The Xiaomi Mi 4i is official and it's quite an amazing value for its extremely affordable $200 full retail (off-contract) price. One crucial element of the experience, however, is the camera that we're yet to take a deeper look at. Xiaomi has just released the official guide for the Mi 4i, and we can take a first dive in the camera specs, and even see the first sample test images from the shooter.
First, let's recap the specs: the Xiaomi Mi 4i features a 13-megapixel main, rear camera using either a Samsung or a Sony sensor, and it's got a fast, f/2.0 5-element lens on top of that sensor and dual-LED flash with one cold color diode and another warm color that both fire to give a more natural tonality to images in scant lighting. Up front, the selfie camera is a 5-megapixel unit with f/1.8 lens.
Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra (who also happens to be an ex-Googler) said that the company has the best HDR image capture capabilities of all phone makers, "bar none". We're eager to put that claim to a test, but so far we ought to point out that Xiaomi has added automatic gamma and contrast tuning, color correction and low-light de-noising enhancements to make out even more detail in HDR shots on the Mi 4i.
Without further ado, here are the first two official, 13-megapixel full-resolution test camera sample images from the Xiaomi Mi 4i:
How do you like the performance of the camera? It does seem to take beautiful, very sharp images, but it's hard to draw any definite conclusions from just two pictures, and there are no images to demonstrate the low-light capabilities of the shooter.
Finally, Xiaomi also puts out some nice details about the capabilities of its camera, including the iPhone-inspired exposure compensation feature. Here is what you can do with the stock camera app on the Mi 4i: