the Realme 7 will be announced alongside Realme 7 Pro in the Philippines on September 30. We have already given you our first impressions of the Pro variantSo now we’re going to take a close look at the standard Realme 7 in terms of camera functionality.

(Update September 30: officially available! Read Realme 7 Pro, Realme 7, Realme Buds Q launched in PH.)

After all, one of the biggest changes to the phone is its all-new Sony camera sensor, which replaces the Samsung sensor from the previous model. True me even uses the #CaptureSharper hashtag on social media to describe the phone’s quad-rear setup, though both sensors will serve users with 64-megapixel resolution.

Regardless, Realme claims its latest device will deliver clearer and brighter images, which is interesting given that Sony and Samsung sensors work with the same number of megapixels and use a Quad-Bayer filter to combine. four smaller pixels into one larger pixel with more information.

The Realme 7 has a Sony IMX682 main sensor. Remember that the Realme 6 has a Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1

The Realme 7 has a Sony IMX682 main sensor compared to the latest generation Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1. This Sony hardware is also used in the Realme 7 Pro and Xiaomi’s POCO X3, although it is not clear whether all three devices share the same optics. The Realme 7 Pro and POCO X3 use a 6P lens to manage distortion and improve contrast.

So let’s move on to the examples of images taken on the Realme 7. Don’t worry about the “received.com.ph” watermark; it should have been “revu.com.ph”, heh.

Here we have a set of photos taken using 1x, 2x, 5x, and macro modes from the native camera app. The 64-megapixel Sony sensor did a credible job with the zooms, especially with the 2x zoom option, which allowed us to capture macro-style images without switching to the Ultra Macro setting.

1x zoom against 2x zoom against 5x zoom

Ultra Macro will allow you to get really close to a subject with decent results, but you’ll need a fair amount of light around the subject, or you might end up with muddy detail. Macro mode on the Realme 7 will also give you the ability to control focus and exposure level before you press the shutter button, which is always nice to see.

Example image of Realme 7 camera taken in macro mode by Revu Philippines
Shot in macro mode

As for the zoom function, the highest setting here is 10x. This makes sense, as there is no dedicated telephoto lens here.

Like its predecessor, the Realme 7 comes with an 8-megapixel, f / 2.3 camera, which is actually quite good. With the right lighting and a bit of post-processing, we managed to snap the dramatic photo below (the first in the series).

Ultra-wide vs ultra-wide unedited vs 1x dramatic shot

For users who are familiar with a camera, the Realme 7 also offers a manual mode called Expert, which allows you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus in real time before shooting. a photo.

It will also allow you to take RAW images which can be further processed if needed. Here are some photos we took on our device in Expert mode. We used the free Google Snapseed app to edit the RAW files. Another powerful free photo editor that you can install on your Android phone is Adobe Lightroom.

Edited RAW photos captured in Expert mode

There are some cool filters in the Night mode of the Camera app that can also be used during the day. The Realme 7 also includes a Star Mode, which is a version of Google Pixel‘s astrophotography mode and combines AI algorithms with long exposures to produce detailed photos of the night sky.

Finally, here are some pictures taken with the Realme 7 and Realme 6. Based on this set of images, the successor to the Realme 6 is clearly the top shooter, not only in terms of color reproduction, but also in terms of detail. We cropped these images to the same aspect ratio and scaled them down to the same resolution to prove our point.

Realme 7 vs Realme 6: Full vs Cropped

True to the hype, the Realme 7 can indeed take sharper photos than the previous phone. Also, colors look much more accurate in general with the main camera.

On the front, the Realme 7 is equipped with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 471 sensor for selfies. The selfie camera is quite good, performing similarly to other mid-range handsets from Realme, and its beautification mode works like a charm.

Self vs Portrait

That’s all for the moment. We’ll be back with our full review of the Realme 7 next week, when the embargo is lifted. In terms of camera performance, it looks like Realme has made some big changes to the main camera system built around Sony’s latest 64-megapixel sensor. Hope the price is right. We will find out in the next few days.

Realme 7 specifications

  • 6.5-inch LCD display, perforation, 2400 x 1080 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate
  • MediaTek Helio G95 12nm Octa-core processor
  • Mali-G76 GPU
  • 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage
  • Rear cameras Quad 64 megapixels, f / 1.8 (main), 8 megapixels, f / 2.3 (ultra-wide), 2 megapixels, f / 2.4 (macro), 2 megapixels, f / 2.4 ( mono)
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f / 2.0
  • Fingerprint reader (side mounted)
  • 5,000mAh battery with 30-watt USB-C charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Realme user interface based on Android 10
  • Color Options: Mist White, Mist Blue

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Journal Editor: Ramon “Monch” Lopez has 12 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He ran the gadget merchandising division of one of the largest retail operators in the Philippines, somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.