160Image Quality score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name IQImage-Quality based scoring system CAMERA Mobile Low Mid RangeCategory based on price 2019-08Device launch date Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProDevice brand and name

Key Camera Specifications

  • Rear Camera System
    • Ultrawide: 13mm 8-MP f/2.2
    • Primary: 26mm 64-MP f/1.89 (Primary) + 2MP Bokeh sensor
    • Zoom: N/A, uses Primary camera
    • Macro: 21mm 2-MP f/2.4*

The Quad-camera system of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro includes a 2MP “bokeh” sensor for depth perception, and we don’t count that sensor as a “camera” since it doesn’t actually take color photos, but helps the primary camera with blurring effects.

The macro lens is a cool novelty feature that many OEMs are experimenting with. At this time, it does not contribute to our camera score, as it’s not yet clear if people are using it, and how much “macro” contributes to the overall camera experience.

There’s no dedicated zoom camera, so this phone uses the primary camera and digital zooming to perform that task, thanks to its triple ISP (Image Signal Processor).

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T, a processor platform (SoC) capable of supporting 64-Megapixel cameras with quad-bayer sensors.

Image Quality Analysis

Important: let’s clarify some terminology we’ll be using:

  • “image processing”: software work that improves the image data quality
  • “image filtering”: software work that changes the style (aesthetic) of the photo.
  • “context photo”: a great approximation of what we see
    • Including how dark the scene actually is
    • Only to provide the context of the shot.
      • Not a quality benchmark

A note about theUber-G Camera IQ benchmark: our camera scoring system is based on four “Pillars” or sub-scores that provide much-needed nuance: day, night, zoom and ultrawide photography. (*macro is not yet part of the score)

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Daylight Photography

Like

  • Good details
  • Daylight photo quality, comparable to Mi Mix 3 and Honor View 20

Disike

  • Colors often shifts to red
  • Bright scene sometimes have washed-out areas. HDR needs improvement
Context photo: what we’re looking at

In broad daylight, the Redmi Note 8 Pro fares relatively well in absolute terms, and very well if you take its price into account. In that category, it’s not unusual to see mobile cameras with understandably lower performance.

Usual heavy-hitters such as the Google Pixel 3 camera or the iPhone 11 camera have better details and sharpness. However, the RedMi Note 8 Pro’s level of detail is more comparable to once much more expensive phones such as the Mi Mix 3 camera, the Honor View 20 camera or the LG V40 camera.

We have noticed many instances of Redmi Note 8 Pro photos coming out with a slightly red tint. If you don’t know the scene, you would probably not realize what’s going on. However, from a camera owner’s point of view, accurate colors impact controllability and photo quality.

HDR photography of the Redmi Note 8 Pro could be better as high-contrast scenes may feature washed out areas. There’s an example below, but HDR is extremely important because it greatly contributes to capturing the scene as your eyes see it, with details in both dark and bright areas.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro gets a daylight camera photography score of 175, which is just above the level of the LG V40, and a bit below the Honor View 20. As a reference, the iPhone 11 / 11 Pro is relatively far above.

Daylight camera sub-score: 175

Here are some daylight photography photo samples and comparisons below:

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Despite its age, the Google Pixel 3 still remains a reference phone for many users, and is slightly better than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in HDR photography, capturing realistic details and producing a slightly sharper image. The Redmi Note 8 Pro feature a less noisy photo, but the noise-reduction algorithm might also be taking some sharpness away.

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Xiomi’s Mi Mix 3, a former high-end handset, takes more comparable photos, and the affordable Redmi Note 8 Pro gets close to that level of quality.

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Comparing with one of the most powerful mobile cameras, the Mate 30 Pro, the difference is much more pronounced. You can see how details, color are captured, with a much higher dynamic range.

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This comparison is a good example to show the red color-shift that the Redmi Note 8 Pro often exhibits. In this example, the Pocophone F1 (right) captures natural color hues, almost an exact match to the context photos.

This photo from the Redmi Note 8 Pro is has a washed-out area (green circle) due to lower HDR performance when compared with better cameras. The greenery’s colors are a bit off too, but within acceptable parameters.
Context photo: this is what the scene looks actually like to the naked eye.

Night Photography

Like

  • Good detail in high-contrast scenes
  • Very good performance -in its price category-
  • Decent noise filtering

Disike

  • Night photo performance is slightly below Pixel 3 levels
  • Slightly aggressive image filtering
Context photo: what the scene looks like to the naked eye

Our photo analysis shows that the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a low-light camera performance that is slightly higher than the Honor View 20 , and just about equal to the Google Pixel 3 (now a ~$275 phone at retail), a reference phone that many people are familiar with.

Note that the Redmi Note has a very different color filtering aesthetics than the Google Pixel 3, so having the same score doesn’t mean that their output is identical but mostly comparable.

It does means that both are globally at the same level when the objective (non-aesthetic) parameters are taken into account (noise, details, HDR, etc.). We have photo samples below for comparison.

In high-contrast (HDR) night photos situations such as street photos, festivals, theme parks at night, this camera performs surprisingly well. In fact, it can easily compete with phones like the Pixel 3 or Galaxy S9 which were “top of the line” phones not that long ago.

In soft low-light (low-contrast) scenes where the light is very dim, but without strong highlights, the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s camera uses relatively aggressive and reaches its maximum capabilities light-sensing capabilities with the Pixel 3, ahead, and even competing with Pixel 2.

