DxOMark Scores Mid-Range Xiaomi Mi Note 3 90 Points


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Xiaomi Mi note 3 which was launched in September is the company’s latest flagship phablet. It packs excellent photography features and now, this device has been given a DxOMark score after series of tests. Before we go into the results, let us look at the detailed specification of its camera. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is equipped with a dual rear camera setup which has two 12MP cameras on the back. While the primary camera comes with a wide-angle lens at 27mm, f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilization, the secondary shooter is equipped with a 52mm f/2.6 lens which supports 2x optical zoom. Both cameras coupled with phase-detection autofocus and Dual-LED flash delivers acceptable images and videos in low-light conditions. In addition, this smartphone ships with a 16MP selfie snapper.

After considering all the nitty-gritty, this smartphone scored 90 points via DxOMark’s benchmarking process. Considering the scores, the video performance is slightly better than the image performance. It claimed 94 points and 82 points for video and image performances respectively. There are some good salient points that are worth mentioning in the scoring process. For images, DxOMark says that the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has a fast, accurate and repeatable autofocus, good zoom functionality and bokeh effects and much-reduced noise in photos. However, this camera doesn’t perform so well in low light conditions.

Shooting indoors, exposure and color remains strong and detail preservation is acceptable in static scenes.

On the other hand, the video aspect has its strength accuracy and white balance. Also acceptable are its image stabilization and autofocus. Nevertheless, capturing detail issues, frame drops and variations in image sharpness across multiple frames were the downsides of the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 video. In all of this, this smartphone scores higher than most of its competitors. With a price tag of about $384, it is not entirely the best choice but DxOMark concludes the camera of this phablet gives you a good run for your money.

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See more images from DxOMark’s test with its associated comments

In well-balanced lighting, the Mi Note 3 achieved many excellent exposures in our outdoor test scenes, rendering bold color and acceptable texture.
The Mi Note 3’s dual-tone flash module provides acceptable exposure with only minimal corner shading, but skin tones display a slightly green color cast.
In extreme low light (1 Lux), the Mi Note 3 slightly underexposes, with some noticeable corner shading evident, but images remain usable.
Levels of detail in static scenes is fairly low, but also pretty consistent between 20 to 1000 Lux. Expect less texture in scenes with motion, however, or in extreme low-light conditions, where the Mi Note 3 struggles to preserve fine detail in both static and motion scenes.
In natural test scenes, the bokeh effect is strong but pleasant, with good blur transitions and depth estimation rendering a pleasing overall result.
You can see the issue with green tones shooting color checker charts in the lab, with a distinct yellow tone visible in several lighting conditions.
This sample shows a slight yellowish color cast.
The Mi Note 3 captured multiple frames and applied tone mapping during processing to improve dynamic range in our HDR test scene.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3’s bokeh mode delivers excellent results for a mid-ranger.
Face detection helps the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 accurately expose the principal subject in our backlit-portrait test scene.
Clicking through to the large version of this image reveals ringing and fringing on high-contrast edges.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3’s color rendering is generally excellent for both outdoor and indoor images.
After defocusing and delaying for a short period (500ms) and for a longer period (2000ms) before requesting focus, the Mi Note 3 consistently found focus quickly and accurately in the lab, although some of our natural scene test shots were slightly out of focus.

Here’s the performance of other devices that passed through DxOMark recently.

DxO scores Photo score Video score TOTAL score
Google Pixel 2 99 96 98
Apple iPhone X 101 89 97
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 100 91 97
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 96 89 94
Samsung Galaxy Note8 100 84 94
Apple iPhone 8 93 90 92
HTC U11 90 89 90
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 94 82 90
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 82 84 83
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