DXOMark’s camera review for the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 9 is out. The device scores an impressive 107 points overall, comprising of 112 points in image quality and 99 points in video quality. The overall camera score of the Mi 9 puts it above the iPhone XS Max (105 points), but it still lacks behind the chart-topping Mate 20 Pro (109 points). Although the overall camera score of the Mi 9 is not the highest, the device does take the crown in video quality performance with an all-time high score of 99 points. Before discussing the DXOMark’s camera test, let’s have a look at the camera hardware specifications of this new flagship smartphone from Xiaomi.
The Mi 9 has a triple camera setup on the back with a 48MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. The 48MP camera sensor has 2-inch sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, and it is aided by phase-detection and laser-detection autofocus. The 16MP ultra-wide sensor has a 13mm focal length, an f/2.2 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, and a fixed focus. The 12MP telephoto camera has an f/2.2 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, and it comes with phase-detection and laser-detection autofocus. The rear-camera setup can record 4K video at 60 frames per second.
Mi 9 Scores Third Position in DXOMark Camera Test
DXOMark found the images from the rear camera of the Mi 9 to have accurate exposure and white balance most of the times. Xiaomi has also done an exceptional job with noise reduction. DXOMark says that the noise is contained well in bright as well as indoor lighting conditions. The telephoto camera has played an important role in achieving high scores, as DXOMark praises the amount of details the images have when using the zoom function.
Considering that the main camera and telephoto camera come with a combination of phase-detection autofocus and laser-detection autofocus, I expected them to have one of the fastest focusing performance. DXOMark says no different. According to them, the focus is fast and accurate. Although the LED flash on the back doesn’t feature any ground-breaking technology, DXOMark says it has an excellent performance. The publication has found the bokeh mode to have good subject isolation.
On the downside, DXOMark says that the images lack fine detail, and they have a limited dynamic range. According to DXOMark, the tone compression is unnatural in bright areas of high-contrast shots. Last but not least, the publication says that the images taken in zoom mode pose luminance noise in lowlight conditions. The Mi 9’s camera is not the best, but what is surprising to me is that the Xiaomi Mi 9 has managed to beat the iPhone XS Max, which costs almost twice as much as the Xiaomi Mi 9 does. It looks like the Mi 9 is a perfect smartphone for those who want a great camera performance, but don’t want to spend a lot of money.