A ‘new’ feature at this time was HDR. That is reflected in the camera having a manual HDR setting (not auto as later sensors have). If you use this setting, it takes two images with SME-HDR using different exposure conditions and post-image processing generates an ‘optimal’ 13MP HDR image. It is not up to HDR standard of later sensors.
It is one of the first sensors to support pixel binning, where the best four pixels in four images are ‘binned’ to create a better final image. It also ‘effectively’ doubles the pixel size for low light. We assume that if you don’t use the HDR setting it automatically pixel bins.
We cannot identify the front camera sensor at present.
Mintt advertises a 52MP mode – sorry this is just rubbish. It takes the 13MP image and upscales it, quite slowly, by creating three identical pixels around each original pixel. It does not add detail (you can’t create what is not there) and softens the image.
We have not worked out how its night mode works either. It suggests that it combines three frames at different exposures, but all we see is a little brightening at the expense of detail and contrast. But file sizes are two to three times normal so let’s leave it at that.
Summary: Given this is a new brand, the best advice I can give is to
It identifies scenes including
We found that it identified the Sky quite well, but if anything it muted the colours. We found it is best to shoot without AI.
Tests – all auto
Colours are more natural than they Mintt Y3 but still lack the punch. – there is a little more green in the forest and blue in the sky.
Now look at HDR
Telephoto: Detail is good, but that characteristic warm colouring persists.
Indoors Office Light (400 lumens)
Good detail and the reds and colours are reasonably accurate.
Low light (room with less than 100 lumens)
The standard shot is not too bad but the colours are washed out and there are noise artifacts.
Night mode brings out the and improves details – great
No fill flash – face recognition needs decent light