First Xiaomi Mi 4c camera samples show what its Sony IMX258 sensor is capable of

First Xiaomi Mi 4c camera samples show what its Sony IMX258 sensor is capable of
Xiaomi keeps breaking its own value-for-money records, with the latest entrant in that category, the Mi 4c. This jolly polycarbonate contraption features breathtaking specs for its $205 price, such as a Snapdragon 808 chipset, 5" 1080p display, and a 13MP/5MP camera duo.

Not only that, but Xiaomi equipped it with a phase-detection autofocus system, making it one of the most affordable devices to feature this fraction-of-a-second shooting enhancement. Depending on the batch that comes off the conveyor belt, the Mi 4c is equipped with a 13MP primary sensor that is produced either by Sony (IMX258) or Samsung (the S5K3M2). 

The kicker is that Sony's IMX25X sensors are one of its newest creations, with a fresh pixel-making technology that allows for some lightning fast shots and low amounts of noise. Thanks to the vast Weibo blogosphere, we now have the first camera samples from a Mi 4c handset, demonstrating what this Sony sensor can do at that price range, check them out below.

source: dongxie811 (Weibo) via GizmoChina



1. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Kindly enlighten me. Is IMX258 better than IMX230?

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

We would hope not, DxOMark said the Moto X style had one of the best cameras available now

5. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think IMX258 is better. Usually Sony use better tech for their higher number IMX sensor.

11. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I don't think so because most of the time higher numbers is nothing more than newer product. For example the RGBW image sensor IMX278 has higher number than the top of the line image sensor IMX230. And if you don't find any info about it, that means its a custom image sensor just like the sensor in Lumia 920 series, iPhone, Galaxy, LG G4 etc...

2. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

How come there's absolutely NO information on IMX258 anywhere on the internet? I want to know what the sensor size/pixel size is. My guess is probably not any better than Samsung S5K3 sensor.

6. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Its 1/3.0 inch sensor

8. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015


7. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Me again---I may have jumped the gun. IMX258 is probably CMOS. Sorry!

9. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Chinesse OEMs ruin the market

10. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sony is conquering the camera world. I wonder if there are high end phones that will still use toshiba lens in 2016?

12. bmm1311

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2015

in my opinion best sensor of Sony is IMX 300 (in Z5) after that IMX 240( I think in note4 n S6) IMX 278 IMX 258 Etc

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