In the beginning of this year Xiaomi opened an in-house camera department and committed to provide premium image quality. Now, the Chinese company co-founder and President Lin Bin is teasing a photography monster. And he does so with modesty.
Lin Bin shared a close up of an upcoming Xiaomi phone – to be released in January, he says – and the “48 MP camera” label instantly drew the attention it deserved. He has used this phone for a few weeks and describes it as “not bad”.
The Sony IMX586 is a 48MP quad Bayer sensor that was announced in July. It’s a large 1/2” sensor, but it has so many pixels that each one measures just 0.8µm. The other option is the Samsung Bright GM1 48MP sensor from October. It also has 0.8µm pixels (no word on the sub-pixel matrix, however).
This kind of sensors use pixel binning to improve image quality, but their high pixel count also enables high-quality digital zoom.Still, Huawei put a dedicated telephoto module on the Mate 20 Pro, it would be interesting to see if Xiaomi does the same or if it follows Google’s mantra that one good camera can do everything with the right image processing.