Xiaomi Mi 3 Vs Xiaomi Mi 4: Winners And Sinners: Still Camera

By 03:25 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


Photo quality

Xiaomi Mi 3 and Xiaomi Mi 4 rely on Sony-made sensors with identical field of view. The only incompatibility between the two cameras is the aperture size - Mi 3 is set at f/2.2, while the Mi 4 is wider at f/1.8. Theoretically this will assist Mi 4 produce better quality pictures in shot in low-light conditions.

The flash of the Mi 4 has also been altered - instead of the dual-LED the Mi 3 features, the Mi 4 comes with a single-LED flash, but bigger in size.

Xiaomi Mi 3's capturing camera resolves plenty of detail. The colors are somewhat oversaturated and the white balance sometimes is off, but overall, the Mi 3 image quality is great. The noise levels are a bit higher than we would have liked though.











Xiaomi Mi 3 capturing camera samples

Just like the Mi 3, the Xiaomi Mi 4's capturing camera resolves plenty of detail, color reproduction is accurate and the white balance is correct most of the time. We noticed small oversharpening here and there (the street lamps), but not enough to ruin the remarkable impressions. The noise levels are above what we'd call standard, higher than Mi 3's even at ISO 100, and that's especially noticeable in the shadows or in the sky.











Xiaomi Mi 4 capturing camera samples

Despite the higher noise levels, we would rate both the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Xiaomi Mi 4 cameras as excellent in daylight. We would pick the Mi 4's capturing camera before the Mi 3 becautilize of its more natural white balance, the Mi 3 prefers colder settings.


We snapped a sample in low-light conditions and this is where the Xiaomi Mi 4 and its wider aperture really makes a difference. Both shooters utilize the same shutter speed, but Mi 4 ISO is lower becautilize of the wider aperture and thus the quality of its sample is better. We should mention though that the Mi 4 autofocus in low-light scenes is often off, while the Mi 3 capturing camera gets it right.




Low-light: Xiaomi Mi 3 • Xiaomi Mi 4

The HDR on both phones is conservative and rescues both the highlights and shadows without making the contrast too low.






Xiaomi Mi 3 HDR off • Xiaomi Mi 3 HDR on • Xiaomi Mi 4 HDR off • Xiaomi Mi 4 HDR on

Also, check out our Photo comparison tool that pits the two phones against each other.





Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4 in our photo compare tool

Winner: Xiaomi Mi 4. The Mi 4 capturing camera has an edge over the Mi 3 with the wider aperture and better white balance.


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