nubia Red Magic 6R review

Four rear cameras, plus an upgraded selfie

The Red Magic 6R has a quad-camera setup on the back and one at the front. The primary and ultrawide snappers remain the same as seen on the Red Magic 6 – 64MP+8MP – but the macro shooter is now 5MP, and there is an additional 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera sensor is now 16MP, up from 8MP on the RM6.0

So, the Red Magic 6R has a 64MP primary camera with Sony IMX 682 Quad-Bayer sensor with 26mm f/1.8 lens, 0.8µm pixels, and PDAF. This camera shoots by default in 16MP. Night Mode is available only on this camera.

Second is the ultrawide snapper with an 8MP Hynix HK846 sensor behind f/2.2 lens and 1.12µm pixels. There is no autofocus or Night Mode for this camera.

The macro camera uses a 5MP GalaxyCore GC5035 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at about 4cm.

The depth camera uses a 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at infinity.

The selfie camera packs a 16MP 1/3.06″ OmniVision OV16A1 sensor with 1.0µm pixels and a Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor is behind an f/2.4 aperture lens that has a fixed focus. The EXIF reports f/2.4 aperture, though the official specs list f/2.0, and unfortunately, we can’t say which one is true.

The camera app is mostly traditional. Camera modes switch with a simple swipe left and right in a carousel formation. The additional settings menu is placed in the upper-right corner of the viewfinder.

There is a dedicated Pro mode, which offers quite a bit of settings to tinker with.

When shooting macro, you get a small magnifier, which you can move around the viewfinder, but more importantly – it has focus peaking. It allows you to hit the right focusing distance instead of guessing. We found this feature to be particularly useful since there’s no autofocus support. We wished more OEMs offer this feature with their macro cams.

And once again, nubia has refused to put a dedicated toggle for the ultrawide camera in its standard Photo mode. You have to switch to Pro mode to use the ultrawide – there, you lose any sort of multi-stacking and HDR capabilities. We wish at least one of the zoom toggles to be replaced with the ultrawide as we doubt anyone would go beyond 3x zoom without a proper telephoto lens anyway.

There are 3x, 5x and even 10x toggles, but they do a simple digital zoom, and the photos are not good.

You can choose 64MP resolution from settings, and the high-res photos are good but not that impressive. Their file size is huge – between 15MB and 30MB!

The high-res photos aren’t that sharp and noticeably noisier. We tried downsizing a bunch of these to 16MP, but we did not notice more resolved detail, just less sharpening, especially in areas of high complexity (meaning they are better looking). And that’s why we think there is no point in shooting in 64MP.

The Red Magic 6R has a 5MP macro camera, and it can save some nice photos, that is, if you get the distance right as the focus is fixed at about 4cm-5cm. And it takes a while to get used to this, even with the magnifying glass.

Once you get the gist of the macro shooting, then you’ll be able to snap some detailed and lively close-up photos with good colors and contrast. If light conditions aren’t ideal, though, the noise levels spike and the image quality worsens quickly.

The Red Magic 6R packs a 2MP depth sensor – something the RM6 didn’t have. Now the main camera can do portraits even better. And if there is enough light, the portraits will be excellent. We observed proficient separation and pleasant simulated bokeh, while the photos offer good detail and subject sharpness.

If the light isn’t enough, the camera shoots at high ISO settings, and the photos often turn up noisy and blurry

Video quality

The Red Magic 6R offers can do videos only with its primary camera, but all resolutions and frame rates are supported – 8K videos at 30fps, as well as 4K at 30fps, and 60fps. The ultrawide camera is no accessible as there is no toggle on the viewfinder.

Electronic image stabilization is available across all resolutions and frame rates but 8K.

The first clip we shot was in 8K at 30fps. The footage is detailed and sharp, with true-to-life colors, excellent colors and commendable dynamic range. It’s not ideal, though.

There are a lot of what look like compression artifacts. They could be a result of the Quad-Bayer filter and processing, or indeed compression traces. But even with these – we find the 8K footage usable. That is, of course, if you have enough storage to spare, an 8K TV to enjoy it, and you shoot in good daylight conditions. Capturing at night is not recommended, as the picture is rather poor, and you’ll only waste a ton of space.