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Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Camera Comparison

These two handsets competed well with each other.

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Couple of weeks back, Asus launched its new budget smartphone in India – the Zenfone Max Pro M1. This is the very first handset from Asus to come with impressive specifications in a very competitive range of price. The company has targeted mid-range kings like Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 7X. So, in this article, we are going to do Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 camera comparison in detail.

It is also worth noting that Xiaomi increased the price of Redmi Note 5 Pro two days back. Now it will be available for ₹14,999. Plus, this smartphone is very hard to acquire as it goes out of stock in merely one or two seconds. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, costs ₹12,999 and will be up for pre-order starting 3rd May.

Anyway, coming back to the camera comparison, let’s have a look on their camera specs:

  Redmi Note 5 Pro Zenfone Max Pro M1
Rear Dual 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.0), PDAF, LED Flash Dual 13MP (f/2.2) + 5MP, PDAF, LED Flash
Front 20MP, f/2.2, LED Flash 8MP, f/2.2, LED Flash

Daylight Photography

1. Both handsets click good daylight images however, the Redmi Note 5 Pro seems to be a bit better than the Zenfone Max Pro.

2. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is better at capturing details and colors. It doesn’t overexpose the light part.

3. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is also good at capturing details and colors but only in the center of the image, corner part seems to have less details.

4. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 overexposes light part of the image (ex. Sunlight).

5. This section goes in the favor of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Daylight Photography with HDR Mode

1. While the HDR mode brings impressive changes on Zenfone Max Pro M1, it doesn’t seem to be working on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

2. Redmi Note 5 Pro’s HDR algorithm doesn’t work well. It makes the image darker while the quality remains same as normal daylight photos.

3. The HDR Mode of Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, does improve the image quality by bringing more details and better color accuracy.

4. Unfortunately, Zenfone Max Pro M1 still overexposes the light part of the image.

5. This section goes in the favor of Zenfone Max Pro M1

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Bokeh Mode

1. Both smartphones come with dedicated portrait mode and the algorithm of both handsets works like charm.

2. Both smartphones effectively blur the background however, the blur level is a bit high on Redmi Note 5 Pro.

3. In terms of details and color accuracy, both perform equally well. The edges of the object look sharp and stay in focus.

4. In this section, both the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have managed to impress us equally.

Lowlight Photography

1. Both handsets click average lowlight images however, the Redmi Note 5 Pro takes a lead.

2. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is better at capturing details and colors. It doesn’t overexpose the light part and objects in the image look sharp.

3. The Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, does capture realistic colors but it lags behind in terms of details. Most of the times, objects in the corner of the image look blurred.

4. Much like the daylight part, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 overexposes light part of the image (ex. artificial light).

5. In this section, Redmi Note 5 Pro is the winner.

Lowlight Photography with HDR Mode

1. Much the daylight section, the HDR mode of Zenfone Max Pro M1 brings impressive changes in its images. The HDR mode on Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, couldn’t do much.

2. The HDR algorithm of Redmi Note 5 Pro is not that effective. It just darken the image and the quality is not even better than the normal lowlight photos.

3. The HDR Mode of Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, brings color accuracy, sharpness and better details. Even the dark part is visible.

4. Another good thing is that the Zenfone Max Pro, now, doesn’t overexpose light part of the image.

5. In this section, Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the winner.

Selfie

1. The performance of selfie camera on the both handsets is identical.

2. The only difference between them is that the selfies taken from Zenfone Max Pro M1 look natural (in some cases, you can also say it is dull/dark) while Redmi Note 5 Pro uses some kind of white layer to brighten the image.

3. Everything else (details, color accuracy and sharpness) is identical on both handsets.

4. Same is the case with both handsets in “Beauty Mode”. Samples from Redmi Note 5 Pro look brighter but the details, color accuracy and sharpness are same.

5. In this section, the decision is yours whether you want a beautified photo or the natural one.

Our Verdict

The difference between these two handsets in terms of camera is marginal. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro does well in terms of normal light and lowlight condition, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 defeats the former when it comes to HDR mode. Another thing is that Zenfone is closely following Redmi in terms of normal daylight and lowlight performance. So, the crown for winner goes to Asus Zenfone Max Pro.

Note: Asus has officially said that the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is currently running on non-final software build. The final build will be delivered via FOTA in upcoming weeks. The company has also said that the final build will significantly improve the camera quality of this device.

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