Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 features a 13MP camera, equipped with a LED flash. The camera got a nice upgrade over the predecessor - the Redmi Note 2 features a hybrid autofocus system utilizing phase-detection for faster and more accurate focus.
The camera interface is fairly simple. It has three panes - the default one shows the viewfinder with a virtual shutter, flash trigger and front camera key. Slide to the top pane and you'll get a choice of 12 filters with live previews. A slide to the bottom hides the advanced modes such as Panorama, Beautify, Timer, Scenes, Gradient, and Manual.
The HDR switch is placed next to the virtual camera shutter.
The Manual Mode offers you manual settings for white balance and ISO. The Face Detection switch is within the additional settings.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 resolves average amount of detail and the noise levels are kept reasonably low. The white balance is accurate and we like the lively color rendition. The foliage is actually a lot better than you could expect from an average performer. The dynamic range is slightly above average.
While the photos look excellent on the 5.5" display and downscaled on a monitor, the full 13MP images are nothing but average. The good news is most of you will probably use downscaled images anyway, so there is nothing to complain of, really - the Redmi Note 2 ticks the right boxes in such scenario - the colors and contrast are good, the dynamic range is good for the class as well.
The HDR mode is conservative enough and rescues both the highlights and shadows without making a flat contrastless mess out of the image. Those aren't the best HDR photos we've seen, as they lose some of the sharpness, but they certainly are among the better ones, especially if you are going to downscale them.
Panorama shots are available too. You can capture both landscape and portrait panoramic photos with a 180 degree field of view. Shooting is easy but the stitching takes a while to complete. The end result is rather disappointing though - the resolution is about 2000x760px and the image quality is quite poor.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 features a 5MP front-facing camera for high-res selfies. The images come out soft with average detail, but will do for Facebook or similar social networks.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is more than capable of pulling its own weight in our Photo Comparison tool. You can see how it stacks against other 13MP snappers we've tested.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 camcorder has the same UI as the still camera. It supports slow-mo (the result is a 720p@16fps video) and time-lapse videos with customizable snapping interval.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is capable or recording up to 1080p@30fps. The bitrate of the video recordings is poor at about 15 Mbps, while audio is captured at 128 Kbps with 2 channels (stereo).
The resolved detail in the videos is modest, just like the still images. The colors and contrast are good and the framerate is smooth and consistent at 30fps. The dynamic range is above average.
And here is a 1080p video we've uploaded on YouTube.
You can also download the 1080p video sample (30s, 57MB) taken straight off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.
Here the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 enters our video comparison tool. There are plenty of 1080p camcorders you can compare it with. It resolves an average level of detail, but contrast and colors are good.