The Redmi 2 Prime has an 8-megapixel (BSI) rear camera with an LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary front-facing camera. Interestingly, unlike most budget handsets in the market, the Redmi 2 Prime’s rear camera is made with a 5-element lens, that takes detailed images. While the camera’s shot-to-shot time is not bad for a phone in this price range, it definitely could have been better.
The device comes with the same minimal user interface that is present on the Mi 4. Swiping right brings up various filters and swiping left throws up options such as Panorama mode, HDR mode and Manual mode. One can switch between cameras (front and rear) just by swiping up. The gallery offers you an option to backup your images to the Xiaomi Cloud. The phone backs up your images effortlessly, but we did notice that trying to retrieve or just browse through those images is a bit slow.
Though the autofocus speed is not the fastest, the option to manipulate the exposure by just tapping on the frame and circling the slider around the focus circle is quite helpful and allows you to adjust the brightness easily.
Although the daylight shots are very detailed, the photographs have a slight warm tinge to them. The sharpness around the edges was decent, but we noticed some overexposure and burnout in areas that were predominately white. The indoor shots on this device had better control over noise when compared to its competition.
The performance of the camera in low light is not too great, and we noticed that noise started to creep in some of our shots. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera takes some really soft images with very little details, and may disappoint selfie lovers.
The rear camera can record Full HD videos, and also supports time-lapse. While the camera does an adequate job of capturing video, the automatic exposure can be a bit aggressive at times, which can cause the visuals to start paling if you move from a light source a little too quickly.
On the whole the camera performance is good, and surely has an upper hand when compared to competing devices in the same price range.