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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples Review – Sony IMX 386 At Its Best

Yesterday, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 released along Mi NOte 3 and Xiaomi Notebook Pro. The phone is a masterpiece of art and has some incredible high-end specs. The only thing which we felt disappointed was the camera. Unlike, Mi Note 3, there isn’t any dual camera on the back but a single one. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 features a 12MP Sony IMX 386 rare camera with 1.25μm lens and four-axis optical image stabilization. But it doesn’t mean that a single rear camera has to be a total flop in dual cameras era. What if Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 camera samples are way better than most of the dual camera flagships? Well, it is true.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples – Stunning Images with 4-axis OIS

You see most of the dual camera flagships lack 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilization). Rather they make the secondary camera as an in-depth field sensor for the sharpness and image stabilization. Meanwhile, the other has an EIS (electronic image stabilization) in one of the dual cameras instead of featuring in both. This ruins the entire dual camera operation especially while shooting a video.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 design 1

A single camera especially a 12MP Sony IMX 386 with a 1.25μm lens can easily compete with some dual camera flagships. However, it’s a setback that the aperture is mediocre which is f/2.0. Xiaomi could have made the aperture larger f/1.8 as MIX 2 only has a single rear camera.

We personally think that Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is way better than Mi MIX 2 in camera performance. It’s just a small improvement in contrast to the first generation. Maybe there wasn’t enough space left under the hood to integrate a secondary camera as we had the high power 50 mW speaker + sound guiding tube along with hidden ultrasonic proximity sensor and Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology already occupying enough space.

Surprisingly, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 camera samples didn’t disappoint at all like its camera specs. The 4-axis OIS saved the day. Here are the camera samples are shown in the slider:

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples 3
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples 2
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples 1
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Camera Samples

As you can see, the images are pretty sharp, the contrast is perfect. The pictures maintain a natural look. Low light and shadow performance are also satisfying. The best part is that the image has a great in-depth performance like the dual cameras. As a prove you can clearly witness the ripples in the water, in one of the camera samples.

Our Verdict

To be honest, the camera hardware is not up to the mark considering a high-end flagship like Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. However, the camera samples are somewhat satisfying. If you want a Xiaomi phone with a great camera, consider the new Xiaomi Mi Note 3 with the best dual camera configuration in any Xiaomi smartphone.

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