Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Apple iPhone XS: camera comparison

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Apple iPhone XS: camera comparison
The Mi Mix 3 by quickly growing Chinese company Xiaomi is its finest: a true edge-to-edge display and a slide-out design, all-out performance and the best camera that Xiaomi makes.

So... how good really is that camera setup? We took our first sunny day opportunity to shoot some photos with the Mi Mix 3 and compare it against one of the popular phones around, the iPhone XS.

Before we dive in the photos, let's first take a look at what we have in terms of specs. The Mi Mix 3 features a dual rear camera with two 12-megapixel sensors with the secondary one being a 2X zoom, telephoto camera, while up front you have another dual camera setup with a 24-megapixel main shooter and an additional 2-megapixel depth sensor. The iPhone XS, on its part, sports a similar dual 12-megapixel camera with a secondary telephoto lens, while up front it has a single, 7-megapixel selfie shooter.


1. The Monument



During the day both phones do an excellent job capturing photos, but with some notable differences. First and foremost, the exposure level on the iPhone is much brighter and you can see more detail in the shadows, which is a good thing. The Xiaomi has a slightly more toned down exposure and as a result details in the darker parts of the image are somewhat lost.

2. The Sundial




The photo of the sundial shows the same trend repeating: you can see that the iPhone shoots the brighter picture, but in this case we might even say that the grass is a bit washed out and very slightly overexposed. Overall, though, the image is very balanced and rich in terms of color dynamics. The Xiaomi captures a good looking image too, but it is slightly darker.

3. Winter in the park




Exposure is once again the big difference between the two in this photo of a lonely bench in the park. We are also noticing that detail overall on the Xiaomi is a bit on the soft side that gives images a certain glow almost, while detail on the iPhone is sharper.

4. By the sea




Some big differences come up on this photo with a colder tonality on the Xiaomi, plus less color and a darker exposure. Here, we definitely prefer the result from the iPhone more: you have more color and the whole scene looks more animated.

5. Sunset Street




Shooting right against the sun, the Smart HDR mode on the iPhone kicks in big time to help resolve the bright light from the sun and prevent it from taking over the whole image. The photo from the Xiaomi has turned out a bit darker and moodier, but we like it also.

6. 2x zoom




On this shot, we are testing the 2X zoom with the telephoto cameras on both phones and here we have to give it to the iPhone: the Xiaomi burns the bright parts of the image and it does not look as detailed and as good.

7. Selfies




Finally, turning to the front cameras, the Xiaomi captures a photo with a soft detail that actually does not look that bad with selfies. The iPhone, on the other hand, even though it has a 7-megapixel camera (versus the higher-count, 24MP camera on the Xiaomi) has a lot more detail and a sharper one at that, and is one step ahead. Both fail to resolve the background where the bright light has burned.

Final Words



This round up our quick comparison between the cameras on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Apple iPhone XS. The Xiaomi is a worthy contender that captures good-looking images during the day, with a few shortcomings: a slightly darker exposure that leaves out detail in the darker parts of the image, and a slightly soft overall detail that gives images from it an easily recognizable style.

The Xiaomi also supports artificial intelligence (AI), which we did not test for this article, and it has a bunch of cool effects, and portraits. These and some night shots are coming in the full review, so stay tuned!

Related phones

Mi Mix 3
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3200 mAh
iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)

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10 Comments

2. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You don't have to be an Apple fan to admit that the iPhone has the better camera.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

iPhone is the winner, but with all of the adjustments that phones can make, who cares about the default picture quality...

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4092; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Split decision for me. The yellow tint of the iPhone puts me off on many of the shots.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

at this point lighting becomes extremely important for these tiny sensors and at which angle the light enters... on a cloudy day you have different levels on light intensity coming through to adjust for... you can easily skew one worse than the other depending on target and angle

6. scarface21173

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Can someone tell me the price of these phones in china that would be a fair comparison.

7. Charlie2k

Posts: 120; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

The picture towards the Sun.. No mention about the broken artifact in the left corner on the iPhone-picture?

8. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

iPhone clear winner. The color is amazing on the iPhone XS. I guess Xiaomi is not bad for the price. However, PA, why don't you ever provide us with full size photos anymore so we can zoom in and compare the details????

9. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

5 and 7 Xiaomi is the best, iphone takes the rest.

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