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Xiaomi's most talked about phone of the year, the Redmi Note 5 Pro impressed us during our tests. The phone sets a benchmark for the upcoming budget phones, but it also competes against the phones out of its league. To test this, we put the Redmi Note 5 Pro against the OnePlus 5T to find out if it matches up to the latter's camera quality.

While the OnePlus 5T costs almost the double of the Redmi's cost, it would be a good example to see how well the camera on sub 20K phones can expected to be in 2018. So without further ado, let's put the cameras side by side and find out. 

Camera specifications

The Redmi Note 5 Pro has 12MP and 5MP sensors on the front and back. The 12MP sensor is the primary sensor, whereas the 5MP sensor is a monochrome sensor, that it uses to capture depth.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T has a 16MP wide-angle primary and a 20MP secondary lens. The OnePlus 5T has a f/1.7 aperture which is evidently better for low light than Redmi's f/2.0 aperture on paper. 

Natural light

The OnePlus 5T captures more details and better dynamic range than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The test image used here was taken in the morning with plenty of natural light. The colours on the OnePlus 5T were more close to source and the picture has better dynamic range than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. When zoomed in, the OnePlus 5T showed well defined structure of the building with and the leaves of the tree had more details.

Both the phones were close when we shot this. The OnePlus 5T added slight warmth to the scene, which is visible in the colour of the road and the sky.

In some cases, the Redmi Note 5 Pro does an impressive job in terms of colour production. It was at par with the OnePlus 5T in the picture above. 

The Redmi Note 5 Pro captures more details. The difference was clearly visible when we zoomed into the grams.  

The Redmi Note 5 Pro surprised us with the level of details it captured. The difference was clearly visible when we zoomed into the picture. Have a look at zoomed in picture of the grams below.

Redmi Note 5 Pro (Left) and OnePlus 5T (Right)

Artificial light

The colours look more natural on the Redmi Note 5 Pro but the OnePlus 5T captures more detail in artificial light. 

In well-lit indoor conditions, the Redmi Note 5 Pro handles the light better, as you can see in the background in the picture above. It captures vibrant and punchy colours and reads the scene pretty well. The OnePlus 5T showed similar results, but you can see slightly faded colours and the white balance is off too.

On Redmi Note 5 colours look oversaturated and it messes up with white balance sometimes.

When the subject is under a shadow, the OnePlus 5T is more efficient in capturing details and colours. 

Redmi Note 5 loses sharpness under shadows.

When zoomed in, the picture shot on Note 5 Pro showed a yellowish tint on the leaves. OnePlus takes lead here, offering better colours and more sharpness, thanks to the better white balance and more accurate colours reproduction.

This one is quite close.

This is the same wall shot in incandescent light and it’s not easy to differentiate. The image by the OnePlus 5T looks slight sharp and is true to source but Redmi 5 Pro handles the light better here. The wavy yellow pattern under the light bulb is slightly faded out in the picture clicked by OnePlus 5T.

Portraits

OnePlus captures more details but the skin colour is tweaked.

None of the phones actually proved to be extraordinary for portraits. But, if we have to chose one, the OnePlusLite did better.  

Both the cameras overexpose the background and blow out all the details. Still, OnePlus’ image processing retains better sharpness in face, and the image by the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks slightly darker. None of the picture show colours close to source, but the one from Redmi looks more natural because it doesn’t tweak with the skin tone of the subject much.

Low light

OnePlus 5T dominates the Redmi Note 5 Pro in low light.

In this low light shot, it is very evidently visible that the colours reproduced by Note 5 Pro are not true to source. The phone induces greenish hue to the image, where the OnePlus 5T dominates it. 

OnePlus 5T has captured plenty of detail in this picture of the showpiece.

OnePlus not just reproduces better colours, but it also keep the fine details intact. The picture from Redmi Note 5 Pro lacks details and looks grainy. It also misses out on highlights, empowering shadows to blackout the structure of the bike in the picture above. 

Camera speed

The OnePlus 5T is undoubtedly the faster one among the two. Not that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is slow, but the shutter speed and processing time of the 5T is visibly fast. Also, the powerful hardware on the OnePlus 5T enables camera to launch faster. 

Verdict

Although the competition was quite close, the OnePlus 5T wins. The low-light performance, camera speed and higher megapixel count of the 5T dominates the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro at par with the competition, especially when it comes to colours and definition level. 

Since the Redmi Note 5 Pro costs less than the half of the OnePlus 5T, its camera performance is impressive. This also gives us an idea of how the upcoming phones would offer impressive camera performance under a budget.

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