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Xiaomi Mi9: Is the camera really poor?

Yes, I know you're wondering. But the Xiaomi Mi9 camera is it really poor? Some say yes, others say no. What is the truth?

Let's start to mention who is talking about Xiaomi Mi9: DxO Mark.

In this article, DxO does an accurate review of the photographic skills of the Xiaomi Mi9 enhancing its characteristics even in comparison with other sacred monsters like iPhone XS, Mate 20PRO e Samsung S10 Plus.

The result of the accurate review is very respectable: 107 total points doing the average between the photographic part (112 points) and video part (99 points)

The 112 points for the camera are not bad at all as only 2 points away have the Mate 20 PRO and the Galaxy S10 More. L 'iPhone XS it's even behind it!

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But then why does anyone say that does the Mi9 camera suck?

Andrea Galeazzi in its review talk about a room that

"makes good photos with lots of light but in the dark the quality goes down a lot"

Niccolò Roli, of HD Blog (I remember with affection for having published, on HD Blog, my first review of the Xiaomi Mi2S) instead uses other terms to describe the photographic qualities of the Xiaomi Mi9:

The triple camera of the Mi9 "is good only for sharing holidays on social media but if we are fond of photography, forget it".

Essentially ... it's worth it!

Understand that we are facing a blatant contradiction. Let's move on from D that puts the Mi9 on the podium of the 3 best cameras in the world to HD Blog that practically rants him categorically.

I've been trying since Friday night and, faced with so much confusion, I wanted to compare the camera Xiaomi Mi9 with that of the Xiaomi Mi8 that, remember, there are a dozen places lower down in the DxO Mark ranking, but all of them have always taken photographic praises. The choice of Mi8 also serves to understand if indeed the Xiaomi has made the much-debated step forward or worse, come back.

We come to us.

Xiaomi Mi9 VS Xiaomi Mi 8 - Camera

Xiaomi Mi9 - Photo in good light conditions

In the selected detail the Xiaomi Mi9 wins. The colors are more natural and there is less noise. The definition is not superior but it is also true that the photo was taken in STANDARD mode and not 48mpx.

Xiaomi Mi9 - Photo against the sun

Even against the sun the management of light is definitely improved with the Xiaomi Mi9. Even this photo was not taken at 48mpx so the definition is almost identical. But we are still faced with an improvement compared to the previous model.

Xiaomi Mi9 - Shooting at 48mpx

As you can understand from the MARK of the photo taken with the Mi9 we switched to the 48mpx mode.
Well ... contrary to what you have heard i 48mpx ARE NOT FINISH. The photo gains in definition. Of course, we are not crying miracles but the difference is there and it shows.

Xiaomi Mi9 - Night shot

Here the first surprise. 🙁
The Mi8, in the night shot was superior. The selected detail is definitely more mixed in the image taken by the Mi9. A case? Let's try again.

Even here, even if in a less evident way the Xiaomi Mi8 wins for light management.

conclusions

The Xiaomi Mi9 has made progress yes, but also back. Like good Galeazzi, I noticed too very good performance in excellent and fair light conditions but at night, unfortunately we are even behind the Xiaomi Mi8.

But there is a lance to be broken in favor of Xiaomi.
The Mi9 is the first smartphone of the house to adopt this solution to 3 cameras and 48mpx REAL.
Xiaomi has accustomed us to release updates that significantly improve the performance of the camera during work so I trust that in a very short time the problems related to night shots will be settled and that we will see even further increase the already very high quality of the shots in good light conditions.

What do you think about it? Disappointed by the photographic performance of the Xiaomi Mi9 or will you trust Xiaomi?

Write it here in the comments.

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Always passionate about technology, I was literally kidnapped by all that is put in china once discovered the Xiaomi world. Since then I have seen them cooked and raw but the passion has never passed.

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Stephen
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very disappointed, and now I doubt heavily about DxoMark. I thought it was, if not at the top, such that it could be chosen lightly even for the camera. Instead of the more expensive tops there are substantial differences, both with respect to Samsung and Huawei. But shouldn't it improve on Xiaomi cameras?

Alvise
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Alvise

48 MPixel ... but come on ... if you want high-performance cameras, take a reflex or a mirrorless ... what do you expect from lenses that you hardly see and have tiny little sensors ???
The Mi 9 as far as I have tried it, it makes photos 'almost' comparable with those of my old Leica TZ5, but without having that zoom, and however 'almost' comparable, the optics of the Mi9, even if fixed, I repeat, are too small to ensure excellent image quality.

Lorenzo Pozzi
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I confirm. In 48 mpx mode, photos with scarce light are pitiful. Noise at stratospheric levels and by enlarging the image it seems that the photos are made with sand

Mike
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Mike

Pictures are much more noisy than this test. I am upset because I did not know the megapixels size does not prove the picture will be good. My S8 did much better job than my new Mi9. On smartphone screen no problem, but transfer to computer and you see how bad pictures are.

Daniele
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Daniele

Hello Alessandro, nice review and photos ... meanwhile say hello to Vasto and Amblingh Lodge! 🙂

Gabri
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Gabri

48 noisy megapixels are worse than clean 12.
The difference in resolution is laughable compared to the fact that there are pixels in quadruple quantity.
12 clean megapixels are great for printing even 50X70 and you save memory space.
Surely it will improve but in my opinion the sensors from 12 / 16 are still at the top, not at all enough to see the new S10 and Sony.

