Xiaomi Mi 5s camera samples showcase potential of the Sony IMX378 sensor

After quite a lengthy build-up, Xiaomi officially announced the Mi 5s and 5s Plus yesterday. The standard Mi 5s mightn't have a dual camera setup like the Plus model, but judging by the first camera samples, its Sony IMX378 sensor packs quite a punch. 

There are 26 images in total, which can be seen in the gallery below. They have not been compressed in any way, so you can check out all of the finer details courtesy of the zoom tools. Resolutions range from 4000 x 3000 (12-megapixel) to 3264 x 2488 (8-megapixel). 

Incidentally, the Mi 5s' Sony camera hardware is rumored to adorn the forthcoming Pixel duo from Google. The Xiaomi device's 1.55μ pixel, 1/2.3-inch sensor touts a strong low-light performance, and these samples do seem to back this up. However, keep in mind that these are professionally-captured shots taken in conditions to showcase the Mi 5s and its shooter in a favorable light, so to speak. There's nothing wrong with this, of course, but your personal point-and-shoot experiences may vary. 

If you're looking for a high-end smartphone with a decent rear camera, the Mi 5s may just float your boat. Check out the samples below, and be sure to let us know of your thoughts in the comments.

source: Xiaomi via GizmoChina

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Mi 5s
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Xiaomi MI UI



25. adityabnrj

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Pic 22, proof that the pics were indeed taken through mi5s :D

23. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

isn't this the same sensor on the New pixel phones ? if it is add this quality to HDR+ and you will have the best photos taken on any phone

17. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

If those insides are from MI 5s(without edition ) Metro, museum and the girl in the shop, yes !

16. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Few of these shots will go to my Samsung Tab S 10.5 gorgeous SAmoled display. They will look awesome in that :)

15. peace247 unregistered

is that Jhonny Sins in the left side of 8th photo..?

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

SMH, yes the design, sometimes it is just best not to say anything.

6. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Camera samples untouched." I'm already too old for marketing trash talks.

5. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Excellent stuff. However I'm kinda disappointed that the camera setup on the Mi5s Plus seems worse. (Saw a YouTube vid comparing them and the zoomed in detail looked far superior on the Mi5s) Which sucks as I'm getting the Plus :/

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

5s plus use different sensor? I though it use same sensor plus with Mi5s another sensor for depth :-/ Mi5s plus should be better since it's more expensive

22. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Nope, not the same. MI 5s uses a new IMX378 sensor, Mi 5s Plus uses dual 13MP IMX258 sensors, one color, one BW. The 258 is the same sensor as on the Xperia XA, Mi 4c and Redmi Pro. Its a step below even the IMX298 in the normal Mi 5. Which makes it feel like Xiaomi couldnt fully commit its bill to the dual cameras, and decided to do dual cameras just for the hell of it.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Photo number 8! That's a great frame to evaluate a camera's potential.

12. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Normally I would agree, except for the fact that it was artificially made dark in this picture. The light in that room in the Rijksmuseum is actually reasonably bright, as seen here: http://www.amsterdamsebinnenstad.nl/binnenstad/260/rijksmuseum3.jpg

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oh, i don't know the place so i had no idea. So, most of these are edited...obviously!

19. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yeah, I just happened to recognize the painting (on the right in the link I posted) and that confirmed my suspicions that these images weren't just color/contrast edited (as usual in official promotion material) but also made to look much darker beyond the former changes.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, I didn't check the rest so I'll wait for the initial reviews. First samples always mislead though.

24. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

If you go to the Gizmo China source above you can download the original files with exif intact. It was evening so no light coming from outside. That photos exif: Date Time Digitized: 8/08/2016, 8:11:40 PM Date Time Original: 8/08/2016, 8:11:40 PM Exif Version: 2.2 Exposure Mode: Auto exposure Exposure Program: Not defined Exposure Time: 1/7 Flash: Off, did not fire FlashPix Version: 1.0 FNumber: 2 Focal Length: 4.73 Focal Length In 35mm Film: 5 ISO Speed Ratings: 200 Metering Mode: CenterWeightedAverage Pixel X Dimension: 3,264 Pixel Y Dimension: 2,448 Scene Capture Type: Standard Scene Type: A directly photographed image Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor Shutter Speed Value: 1/5

26. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It was just before sunset, but night time has no influence on the light in the museum, the light from above is actually artificial (LED), since natural light would emit too much UV light that is detrimental to the art displayed.

27. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And I also take the Exif info with a grain of salt, since it appears to be edited 9 days ago:https://4.img-dpreview.com/files/p/E~forums/58417933/2b1ff542f6034af0b5260ca6cf3e9e0f Also interesting to note that ACR appears to be used for RAW conversion and editing, meaning, these are not jpegs created by the camera to begin with.

28. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

No matter how much I love xiaomi, these photos look like they have been heavily edited.. Just look at the colors.. Photo number 3 excessive blue color and noise in the clouds. Photo number 9.. again excessive aqua color.. especially photo number 11... Those colors can't come out without touching the photo... Or Mi 5s has a great auto photo editor built into the camera

3. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Shut up and take my money

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Looks good, but the phone design......


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, the design isn't to my liking. They tried to emulate Apple a little too much here. The original Mi 5 looked amazing. They should've pulled a Samsung and just refined the design.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2554; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The mi5s looks better then the mi5 tho. The only problem with xiaomi is that they live, see and breath apple..

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

5S plus looks much better (and looks more like Mi phone, lol)

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