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

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a triple rear photo sensor consisting 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 the Poco X4 Pro 5G! But at this price, it rubs shoulders with the sensors of the Realme 9 Pro+, a device that performs particularly well in this exercise.

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

The main module uses the technology of the pixel binding which makes it possible to merge the pixels (here, nine into one) in order to capture more light when it runs out. We therefore take advantage of 12 megapixel shots by default.

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

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

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

Realme 9 Pro+ (26mm eq., f/1.8, ISO 7600, 1/15 sec)

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

At night, the gap widens. The scene remains readable but digital noise appears on the Redmi. We recover less detail, because the algorithm tries to compensate with digital smoothing and by accentuating the contrast. It is of course exploitable even if, here again, the level drops on the periphery. The shot of the Realme 9 Pro+ seems 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 ​​identical size (0.90 megapixels) on each of the shots in order to compare the two definitions.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (108MP)

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

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (108MP)

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

Whatever the situation, the gain in detail is really not significant. This can be used to easily resize certain shots if necessary. 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, 1/50 sec)

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

Under good conditions, this module delivers a mediocre result. The set really lacks sharpness and the level of detail has clearly dropped. On this module, the Realme 9 Pro+ does not have the same ambitions. The whole is better exposed and the contrast makes it possible to recover more information. But in the end, it’s 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 sharply. Neither of the two smartphones manages to offer anything usable, even if the Realme shot is a little 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 lacking. The level of detail is decent, but once again, the sensor sometimes struggles to manage high exposures.

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

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