Davide
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Davide

Software does the work ... in fact with gcam shooting at 12mpx and without intelligence art. the photos are better than 48mpx

Mirko
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Mirko

Happy owner of a Xiaomi I mix 2s if I have the opportunity I will definitely switch to 9 me also because the photographic part of the phones interest me relatively and a top of the range at half the price of others where you find it otherwise ??? Great Xiaomi

Nino Lillo
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Nino Lillo

If the 2s would have an amoled panel it would be the best ever xiaomi phone !! Anyway the IPS HD + of the 2S is among the best IPS !!! Really great panel !!!

Anyone
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Ok, but "if it would" you can not really hear!

Ivan
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Ivan

Disappointed with 107 points I thought it was really at the top but I have to change my mind. We'll see if they'll put a hand on the software because I think the optics are excellent.

jboss
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jboss

I own a mi9t, take really bad pictures, it was better than the camera of my old galaxy s4

Alvise
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Alvise

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but all smartphones have a peculiarity that makes the quality of the photos very poor. In fact, in all cases, these are fixed diaphragm optics, ie it is not possible to use the mode that probably 90% of SLR owners use and that is the AV mode, which means at aperture priority, precisely because the diaphragm does not exist. is. What does this mean? Meanwhile it is not possible to vary the depth of field, or we will always have photos with little focus, always having to operate with diaphragm with maximum aperture, in some... Read the rest »

فروشگاه اينترنتی
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Xiaomi is one of the best selling brands.
good luck

domenico
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domenico

guys with the gcam (or with future optimizations on the software stock side) how much is the mi9 able to recover in quality (especially at night) compared to the top cameraphone? thank you

Domenico Margiotta
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Domenico Margiotta

Guys can you update me on the improvements made by updating in recent weeks especially on the camera side ?? If I do not feel a clear improvement, I will not buy it even if ……….

max
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max

Mamma mia has just come out and I'm already all criticizing ... waiting for them to settle things, they probably brought him out prematurely to counter the sales of s10 ... if with software update they added after a year on the pocophone or the 8 mi (now I do not remember ...) the registration in 4k to 60fps will be even able that you say?

Walter Bonazzi
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Walter Bonazzi

The optical stabilizer for a mobile phone is the basis for a photo.

Walter Bonazzi
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Walter Bonazzi

I think the collapse in the night photos is given by the lack of the optical stabilizer.
Increasing the exposure time the blur goes to the wedding.

Daniele
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Daniele

Sparse considerations: 1. The terminal tested by dxomark had Chinese rom well calibrated for the test (the updates will come, maybe slow but it will come to that 107). 2. The OP has the gcam that does half the job. When it is available, just install it on mi9 and goodbye noise at night. 3. For some lack of selfie and photos at night you can not discuss a camera with enormous potential for improvement (in 4k showed the green mice all'S10) and even more serious discuss a top of the range of 450 euro. 4. If you really like it... Read the rest »

Anyone
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We also talk bad about the selfie camera ...

Nino Lillo
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Nino Lillo

A good terminal I think that only with little light goes into trouble for the rest beautiful photos.cmq I keep myself the 2s Mix me that takes beautiful pictures, and then after installing the version of g.cam, the front camera shoots very well especially in portrait and really amazing ... 😍💣💣💣💣

Mauro Mescoli
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Mauro Mescoli

Hi all I'm using a mi9 China version from 3 GG. I made several photographic comparisons with OP 6T com g cam and with Honor V20. On the night photos I did not find this low quality, but rather a prolonged shooting time. Night mode does a great job. On the mac instead OP with gcam is superior.
Surely the next release will improve the shots a lot. But more than in quality for me will serve in the speed of shooting. These are my personal considerations so nothing professional 🙂

luca formenti
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This is the very first rom. New sensors, etc ... Ok they could work well before the release, but we all know "we Xiaomi fans" who are like that ... They will definitely improve in the coming weeks, and they are probably already working on it. Even the Roma is not perfect.
The debate that is felt online, are more than anything else outbreaks created by stressed minors.

Anyone
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It will surely please the lords of HDBlog and Andrea Galeazzi to know that they are considered under-stressed minors.

luca formenti
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I was talking about 90% on more than 5000 comments ...
Moreover, and also lack of respect for those who work and on the site itself.

Frodo46 (Frodo46)
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I heard the version tried by dxomark is an updated Chinese version..also I 8 was worth just released

Marco
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Marco

I'm sure that with the GCam it's a whole other story! We talk about quality hardware and unfortunately the stock software can not exploit its potential. I'm going to buy it and I would like to know if it was already possible to install a version of the GCam. With the mix3 I use the one compatible with the Pocophone and I can confirm that the leap ahead of the stock is there. Do you know anything about compatibility with mi9?

Gcamfanatic
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Gcamfanatic

Gcam does not support 48 mpixel, it reaches max at 16, I doubt we'll ever see an implementation.

Marco
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Marco

I use it quietly with an 3 mix and the front camera is from 24mpx..I've had a problem, it just does not make me shoot above the 12mpx. You say that it can be restrictive then the 48mpx?

Angelo Angelone
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Angelo Angelone

Unfortunately the lack of stabilization penalizes the mi9 a lot

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