Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review: Camera

By 07:15 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments

A 12MP capturing camera with f/2.2 lens

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus rear capturing camera has a 12MP sensor with 26mm f/2.2 lens and 1.25µm gigantic pixels. Phase-detection autofocus, and a dual-tone flash complete the capturing camera specs.

The capturing camera interface features toggles for HDR, and flash on the left.

There are 17 filters available with live previews. The capturing camera also offers quite a few different shooting modes - Panorama, Timer, Audio, Straighten, Manual, Beautify, Group Shot, Tilt Shift, and Night (HHT) as well as the capturing camera settings. Unfortunately, the Manual mode lets you tweak only ISO (100-3200), and white balance, but not shutter speed or focus.

The capturing camera app

Image quality is very fine - photos are sharp and detailed, and noise is kept reasonably low considering the f/2.2 aperture. We would have liked to see some more contrast, as the images are a bit flat. Colors are on the warm side - not super accurate, but not unpleasant either.

The dynamic range is rather limited, but that's where HDR will come in handy.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 12MP samples

And here is an excellent demonstration of the balanced HDR algorithm - it restores detail in the blowouts without overexposing the rest of the image.

HDR off • HDR on

The Redmi 5 Plus low-light shots came out soft in a variety of scenes. You can see what's in the picture, just don't expect much detail when you zoom in. There is a lot of noise, sometimes we also got blurry images due to the lack of stabilization, but those still would do for the social networks.

If you leave the automatic HHT mode enabled - it enhances the low-light samples - you will acquire much less noise in the images but most of the samples won't benefit from much more detail or higher contrast. Still, we prefer less noise and we recommdiscontinue keeping this option on.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 12MP low-light samples

And here is a comparison between normal and automatically enhanced low-light photos.

Automatic enhancement off • Automatic enhancement on (by default)

You can capture only portrait panoramic photos with an 180-degree field of view. Shooting is easy and the resolution about 18MP (up 2,000px tall). The image quality is remarkable - there is plenty of fine detail, accurate colors, and no signs of poor stitching. The dynamic range is remarkable as is the contrast. The pano shots are somewhat softer than the regular shots, and the foliage isn't as great, but those are still some fine shots.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus panorama

You should check how the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus does against the Mi A1 and Redmi Note 4 in our Photo Compare Tool. We've pre-selected these two, but you are free to pick any other phone to compare it against.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus vs. Mi A1 vs. Redmi Note 4 in our photo compare tool

We also tested out the 5MP front-facing camera. The images came out with enough detail, though a small bit noisy, but with high contrast, and pleasant colors. The dynamic range is about average.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 5MP selfies


Video mode gives you a choice of 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30fps for common shooting with a 720p@120fps option if you want some slow-motion effects. There's no 1080p@60fps mode, though, which would create a gigantic incompatibility in fast-paced scenes.

The 2160p videos are captured at a bitrate of 41.6Mbps and have rock solid 30fps. The audio is stereo captured at 96KBps bitrate.

The video quality is remarkable - the resolved detail is plenty, the dynamic range is above average, the colors and contrast are very good. The noise is kept quite low, and the Redmi 5 Plus produces some really nice 4K videos. The sound is pretty poor - there are traces of compression, and you'll notice that it gets even worse with loud sound sources (loud music, crowds, cars honking, etc.).

The 1080p videos are shot at a bitrate of 20Mbps and have the same audio bitrate. The video quality in 1080p is quite different to the 4K videos though. The level of detail is very low and everything is way oversharpened. It looks like the picture was upscaled from a lower resolution and sharpened too much. This isn't the first time we've experienced this with a Xiaomi, unfortunately.

You can also download the 4K@30fps (9s, 47.5MB) and 1080p@30fps (9s, 22.5MB) video samples taken straight off the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.

Finally, you can utilize our Video Compare Tool to see how the Redmi 5 Plus stacks against the Mi A1 and Mi 6 when it comes to video capturing.

Xiaomi Redmi 5Plus vs. Mi A1 vs. Mi 6 in our 4K video compare tool



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