The Oneplus 7 pro, a flagship device from Oneplus and the Redmi note 7 pro, a low budget device from Xiaomi, both use the same Sony IMX586 sensor. But are their cameras really the same? Or does the Snapdragon 855 processor of the Oneplus give it a bump in the image quality? Let’s find out.
Note that this article is only about the rear cameras and not the front.
The Oneplus 7 pro has a 48MP primary camera with F/1.6 aperture lens and it has optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS)
The secondary camera had 16MP and is a F/2.2 aperture wide angle lens. This is for wide angle photos.
It also has a third 8MP camera which has F/2.4 aperture and is a 3x optical zoom lens, which also comes with OIS.
It shoots videos in 4K at 30 or 60fps, in 1080p at 30,60 or 240fps, and in 720p at 480 fps.
The Redmi note 7 pro has a 48MP primary camera with F/1.8 aperture lens and it does not have OIS.
The secondary camera is a 5MP depth sensor camera with F/2.4 aperture.
It does not have a third camera.
It shoots videos in 4K at 30fps, in 1080p at 30,60 or 120fps, and in 720p at 30 or 120 fps.
Day time shots-
Both the Oneplus 7 pro and the Redmi note 7 pro shoot amazing photos in daylight since they use the same sensors, any difference in quality is purely the effect of their respective optimization software.
The Oneplus 7 pro has the added benefit of the 3x zoom lens, hence it captures slightly better details on zoomed in images.
During the day these two phones shoot very similar images with the Oneplus being slightly better at it. Also, the Redmi tends to over saturate images at times whereas the Oneplus captures a very natural photo.
The Oneplus also has better HDR.
Both these phones are amazing at portrait shots and offer very good detail. The Oneplus 7 pro offers slightly better edge detection and detailing than the Redmi note 7 pro, but overall image is pretty similar.
Low light conditions-
This is where the game changes and falls into the hands of the Oneplus device. The Oneplus device captures a very natural looking photo with good details when using the night mode in low light conditions, whereas the Redmi note 7 pro gives the photo a yellow tint. The details are also much better on the Oneplus 7 pro than the Redmi. Oneplus takes a clear win in the night time photography scenario.
Low light portrait-
When taking portrait mode photos in low light conditions the Oneplus 7 pro still gives better edge detection but the detail on the subject is not very satisfying. Redmi, on the other hand, gives great detail on the subject during night time portrait shot. This is maybe the only area where the Redmi outclasses the Oneplus.
In my opinion, the Oneplus 7 pro has a better overall camera. But in most cases, the Redmi is pretty similar to the Oneplus. If you have money to spend and are looking for an overall better phone, then I’d recommend the Oneplus 7 pro. But if the camera is the only thing you care about and want to save some money then I’d recommend the Redmi note 7 pro.