Update: The results are out!

Quad camera smartphones are no longer a novelty enjoyed by mid-range and high-end smartphones as four sensors can very well be seen on affordable handsets now. With Samsung launching the Galaxy M31 with a class-leading 64MP quad camera experience, we thought the time is perfect to test it out and compare the results with the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Both Samsung Galaxy M31 and Redmi Note 8 Pro ship with four cameras on their rear surfaces. The four sensors serve the same purpose on both the devices: the main snapper captures regular wide-angle photos, a secondary shooter offering ultra-wide-angle shots, and the other two sensors shoot macro and portrait shots.

When it comes to the main camera, the Samsung Galaxy M31 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro carry 64MP sensors. As for front cameras, the Samsung device offers an impressive 32MP unit, with the other offers relatively lower resolution at 20MP. Since they are priced similarly, you must be wondering which one among them is able to take the best photographs. As always, we’re going to let you decide that. Take this blind test and vote for the images that you think are the best ones among the lot. You can come back a few days later to know which of the two phones came out on the top.

P.S. All the photographs have been shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Shot 1

For the first shot, we wanted to test the main 64MP cameras of the two phones, so we chose a simple setting that includes a gate and some trees, with two buildings in the background. This can really show how well the cameras are able to handle highlights and shadows. The way the leaves on the trees have been captured can also give you an idea of how well these cameras maintain details.

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Shot 2

Macro cameras allow you to get incredibly close to your subjects to capture minute details, and that’s exactly what we’ve done in this test. The point of focus chosen by us is at the centre of the flower, so if said area is not in focus, the problem is with the focusing ability of the phone’s macro camera.

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Shot 3

Capturing closeups of subjects like flowers is a great test to see how colour accuracy and details are handled by the cameras. This yellow flower seems to change its colour in the two images, so choosing among them will define the kind of colour your eyes like the most. Note that this is not a shot captured with the macro cameras of these phones.

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Shot 4

The fourth shot is a long shot captured in auto mode to showcase how well the cameras are able to focus on objects in the distance. The results show you the dynamic range of these cameras, and also their ability to capture details and sharpness. And this image also shows you how the two phones change their colour temperatures based on their default white balance settings.

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Shot 5

This scenario helps us put the depth sensors of these phones to test. It’s very important that they separate the background from the foreground efficiently, so you don’t end up with some minute areas from the foreground also getting blurred. The best way to judge the portrait modes is by looking at how the hair strands are separated.

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Shot 6

Here are two night-time shots captured by our competing smartphones. A good lowlight image is characterised by its ability to capture details, while also avoiding noise. It’s also important that highlights aren’t blown out in such shots.

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Shot 7

Let us now put the front cameras of these smartphones to the test. Again, the best way to judge these photographs is by seeing how much detail they manage to capture, along with how accurate the skin tones are. You should note that the AI beautification options were turned off while capturing these photographs.

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Shot 8

Neither smartphone ships with depth sensors on the front and relies on software to offer bokeh effects in selfies. The tiny discrepancies in the separation of the background from the foreground are what you’ll need to look at while judging these shots.

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Make sure to cast your votes on all the eight comparisons above. And do come back in a few days to see which smartphone wins the camera blind test, Samsung Galaxy M31 or Redmi Note 8 Pro.</p