Xiaomi Mi Note photo samples


xiaomi mi note review

Considering the Xiaomi Mi Note as your next phone and wonder how the 13 mega-pixel rear camera performs? Here are some photo samples from my own useage of he phone.

The 5.7-inch Xiaomi Mi Note is the latest flagship phone from the Chinese phone maker, but this time around Xiaomi really have concentrated on producing a high-end phone, even adopting a higher price tag than they have ever asked before.

A beautiful design, and wonderful construction are part of the reason the Xiaomi Mi Note get’s a higher price tag, but the high-end hardware also adds to the overall cost too, and part of the spec is the 13 mega-pixel rear camera which has an f2.0 aperture and OIS (optical image stabilisation). The camera hardware along with the advanced camera features found in MIUI V6 promise amazing performance, but how is the camera on the Mi Note in actual use?

Xiaomi Mi Note camera impressions

First the good. The 13 mega-pixel Sony rear camera on the Xiaomi Mi Note is extremely fast! Snapping away photos in the ‘normal’ camera setting will result in photos caught in and saved in a fraction of a second. The speed is so impressive that I have used HDR on the Mi Note much of the time and it produces photos as fast as some phones take a non HDR photo.

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Xiaomi offer the same camera app layout in all versions of MIUI V6 on every Xiaomi phone, however the actual features vary from phone to phone. On the Mi Note there are more HDR options available including ‘normal’, ‘auto’, ‘live’ and of course ‘off’. I found the normal HDR mode produced some of the best results and actually used the phone in this mode most of the time.

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MIUI V6 also features manual aperture setting too which really help to fine tune your images. Simply touch to focus then turn the green circle which has located the focus to adjust how much light you want in your photo. It’s a super fast and easy to use manual feature and it’s found even on the Xiaomi Redmi 2.

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Xiaomi Mi Note photo samples

The Mi Note is capable of some really great photos in all light conditions. There is a very bright dual LED flash, but I personally prefer photography without the flash and tend to go in to the settings to improve low light images.

Xiaomi Mi Note Photos: Normal

Xiaomi Mi Note Photos: HDR

Xiaomi Mi Note camera: Final words

The camera on the Xiaomi Mi Note is one of the best I have used on any of the 2015 flagship phones so far. It’s fast and is capable of some amazing shots, but it isn’t quite perfect. Focus isn’t as accurate as the Vivo Xshot for example, but I feel this is something that Xiaomi will improve with MIUI updates in the future.

Overall it’s a great camera and a excellent feature to an amazing phone. More Xiaomi Mi Note details in the up coming review.

Thanks to Xiaomishop.com for supplying the Mi Note for review.

 

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54 Comments

  1. February 25, 2015

    nice camera

  2. February 25, 2015

    That looks awesome!

  3. Guest
    February 25, 2015

    Where are the photographs shot at? Gautemala?

    • MaxPower
      February 25, 2015

      Valencia Spain

    • BTN
      February 26, 2015

      Guatemala with the Spanish flag….

      • balcobomber25
        March 1, 2015

        Could have been the Spain Embassy in Guatemala or the poster isn’t up to date on the flag of every world country….

  4. trapchan
    February 25, 2015

    “MIUI V6 also features manual aperture setting too which really help to fine tune your images”

    Maybe you meant to say manual exposure? I don’t think you can change the aperture on Mi Note camera.

    • Cpaun
      February 26, 2015

      Yes, manual exposure indeed.

  5. Sere83
    February 25, 2015

    Ooo camera looking super sweet, seriously considering the pro when it comes out. Any word on Panoramas, they are terrible on my oneplus.

    • Barbara
      February 27, 2015

      I took one from my balcony, 180 degrees, for you.

  6. pdayahoo
    February 25, 2015

    nice camera

  7. Yash Garg
    February 25, 2015

    That looks awesome!

  8. Hoàng Vững
    February 25, 2015

    Focus is problem with all Xiaomi phones so far 🙁

  9. Guest
    February 25, 2015

    Where are the photographs shot at? Gautemala?

    • MaxPower
      February 26, 2015

      Valencia Spain

    • Guest
      February 26, 2015

      Guatemala with the Spanish flag….

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2015

      Could have been the Spain Embassy in Guatemala or the poster isn’t up to date on the flag of every world country….

  10. trapchan
    February 25, 2015

    “MIUI V6 also features manual aperture setting too which really help to fine tune your images”

    Maybe you meant to say manual exposure? I don’t think you can change the aperture on Mi Note camera.

    • Cpaun
      February 26, 2015

      Yes, manual exposure indeed.

  11. Sere83
    February 25, 2015

    Ooo camera looking super sweet, seriously considering the pro when it comes out. Any word on Panoramas, they are terrible on my oneplus.

    • Barbara
      February 27, 2015

      I took one from my balcony, 180 degrees, for you.

  12. Miko
    February 25, 2015

    Looks nice! I guess you would rank it higher than MX4/MX4 PRO cameras and behind ViVo Xshot?
    I love my camera on MX4, just a bit unhappy with the lack of OIS.

