The second iteration of the Realme Camera Innovation Event has an exciting revelation, the company’s first-ever 108MP camera sensor. Realme is all set to use the sensor across its smartphones in the upcoming Realme 8 lineup.
This time, it is the ISOCELL Bright HM2 camera sensor from Samsung that brings in Super-PD autofocus, 0.7μm pixel with 9 to 1 pixel binning, and lossless zoom up to 3x. The 1/1.52” sensor is said to be able to capture stills with up to 12000×9000 pixel resolution whilst 4K videos at 120 frames per second. Realme also affirms to have implemented a number of custom optimization, which will be evident in the Realme 8 Pro.
Courtesy of the pixel binning tech, the sensor captures 12MP images yet preserves colors and details, all thanks to the 3x in-sensor lossless zoom. It doesn’t even over-sharpen the photos and maps the zoomed area. Realme mentioned that the image processing has been adjusted such that the sensor is able to capture eight back-to-back 12MP images that eventually go through enhancement via algorithm for superior clarity — better than current telephoto sensors with regard to sharpness.
For photographers interested in astrophotography, the sensor has a Starry mode for time-lapse videos. Realme has developed a time-lapse video algorithm that can capture 30 images in a matter of 480 seconds, i.e. 8 minutes in total to produce a 1-second time-lapse video for several repetitions as per the need. Now, this process is said to be entirely different from the regular method that involves multiple video clips recorded using professional cameras, hence edited afterward using the computer.
Next customization comes in form of the Tilt-shift time-lapse video that can shoot tilt-shift photos and videos by shifting sections of images from focus, hence simulating a miniature world. Users can choose an angle, position, as well as bokeh size right in the camera setting whilst add transitions within blurred and clear sections. The feature will also ship in the Realme 8 Pro.
Other additions include AI Color Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, Neon Portrait, and more.
Realme, amidst the event also showcased the backside of Realme 8 Pro with a quad-camera setup, all within a square module. The panel seems to have a modest curvature with Dare to Leap written on it.