Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G test: efficiency always there

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a triple rear photosensor composed of a 108 megapixel wide angle, whose lens opens at f/1.9, an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/2.2), as well as a macro module (f /2.4).

A similar configuration… to that of the Poco X4 Pro 5G! But at this price it rubs shoulders with the sensors of the Realme 9 Pro+, a device that behaves especially well in this exercise.

Main module: 108 megapixels, f/1.9, eq. 26mm

The main module uses the technology of the pixel bonding allowing pixels to be merged (here nine into one) to capture more light when it runs out. So we take advantage of 12-megapixel shots by default.

Realme 9 Pro+ (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 157, 1/50s)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/50s)

By day, the rendering of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is quite convincing, even if everything looks a bit cold. The Realme 9 Pro+ shot offers more detail, sharpness and better controlled contrast. This can be easily seen on faces, even if the overall colorimetry is otherwise too saturated. In the photo of the Note 11 Pro we also see that the level of detail drops considerably on the periphery (not seen here), much less on the Realme.

Realme 9 Pro+ (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 7600, 1/15s)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 4700, 1/15s)

At night, the gap widens. The scene is still readable but digital noise appears on the Redmi. We recover less detail, because the algorithm tries to compensate with digital smoothing and emphasizing contrast. Of course, it is exploitable even if, here again, the level drops to the periphery. The Realme 9 Pro+ shot looks sharper and more natural, and offers better sharpness (see the patterns).

108 megapixel mode

It is always possible to opt for the 108 megapixel mode. We isolated an area of ​​the same size (0.90 megapixels) in each of the shots to be able to compare the two definitions.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (108MP)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/50s)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (108MP)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (26mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 4700, 1/15s)

Whatever the situation, the gain in detail really isn’t significant. This can be used to easily resize certain shots if needed. However, this can quickly take up storage space.

Ultra wide angle module: 8 megapixels, f / 2.2, 118 °

Realme 9 Pro+ (f/2.2, ISO 155, 1/50s)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (f/2.2, ISO 60, 1/50s)

In good conditions, this module offers a mediocre result. The set really lacks sharpness and the level of detail has clearly dropped. In this module, the Realme 9 Pro+ does not have the same ambitions. The set is better exposed and the contrast allows to recover more information. But in the end, it is far from impressive. In defense of the two devices, this is still the case in this price segment.

Realme 9 Pro+ (f/2.3, ISO 8626, 1/20s)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (f/2.2, ISO 2900, 1/15 sec)

In the dark, the rendering deteriorates considerably. Neither smartphone manages to offer anything usable, even if the Realme shot is a bit more readable.

Front and video module

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G houses a 16-megapixel (f/2.4) front module on the front. It allows you to take good selfies during the day (if you are not moving), but the exercise becomes more complex when the light is out. The level of detail is decent, but once again the sensor sometimes struggles to handle high exposures.

Since the Snapdragon 695 didn’t offer a lot of power, Xiaomi limited video to Full HD and 720p at 30 frames per second. A regression from the previous version, which allowed you to capture in 4K at 30fps. Rendering is certainly decent, but highlights can still be a problem. We expected a little better at this point.

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