Realme 9 Pro Plus review

Realme delivers affordable flagship photography in its 9 Pro Plus handset

Realme 9 Pro Plus
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Realme 9 Pro Plus may not be the best camera phone, but it is the best camera phone at under £349 (approximately $460). Its main camera packs 2021 flagship-grade photography, which means excellent results day or night and impressive video. While Realme oversharpens things, a lot of people will likely enjoy the punchy finish its photos offer, and there are also a couple of shooting modes that support RAW photography too. While you can get a better screen or more power for less, photography enthusiasts who appreciate masses of storage won’t be disappointed.


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    Excellent primary camera

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    Fast 60W charging

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    Competent specs across the board


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    Weak macro camera

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    No microSD card slot

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    Ultra-wide lacks autofocus

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Since we reviewed the Realme X2 Pro, the smartphone maker has gone from strength to strength with blasting out value handsets, but hasn’t always nailed its cameras. That’s something the Realme 9 Pro Plus looks set to address. 

Despite costing £349 (around $460), the Realme 9 Pro Plus shares the same primary camera as the Oppo Find X3 Pro – a Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS. While not the five-axis OIS found in the Find X5 Pro, that’s still mighty for a phone of the 9 Pro Plus’s price. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.