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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