I'm a huge fan of what manufacturers are doing to budget Android phones. This particular price segment has seen the most number of innovations last year and they still continue to do so.
Xiaomi is the market leader in budget phones and with the new Redmi Note 5, it has proved this all over again. Everything about this phone is great and the camera is exceptionally good for the price. It's got it all — a 1.25μm large pixel size, a 5-element lens, and f/2.2 aperture.
Features that one would get on flagship devices about a year ago are now available at just a fraction of the earlier cost.
Shot on Xiomi Redmi Note 5
There's so much more than what meets the eye and there are a number of hidden features that anyone must use to unlock the full potential of this camera, among other things that you must do with your new phone.
Today, we are taking a look at 7 such incredible Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 camera tips and tricks and trust me you will only love this phone, even more, when you start using these.
1. Brilliant Low-light Photos
Wide open aperture and a large pixel size for the camera sensor results in some brilliant low-light photography. However, Xiaomi did not just stop there with the Redmi Note 5.
An interesting feature of this phone's camera is the automatic low-light image enhancement mode. When active, this feature ensures that all the pictures captured in low light offer the best possible quality.
It uses a combination of software enhancements to spruce up the quality of images captured under low light, which otherwise turn out to be dull and grainy.
This mode works for both the rear as well as the front camera. Therefore, it makes sense to enable this feature right away.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Camera Settings > Enhance low-light photos automatically and toggle the switch on.
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2. One-handed Focus
Capturing images with a camera phone is great fun, you can select the area where you want the camera to focus for that perfect shot.
However, the problem arises in situations where you're unable to spare both your hands for the job and the focus of the camera is anywhere but the area you want it to be. In such cases, the one-handed focus mode really comes in handy.
This mode can be found in the camera settings and all you need is do to enable the focus function for the Press & hold Shutter button feature.
Now, next time when you need the camera to focus on something, just hold the shutter button for a few seconds and the phone will do the job for you.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Camera Settings > Press & hold the shutter button and select Focus from the following screen.
3. Straighten Your Photos
One of the most annoying things that happen after capturing a picture is to find out that the frame was not straight.
Now, your moment has passed and there is nothing you can do except resort to photo-editing software and try to salvage what you can from that picture. Or, you can simply enable the Straighten mode and let the phone tell you when you are holding it wrong.
This feature makes use of the phone's sensors to ensure a perfectly straight picture and it works great while taking portrait shots.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Options > select Straighten from the options.
4. Manual Control for Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness
Another cool feature of the Redmi Note 5 is the manual control of contrast, saturation, and sharpness for image capture. You can give a neat finish to your images by playing around with these settings or you can simply improve the way they look.
The only downside is that you cannot control these settings on-the-fly or while taking pictures. You'll have to go to the camera settings and enable it beforehand. Hopefully, this will soon be enhanced in the coming software upgrades.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Camera Settings > Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness and toggle the settings as per need.
5. Adding Age Stamps to Your Photos
Xiaomi phones have been notoriously popular for their age-detection algorithm. This feature tries to guess the age of the person/s in front of the camera and, over the years, they have considerably improved this.
With the Redmi Note 5, you can even get a stamp showing the person's age right alongside their picture. While there is no real-world use I can think of for this feature, it is pretty fun to have and add to the pictures that you take with your buddies.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Camera Settings> Add age stamp on photos and toggle the switch on.
6. Capture Images While Recording Videos
Many times, we feel the need to capture a moment in one frame but since your phone's camera is busy recording a video, you are unable to do that.
Although you can extract an image from the video, there is a huge difference in quality between the image that you take from the camera and the one you take out from a video.
With the Redmi Note 5, you don't have to worry about this. There is a hidden toggle in the video settings that can enable this feature on your phone.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Video > Camera Settings > Video capture while recording and toggle the switch on.
7. The Pocket Mode
Screen gestures are a boon to mankind. They allow phone users to control several aspects or features on their phone by tapping or drawing a shape. However, phone screens have become really sensitive in order to understand and react to those gestures.
This could sometimes result in false gesture recognition and it mostly happens while your phone is sitting in your pocket.
Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 5 has a solution for this problems as well with the pocket mode. Once enabled, it allows the phone to recognize when it is sitting in a pocket so that it does not record any gestures or reacts to it. I personally love this feature.
To enable this: Open the camera app and head over to Photo > Camera Settings > Pocket mode and toggle the switch on.
There's a Lot of Potential
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the camera on the Redmi Note 5 has got some serious potential, provided the application supports all of it.
Sticking to the default app is one way or you can also look for third-party applications that can help you unlock the phone's true potential.