The new Xiaomi Mi 5 camera samples sure look better than the last "shot on iPhone" pic

The new Xiaomi Mi 5 camera samples sure look better than the last
Among the incoming flagship smartphones primed for announcement in the weeks ahead is a high profile, long in the making handset from a company that's not widely familiar outside homeland China. We are talking about Xiaomi and its Mi 5 Android hero phone. If you read the PhoneArena headlines often, you must be familiar with fragments from its story. If not, you can do your reading from the articles we've lined up below.

We admit that the Mi 5 has taken our interest, for it's been an unusually long time in the making, and seems to have everything it takes to play with the big boys - pleasant design, top-notch spec sheet, and a software experience that Xiaomi apparently took its sweet time to fine-tune. Too bad you won't be able to walk in a store and buy it any time soon, for it won't be officially sold in the US.

Coming over 18 months after its predecessor, the Mi 5 will be presented at a February 24 media event in China. Although the handset will be demonstrated at MWC in Barcelona, the smartphone won't be sold globally, at least by official retail means. Warming up the crowd for its impending announcement, Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin posted two camera shots taken with a final unit on his Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) account.

Camera samples are always an interesting occasion, but due to the compression and reduction in size these photos went through, we can't make absolute assessments about the Xiaomi Mi 5's camera qualities. Still, the shots seem nicely detailed, but also unusually dark for scenes shot in a sunny beach setting. We also spot an overt green-ish hue and incorrect white balance. But hey, at least they look better than that iPhone pic Tim Cook posted a few days ago. Let's not kid ourselves, though, that's not much of a benchmark, is it? Enough scuttlebutt, here are the camera samples.

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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

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17 Comments

1. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Looks good!. Nice burn on Tim`s extra-ordinary photo skills also :) +1

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Bad resolution.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Read the news its compressed so yeah resolution wont stay as good as original size.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Apply cold water on burned area.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Mi5 is going to be the best Q1-Q2 android phone.

5. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Not an apple fan in anyway, regardless of how bad tim cooks photo came out the world knows how capable the iphone camera is. I use an s6 edge and i still know that the iphone camera is amazing.

8. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Amazingly easy to use, yes, though the pictures are not the best.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It was just sense of humor, people aren't really saying it's camera is that horrible.

13. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Dude, try to shot flying bird on your phone or iPhone 6s plus and will know how hard is this and what kind of images will have at the end. This camera is really capable if images are true story. I'm not standing "the best", but may be one in top 10. That's very good for Xiaomi. Respect.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, you need a camera with good shutter speed to capture flying bird (and some steady hand)

14. jaskaran

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I have got an s6 edge with Sony sensor and it clicks image lot better than iPhone 6s which I got from my wife as anniversary gift. Iphone might be better in terms of overall speed but I never use my iPhone for photography over s6. Be it its front cam or back. Front cam covers wider area so is better for selfie.

7. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Thanks you brother .... Is the head of the bird edited .... not sure

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Good job on fixing a moving target whitout any blur at all. Cant do this on an iphone lol.

11. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Bless you! Been looking for bigger sizes everywhere.

15. Netrubbish

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 24, 2015

I beg to differ. If this is really a sample shot from Mi5, I would actually be very disappointed. Look at the trees & the sky, they are underexposed like in a cloudy day while the shimmering sand tells it's a hot bright daylight. The photo looks abnormal, because the white balance is screwed up.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its possible that it actually look that way.. i've seen that scene when visiting tropical beach on fall (or right before winter since they only have 2 season) or maybe its because they use higher shutter speed, so it capture less light (and prevent that flying bird to become blurry)

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