Announced for the first time in May, the 64 megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 from Samsung sounded pretty impressive. In July, Xiaomi teased a new camera with this crazy sensor, just like the Indian smartphone company Realme.
However, it looks like Xiaomi struck her to the finish line. They have now announced the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, the world's first smartphone with a 64-megapixel camera.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro actually contains four cameras, with the Samsung ISOCELL 64-megapixel 1 / 1.7-inch sensor being the primary camera. It has a 1: 1.8 lens and a phase-detection autofocus system.
Although technically a 64 megapixel camera, it is not designed for this use. It follows the Quad-Bayer principle, where groups of four sensors are combined into one to obtain a final image with one quarter of the resolution of the actual sensor. In this case, 16 megapixels. The principle works very well. It helps to improve the details and reduce the noise, especially in lower light conditions. Of course, you can also record the full 64 megapixel resolution.
- 64 MP, 1: 1.8 (wide), 1: 1.7 inch, 0.8 μm, PDAF
- 8 MP, 1: 2.2 13 mm (ultrawide), 1/4 ", 1.12 μm
- 2 MP, f / 2.4, 1/5 ", 1.75 μm (dedicated macro camera)
- 2 MP, f / 2.4, 1/5", 1.75 μm Depth Sensor
In addition, there is an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera and a pair of 2 megapixel cameras, one of which is a "macro" camera and the other is the depth detection camera for things like fake bokeh. Macro camera sounds a bit strange to me, so I think it's probably better to just take pictures from a distance with the 64 megapixel sensor and then crop it to get better results, but we'll see.
When it comes to video, the 64-megapixel main camera captures 4K UHD at 30 frames per second or 1080p HD at 30, 60 or 120 frames per second with gyro and electronic image stabilization.  The front camera is unfortunately in a notch under and has a resolution of 20 megapixels with a aperture of 1: 2.0. It is located in a capacitive 6.53-inch IPS LCD touch screen display (unfortunately no OLED) with a resolution of 1080 × 2340 for a pixel density of 409 ppi. This supports HDR and 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
It seems to me a waste to put such a high resolution camera in an apparently cheap phone. The MediaTek Helio G90T is at best a midrange chipset and can not even compete with the flagship Snapdragon 855 processor. I'm curious to see how the next generation of high-end smartphones can handle this camera when it starts implementing it.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is expected to be available from September in China, around $ 195 for the 6GB / 64GB version and around $ 250 for the 8GB / 128GB -Version. Prices and availability outside of China have not yet been released.