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Redmi Note 8 with 48MP quad camera: Sample pictures

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The Redmi Note 8 Pro with a 64-megapixel camera may be the star of the Note 8 series launch in the Philippines on October 11. But admit it, the non-Pro model is hard to ignore as well, especially with its low price tags.

You see, the Redmi Note 8 starts at only P7,990 (around $155) in the country. And it already comes with a 48-megapixel primary camera that’s joined by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and 2-megapixel depth and macro sensors.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 8 Pro, Note 8 PH prices start at P7,990 ($155) and Redmi 8, Redmi 8A budget phones now available in PH

Not that a high megapixel count or the fact that it has four rear cameras translates into better image quality for the smartphone. Of course not. But this we can tell you after almost a week of using it: The Redmi Note 8 is a capable tool for photography. Plus, a high megapixel count is handy when you want to blow up a picture or crop a photo and still get a sharp result.

Below are two resized 48-megapixel shots, each with cropped versions one-fourth of the original size.

Redmi Note 8 sample 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

A resized 48-megapixel picture taken with the Redmi Note 8. Let us know if you want the full-sized version. Gosh, it’s 13.3MB! 😀
Redmi Note 8 sample 1/4 of a 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

1/4 of the image seen above
Redmi Note 8 sample 1/4 of a 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

Different 1/4 part this time. Notice that it’s still sharp. We can even make out the name of a certain bank
Redmi Note 8 sample 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

A resized 48-megapixel photo shot indoors this time
Redmi Note 8 sample 1/4 of a 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

1/4 of the image
Redmi Note 8 sample 1/4 of a 48-megapixel picture in camera review by Revu Philippines

The lower-left part of the picture

The main camera can magnify an image up to 10x using digital zoom, and the results are satisfactory because the shot comes from a 48-megapixel sensor.

Redmi Note 8 sample pictures in camera review: 10x vs 1x by Revu Philippines

10x digital zoom vs 1x

As with other ultra-wide cameras, the Redmi Note 8’s super-wide sensor lets you capture more of a scene, too, so it’s perfect for landscape or group shots. It allows you to be more creative as well.

We like that it’s not too wide that it doesn’t give a fisheye effect. We just wish Night mode could be enabled when capturing images like these.

Ultra-wide vs 1x

Why were we hoping for a Night mode for ultra-wide pictures? Because some smartphones can already do just that, such as the Realme 5 and the more expensive OPPO A9 2020 and Huawei Nova 5T.

Add to that the fact that Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 takes stunning images in that mode — more consistently at that, unlike the Realme 5. Check out the sample shots below.

Night mode vs Auto mode

The depth-sensing and macro sensors work as intended as well, as can be seen in these sample shots.

Redmi Note 8 sample pictures in camera review: Portrait mode vs Auto mode by Revu Philippines

Portrait mode (with bokeh effect) vs Auto mode
Redmi Note 8 sample pictures in camera review: Macro mode vs Auto mode by Revu Philippines

Macro mode vs Auto mode

How about the 13-megapixel front-facing camera housed in the Redmi Note 8’s waterdrop notch?

Colors come out accurate — that’s the first thing we noticed. Selfies tend to be on the softer side, though. Then again, they are better than those captured on, say, Honor and Huawei phones under P10,000 (under $194) — devices that will turn out to be more expensive if you take into account the fact that they’re lesser-specced.

Redmi Note 8 sample selfie pictures in camera review: Portrait mode vs Auto mode by Revu Philippines

Portrait mode vs Photo (auto) mode

So thumbs up or thumbs down? For a smartphone that is budget-friendly? Jeez, the answer is obvious, isn’t it? We’re giving the Redmi Note 8 the thumbs up it deserves.

Redmi Note 8 specs (compared with the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note: A specs comparison via Revu Philippines

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 17 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.