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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.

A caution:

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 be accurate and open with specifications. But at $265 it is all about whether the camera output is merely social media standard or more.

AI software

It identifies scenes including

Sunset Sky Backlight
Food Building Beach
Flower Night Portrait
Scenery    

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

Daylight, outdoors

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.

Daylight
Standard auto shot 1/4000 sec ISO 112

Now look at HDR

Daylight HDR
/1 2500 sec ISO 117 – HDR adds more colour

Telephoto: Detail is good, but that characteristic warm colouring persists.

Daylight 4x zoom
1/3200 sec ISO 113

Indoors Office Light (400 lumens)

Good detail and the reds and colours are reasonably accurate.

Office
Standrd auto shot – 1/50 sec ISO 171
Office HDR
HDR shot – 1/160 sec ISO 180

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.

Low light
1/20 sec ISO 770

Night mode brings out the and improves details – great

Low light night mode
1/50 sec ISO 675

Selfie

No fill flash – face recognition needs decent light