Realme has here chosen a triple module consisting of a 50 Mpx wide angle IMX766 module, whose lens opens at f / 1.9, an 8 Mpx ultra wide angle, as well as a 2 Mpx macro module for taking close-ups. The main sensor is used on many mid-range and advanced devices, including the Realme GT 2 Pro or Oppo Find X5 and X5 Pro. But it provides a very different range of results depending on the rest of the specification sheet and the optimization of each device.
Faced with a smartphone at a similar price, but betting much more on photography, the indestructible Google Pixel 6 is also equipped with a main module of 50 Mpx, the confrontation is nonetheless delicate.
Main module: 50 Mpx, f / 1.9, similar. 24 mm
The 50 MP main module captures snapshots at 12.5 MP by default. It enjoys just like its congeners of technology from pixel binding which allows you to merge four pixels into one to capture more light when it runs dry.
During the day, it is clear that the rendering is compelling. We certainly do not reach the level of detail and sharpness of Google Pixel 6, but it is still possible to take good pictures. The set is very clean and has a fairly fair colorimetry. We see that Realme’s smartphone uses greater digital smoothing, as can be seen on the front of the book, which has lost most of its roughness. This phenomenon tends to be pronounced when light is lacking.
The night image is quite useful, but a blur of red glow appears to have fallen on the image and disturbs the overall colorimetry. The colors therefore appear washed out. Blur obliges, we pretty much lose in dives. This is especially noticeable in the periphery, which is not visible in this image. It is still possible to take interesting pictures as long as there are light sources. Pixel 6 is much more compelling in the exercise.
50 MP mode
It is always possible to take advantage of the maximum definition from the photo application. For this, we isolated a range of 0.45 Mpx on each shot; enough to get an idea of the difference in scale.
Day or night, the switch to 50 Mpx mode did not really convince us. There is a very small gain in detail under good conditions, but not necessarily enough to pick four times heavier shots. Especially since the warehouse cannot be expanded.
Ultra-wide angle module: 8 Mpx, f / 2.3, lign. 15 mm
The ultra-wide-angle module is far from as qualitative as the wide-angle module, but it delivers a fairly honest reproduction in good lighting conditions. We can distinguish all the elements of the scene, even though the level of detail has largely decreased. GT Neo 3 compensates by pushing a little on the contrast. Against all expectations, the Pixel 6 Pro does not shine either, especially due to lack of sharpness and despite a much better overall colorimetry.
Not surprisingly, the result in the dark is far from convincing. It must be remembered, however, that the majority of these modules produce an unreadable image on our night scene. This is not the case here, as we can even distinguish a little more elements than on Google Pixel 6, though at the expense of a less controlled colorimetry.
Front and video module
For this GT Neo 3, the company has chosen a 16 Mpx front sensor, whose lens opens at f / 2.5. It may be less defined than on the Realme GT 2 Pro, but it still allows you to capture great selfies during the day, provided you do not move too much. The level of detail is high and the colors are particularly precise. In addition, the dynamics are quite well controlled, although this is often the cause of the problem.
The main sensor can record in 4K and Full HD at 30 fps. The result is really good. The image enjoys a good contrast ratio and a high degree of detail. The colors are a little more intense than in reality, but nothing really annoying. It’s much less convincing when it comes to the ultra wide angle module, which we do not really recommend for video.