Poco X5 Pro test: a lackluster move upmarket

The Poco X5 Pro 5G has a triple rear photo sensor consisting of a 108 megapixel wide-angle lens whose lens opens at f / 1.9, an 8 Mpx ultra wide-angle (f / 2.2) , as well as a macro module (f/2.4). A configuration similar to that of last year, which however benefits from a more efficient SoC.

At this price, it rubs shoulders with the sensors of the Realme 9 Pro+, a device that made a good impression on us in its price segment.

Main module: 108 MP, f/1.9

Realme 9 Pro+ (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 157, 1/50s)
Poco X5 Pro (12MP, f/1.9, ISO 256, 1/100s)

In good light conditions, the two shots are convincing, but use quite different treatments. The rendering of the Poco X5 Pro is very contrasty, which gives the impression of enjoying more detail and sharpness. In addition, the colors are very saturated (see the patterns), which should flatter the retina on outdoor scenes.

The shot of the Realme 9 Pro+ looks a little softer and more natural. Sharpness also seems better, as can be seen from the map in our photo. On the other hand, the general tint of the scene tends to pull towards pink.

Realme 9 Pro+ (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 7600, 1/15s)
Poco X5 Pro (12MP, f/1.9, ISO 2500, 1/9 sec)

The duel is less balanced at night. The Poco X5 Pro has a lot more trouble capturing the scene. The level of detail has dropped heavily and the picture seems to have lost its colors.

The Realme 9 Pro+ delivers a much better rendering, even if the colors also suffered from the darkness. Despite a slight digital noise, all the elements of the scene are well transcribed.

108 MP mode

As always, the 108 Mpx module with which the Poco X5 Pro is equipped uses the technique of pixel bindingcombining here nine pixels in one to deliver shots in 12 Mpx, brighter, but above all lighter in terms of storage.

108MP Night Mode
108MP Day Mode

Day or night, this mode does not provide a significant gain. The software processing seems quite similar, as does the colorimetry. It can be used to facilitate cropping, but the shots inevitably weigh more heavily on storage.

Ultra wide-angle module: 8 Mpx, f/2.2

Entry-level and mid-range smartphones are often faulted on this type of sensor, and the Poco X5 Pro is rather disappointing in the face of direct competition.

Realme 9 Pro+ (f/2.2, ISO 155, 1/50 sec)
Poco X5 Pro (8MP, f/2.2, ISO 130, 1/100s)

No need to be an expert to see that the quality of ultra wide-angle shots is much lower than that of the main sensor. The rendering of the Poco X5 Pro is really very disappointing.

While we can still distinguish the majority of the elements of the scene on the Realme – which does not however shine in the exercise – the shot of the Poco X5 Pro is overexposed and completely blurred, the fault of a laborious focus. So don’t expect dazzling photos with this module.

Realme 9 Pro+ (f/2.3, ISO 8626, 1/20s)
Poco X5 Pro (8MP, f/2.2, ISO 787, 1/10 sec)

At night, the result is catastrophic. The digital smoothing of the Poco X5 Pro does not recover enough information, and the snapshot turns out to be unusable. The Realme 9 Pro+ offers a rendering that is still a little more readable, even if it does not convince either.

Front module, portrait and video mode

The Poco X5 Pro has a 16 MP (f/2.5) front module. His daytime shots are of good quality and offer a good level of detail. The rendering obviously deteriorates when the light runs out.

The smartphone allows you to film in Full HD at 30 fps both front and rear. The 108 Mpx sensor delivers a rather faithful and precise rendering, but the absence of 4K is still regrettable. We will also avoid too sudden movements, since digital stabilization quickly shows its limits.

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