Realme GT Neo 3 test: a quick recharge, but not only

Realme GT Neo 3 test: a quick recharge, but not only

Realme has opted for a triple module here consisting of a 50 Mpx wide-angle IMX766 module whose lens opens at f / 1.9, an 8 Mpx ultra wide-angle, as well as a 2 Mpx macro module to take close-up shots. The main sensor is used on many mid-range and high-end devices, including the Realme GT 2 Pro or the Oppo Find X5 and X5 Pro. But it produces a much different range of results depending on the rest of the spec sheet and the optimization of each device.

Faced with a smartphone at an equivalent price, but betting much more on photography, the indestructible Google Pixel 6 also equipped with a main module of 50 Mpx, the confrontation is nevertheless delicate.

Main module: 50 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 24mm

The main 50MP module captures snapshots at 12.5MP by default. It benefits like its congeners from the technology of the pixel binding which allows four pixels to be merged into one in order to capture more light when it runs out.

Google Pixel 6 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 25 mm, ISO 45, 1/125 s)

Realme GT Neo 3 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 24 mm, ISO 100, 1/100 s)

During the day, it is clear that the rendering is convincing. We certainly do not reach the level of detail and sharpness of the Google Pixel 6, but it is however possible to take good shots. The set is very clean and has a rather fair colorimetry. We see that Realme’s smartphone applies greater digital smoothing, as can be seen on the cover of the book, which has lost most of its roughness. This phenomenon tends to be pronounced when light is lacking.

Google Pixel 6 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 25 mm, ISO 806, 1/4 s)

Realme GT Neo 3 (12.5 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 24 mm, ISO 3637, 1/15 s)

The night shot is quite usable, but a veil tinged with red seems to have fallen on the photo and disturbs the general colorimetry. The colors therefore appear washed out. Obscurity obliges, we lose largely in dive. This is particularly felt in the periphery, which is not visible on this shot. It is still possible to capture interesting shots as long as there are light sources. The Pixel 6 is much more convincing in the exercise.

50MP mode

It is always possible to take advantage of the maximum definition from the photo application. For this, we isolated an area of ​​0.45 Mpx on each shot; enough to get an idea of ​​the difference in scale.

Realme GT Neo 3 (50MP, f/1.9, ISO 4303, 1/15s)

Realme GT Neo 3 (50MP, f/1.9, ISO 100, 1/100s)

Day or night, the switch to 50 Mpx mode did not really convince us. There is a very slight gain in detail in good conditions, but not necessarily enough to opt for shots four times heavier. Especially since the storage is not expandable.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 8 Mpx, f/2.3, eq. 15mm

Google Pixel 6 (12 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 17 mm, ISO 54, 1/100 s)

Realme GT 2 (8MP, f/2.2, ISO 197, 1/100s)

The ultra wide-angle module is far from being as qualitative as the wide-angle, but it delivers a rather honest rendering in good light conditions. We can distinguish all the elements of the scene, even if the level of detail has largely dropped. The GT Neo 3 compensates by forcing a little on the contrast. Against all expectations, the Pixel 6 Pro does not shine either, in particular because of a lack of sharpness and despite a much better general colorimetry.

Google Pixel 6 (12 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 17 mm, ISO 1130, 1/8 s)

Realme GT 2 (8MP, f/2.2, ISO 5955, 1/13 sec)

Unsurprisingly, the result in the dark is far from convincing. It should however be remembered that the majority of these modules produce an unreadable image on our night scene. This is not the case here, since we can even distinguish a little more elements than on the Google Pixel 6, at the cost, however, of a less controlled colorimetry.

Front and video module

For this GT Neo 3, the firm has opted for a 16 Mpx front sensor whose lens opens at f / 2.5. It may be less defined than on the Realme GT 2 Pro, but it still allows you to capture good selfies during the day, provided you don’t move too much. The level of detail is high and the colors particularly accurate. In addition, the dynamics are rather well managed, although this is often the cause of the problem.

The main sensor can shoot in 4K and Full HD at 30 fps. The result is really good. The image benefits from a good contrast ratio and a high level of detail. The colors are a little more intense than in reality, but nothing really bothersome. It’s much less convincing when it comes to the ultra-wide-angle module, which we don’t really recommend for video.