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5 reasons why realme 5i is a GREAT camera phone for the price

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A month ago, realme 5i quickly became one of the best-selling phones in the country. It is due to its great specs for the price and a never-before-seen quad-camera set-up on an entry-level handset.
5 Reasons why realme 5i can be a fair-priced shooter
Realme 5i rear cameras

In our opinion, this phone's cameras are truly capable in terms of photography for the price. Here's why:

5 reasons why realme 5i is a GREAT camera phone for the price

1. Four cameras on the back for versatility - With a quad-lens array on the rear, this device packs a 12MP main camera with f/1.8 lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens along with 2MP macro and depth sensors. Each of the lenses can be handy for you, depending on your subject and angle. 
It has AI for auto scene detection and optimization
It has AI for auto scene detection and optimization

Use the primary camera if you want shots packing plenty of details and the secondary ultra-wide camera if you want a larger field of view.
Main cam shot
Main cam shot
Ultra-wide
Ultra-wide

The main camera will be always better than the ultra-wide camera, but the wide camera is used is considered decent for the price.

2. Awesome bokeh effect - Users can snap artsy photos using the bokeh effect of the realme 5i's 2MP depth sensor. It produces a clean edge detection, clearly making the object or person the focus of the image as the subject. Not bad for the price!
Excellent subject-background separation
Impressive subject-background separation for the price

For selfies, it has a Portrait mode as well. Even if it doesn't have a secondary camera in front, the bokeh effect is very acceptable considering the price.
Selfie bokeh
Selfie bokeh

3. Richer colors with Chroma boost - There are times that we want to upload photos on social media without the hassle of retouching them. Chroma boost of this 5i device does the job by enhancing the colors and dynamic, without overdoing it.
Chroma Boost
Chroma Boost

4. Macro mode - The realme 5i is also one of the few with a Macro mode for the price. It could be useful when taking super close-up images in daylight.
Super macro
Super macro

If you don't need to take super close-up shots, the primary camera can take reasonably close shots with natural-looking background blur.
Main cam close-up (No Macro mode)
Main cam close-up (No Macro mode)

5. No problem in the dark with Nightscape mode - Aside from Chroma boost, this device is also equipped with Nightscape.
There is crop when using the Nightscape mode, but it works
There is crop when using the Nightscape mode, but it works

As we all know, smartphones, in general, struggle in dim-lit environments. But, when you use the Nightscape mode, you can take images with sharper details, enhanced dynamic range, and nicer exposure control than a regular point and shoot shots most of the time.
This phone can take decent low light shots
This phone can take decent low light shots

Quick thoughts

For us, these photos are clear pieces of evidence that the realme 5i is an affordable but versatile shooter.

It's a camera phone that can let you take detailed images in daylight, ultra-wide shots, super close-up shots, portraits with background blur, and respectable photos in low light conditions.

Not bad for a PHP 6,990 smartphone.

No wonder, it became a huge hit shortly after its launch here in the Philippines.

Related: Realme 5i Review - Budget all-rounder

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