The Realme 1 is a smartphone powered by Oppo which, at its price point (the 6 GB variant of RAM goes to 13, 990) is clearly making shots of the current flagship smartphone, the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Well, of course, I wanted to check if the phone is holding up against one of the most popular phones in the country right now. Since Realme 1 is taking shots at the Redmi Note 5 Pro, we decided to literally take shots with the Realme 1, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and I put the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in the right mix for the sake of doing it. Here are the results, take a look.
Note : Realme 1 starts at $ 8,990 for the 3GB / 32GB variant. We have the 6GB / 128GB variant of the phone which costs 13,990. All phones have the same specifications, except for RAM and storage, of course.
Realme 1 rear camera specifications
The Realme 1 equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with what Realme calls 'AI Shot' technology, which I am sure of post-processing the image to reduce noise, and basically makes it look better – something that I don't really care if the results are good. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 Pro equipped with a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera, and ZenFone Max Pro M1 equipped with a 13MP + 5MP dual camera on the back.
Well-lit daytime shots:
Realme 1 is a very embarrassing shooter. Some images are quite good, while others are strange. Make the pictures make the speech, so check out these photos.
As you can see in this image, the Realme 1 behaves just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, in fact in some way the color balance of Realme 1 even better of the other two smartphones.
However, in this second photo, it is clear that the Realme 1 poor in exposing backlit subjects . The camera clearly tried to exhibit according to the BB-8 and ended up completely blowing the lights in the background. The Redmi Note 5 Pro performed very well here, with an extraordinary exposure, and the ZenFone Max Pro M1 also performed better than Realme 1.
This third image is an example of how the Realme 1 sometimes also screw white balance in images . The Redmi Note 5 Pro image is the closest when you get the correct white balance, and ZenFone Max Pro M1 is a close second with a slightly warmer tone. The Realme 1, however, completely went to a colder shade giving walls, posters and anything else a greenish shade that I despise.
Low light shots:
I've always had doubts about Realme 1's camera performance in low light conditions, and the Realme 1, in fact, has lower performance when it comes to shooting in low light conditions .
In this first shot, quite evident that the Realme 1 has captured almost no detail . The noisy image, the subject not in focus and the whole image only bad. The Redmi Note 5 Pro fared better here, capturing less light than Realme 1, but ultimately returned a nicer image. The subject in focus and there are many more details than what we saw in Realme 1. At first glance, ZenFone Max Pro seems to have a better photo than Realme 1, but there is a lot of noise in that shot. However, he managed to focus on the subject a little better than Realme 1, so there is no.
This second image tells a different story. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has definitely captured more light than Realme 1 and, honestly, the image looks better in Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, if you look closely, the photo taken with the Realme 1 ha very less noise than that of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and this is surprising considering how bad it went in the last image we saw.
All three of these phones have portrait mode, which really surprised me, considering that Realme 1 has only one camera, and in its price range I didn't really expect it to have a portrait mode, but it does, and actually not so bad. However, usually slightly worse than Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Take this shot for example. The output of Realme 1 very similar to that of Redmi Note 5 Pro. The detection of the edges from both phones practically the same, and the only place where I feel that the Realme 1 is missing are the details on the face . Realme 1 has clearly clarified the details. Surprisingly, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has actually taken the best shot of all here. There is a lot of detail on the face, detection of even edges (if not better), and also the background is not exaggerated.
This second image tells a similar story. Realme 1 has clearly tried to mitigate very the details and it even messed up edge detection on standing hair. Again, edge detection similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro, and ZenFone Max Pro M1 once again, the clear winner here, which is surprising considering not even in the same price range as these two.
Realme 1 front camera review
The Realme 1 features a single 8 MP shooter on the front which vanishes, at least on paper, when compared with the 20MP Redmi Note 5 Pro front camera with an LED flash. The ZenFone Max Pro also features an 8 MP shooter on the front.
Well-lit daytime selfies
During the day, the performance as expected, the Realme 1 does not disappoint with its front camera, and while on paper much lower than Redmi Note 5 Pro, the output images are usually on par with that of its biggest rival. ZenFone Max Pro, which has found itself with phones well beyond its price range, also performs well .
In this image, it is easy to see that Realme 1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have both taken very beautiful selfies. While the Realme 1 saturated with colors a little more than Redmi Note 5 Pro, clearly not overly saturated, and honestly, it looks a little better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro release here. The ZenFone Max Pro wasn't able to collect the same amount of light as these two other phones, but I applaud it for the way it handled the background exposure in the shot.
The second image is practically the same as regards quality and exposure. Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Realme 1 are quite on par when it comes to daytime selfies with similar details and a little post-processing saturation added by Realme 1.
When it comes to low light, Redmi Note 5 Pro has a huge advantage over Realme 1 and this is the front LED flash. Having said that, I usually don't use the front flash on the phone, and still much better than the front camera of the Realme 1 in low light conditions.
I took a selfie with Realme 1, and honestly it went so badly that I'm not in the mood to click on any of these other things. For the sake of this article, however, I challenged some of these terrible shots, all of which you guys can test for yourself. Delight your eyes (or not, actually, really ugly).
Even the Realme 1 with a vertical mode and, as for the rear camera of the Realme 1, also that of the equally ugly portraits . I mean, for some reason, Realme 1 seems to wash its face completely. The Redmi Note 5 Pro costs a lot better, by comparison, and ZenFone Max Pro M1 also completely screws up the photos.
Realme 1 Camera Review: a pretty decent shot
All in all, the Realme 1 is a decent phone when it comes to taking pictures. The rear camera takes good photos in good lighting conditions, but Realme 1 photos are usually an idea not to be missed. Not one of those phones that you can simply click on an image and know it will be fine. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, performs much better than Realme 1 and produces better images for the most part. Even in low light conditions, the Redmi Note 5 Pro beats Realme 1, although none of the phones really make a good shooter in low light conditions.
While the Redmi Note 5 Pro beats Realme 1 in most scenarios, Realme 1 manages to beat ZenFone Max Pro in various situations and, sometimes, it even manages to match the Note 5 Pro. So, the 6 GB variant of Realme 1 at $ 1390 may not be comparable to Redmi Note 5 Pro when it comes to the camera, the 3 GB to 990 variant and the 4 GB to 1090 variant, do quite well, compared to the competition at these price points.