 megapixel pixel binnedimages from the Mi A3 and Note 7 Pro are a tad bit better than the 16 megapixel imagesfrom Realme 3 Pro. If we zoom out, and look at the images, youwill barely notice these differences.
So if you ask me, I would say all three takeamazing images in these bright daylight conditions. As I said before, all of them have a slightlydifferent way capturing and processing colours. None of them are very accurate or even consistentwith colours in various lighting conditions. But If I had to choose, colours from the MiA3 are closest to the actual scenes.
Realme 3 Pro saturates the colours at times,and colours from the Note 7 Pro are a bit on the muted side when I compare its imageswith the colours of the actual scene. You cannot switch to the depth sensor on anyof these phones, unless you are taking portrait shots. But on the Mi A3, you have the option to switchto the ultra wide lens, and it lets you get more of the scene in the shot, like you seein these set of images.
This wide lens is not as sharp or detailedas the primary camera, specially towards the edges. But it is still nice to have this option,if you would occasionally like to switch to it, for adding a different perspective toyour shot. Other 2 phones don’t even have this option,so we will have to say, the Mi A3 is a bit more versatile of the three. I had all these phones on auto HDR while takingthese photos, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the one who actually switched to the HDR moremore often.
Mi A3 had some problems with the HDR modeat the start, where it would completely blow up the highlights, or mess up the contrastlevels in the shadows. But that issue seems to be fixed with a minorsoftware update that I got a few days back. Because I took a lot of HDR shots on thistrip that I took with my cousins, and all of them turned out pretty well. All three phones are doing a good job withthe HDR mode turned on.
They are bringing good amount of details fromthe shadows and also preserving the information in the highlights, all of this while keepingthe noise levels down. Realme 3 Pro is a bit more aggressive withthe HDR mode, and it tends to over saturate colours in some of its HDR shots. All these images from the Mi A3 and RedmiNote 7 Pro are 12 megapixel images with pixel binning.
If you want, you can switch to the 48 megapixelmode to add a bit more details to your shots. Realme 3 Pro doesn’t have a higher resolutionsensor, but it can still take 64 megapixel images, by combining information from multiple16 megapixel images into 1 shot. These images are huge in terms of file size,just like the real 48 megapixel images from the Mi A3 and Note 7 Pro.
But when we zoom in, wee see that the Realme3 Pro’s images are a bit soft compared to the other 2. All these higher resolution images look goodto begin with, but to notice any difference between these and normal 12 or 16 megapixelimages, you will have to zoom in 3-4 times on each images. So I would say, unless you are capturing somelandscapes, or if you are planning to crop a particular part of an image later on, stickingto the normal 12 and 16 megapixel modes on these phones, is a better option.
Coming to the close up shots. Mi A3 is slowest at focusing on a nearby objectof these three. But with some time, it latches on to the focus,and the closeup shots turn out to be just as good the ones from the Note 7 Pro and Realme3 Pro. All these have a very wide aperture on theprimary camera, so the background of these close up shots get a nice optical blur. Colours are a bit off in some of the closeup shots from the Realme 3 Pro, but you might only notice this when viewing same imagesside by side.
Which is not what we normally do with oursmartphones. Till now, all these phones have been takingamazing images, and other than the wide lens on the Mi A3 and slight difference in thecolours, there isn’t much that is separating the cameras on these phones. So when it comes to daylight situations, youcan pick either one of these and be happy with the images they produce. I personally take a lot of portrait shots,and whether or not a phone is good at taking these shots, plays a big part in my decisionmaking process when I buy new phones for my daily use.
Right from the 1st look, you can see the coloursfrom the Mi A3 are a bit on the greener side, and the skin in the realm 3 Pro’s shot isa bit too smooth and saturated, which I don’t really like. In this set of images, I think one form theRedmi Note 7 Pro is looking the best and most balanced. We see similar trend in this set of imagesas well. Note 7 Pro again has a better and sharperlooking portrait shot.
Edge detection is not perfect on any of thesephones., but this is something that can better with time and a few software updates. I had the beauty mode turn off on both thesephones, but still the main subject of these portraits from the Realme 3 Pro are very soft. A3 is again showing weird colours, and Note7 Pro again seems to be doing a good job. Blur to the background is good and naturalin all these portrait shots, but the subject and edge detection from the Note 7 Pro looksthe best to me.
If you are taking portrait shots in very lowlight, here the Realme 3 Pro does a slightly better job. It still saturates the skin tones, but theoverall image looks good. I still prefer the Redmi Note 7 Pro for takingportrait shots, because it gives better results more consistently. This continues even when we take portraitshots of objects. Edge detection gets a bit better while takingportraits of objects.
But the A3 still captures a weird colour shift,Realme 3 Pro still saturates colours, and the Note 7 Pro continues capturing the bestand balanced portrait shots of all. I think about this everytime, how many ofyou really use the portrait mode very often? may it be for capturing portraits of people,or objects.
