The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW!

Xiaomi Mi 9 Cameras, Triple Camera Comparison

Xiaomi Mi 9 Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has a high-resolution 20 MP front camera hidden in its dot drop notch.

The image sensor has relatively large 0.9 μm pixels. Coupled with a wide, bright f/2.0 aperture, it should allow for pretty good low-light performance.

Despite its high resolution, this front camera only supports 720p or 1080p video recording at 30 fps.

However, selfie lovers will enjoy its many beautification features – AI Beautify, AI Feature Adjustment, AI Makeup, AI Portrait Mode, AI Scene Detection, AI Studio Lighting, and AI Lens Flare.

Xiaomi Mi 9 front camera

Its killer photography feature though is at the back – a triple camera system that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor (0.8 μm pixels) with f/1.75 aperture
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor (1.0 μm pixels) with 2X zoom and f/2.2 aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor (1.0 μm pixels) with 117° angle, and f/2.2 aperture

Xiaomi Mi 9 main cameras

This triple camera system supports electronic image stabilisation for jerk-free videos at up to 4K resolution. It can also record ultra-slow motion videos at up to 960 fps (720p or 1080p only).

The Sony IMX586 sensor supports the Super Pixel technology, allowing it to merge four pixels into one large 1.6 μm pixel. This greatly increases its light sensitivity in low-light conditions, delivering 12 MP pictures that are much brighter and clearer.

By default, the main camera uses the Super Pixel mode, both to increase light sensitivity, as well as to keep the picture sizes small.

 

Triple Camera Comparison

You may be wondering just how useful is it to have three cameras, instead of just two, or even one. Let us show you using these two comparisons :

Xiaomi Mi 9 camera comparison 01 Xiaomi Mi 9 camera comparison 02

While the telephoto camera is useful in bringing distant objects closer, there can be no doubt that the ultra-wide angle is really useful.

We are also glad to see Xiaomi give the ultra-wide angle camera a high-resolution 16 MP sensor, instead of 8 MP or even 5 MP in other smartphones.

Next Page > Xiaomi Mi 9 Photo + Video Samples & Analysis

 

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