Xiaomi Mi 9 camera test: truly impressive for the price


The Xiaomi Mi 9 may not be heading to the US, but it’s likely to be one of the most popular Android devices in Asia and Europe this spring since the phone packs most of the specs we’ve seen inside the Samsung Galaxy S10 for a mere €499. While Xiaomi phones have typically offered great performance with top of the line specs, camera performance has typically been sub-par when compared to other flagship devices. That doesn’t seem to be the case with this year’s Xiaomi Mi 9.

The camera specs include a triple camera on the back featuring a 48MP main sensor with a 27mm lens, a 12MP sensor with a 2X zoom lens and a 16MP that’s paired with a 13mm ultra-wide lens. Up front, Xiaomi’s thrown in a 20 MP sensor with an f/2.0 lens. We honestly weren’t expecting much when we started snapping pictures with this phone, but we were pleasantly surprised by the results. 

Xiaomi Mi 9 first impressions

Take a look at the phone and video samples we managed to capture with the Xiaomi Mi 9 and let us know what you think.

Xiaomi Mi 9 camera samples

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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