The Light Painter’s Dream Phone – Manila Bulletin

Written by Jaime G. Misalucha, Jr.


What’s exciting about smartphones these days are their cameras. That’s because it gets better and better every year. But unfortunately, as cameras improve, smartphone prices become more expensive.

But not with the Realme phone brand. A relatively new brand in the country but making a leap forward and making its presence felt by offering not just smartphones but a wide range of devices with an affordable price range.

Recently, Realme introduced the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G with an intriguing camera setup that can help you realize all your artistic visual concepts.

Its main camera is 50 megapixels with a Sony IMX 766 sensor. Its triple rear camera is complemented by a 2 megapixel macro lens and an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle lens. While at the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that supports 1080p video recording at 30 fps.

The highlight for me of the Realme 9 Pro+ are the camera’s Street Mode options. In this option, you can choose to do a “neon trail” (perfect for night city photography where passing cars will turn into light trails), light trail portrait (if you want your photo of portrait shot with neon trails), Rush Hour (for that portrait that blurs the movement of everyone around you) and Light Painting (for creating art with light in the dark).

These are some of the photography techniques that are tricky because they require a little more than basic photography knowledge to achieve. So for Realme to include it in the 9 PRO+ camera is a good job. This way, users don’t need to spend a lot of time tinkering with camera settings. But of course, it still needs human intervention. If you plan to use these Street modes, it is best to mount your Realme 9 PRO+ on a tripod. This way you can make sure that the elements you want to blur are the only ones that are blurred.

As a photography enthusiast, the street mode excites me because it will allow me to focus more on what I’m going to shoot and less on finding the perfect camera settings. It also makes things portable as you now have a device that can take great night/low-light photos without carrying around your favorite but bulky DSLR.

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Although they are called “Street mode”, these modes are usable in almost all types of places. By testing out some of the modes inside the dark room of the Manila Bulletin building, I was able to create a few pieces of abstract art. Other than that, I was able to capture light trails easily on my own.

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The Realme 9 PRO+ is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 920 5G processor. It also lets you have dual SIM with dual standby and an option for 6GB Ram and 128GB storage or 8GB Ram and 256GB storage. This means that the Realme 9 PRO+ has enough memory even though it doesn’t have a memory card slot.

In terms of battery life, the Realme 9 PRO+ can keep you going all day with average usage. Its 4,500 mAh can reach up to 50% juice in about 50 minutes. Hands down, it’s one of the fastest-charging smartphones we’ve tested.

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Another thing I like about the Realme 9 PRO+ is the fact that it still has a 3.5mm audio jack. Something that is disappearing in smartphones these days. But if you don’t feel like using headphones, the speakers on the top and bottom of the device are good enough to listen to your music.

For visuals, the Realme 9 PRO+ features a 6.4-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED display with 2400 X 1080 FHD+ display resolution. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which can surely withstand some scratches.

For the operating system, the Realme 9 PRO+ runs on Realme UI 3.0 with the latest Android 12. This guarantees you the latest Android security patches and features. Apart from that, the Realme 9 PRO+ comes with a few apps pre-installed. These can be uninstalled if you are not using these apps to free up more space.

In summary, the Realme 9 PRO+ is a great partner for visual artists. Even if you are one of those people who just want to capture memories once in a while, this smartphone is good enough because it has many auto modes that you can choose from to get the perfect shot. Coupled with an affordable price, the appeal of the Realme 9 PRO+ only gets better!



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