Xiaomi Mi9 camera beats out the iPhone XS Max in DxO Mark test

Feb 22, 2019

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Xiaomi Mi9 camera beats out the iPhone XS Max in DxO Mark test

Feb 22, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Xiaomi, a Chinese iPhone competitor, has beat out iPhone in the latest round of camera comparison. Well, at least according to the DxOMark tests. Comparing the new Xiaomi Mi9 and the iPhone XS Max, DxOMark ranked the Xiaomi higher, with the 107 overall score compared to the iPhone’s score of 105.

DxOMark says that the Mi 9 is the best Xiaomi device they’ve tested so far. It scored 112 points for photo and 99 for video. For comparison, the iPhone X Max scored 110 points for photo and 96 for video.

According to the tests, the Mi9 beats the iPhone X Max in flash and zoom with a pretty big difference in points. It’s also better when it comes to exposure, color rendering, noise, and bokeh. On the other hand, the iPhone X Max was scored as better at autofocusing, as well as texture and artifacts. The overall photo score is 112 for the Mi9 and 100 for the iPhone XS Max.

When it comes to the video score, color, autofocus, and texture were rated as better in the Xiaomi Mi9. But, the iPhone XS Max won the categories of exposure, texture, noise, and artifacts. Still, the overall video score is 112 for the Mi9 and 96 for the iPhone XS Max.

Interestingly enough, the DxOMark didn’t specify the “selfie score” of the Xiaomi Mi9, but the iPhone X Max’s is 82. Yes, DxOMark tests that now, too.

Here are the key specs of both phones’ cameras:

Xiaomi Mi9:

  • Triple-camera setup
  • Primary: 48Mp 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 quad-sensor with 0.8µm pixels, f/1.75-aperture lens, 26mm-equivalent focal length
  • Tele: 12Mp 1/3.4-inch Samsung S5K3M5 sensor with 1.0µm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, 50mm-equivalent focal length
  • Super-wide-angle: 16Mp 1/3-inch Sony IMX481 sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens, 17mm-equivalent focal length
  • PDAF/laser autofocus
  • LED flash
  • 2160p/60fps video (2160p/30fps in default mode)

iPhone XS Max

  • Dual-camera setup
  • 12Mp main camera with 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4µm pixels) and six-element f/1.8-aperture lens, 26mm equivalent focal length
  • 12Mp secondary 2x tele-camera with 1/3.4″ sensor (1.0µm pixels) and six-element f/2.4-aperture lens, 52mm equivalent focal length
  • Optical image stabilization on both lenses
  • Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Quad-LED dual-tone flash
  • 4K video at 30/60 fps, 1080p at up to 240 fps

You can check out the details on DxOMark’s website, for the iPhone XS Max here and the Xiaomi Mi9 here. Although the score isn’t much higher for the Mi9, it still beats up the latest iPhone in terms of camera. And considering that the iPhone XS Max costs $1,100 and the Mi9 will likely be around $450… Well, I think we have a winner. Well, at least in my opinion, since I would never buy an expensive smartphone.

[via Cult of Mac]

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7 responses to “Xiaomi Mi9 camera beats out the iPhone XS Max in DxO Mark test”

  1. Fede Opfinger Avatar
    Fede Opfinger

    Xiaomi makes great phones, and keep them updated, they don’t force you to get new models by software obsolescence.

  2. Hungry Dan Avatar
    Hungry Dan

    Mi9 has no OIS. Video score was tested with 4k in Mi9 but DxO only tested 1080 in XS.

  3. Charlie Muller Avatar
    Charlie Muller

    Doesn’t have the same OS and it’s Android – how can it compare…???
    COME ON!!!

    1. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
      Chainsaw Charlie

      Both have cameras.

    2. Marko Avatar
      Marko

      So if it’s Android we should not compere it to Apple? That darn convenient for Apple don’t you think? :-)

  4. Marko Avatar
    Marko

    It is quite childish to call competitors CHINESE. We are not in the 90’s, get with the program. Almost all Apple components are made in China too. It’s just another country that makes amazing products.

    1. MaxPower Avatar
      MaxPower

      Not to mention that both Apple and Xiaomi phones are made in the same factory