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DxOMark: The Realme X2 Pro camera is almost as good as the iPhone X

The Realme X2 Pro is certainly a bang-for-buck option in the smartphone market today. For something like RM2,399, you get 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, along with flagship features like a 90Hz refresh rate display and a Snapdragon 855+. But what about its camera?

The folks over at DxOMark have completed their tests on the X2 Pro’s camera now, and the results are certainly decent, but not awe-inspiring. Let’s have a look:

The camera setup on Realme’s device is made up of a 64MP main camera with a 1/1.7″ sensor, along with an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter with an aperture of f/2.2, a 13MP telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom, and a depth sensor. The rear module misses optical image stabilisation (OIS), however, with DxOMark remarking that this was likely a cost-cutting measure on the company’s part.

The Realme X2 Pro stacks up well in the photo performance, with a score of 99; on the video side of things, the phone picks up a score of 86. This means that the device sits just outside the top 40 in DxOMark’s rankings with its overall score of 95—just two points below the iPhone X’s overall camera score.

According to the report, the Realme X2 Pro’s main strength (for camera) is the exposure accuracy, with consistent performance across a variety of different settings; HDR scenes are also captured well. Like many mid-range devices, however, the Realme X2 Pro’s images do look a oversaturated at times, and colours like skin tones can look “unnatural” as a result. Additionally, a large amount of noise is present in images shot with the X2 Pro, including shots with the ultra-wide shooter.

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Interestingly, the camera that produced the least noise in its images is the telephoto camera on the back of the Realme X2 Pro. Of course, once you zoom beyond the 2X optical zoom supported, you do lose more detail.

As for video, the score of 86 is slightly below par. Video stabilisation is “ineffective” when used for 4K shooting—to the extent that DxOMark only used Full HD mode for the tests. Luminance noise is still high, even in video mode, and this worsens in low-light situations. However, auto-focusing for both video and photos are good and fast, according to the report.

In general, DxOMark says that the camera on the Realme X2 Pro is a “fairly capable” one, albeit one on a relatively affordable phone. The fundamentals are there, although issues like noise bring down overall performance. In an increasingly crowded market today, perhaps there are better options if your main concern for a smartphone is camera performance:

“A few years ago, the Realme X2 Pro would have been an astounding value; but today, the field is crowded with competing offerings that are also aimed at budget-conscious buyers.”

If you’d like to read the full report, click here.