First Xiaomi Mi 5 camera samples are out

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the latest flagship by big-in-China Xiaomi, one of the world's most valuable startups, and it is a true beast in terms of performance: a 5.2" phone with the Snapdragon 820 system chip, and a starting price of just $310 in China. It also features a refined, stylish design with a metal frame and a beautiful glass or ceramic back (there are two versions).

There is one other important improvement: the Xiaomi Mi 5 camera. With a brand new, 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 sensor, the Mi 5 is able to capture images with rich detail and sharp focus. To help with that is a radical new, 4-axis optical stabilization (OIS) system that Xiaomi demonstrated to work much better than OIS on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

It's important to know that most phones these days feature 2-axis optical stabilization, and very few come with 3-axis, while the 4-axis stabilization on the Xiaomi Mi 5 is particularly impressive as it is able to achieve much better stability, and works even for close shots.

For the camera geeks out there, good news is that the Mi 5 camera sensor has phase-detection pixels for much faster auto focus and it uses deep trench isolation to prevent light from leaking between individual pixels. Xiaomi has shared a few official camera samples that look impressive (unfortunately, no full res images yet).

Then, there is the front camera. It's a 4-megapixel selfie shooter with large, 2-micron pixels (standard phone cameras use smaller, 1.1-micron pixels, but larger pixels can capture more light and are a huge help in getting better low-light pictures).


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Mi 5
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Xiaomi MI UI



29. Prizm

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I'll probably go with the S7 because of the camera, but as others say, the Mi5 is tempting (I could probably buy three Mi5's for the cost of an S7 Edge). I don't get why Xiaomi posted such useless images though. They're not the original res, they're cropped, they've been resaved and recompressed. These images could be from any phone in the last 10 years, so what's the point? All this does is make their camera look worse.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd love to see a camera shootout between the Mi5 and the S6/S7 and the iphobe.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Mediocre camera with amazing OIS, still mediocre camera. Ok for the price I guess

22. msaeed90

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I am skeptical that the camera will outperform the S6s camera, let alone S7. In theory even S6 camera is better than this with wider aperture f1.9 vs f2.0 and larger sensor 1/2.6" vs 1/2.8" S7 having f1.7 aperture far outperforms this as decreasing f number has exponential effect on aperture size . But for the price that it has with similar priced Galaxy A3 2016 this thing is a beast . Except for those who use their phones for photography and the money should go for S7

24. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I agree. When the S7 came out, I was almost certain I was going to buy it, due mostly to its camera. Now I'm not so sure, the cheapass in me is taking over LOL. I definitely would like to see some photo comparisions between the Mi5 and S6/S7!

19. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

These images are bad to be sincere.

17. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Asside from pixel size discussions, based on sensor size and aperture alone, the S7 camera module lets in about 90% (>130% difference per pixel) more light in low light, ceteris paribus. That's almost the difference between a FF and APS-C camera. Let's see if the Xiaomi camera can make up elsewhere, like through better stabilization (which doesn't help with moving subjects though) maybe. Or maybe not.

16. blehkwide

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

I'm tempted to get this phone. love the 4 axis stabilizer. I've been pampered with a 5 axis for awhile now. Life changing.

10. yogeeg

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Never use this brand but i've got a good feeling about this brand in near future. This is a good one. *As long as the price is worth it though

3. adecvat

Posts: 674; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

World first 4 axis OIS, cool.

18. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Omg with sapphire lens. Why the hell didn't they make the entire rear back all sapphire. Awesome.

20. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

If only it came with CarlZeiss optics lens. Xenon flash.

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Amazing phone. I'm almost tempted to buy it. But I must control myself. Maybe mi6 will be my next phone ( if they add a QHD display, or at least 1080p AMOLED). Regarding camera, it's the same imx298 used in mate 8, so should be okay. Mate 8 was definitely lacking compared to nexus 6p though so I don't expect much.

2. adecvat

Posts: 674; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1080p RGB 16 led > pentile QHD

6. Kumar123 unregistered

Yup. 100% agree. RGB is better than pentile. RGB 1080p is more than enough. Plus with 1080p it will give even better performance. So overall its a win-win situaltion. I praise Xiaomi for keeping it FHD. This phone will be performance champion in the andorid world.

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

Lol no. Do you even do maths? Even if you compare subpixels, pentile QHD has a lot more of them. And pentile looks almost as good as ROB on a diamond layout. Let me show you using maths. The distortion caused on pentile is due to pixel sharing. On a diamond matrix, that distortion would be 1/sqrt (2) times the size of the pixel, since you need to borrow from there. Given that the screen has 579 PPI, to notice that distortion, you'll need eyes capable enough to notice objects of the order of 579*1.414= 818 PPI. And I sure as hell can bet that nobody can see that. So pentile at high enough resolution is basically as good as RGB. And if you have eyes that good to distinguish objects 1/818th of an inch, you shouldn't buy a 1080p screen anyway.

21. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And the Pentile layout takes advantage of the fact that we're much more sensitive to green, when it comes to resolution, hence why the perceived difference between Pentile and regular RGB is nowhere near the difference in total subpixel count.

4. quangteo

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

1080p is enough with ips lcd display, it should be 2k with Amoled

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

Being a owner of a g2, I disagree. It should be 2k on both. 1080p sure looks good on RGB screens, better than Pentile. But it still isn't on par with QHD ( pentile or not).

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1080p is fine for 5.1inch, 2k is a must 5.5inch (or bigger) (and personally, I prefer super AMOLED)

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Are the images cropped??? Or down-scaled??

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yep. It's clearly mentioned in the penultimate para of the article.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012 carried away, lol

11. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

well , for those phablet diehards this is the phone to get considering the price as they wait for the notes' , V10s', surface phone' or whichever the best of 2016

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

This isn't a phablet. Only 5.15" screen with slim bezels. That's what I love about this phone.

14. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

exactly what I mean. .you get this phone as phablet lovers wait for their phablets in 2nd half of year..rather than doing same oem like s7 and note 6 ..and the price for this beast is tempting

15. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

Unless you live in China, we still don't know the price.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cheapest version is around $300.. of course that price is only for (less than 10 second) flash sale, and only for china.. hopefully it will available worldwide for $400

27. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

4 axa Is ois wooo can go on a rave and not worry

30. Prizm

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Interestingly, the Mate 8 camera's highest res is 16mp at 4:3 aspect ratio, not 16:9. The Samsung S7 also appears to be 4:3, although at 12mp.

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