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Xiaomi Mi 5X vs Xiaomi Mi 6 Camera Shootout: Can A Cheaper Model Be As Good As A Flagship?

by Joe 27

Xiaomi Mi 5X was announced back in July to cater the needs of a cheaper dual camera smartphone in the market. The idea behind the smartphone was simple, use a similar dual camera setup as the Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship and put it inside a mid-ranger, with decent specs. So, the Mi 5X (full specs here) isn’t as powerful as the Mi 6, but its camera is still quite capable, thanks to the sensors inside. The cheaper price also makes it available to a much wider crowd with a limited budget.

xiaomi mi 5x vs xiaomi mi 6

On first glance, the dual camera setups on both the phones seem identical. But the setup is much more different than what you may realize, as the sensors inside the Mi 5X are not from Sony or Samsung, instead they are from OmniVision (OV). The basic specs remain the same, like one 12MP sensor with 1.25µm pixel size and another one with 12MP 1.0µm pixel size. But the sensor manufacturer, as well as the apertures, are different than what’s used inside the Mi 6.

The table below should give you a good idea about the setups used by both the devices.

 Xiaomi Mi 5X
 Xiaomi Mi 6
 
TYPEWide Angle
TelephotoWide AngleTelephoto
SENSOR OV12A10OV13880IMX386S5K3M3
RESOLUTION12MP12MP12MP12MP
SENSOR SIZE1/2.8"?1/2.9"1/2.9"
PIXEL SIZE 1.25um1um1.25um1um
APERTUREf/2.2f/2.6f/1.8f/2.6
OTHER FEATURES2X Optical Zoom
Dual LED Flash
2X Optical Zoom
Dual LED Flash
4-axis OIS

 

The Mi 5X’s primary OV12A10 comes with a slightly larger 1/2.8″ sensor as compared to IMX386 (1/2.9″). The aperture on the Mi 6 is bigger though, f/1.8 vs f/2.2.

When it comes to the real life performance of both the handsets, it’s quite similar. But there are a few differences seen in these samples as well. For example, on most occasions, the Xiaomi Mi 6 had much sharper images. It was even more evident when you zoom into the pictures. But interestingly, the Mi 5X managed to take brighter images.

In terms of color saturation, the Mi 5X seems to be better. However, sometimes, the pictures look over saturated, different from what it looks in real life. So, if you are someone who likes images which are closer to reality, the Mi 6 is a better option.

Portrait mode is better on the Mi 6 as the object tracking on the Mi 5X is not as good as its elder sibling. The colors on the portraits are much more natural, unlike the Mi 5X which captures somewhat whitish images (kind of what we see in beauty mode).

Low light images are much sharper with the Mi 6. The f/1.8 aperture lets in more light and therefore we get more details as well. However, once again, the Mi 5X tends to take brighter images, although they are not as sharp as the Mi 6.

To conclude, the Xiaomi Mi 6 does well in this comparison but so does the Mi 5X. Despite being almost $150 cheaper, the Mi 5X manages to keep up with Xiaomi Mi 6’s camera on most occasions. It won’t be as sharp as the flagship model, but it’s capable of capturing high-quality images, making it one of the top camera phones in its price segment.

 

 

Check out the Xiaomi Mi 5X vs Xiaomi Mi 6 camera images down below and let me know which phone do you think takes better images. I have added zoomed in images of the samples whenever possible.

 

You can download the above images in full resolution from here.

 

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    • Harsh

      Why you are showing this everybody knows how bad xiaomi camera is.

      • eliHd

        True story. Xiaomi have rubbish camera even in their flagship phones.

        • Flipp0

          The camera on MI6 is not rubbish. At least as good if not better than OP5.

        • balcobomber25

          The Mi6 compared to Samsung S8 or LG G6 it isn’t as good (although even that is debatable) but compared to other $400 flagships it is excellent.

          • eliHd

            Am not comparing it to s8. Even if you compare mi6 cameras to s7 the s7 camera raped mi 6 cameras.

            • balcobomber25

              The S7 was a $700+ phone and has almost the same camera as the S8. I would hope it’s better with how much was invested in it.

          • NextHype

            OP5 is selling under $400. You really think Mi6 cam is on par with OP5 ? Do you have any source backing that ?
            If true it would be a massive scam from OP and DxO Mark (hardly believable atm).

            • balcobomber25

              Android Central did a detailed head to head of both phones (they proclaimed the Mi6 the better overall phone) but here are the details on the camera:

              Zoom:
              “When using 2x zoom, the OnePlus 5 camera tends to overblow colors, with the end result looking unnatural. The Mi 6 does a much better job, producing images with accurate colors and a decent amount of detail.”

              Portrait Mode:
              “Portrait Mode is a hit-and-miss affair on the OnePlus 5. You’ll need to shoot a few images to come up with one that’s passable, and even then the camera tends to blur out the edges. The Mi 6 fares slightly better in this regard — the camera manages to blur out the background uniformly.”

