iQoo Neo 9 Pro camera first impressions: How iQoo’s upcoming phone performed in our early camera tests

iQoo Neo 9 Pro is coming to India soon, and the company is teasing the key specifications of the smartphone even ahead of its launch. The phone boasts several notable specifications, including a dual rear camera setup that includes a 50-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. It is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is slated to launch in late 2022. When the smartphone launches in the country next week, it is expected to compete with phones like the OnePlus 12R and Nothing Phone 2.

I’ve spent some time with the iQoo Neo 9 Pro, and I’ve been testing the handset’s cameras for the past few days. Let’s take a look at the camera specifications of the upcoming smartphone. Unlike the more powerful iQoo 12, which was launched by the company in December 2023, this phone only has a dual rear camera setup. It features a 50-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX920 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.

Textured mode results in images with more detail than Natural mode (tap to enlarge)

You get three image-capturing modes on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro – Natural, Textured and Vivid. As the name suggests, the first mode gives you the most color-accurate images, while the textured mode produces more detailed and sharp images with warmer colors. Vivid mode lets you capture photos with high color saturation.

While testing the camera on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro, I found myself clicking photos using the primary camera with Natural or Vivid modes for outdoor scenes, while the textured mode is quite useful when clicking images of buildings or subjects. Capture more detail where you need the camera. It also did a good job when capturing indoor subjects.

Images taken using the primary camera and ultra-wide-angle camera (tap to enlarge)

The primary camera lets you take detailed pictures at 1x and 2x zoom. Colors are accurate when capturing images using the Natural color mode, but if you don’t mind variations in color temperature the Textured mode lets you capture a lot of detail. It also has a high-resolution mode that takes 50-megapixel shots instead of the default pixel-binned images, which I’ll cover in my full smartphone review.

On the other hand, the ultra-wide-angle camera on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro lets you capture photos with good detail, but there is some distortion at the edges. This camera will not provide the same level of detail as the primary camera, and there is a difference in color temperature compared to the primary shooter.

Portrait images are clear, and the Bokeh effect isn’t too aggressive (tap to enlarge)

Portrait images captured with the iQoo Neo 9 Pro are quite sharp with adequate details. The camera interface for portrait shots shows that skin enhancement features are disabled by default. The Bokeh effect is not very aggressive by default and can also be adjusted before and after capturing the image.

The handset also has a dedicated night mode, and it captures good photos using the primary camera. In a restaurant with dim overhead lights, the phone managed to capture a certain amount of detail, though a bit soft, blurry and noisy if you zoom in – especially around light sources. I will also be testing the iQoo Neo 9 Pro’s camera in more challenging low-light scenarios in the coming days.

Built-in night mode can capture photos of dimly lit rooms (tap to enlarge)

It’s worth noting that these are my initial impressions about the camera of the handset, which is scheduled to launch in India next week. The phone may also receive a software update in the days ahead of its launch. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for a more conclusive verdict on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro’s camera performance as well as its design, performance and battery efficiency – all of which will be part of a full review of the smartphone.

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