Meizu MX5 real-life camera images: camera test and comparison shows what the 20MP shooter can do

The Meizu MX5 is here and it's a truly impressive phone with a sturdy metal body, high-end specs and a sweet price of less than half the cost of Apple's iPhones and Samsung Galaxies.

We've looked at the Meizu MX5's new features in detail already, but we still haven't examined in proper detail one particularly interesting spec that requires some real-world material: the camera.

The Meizu MX5 comes with a 20.7-megapixel main camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, a dual-tone LED flash, and an infra-red laser auto-focusing system that works best within 20 inches (50cm). It also shoots 4K videos as well as slow motion at 100fps and 720p.

Those are all technical details, while what matters most is how they play out in real life. With the first real-world camera samples out, we can get a fairly good idea about how good the camera on the Meizu MX5 really is. Take a look at the first set of images right below.

Those pictures clearly put the MX5 in a tough situation of scarce lighting as most of the samples were taken at dusk. It's clear that noise would be an issue on the 20-megapixel shooter of the phone, and it indeed is quite noticeable. Keep in mind, that we're dealing with a 1/2.3" 20-megapixel 4:3 sensor, one of the largest on Android and any smartphone for that matter.

A different source from China compares the Meizu MX5 with one of the most desired products from another brand with its roots in China - Xiaomi and its Mi Note phablet. The images are right below.

One can clearly see that the Meizu MX5 prefers to show images with their natural colors, without any artificial boost to color, while the Xiaomi Note turns colors into a more vivid version of reality. The dynamics in the MX5 are consistently higher, notice how the sky is often burned out on the Xiaomi Note, while you can accurately see its shades on the Meizu phone. Overall, the 20-megapixel camera also manages to deliver more detail as well - something that becomes evident when you look at 100% crops of these images.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3150 mAh



1. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

nice upgrade!

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 494; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Stll way better than what Sony has to offer for their flagships. :|

11. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Sony's post processing is horrible. It made me doubt of their smartphone camera expertise.

12. Gambit_jp79

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

yep... better than Sony, even probably using the same Sony IMX220 sensor from Xperia's Z line.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Very pleasing images just looking at them. I think most people would be happy with those images.

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Not me, look at 100% !

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice, but needs update to improve the quality.

5. waddup121 unregistered

Can't wait for the review! ironically better than sony's flagships.

6. T-rex unregistered

The tree looks pink

7. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

I think it's meant to look like that

8. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Can someone explain me why big names like HTC and Sony (Especially HTC) can't make good camera as good as this one? Obviously they have more resources than this Chinese company.

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So true. That's mind puzzling phenomena.

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