Of course, competing with ~$1000+ phones like the Mate 30 Pro would be much more difficult, and we have photo samples to show this as well, just so you know what gap to expect between this camera and others that cost ~5X the price.

Night photo camera sub-score: 176

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This scene is a good example of how well the Redmi Note 8 Pro can capture a challenging night scene. The Pixel 3 captures a good photo, but has a tendency to over-saturate the scene, which we mentionned during the Google Pixel 3 camera review.

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Comparing the cropped view against the Galaxy S9+ shows that the Redmi Note 8 Pro has more noise and (too) aggressive image filtering, while the S9+ capture less noisy, more natural images with finer details.

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Just for reference, the Mate 30 Pro is today’s second best low-light mobile camera behind the S20 Ultra. The Mate 30 Pro features extremely good details, low noise and dynamic range.

Context photo: what the scene looks like to the naked eye
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The Redmi Note 8 Pro fares much better than the Pocophone F1, also from Xiaomi

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Under these lighting conditions, the Pixel 3 does a better job, probably thanks to its software image processing

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More expensive phones such as the OnePlus 7 Pro fare much better in these lighting conditions

Ultrawide Photography

Like

  • Most competitor have -no- Ultrawide support at all, so Redmi Note 8 Pro is often the de-facto winner

Disike

  • Details are a bit blurry
  • Lowest-entry level Ultrawide performance
Context photo: what we are looking at

In absolute terms, the Redmi Note 8 Pro ultrawide camera has one the lowest Ultarwide score to date, just below the Huawei P30 camera and Motorola Zoom One camera. However, it is also one of the only smartphones at that price point to have an ultrawide camera to start with, and that helps it tremendously in the overall Camera IQ score.

From a practical point of view, the mere fact of having Ultrawide shots available is a great advantage, even if the image quality is not the best. This is really a case, where having something is infinitely better than having nothing.

And our Ultrawide score shows that even some expensive phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro don’t score that much better, so there’s tremendous value if you keep the analysis in sync with the handset’s price.

Ultrawide camera sub-score: 109

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Photo crop: Once the best Ultrawide camera in the world, the LG V40 remains a reference UW camera that still scores above the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Xiaomi phone shows a red-tint (again), and the general detail and color preservation is much better on the V40.

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Photo crop: The Huawei P30, our previously lowest-ranking Ultrawide camera is slightly better than the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s. However, keep in mind that as of publication time, the Huawei P30 is a ~$500 phone.

Photo crop: context image, what we’re looking at
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At night, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also lags the Huawei P30 Pro by a small margin.

Zoom Photography

Like

  • Color is sometimes better preserved than some competitors

Disike

  • No dedicated zoom camera caps the performance
  • Strong image filtering has adverse effects on image quality
Context photo: what we’re looking at

Without a dedicated zoom lens, the Redmi Note 8 wasn’t expected to score very high, but we can shed additional light on the zoom performance before you consider buying this phone.

The level of detail is grossly comparable with other phones that do not have a dedicated zoom camera, and that includes the newly launched Galaxy Z Flip for example which captures even less details.

In some cases, the Redmi Note 8 Pro preserves colors better than some competitors, but in other scenes, the colors were noticeably unrealistic. It’s very difficult to predict when it will happen, and that affects how controllable the camera is.

Even a 2X optical zoom such does make a noticeable difference, and a comparison with the LG V40 below easily demonstrates it. More powerful zoom lenses obviously take much higher-quality zoom shots.

Zoom photo sub-score: 56

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Cameras that do not have a dedicated zoom lens are often limited by the optics. In this case, the new and expensive Samsung Z-flip doesn’t zoom any better than the much more affordable Redmi Note 8 Pro

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A 2X optical zoom already brings very noticeable benefits to image quality. The LG V40 can easily prove it.

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A high-powered zoom lens does significantly improve the image quality at the most extreme zoom settings (here, 10X).

Conclusion and Camera IQ Score

160Image Quality score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name IQImage-Quality based scoring system CAMERA Mobile Low Mid RangeCategory based on price 2019-08Device launch date Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProDevice brand and name

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro’s camera score of 160 is higher than the Google Pixel 3 or the Galaxy S9+ which were some of the top cameras not that long ago.

Even though the Redmi Note 8 Pro is close to, but doesn’t overtake, the former high-end champions with its primary camera, the presence of the Ultrawide functionality pushes its overall capability to that level.

"BEST MOBILE CAMERA UNDER $250"

It shows how dynamic and competitive the mobile camera market is, but also how expanding the camera capabilities by adopting high-demand features such as Ultrawide photography can change the overall value-proposition for mobile cameras.

When you account for the very affordable price pf the Redmi Note 8 Pro, it is evident that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro brings the highest value-proposition we have seen in the past 12 months.

For the price, the camera performance is excellent and it’s the best mobile camera under $250 we’ve seen to date, based on the prices below – obviously, this can vary depending on locations, but it gives you a snapshot of the market. For more Camera IQ reviews and score, head to our official Best Mobile Cameras page.

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6.53"
  • 2340x1080
  • IPS LCD
  • 395 PPI
? MP
    4500 mAh
    • Non-Removable
    • No Wireless Charg.
    6GB RAM
    • MTK Helio G90T
    • MicroSDXC
    Price
    ~$229 - Amazon
    Weight
    199.8 g
    Launched in
    2019-08-01
    Storage (GB)
    • 64
    • 128
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