  13. Guest
    February 26, 2015

    Focus is problem with all Xiaomi phones so far 🙁

  14. Miko
    February 26, 2015

    Looks nice! I guess you would rank it higher than MX4/MX4 PRO cameras and behind ViVo Xshot?
    I love my camera on MX4, just a bit unhappy with the lack of OIS.

  15. t3k1lla
    February 26, 2015

    Any news about xiaomi mi note pro? When is it possible to buy it?

    Thank you

    • Barbara
      June 3, 2015

      got it, love it, though not that big a difference to the note

  16. t3k1lla
    February 26, 2015

    Any news about xiaomi mi note pro? When is it possible to buy it?

    Thank you

    • Barbara
      June 3, 2015

      got it, love it, though not that big a difference to the note

  17. Cpaun
    February 26, 2015

    I own a Mi Note and I can say indeed that the focus is very buggy. Quite annoying, even in good lighting. It’s the biggest issue with the camera, and it’s most probably caused by software. Other small issue would be the burst speed: 9-10 images/sec, which is nowhere near the 20 images/sec of my previous Meizu MX3 (the Mi Note captures better pictures though).
    These issues aside, the photo quality is very good, even in low light. I think it can rival any smart-phone available right now.
    The led is also very powerful and accurate. I took pictures of my living room in perfect darkness, and it illuminated perfectly. By far the best led flash I’ve personally seen so far.

  18. balcobomber25
    February 26, 2015

    I noticed this problem when i first bought my Mi4. I switched to the Lenovo Super Camera and never had a problem with focus again.

    • MaxPower
      February 26, 2015

      Where did you get the APK?
      In having the same problems with focus too

      • balcobomber25
        February 26, 2015

        I searched on Google and found it on a forum. Was awhile ago don’t remember if it was XDA or Mi Forums.

        • MaxPower
          February 26, 2015

          I’ve found the 4.01 version on XDA but it requires so many permissions that stinks! I was wondering if you knew a more reliable source. I guess I’ll go with that one on XDA.

          • balcobomber25
            February 26, 2015

            I found a cracked version that removed all permissions let me take a look and see if I can find it again. I’ll post back here tomorrow.

            • MaxPower
              February 26, 2015

              Thank you sir

            • balcobomber25
              February 27, 2015

              I looked around couldn’t find where I got it from but there are apps you can use that can block the permissions.

            • MaxPower
              February 27, 2015

              Thank you for your effort. Too much trouble, I’m going to stay with stock camera for now also because I don’t take many pictures anyway

  19. Cpaun
    February 26, 2015

    I own a Mi Note and I can say indeed that the focus is very buggy. Quite annoying, even in good lighting. It’s the biggest issue with the camera, and it’s most probably caused by software. Other small issue would be the burst speed: 9-10 images/sec, which is nowhere near the 20 images/sec of my previous Meizu MX3 (the Mi Note captures better pictures though).
    These issues aside, the photo quality is very good, even in low light. I think it can rival any smart-phone available right now.
    The led is also very powerful and accurate. I took pictures of my living room in perfect darkness, and it illuminated perfectly. By far the best led flash I’ve personally seen so far.

  20. wonderer
    February 26, 2015

    hi andy
    tnx again for awaited topic:
    just one question:
    in terms of camera quality(&zoom4X):mx4 pro or mi note(pro) or your(our too) beloved xshot??

  21. balcobomber25
    February 26, 2015

    I noticed this problem when i first bought my Mi4. I switched to the Lenovo Super Camera and never had a problem with focus again.

    • MaxPower
      February 26, 2015

      Where did you get the APK?
      In having the same problems with focus too

    • balcobomber25
      February 27, 2015

      I searched on Google and found it on a forum. Was awhile ago don’t remember if it was XDA or Mi Forums.

    • MaxPower
      February 27, 2015

      I’ve found the 4.01 version on XDA but it requires so many permissions that stinks! I was wondering if you knew a more reliable source. I guess I’ll go with that one on XDA.

    • balcobomber25
      February 27, 2015

      I found a cracked version that removed all permissions let me take a look and see if I can find it again. I’ll post back here tomorrow.

    • MaxPower
      February 27, 2015

      Thank you sir

    • balcobomber25
      February 27, 2015

      I looked around couldn’t find where I got it from but there are apps you can use that can block the permissions.

    • MaxPower
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you for your effort. Too much trouble, I’m going to stay with stock camera for now also because I don’t take many pictures anyway

  22. Guest
    February 26, 2015

    hi andy
    tnx again for awaited topic:
    just one question:
    in terms of camera quality(&zoom4X):mx4 pro or mi note(pro) or your(our too) beloved xshot??

  23. February 27, 2015

    Thank you Andi! I loved all photos except one: the final corridor one with bright lights. Anyway the rest look super high quality!

  24. February 27, 2015

    I adore my cam on MX4, a tad miserable with the absence of OIS. This is China camera?

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2015

      The Mi Note camera is from Sony not from China.

  25. arinium
    February 27, 2015

    Thank you Andi! I loved all photos except one: the final corridor one with bright lights. Anyway the rest look super high quality!

  26. Asma Shahzadi
    February 27, 2015

    I adore my cam on MX4, a tad miserable with the absence of OIS. This is China camera?

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2015

      The Mi Note camera is from Sony not from China.