Xiaomi Mi Note 3, the mid-range smartphone of the Chinese company, scored 90 points in the tests of DxOMark Labs. The phone has achieved the highest score in history with a Xiaomi smartphone, which places it next to HTC U11 and Google Pixel.
The Mi Note 3 features the same dual rear camera configuration that is also found in the company’s flagship Mi 6 smartphone. It has two 12 megapixel rear cameras with a wide-angle lens and another telephoto lens for a 2x optical zoom. The main 12 megapixel sensor has an aperture f / 1.8 and a pixel width of 1.25 microns. It has a phase detection autofocus, two-tone LED flash and supports 4K video recording at 30 fps.
In the DxOMark tests, the My Note 3 obtained a general score of 90 and the secondary score of 94 and 82 respectively. It has been found to have fast and accurate autofocus with generally accurate exposure. Its zoom capabilities and bokeh effect are also being appreciated by reviewers at DxOMark.
However, the lack of optical image stabilization seems to harm the camera in low light conditions. DxOMark observes that the finest details are lost in low light conditions with a fade of visible color. The phone also shows visible noises in the shadow areas in bright light conditions.
The video recording does not look like one of the assets of My Note 3 with DxOMark saying it records ‘under detail in all conditions’. Its fast autofocus, reliable exposure and accurate white balance count despite visible frame drops.
While Chinese smartphone manufacturers have managed to match the likes of Apple and Samsung in terms of hardware design and build quality, they have not yet delivered the camera’s performance to the most iconic Apple, Samsung or Google devices. . Except for Huawei, which receives technical support from Leica, all other Chinese smart phone manufacturers offer the latest sensors on their phones, but often result in poor or deficient image quality.
Prior to the launch of OnePlus 5, OnePlus agreed with DxOMark to improve the performance of their flagship device’s camera. While the results are good for their price, it does not match that of the more premium smartphones.
With the DxOMark score of 90, Xiaomi has compared Google Pixel, HTC U11, and has even knocked down iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 and OnePlus 5. However, it is way behind Google Pixel 2 and the overall score of Apple iPhone X of 98 and 97 respectively. For Xiaomi and other Chinese smart phone manufacturers, the elusive goal would be to match or improve their American and Korean rivals in the camera department.