Realme 8 Pro will be the first Realme phone with a next-gen 108-megapixel camera [Updated]

The livestream took place on the morning of Tuesday March 2nd, confirming the new phone that will introduce new camera innovations.

Realme recently talked of its ‘Dual-platform, Dual-flagship’ strategy, and today the company gave everyone an opportunity to learn more about the 108-megapixel camera that will be included within its upcoming flagship camera phone – the Realme 8 Pro.

The Camera Innovation Event can be viewed in the YouTube stream embedded below.

Updates via Twitter

I live-Tweeted during the event as it was revealed the phone featuring the 108-megapixel camera will be the Realme 8 Pro, and that the Realme nn series will be the place for all future groundbreaking camera tech.

Below the Twitter thread, you can see the press release that was issued shortly after the live stream.

Realme 8 Pro with 108-megapixel camera coming….

Realme 8 Pro with in-sensor zoom ‘can be clearer than optical telephoto lens in some cases’.


Comparison with X50 Pro.

New Starry Mode on the Realme 8 Pro, including Starry Time-lapse recording. #Realme8Pro #108MP

The new starry mode needs a dark environment, away from old-style street lighting (leaking light up) and of course, a clear sky! #Realme8Pro #108MP

Real-time tilt-shift, including the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse photography. #Realme8Pro #108MP

Neon portrait and AI Colour Portrait feature. #Realme8Pro #108MP

#Realme8Pro #108MP

#Realme8Pro #108MP

#Realme8Pro #108MP

And this concludes Realme’s presentation this morning – confirming the Realme number series (i.e. Realme 7, 8 etc) will be the series for flagship photography from now on.

Stay tuned for more info on when the new Realme 8 series will come to the UK!

#Realme8Pro #108MP #Realme

Originally tweeted by Jonathan Morris (@jmcomms) on March 2, 2021.

Press Release

Key features of the new realme 8 series:

  • The Samsung 108MP sensor HM2 featuring 12000 x 9000 pixels and a large sensor size of 1/1.52″
    • The larger single-pixel size ensures superior image quality and the HM2 also supports 9-in-1 pixel binning, ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO
  • New In-sensor Zoom technology delivering higher clarity photography
  • The world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video on smartphone 
  • Starry time-lapse video that can show the changing universe at 480 times faster speed
  • Three new portrait filters including Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait and AI Colour Portrait to keep portraits fresh and trendy

2nd March 2021, UK – realme, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, today launched the first 108MP camera, available in its upcoming realme 8 series, during its online Camera Innovation Event. With sharper photo quality, the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video and new portrait filters, the realme 8 series will lead the way in trendsetting photography.

The realme 8 Pro adopts the latest generation of Samsung 108MP sensor HM2 as the primary camera, featuring 12000 x 9000 pixels and a large sensor size of 1/1.52″. The larger single-pixel size ensures superior image quality and the HM2 also supports 9-in-1 pixel binning, ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO, which enable realme devices to take high-quality images in more light conditions.

Photos taken using the 108MP in the realme 8 Pro have a well-balanced overall exposure with vivid colours and sharp details in both light and dark areas. Even after zooming in, details remain clear.

Based on the advanced 108MP sensor, the camera also provides new ways to optimise the image quality as well as offering exciting new features.

In-sensor zoom, higher clarity

The realme 8 Pro offers higher zoom clarity thanks to the new In-sensor Zoom technology.

In the realme 8 Pro, the camera has a 3x mode which will activate the new In-sensor Zoom. The sensor will only use the 12 megapixels mapped out using the zoom technology to generate an image. The imaging process is faster because of the smaller size of the 12MP photo, enabling the realme 8 Pro to take eight 12MP photos in a row and then input them into the clarity enhancement algorithm to further increase the image clarity.

Once processed, the sharpness of the 3x photo produced by the realme 8 Pro is better than some optical telephoto lenses.

New Starry Mode with time-lapse video

To build on the current Starry Mode capabilities, realme has also launched the world’s first Starry time-lapse video. Starry time-lapse videos are usually created by taking multiple clips via professional cameras and then synthesising and combining these clips using a video editing software on a computer. Starry time-lapse video was facing a challenge in terms of the performance needed to handle the synthesis of the photos – a challenge realme has overcome

realme have developed an exclusive time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. It will take 480 seconds to shoot 30 photos and will then generate a 1 second time-lapse video, which means the time-lapse mode can show the changing universe at 480 times faster speed.

Tilt-shift photography, miniature world

Tilt-shift photography is achieved with the help of expensive tilt-shift lenses, which make only a part of the photo appear clear and keep all other parts out of focus to create a sense of a miniature world. With realme’s new tilt-shift photography algorithm, the realme 8 series can take tilt-shift photos as well as 10x faster tilt-shift time-lapse video, presenting the world in a fantastic and unique way. The realme 8 Pro is also the world’s first smartphone that features tilt-shift time-lapse video.

The realme 8 series also provides adjustment options in the tilt-shift mode, such as the shape, angle, position and size of the bokeh effect and even the transition effect between the bokeh area and the clear area. Photography lovers can conveniently choose and customise the bokeh effect to best suit the scene.

New portrait filters, portraits never get bored

Most smartphones take portrait shots featuring a standard bokeh effect in the background. However, as a trendsetting technology brand, realme has added extra features to the portrait photography mode. The realme 8 series, boasts three iconic filters: Neon Portrait; Dynamic Bokeh Portrait; and AI Colour Portrait, to make every portrait trendier.

Focusing on camera, a new era of number series

As the star series of the realme smartphone portfolio, realme’s number Series will focus on trend- setting camera technology, providing photography lovers with the most innovative cameras specs, creating new trends in photography and providing a leap-forward camera experience to young users.

The 108MP camera and the new trendsetting photography features will soon be available on the upcoming realme 8 series, stay tuned for the launch event!

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