Xiaomi Redmi K70 Pro aims to step up your photography game with its all-new triple camera setup. This time ’round, they decided to shake things up and include a 2x telephoto lens with a 50mm focal length instead of the usual 75-80mm on most phones. An odd choice? Let’s unpack why this smartphone shutterbug stands out from the pack.
Going Wide and Zooming Closer
The K70 Pro sports a versatile array of lenses – an ultra wide-angle for those sweeping landscape shots, a standard 50MP main shooter, and the afore-mentioned 2x telephoto. While less zoom isn’t always better, the 50mm equivalent focal length lets you capture tighter shots of near subjects and frame portraits beautifully with that compressed background bokeh effect. Besides, digital zoom up to 3x is still possible with the high-res main sensor if you need a bit more reach.
When testing the 12MP ultrawide, images came out nice and sharp with great contrast and dynamic range through the Light Hunter series sensors. My only gripe was slightly boosted highlights in some shots, causing a faint low-contrast effect, but tweaking the exposure values during shooting helps.
Snappy Shots with Stunning Detail
Both the main and telephoto lenses utilize large Light Hunter 400 and 800 sensors respectively. In well-lit scenes, these deliver gorgeous 5,000 and 50,000 megapixel resolution with impressive texture detail when pixel peeping. I could clearly make out intricate wall patterns and contents inside a coffee shop through a window!
Portraits with Natural Background Blur
You might assume the 2x tele lens would struggle with portraits, but surprisingly, the picturesque background bokeh in simple environments actually looks quite natural. In low light too, noise levels stay clean and faces remain bright thanks to the swift f/1.68 aperture that draws in 25% more light than the previous K60 Pro! Way to step up your selfie game, Redmi!
Any Downsides Here?
Well, the high dynamic range shooting on these novel sensors still seems a tad conservative, occasionally producing flatter contrast than I’d prefer in the shadows. HDR traces also came out a bit low-contrast with a subtle gray fade. Thankfully, the built-in editing tools let me liven things up when needed!
When shooting people against complex backgrounds, the portrait mode wasn’t flawless either, struggling at times to accurately blur the right elements. But with some tweaking of the aperture setting, I reduced these artifacts.
Should You Grab This Snappy Shooter?
If you want a versatile camera phone that delivers detailed, dynamic shots from wide vistas to tight portraits, the Redmi K70 Pro won’t disappoint. From bright, daytime cityscapes to dimly lit night shots, images consistently impress with great colors, sharpness and contrast.
While heavy HDR and portrait scenes show some processing restraint, a few quick edits can work wonders. When you consider the reasonable price tag and revamped design, I’d say the K70 Pro camera setup stands out as extremely capable for everything from travelers to photography buffs looking to ditch the DSLR!