Let me know in the comments. And if you don’t use it too often, pleasetell me the reason for it, I am curious. let us now move to the images shot in indoor,artificial and lower lighting conditions. This is an indoor shot, and out of the 3,one from the Realme 3 Pro looks a bit on the softer side, while the ones from the Note7 Pro and Mi A3 look pretty sharp. Here is another set of images, and in thisthe image from the Mi A3 appears a bit soft, compared to the other 2. Just like with the close up shots, A3 againtakes a bit more time setting the focus in these lighting conditions, and sometimes theimages turn out to be a bit out of focus, like you see here.
But when it gets the focus right, A3 can takesome good images in these lower lighting conditions. In this shot, A3 tried to take a balancedapproach, where it tried to set the moderate exposure, so the highlights are not overlyblown, and there is not too much noise in the shadows. Which is exactly opposite of what the Realme3 Pro did. It managed the brighter area well, but filledthe shadows up with noise, making the whole image look bad. Note 7 Pro did a good job with highlightsand kept the noise down.
In this set of images, Realme 3 pro did verywell, and it image looks just as good as the ones from the other 2 phones. Again you can see the difference in the wayall 3 capture colours. None of them show the true colours, but inthis case Note 7 Pro is close to how this scene actually looked. Now the different colours in this 3 imagesare because the lights were changing colours every second, and it doesn’t have to doanything with how they capture these colours.
I just wanted to show that even in such dimlighting conditions, all 3 can take good and usable looking images. You can be happy with these low light images,or you can switch to the night mode on all, and get even better looking images. Night mode on all these phones help them takebrighter and more sharper images in lower light. Realme 3 pro again saturates the colours morecompared to how they look in real life, but look at the amount of details that night modeimages bring in, compared to the auto mode ones. Usually, if it isn’t for these camera comparisonvideos, I don’t take a lot of images in such low light. Main reason being the images turn out toograiny.
I thought this will change once I get phoneswith night mode, but even with the option of night mode, I still don’t take too manyimages in low light. Simply because these night mode images take2-3 or sometimes even 5 seconds to capture, and then a few more seconds to process. And if you have something or someone moveeven a bit in that time, they are blurred out, and you will have to retake that shot. I gave these phones to some of my friendsto take images in lower light and they all thought the same.
That while night mode gives very good results,they prefer not using it because it takes too much time. Now as good as these images look, and as muchas we reviewers like to praise the night mode capabilities of any smartphone, don’t baseyour buying decision on how good the night mode on a particular phone is. Because chances are, you will try it a fewtimes when the phone is new, and then just stick to the normal auto mode because it isconvenient.
Now for some of you who are willing to spend8-10 seconds for taking these night mode images, I think all of them do a good job with it,but the Note 7 Pro is the one capturing lowest amount of noise in most situations. That brings us to the front facing cameras. This is where the Mi A3 leaps ahead of theNote 7 pro and the Realme 3 Pro.
All the selfies that you take with the MiA3 are very detailed, and it also shows accurate looking colours. Realme 3 Pro is the next best at taking selfies,while the Note 7 pro falls way behind both of them, when it comes to taking normal selfieswith the front facing camera. Mi A3 is again sharpest while taking portraitselfies, but the other 2 are not too behind this time. Edge detection on the Mi A3 still needs toget a bit better with software updates, but it is still better than the edge detectionon the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Here is a video from the Realme 3 pro, MiA3 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro. You can see how all these phones are handlingthe overall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation as I am walking around withthem. All these can shoot 4k videos in upto 30fps. Note 7 Pro had some major frame drop issuewhile shooting videos when it camera out. Redmi has been sending out updates to fixit, and not the issue seems to be completely gone. 1080p 30fps videos are stabilised on all thephones, and they look good. So interim of videos, these phones are onpretty even grounds.
Mi A3 has an advantage the other 2, thanksto the secondary wide lens, and it also takes much better selfies. Realme 3 Pro has a very good camera, but sinceits using a lower resolution sensor, there aren’t too many details in its images whenyou zoom way in. It also messes up the skin tones in most ofthe portrait shots. Redmi Note 7 Pro is oldest amongst these 3phones, and it is still surprisingly holding its ground when it comes to the cameras. It has been most consistent in all lightingconditions, and is the best when it comes to taking portrait shots.
It is just a bit behind when it comes to takingselfies. I don’t take a lot of selfies, so for me,and the kind of photography that I like to do with my smartphone, I think the Redmi Note7 Pro seems to be the best of these 3. But if you are someone who takes a lot ofselfies, then go for the Mi A3. Realme 3 Pro, despite of taking some amazingimages gets the 3rd spot in list, just because it saturates the colours way too much in someof the shots, and it is just not good when it comes to taking portrait shots.
But other than that, all 3 phones have a verygood set of cameras. Redmi is on its way to lunch the Note 8 proin the next few weeks, so if you are considering the Note 7 Pro, I would suggest you to waitfor some more time, and then make the decision. If you are leaning towards the Mi A3, by allmeans get it. It is a new phone, and Xiaomi usually followsa yearly update cycle for the A series phones, so the next one is long time away.
What do you guys think about the cameras onthese phones? And which one do you think performed the best? let me know in the comments. Your choice might not be the same as mine,and what I expect out of a smartphone’s camera might not be the same as you. So make sure to let me know your thoughtsin the comments.