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The premium mid-range category of smartphones is busting out in terms of performance & camera. Realme GT Neo 2, the Snapdragon 870 powered phone has also gotten into the line to offer power & performance. Well, the SD 870 is undoubtedly the best chipset for this segment but what’s about the camera of this phone? Today, we are here to provide the camera review of Realme GT Neo 2.
The primary sensor here is a 64MP Sony IMX682 shooter with an f/1.8 aperture. There is no OIS. The default 16MP shots are above average if not the best. The colors are punchy with an extra boost from the AI engine. For daytime, pictures look amazing but color accuracy can be hit or miss. Specifically, HDR adds more amount of colors making it look not so natural. Besides that, the dynamic range is decent. There are 2X & 5X zoom available on the Realme camera app. 2X zoom photos are nice while on the 5X zoom, unnatural color appears.
The 64MP shots are nice to look at with a few extra details & composition. The higher resolution assists in capturing colors nicely too. However, the clarity is similar to regular 16MP shots. The difference between them is not drastic though.
The 8MP ultrawide sensor does its job as other 8MP sensors in this price segment. In the daytime, pictures look nice enough. The 119° FOV makes the pictures look wide. The dynamic range however is not consistent. The bright section of the frame often gets high exposure. The saturation is strong. For daylight, the 8MP sensor does its job nicely.
Realme has been going strong with its AI for portrait shots. The GT Neo 2 also follows the pattern and relies on AI for separating subjects from the background. As a result, the bokeh looks strong & can be manually set as per the user’s preference. The AI game is pretty strong & it can capture amazing portrait shots of nonhuman subjects as well.
The 2MP Macro cameras have gotten stale & practically useless these days. The same goes here with the 2MP macro camera of the GT Neo 2. Pictures don’t look appealing at all. The macro sensor struggles to focus & it takes a longer time to get a nice shot. You can’t also get too close to the subject.
Selfies from the 16MP shooter come with average quality. Skin tones look pale & soft. With degrading light, it suffers to take a nice image. I guess the fault goes to its narrow f/2.5 aperture. Even during video calls on Messenger & WhatsApp, the image looks poor quality. For the selfie portraits, the AI engine does its job. It also offers more beautification options to tamper with.
The phone consists of night mode to compensate for darker scenarios. The low light mode captures decent images with nice details. The dynamic range is just okay & color accuracy is also close to nature. The dedicated night mode of GT Neo 2 is aggressive with its AI engine. There is also a pro night mode where you can set up manual ISO, shutter speed, white balance, etc.
For the video section, Realme has got its game strong with support up to 4K 60fps, portrait video mode, steady & ultra steady mode. The 4K videos offer vibrant colors, nice details & contrast. Shooting 4K at 60fps however, doesn’t look that stable. Sadly, there is no dedicated EIS option for 4K videos. Only the main camera can shoot 4k while the ultrawide sensor is limited to capture 1080p Full HD videos only.
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When the steady mode is turned on, the videos are capped out automatically at 1080p 60fps. Stabilization is stable while walking. Running and jolting shall affect the stability though. The ultra steady mode gets the video to cap at 1080p 30fps. Here the stabilization gets even stronger. One can shoot cinematic shots by this phone if used properly. From the front cam, one can shoot up to 1080p 30fps. The video quality is just ‘okayish’ with average dynamic range & color contrast.
This is the most exciting part of the Realme GT Neo 2 camera’s potentiality. The AI game is stronger to replicate DSLR-like portrait videos of human subjects. The bokeh can be manually set too. Edge detection is not perfect though but it still does its job. The separation of foreground and background for videos takes it to the next level for content creators. Portrait videos can be taken from both primary & ultrawide sensors. Even the 2X zoom utilizes this & works like a charm. While the 5X zoom just can’t match the details from the 2X zoom sample. The front camera also supports portrait videos and it also does a decent job. This makes the Realme GT Neo 2 a vlogging beast.
Other features include dual video mode where both front & back cameras can be used at the same time. Similarly one can also do timelapse, slow-motion videos, etc. However, there is no 960fps slow-motion option. There is a dedicated movie mode where there is an aspect ratio of 16:9. It also allows manual control for white balancing, autofocus, ISO, EV, shutter speed, etc. Stabilization is not that great with the movie mode though.
The SD870 powerhouse, Realme GT Neo 2 offers a lot for the price. The camera set-up is basic with triple cameras. The primary camera captures above-average pictures in the daylight. The only drawback here is the unnatural color reproduction & aggressive HDR & AI boost. I wish the ultrawide was of a higher resolution. Despite being an 8MP one, the 119° FOV does make it look cool. Only the dynamic range is hit or miss with high exposure on the bright sections. The Macro sensor performs poorly and requires multiple times to capture a fine shot. The portrait pictures from the AI engine are commendable. Similarly, the low-light images are also nice to look at.
The front camera is however below average due to its f/2.5 aperture. Low light images from the selfie cam don’t look appealing. While for the videos section, the primary & ultrawide do well in terms of stabilization under steady & ultra steady mode. But do remember, the ultrawide cannot shoot at 4k resolution. The golden feature goes out to portrait videos. This makes it stand as a device to go for, for the vloggers.
So, I found the cameras to be very good for the videos & low light images. The daytime shots are also above average. The cons to be mentioned are unnatural color reproduction with extra boosted colors, poor macro camera & dynamic range fluctuation for the ultrawide camera. Do you own this device? How do you feel about its camera? Do write your thoughts below.
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