First official Xiaomi Mi 4i camera test sample images surface

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:

source: Mi



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


2. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's not samsung sensor for sure

3. Nascimento

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

When there is gonna be Mi5? Or Mi4 64gb with european LTE support finally?

4. psychok9

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I'm curious about it... and its camera.

5. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

No low light , no prove !

6. Twayn

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

In every site I've visited I've read the sensor is Sony/Samsung, I don't know why but if would be reckless to put different sensors. My guess is that the back camera es the Sony IMX214 (since they said it was the same than in the Mi Note) and the front camera sports a 5MP Samsung sensor, which is very common. I would also like to know if it comes with the Camera2 API, because I really want that RAW shooting.

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