              Overall:
              “Overall, it’s easy to see that the OnePlus 5’s camera isn’t quite there yet. Colors tend to be overblown, and there’s a lot of noise in scenes with low or artificial lighting — the lack of OIS clearly makes a huge difference. The company has rolled out two updates this week alone, but there’s a lot of work to be done in terms of image processing before the phone can hold its own in this segment. The Mi 6 certainly has the edge (for now), but it’ll be interesting to see what sort of updates OnePlus rolls out over the coming weeks and months to improve the camera experience.”

              Like I said the Mi6 is comparable to other budget flagships. The OP5 has had a few updates that have improved the camera performance, but so has the Mi6. Also DxOmark has never tested a Xiaomi phone in depth.

            • NextHype

              I just read this article and I’m a bit perplex.
              First of all, OP5 has been tested without OIS update so that doesn’t reflect actual performances of the camera.
              Secondly, guys at Android Central clearly are geeks, who know what they’re talking about when it comes to hardware and android, but clearly lack of professionnalism when it comes to testing a camera. Shooting in auto mode their desk and keyboard isn’t what I would call a proper protocol 😉
              Thirdly, I wouldn’t give the same conclusions when looking at the same pictures : I wouldn’t say OP5 overblow colors, I’d say Mi6 fade colors. I’m curious about what they could say of a S7/S8 pic with slightly saturated colors due to Samsung image processing…
              Fourthly, they give way to much importance to 2x zoom IMHO, that’s not what you’re testing at first when you have a smartphone in your hands. Except if you know that Mi6 zoom is better and you’re trying to make a point…

              The only proper way to solve this would be to spend 2 hours together with an OP5 and a MI6 but it won’t be possible 😉

              As a matter of fact we can reliably assume :

              – One Plus profite from Oppo’s technological advance on smartphone camera hardware implementation and software processing
              – From Mi3 to Mi5, Xiaomi delivered average camera performances
              – Tracing a line between what’s flagship grade and what’s not isn’t a good way to compare things : having a serious protocol is better (but sadly Dxo Mark never tested a Xiaomi device)

            • balcobomber25

              OP5 has been tested without OIS. OP5 doesn’t have OIS, they had an EIS update. There is no update that can give you OIS, it is a physical component.

              Android Central is only one site though, multiple others that compared the two all came to similar conclusions. The cameras are about equal.

            • NextHype

              After a bit of browsing, reviewers from android authority, forbes (lol, OK…), igeekphone, etc… are saying Xiaomi did a lot of progress between Mi5 and Mi6 in the camera department.

              You should check C4ETech youtube comparison of Mi6 and OP5 cameras, its quite interesting and doesn’t look biased if you mute the sound xD it appears both devices have pretty similar camera performances…

            • balcobomber25

              C4eTech is one of my favorite YT Channels.

            • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

              am bit surprised u are following Indian channel..thought u would be following more of Android central,AA,tech4magnet,the Verge..etc…or may be u do follow all of above also?

            • balcobomber25

              I follow a lot but the main ones I watch are:

              C4eTech (I have been following this one for a few years now and have met Ash a few times)
              S7yler
              TechLineHD
              Colonel Zap (not really active anymore but used to be great for Cheap Chinese phones)
              TechTablets
              mayiandjay
              Gadgetstouse
              Gadgetdiary
              iGyann
              Flossy Carter

              There are a few others too. I do a lot of work in India, and I work in the tech industry, so I have to keep up with what is going on in the Indian market.

            • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

              nice..i also follow the above mentioned except the last one..”Flossy..”

            • balcobomber25

              Flossy is a character. He can be hilarious at times, he can be vulgar at times but it’s always enterntaining.

              But he also does excellent reviews. What I like about him is he doesn’t get caught up in benchmarks or meaningless stats, he focuses on the phone itself and how it works in normal usage.

      • Sansa

        Mi6 has no band 20, case closed.

        • AbdulB1

          Try unlocking

          • Sansa

            I think that is not possible on mi6 and most phones.

            • AbdulB1

              not even with qualcomm tools?

            • Sansa

              Would have to google it deep, but not sure really.

            • AbdulB1

              xda might be helpful

    • Ionut Johnny

      True colours on the Mi 6, not like on the Samsung over saturated, cartoonish pictures.

    • balcobomber25

      The OV13880 is a 1/2.4 inch sensor size. It’s good to see them using OV sensors in the 5x.

    • vijay sud

      No camera samples from front cam ?
      Wonder how the selfie cams are in both.

    • NextHype

      Colors are faded… low-light shots are blurry and noisy.
      Looks like some 2014 smartphone pics.
      Well done Xiaomi.

    • alan

      mi 6 should launch in india on sept 5 not mi 5x

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