The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is the first to use Qualcomm's Clear Sight dual camera technology

The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is the first to use Qualcomm's Clear Sight dual camera technology
Building a Snapdragon 821-powered smartphone is great, according to Xiaomi which shared some insider info on how Qualcomm's cutting-edge processor has helped them realize the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus. In addition to touting the chipset's speed, power savings, and performance advantages, Xiaomi explained how Qualcomm's Clear Sight platform for dual camera support has contributed to the smartphone's photography prowess.

The Mi 5s Plus happens to be the first smartphone that utilizes the platform which Qualcomm markets as a read-to-go solution for manufacturers wishing to equip their devices with a dual camera setup. Clear Sight is designed to output photos with better dynamic range, enhanced detail, and less noise in low light scenarios by taking advantage of the two cameras – one color and one monochromatic (black & white).

The latter is able to absorb more light, bringing more detail and less noise. Taking photos from both cameras, the smartphone uses Qualcomm's Clear Sight fusion algorithm to merge the two images, thereby enhancing detail and decreasing noise.

Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus has identical camera sensors, but one has its top layer's color filter removed – therefore, it's unable to capture color, but its light absorbtion ability increases three times as a result. According to Xiaomi, black and white photos taken without the color filter have much better contrast, less noise, and improved sharpness. When color information from the other photo is merged, the final image is enhanced as a result.

The Clear Sight module itself is fully integrated, containing two Sony cameras and additional computational low light imaging algorithms ran by Qualcomm's Spectra image signal processors. They are designed to take photos at the exact same time and merge them instantaneously.

source: Xiaomi

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Mi 5s Plus
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3800 mAh

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22 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

my next phone after OP3 for sure!! sold my OP3 for 340$ !! let's see!!!

9. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Don't rush it. Yes, it does use Clear Sight but what bothers me is the sensor Xiaomi chose to implement it with. Mi 5s plus is using 2 IMX258s and that's a total letdown for me. Wait for some reviews. I'd probably go for the Mi 5s with IMX398 instead.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

It really sucks they didn't use a great sensor and just rushed for the cheapest one.

11. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I agree .. Xiaomi should have chosen slightly better sensor here .. but still I will wait for reviews .. I am expecting better than average results here (provided that they have applied a good post processing algorithms) .. Side note : Mi 5S uses Sony IMX378 and not IMX398 .. Sony IMX398 is rumored to be launching with Oppo R9S ..

14. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Yes, my bad. I meant IMX378. The one used in Pixels.

18. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 2014

Isn't it a similar mechanism to that of Huawei P9?

17. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Hugo Barra and Xiaomi are killing it! I already know someone who has the Mi5, will this have USA/Canada Bands to go with it?

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Interesting feature. It looks like Camera Tech in Smartphones is making a larger step in next year's flagships. If Xiaomi also applies Google's HDR+ idea, the camera quality should be superior.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Pixel XL should have dual camera and this feature :-/

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Pixel XL has and will have for a long time a top camera and especially top camera in low light. It doesnt need dual system, its FREAKISHLY HUGE pixels do more and better job than any dual camera system. The year old 6P up to date has the best low light performance and Pixel XL with better camera is just amazing.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

It can use alien tech it wont change much if the optics are s**t and if the software optimization is s**t, sorry but Xiaomi has no idea how to make a top notch camera. So far not a single Xiaomi phone can be considered in the top 5 camera group.

6. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

My Xiaomi Mi Note Pro takes really good pics. But hey, not being in the top 5 doesn't make something s**t... unless you're an elitist snob.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its not about being elitist, its about having a top of the top phone. Xiaomi never had a phone that can be considered top of the top, at least in top 5. In today's standards you need to have a flagship with top camera, otherwise your phone is just not a top notch phone. Also Xiaomi phones have horrible night time quality when compared to the top Edge 7, HTC 10, Ip7 plus, 6P, etc. Also Huawei is making lately some great camera phones with its dual leica systems.

19. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

you keep forgetting that xiaomi's pricing is below another flagship standards but able to deliver if not not competitive specs with those double their price. Always remember the top of the top phone with value per performance.

20. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

*if not not competitive = if not very competitive

5. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Al the major manufacturers are making compelling smartphones. Can't go wrong buying any of them.

22. iPhoneBolt

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Except the note 7.....

12. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Well be seeing this in the LG G6, yes?

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This is a good plus device for sure!

15. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

This is how a dual lens system should be set up anyways. None of that wide angle nonsense you see on the current LG phones. A wide angle lens is useful mostly for selfie as they avoid that barrel effect. Use a color sensor and a more sensitive BW sensor and combine the simultaneously taken images...the same way human rods and cones work together. We rely more on the highly sensitive rods in the dark. Well, the only other possibility is a system with a large sensor/pixel size main camera and a second one that allows optical zoom for higher detail on landscape shots, kinda like the iPhone 7 plus but better.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 2014

Put a great camera on any Xiaomi device and I will buy it... I love MIUI

21. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

My wishlist! A friend already bought it and it's a great phone! Shame my mi4 and mi4c still work flawlessly

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