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Realme GT Neo Camera review: Gamer with photo skills

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The Realme GT Neo is a MTK Dimensity 1200-powered smartphone that is competing for consumer budgets in the Advanced segment ($200 to $399). It features a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Buyers can pick from three RAM options — 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB — as well as 64G B or 128 GB of internal storage.

In the camera department, the device comes with a 64 MP primary module, flanked by an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and a 2 MP macro shooter. Let’s have a closer look at the GT Neo’s performance in the DXOMARK Camera protocol.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 64 MP sensor, f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP sensor, f/2.3-aperture lens
  • Macro: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Video: 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Realme GT Neo
105
camera
116
photo
59
zoom
79
video

Pros

Cons

  • Exposure instabilities in photo and video
  • Often inaccurate skin tones in low light
  • Lack of detail and corner softness on ultra-wide camera
  • Unnatural blur gradient in bokeh mode
  • Slow and unstable video autofocus
  • Lack of detail and color casts in video

Despite the Realme GT Neo being a gaming/display-focused device, the camera does a decent job as well, especially considering the device’s price point. A DXOMARK Camera score of 105 puts the Realme into the upper regions of the Advanced segment ranking.

Realme GT Neo images mostly show good white balance outdoors, but exposure can be unstable.

The Photo score of 116 promises good still image quality, but as you would expect in this price bracket, there’s room for improvement. White balance tends to be good in bright light but skin tones can look unnatural in low light. Texture is good as long as you’re close to the subject and not shooting in low light, and the autofocus usually works accurately. Similar exposure between preview image and final capture is another plus.

Night (flash-auto mode): limited dynamic range, underexposed background
Bokeh mode: unnatural blur gradient, depth estimation artifacts

On the downside, our testers observed fusion artifacts and ghosting in some images; the blur gradient in bokeh mode looks unnatural; and target exposure and dynamic range are unstable across consecutive shots.

Like most devices in its class, the GT Neo does not feature a dedicated tele lens, but at 59, it achieves an excellent Zoom score for its class. When using tele zoom, fine detail is lost and there is some noise, but overall results are still better than most competitors in the Advanced segment. The ultra-wide camera performance is comparatively worse, however. Again, the level of detail is low and images get softer towards the corners.

Realme GT Neo, ultra-wide, low level of detail, inaccurate color rendering
Realme GT Neo, crop: corner softness
Realme GT Neo, close-range tele
Realme GT Neo, crop: lack of fine detail, noise

 

A video score of 79 means the Realme isn’t among the best options in its segment for video recording. Footage recorded with the GT Neo usually has a wide dynamic range and good exposure on faces. Noise is well controlled, too, but the autofocus is unstable and slow to react, ghosting artifacts are often visible, and detail is low. Exposure is not as stable as it should be either and the stabilization system does not work very effectively, with some camera shake noticeable in the Realme’s video clips.

Some residual motion and frameshifts are visible when walking while recording.

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