Hugo Barra posted an HDR camera sample from the Xiaomi Mi 5, looks nice and crisp

Hugo Barra posted an HDR camera sample from the Xiaomi Mi 5, looks nice and crisp
The incoming Xiaomi Mi 5 is one we're certainly looking forward to as its Feb 24 announcement nears. Lately, we've been talking a fair bit about this Android flagship out of China, and if you're eager to spend time reading a camera samples post about it, we presume you already know what the fuss is all about. But just in case you don't, you can check out the links we've left at the end of the article. By the looks of it, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is going to be a good one, although it won't be sold globally by official means. Then again, online retailers will take care of everyone interested in importing the smartphone from China.

Enough with the introductions, let's dive in the new camera sample which Xiaomi VP and prolific ex-Googler, Hugo Barra, posted on his Facebook page. By the way, a couple of days ago, we got a look at a pair of shots taken with the Mi 5, and we came away impressed with the level of detail, and not all that impressed with the botched white balance. With this in mind, how does Hugo's sample fare? The VP shot the leaves of a Cycad plant in HDR (which the scene doesn't call for) to show off the level of detail possible with the Mi 5's alleged 16MP rear camera.

Although the shot isn't full resolution, it is indeed detailed and vibrant, with the full-size crop showing those leaves looking very crisp, without much apparent sharpness filtering applied. Hugo says the shot was taken in Automatic mode with no intervention on his part, other than turning HDR on, and the Mi 5 certainly produced a pleasing result.

The VP might upload a full-resolution shot on Xiaomi's forum, so we'll keep an eye on the boards for the full 16MP goodness and put it here once it goes live. Interim, gaze at that majestic Cycad in the gallery below. We also included the other two Xiaomi Mi 5 camera samples we have, shot by company co-founder Lin Bin.

Essential Xiaomi Mi 5 stuff to check out:

Related phones

Mi 5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

PA the first picture is Cropped Region NOT entire scene and the Second Picture is entire scene NOT Cropped region. Fix it soon

2. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Gots it!

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Doesn't matter how good Mi5 will be. PA is flooded with racist, who judge a smartphone with the Company and Country....

9. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

people also use resale value as a merit. Xiaomi has zero resale value. that doesn't make them racist. it makes them realist.

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I baught my Redmi 1S at Rs.5400(discounted sale) and sold it after 1 year at Rs.5500. Now what you will say about resale value....?

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I baught my Xperia Z2 at Rs.50000 and now you can buy a brand new Xperia Z2 at around Rs.22000. My friend baught Galaxy S6 Edge at Rs.60000 and now you can buy a brand new S6 Edge at below Rs.40000. Don't argue with me about the resale value......

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

considering you used discounted don't know much about how this math really works...

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The actual price was Rs. 5999.... so it was purchased at just a 10% discount. And after one year i sold it for Rs.5500 and baught Redmi 2 Prime at Rs.5525 (another discounted purchase at Flipkart's BBD Sale). Now people are willing to pay me around Rs.6000 for the Redmi 2 Prime. Just a heck of a resale value.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's the most stupid comment I've read in a while

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

PA rating: 6/10

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

At least we have a top executive from a mobile OEM that knows how to take CLEAR photos with his phone's camera and upload it to a social media website. LOL

4. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Meh, I prefer Tim Cook's masterpiece :)

8. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Of lies and Bs....!

5. Scarambay unregistered

Looks good. I'd grab this Mi5 in an instant if there's a Stock Android variant.

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Ok, now show me a original indoors at 100%.

15. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Hm Interesting pic :)

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