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Watch: The realme 9 Pro+ is a mid-ranger that can take flagship-like photos

The best photos still come from flagship phones even in 2022. Well, that's where realme 9 Pro+ comes in. It can take amazing photos for less!
Watch: The realme 9 Pro+ is a mid-ranger that can take flagship-like photos
Check out realme 9 Pro+ flagship-level cameras!

As a recap, the realme 9 Pro+ features a 6.4-inch Gorilla Glass 5 protected FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, MediaTek Dimensity 920 octa-core processor, Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.2 expandable storage, and 4,500mAh battery with 60W SuperDart charge.
realme 9 Pro+ unboxed
realme 9 Pro+ unboxed

And as the highlight for photography, it has a triple-camera setup with a 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 with PDAF, OIS + 8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide-angle with EIS + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + LED flash. It also has a 16MP f/2.4 selfie camera.

We tested the cameras in different scenarios.

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Watch: The realme 9 Pro+ is a mid-ranger that can take flagship-like photos

The main camera is equipped with Pro Light Image Technology and AI Noise Reduction 3.0 to capture more light and overall clearer, better images. Aside from the typical robust features of realme's camera app, it also included Street Mode which allows for easy focal length, Dual View Video, Stereo Mode, and 50MP mode.

AI scene enhancement is also present which boosts the color's saturation of photos depending on the scene you are shooting.

These photography features made us enjoy the realme 9 Pro+ cameras. It provides photos with great contrast and colors. The 50MP main sensor output is 12.5MP binned photos by default which mean that daylight photos come out with impressive details and dynamic range.

When needed, the digital zoom is decent due to the size of the main sensor. This is great to know since a telephoto sensor is absent. You can zoom 2x, 5x, and even up to 20x.

Like the iPhone 13 Pro, this device can take HEIF 10-bit images. This provides photographers RAW images with a billion colors that allow for color gradients to come out great.

The Ultra-wide-angle shots come with decent detail, great contrast, and a good dynamic range as well. Macro shots have good details but colors come out a bit washed out. Macro shots need ample lighting to produce decent shots.

Portrait Mode is what we enjoyed the most. The subject is well exposed and has good details. It also has precise subject-to-background separation. The aperture can also be digitally adjusted after the shot. For selfies, it was ok. You need to have steady hands to snap sharp selfies though. Skin tones are a bit off but can still be usable for social media posting.

Lowlight is where realme 9 Pro+ really shines. Yes, it tends to over brighten the shot and noise is still there but the level of detail and clarity is still very impressive. Even with Night Mode turned off, you can still manage to capture amazing night shots.

Street Mode allows you to stretch your creativity with different filters and focal lengths to play with. Long Exposure shots are a bit tricky to take but when done correctly can produce amazing shots.

Starry Mode is a fun camera feature but not that you need to maintain steady framing for 4 minutes. Bust out the tripod for this one!

For videos, it can capture up to 4K at 30fps. It has sharp details with accurate colors and well-handled noise. AI enhancement is available at 1080p 30fps and EIS is always on. OIS is available on the main camera too. Even at low light, the 4K video is excellent as well.

realme 9 Pro+ Specs

Display: 6.4-inch Gorilla Glass 5 protected Super AMOLED screen w/ 90Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 411 ppi
CPU: 2.5GHz 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 920 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
ROM: 256GB UFS 2.2 expandable storage via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 w/ PDAF, OIS + 8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide-angle w/ EIS + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.4
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 60W SuperDart Charge
OS: Android 12 w/ reaIme UI 3.0
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G SA/NSA, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM (nano)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor w/ heart rate monitor, Dolby Atmos Dual Stereo Speakers, Hi-Res Audio, X-axis linear motor, Vapor Chamber Cooling System, USB-C, Colors: Sunrise Blue, Aurora Green
Dimensions: 160.2 x 73.3 x 7.99 mm
Weight: 182 g
Price: PHP 23,990

Our thoughts

realme 9 Pro+ proved that the company when to great lengths to provide a flagship-grade camera experience even at its mid-range pricing. The combination of hardware and software techniques allows you to produce the best shots possible.

There are still things to improve but for the price, it is asking for, it's a great value.

What do you guys think?

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