Xiaomi's Answer To Samsung

Xiaomi's Answer To Samsung

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is widely considering  to have the best camera setup right now   better than the iPhones and the Pixels  of the world. But there's a new guy in   the town who wants to take this crown from  the S22 Ultra with the help of two prominent   players in the camera game, Sony and Leica. I'm talking about the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The   company unveiled the phone today in China and  this phone has the largest image sensor on any   smartphone and the largest individual pixels  that are available on any smartphone today.  

Just in case you don't know, a bigger sensor size  has a cleaner look compared to a smaller sensor.   It's the first and most vital thing you would  like to think about in a camera that will have   the most powerful impact on your images  and video. So bigger the better here.   Similarly, larger pixels produce greater  light sensitivity which means they will   perform better in low light conditions, it will  have less noise and better dynamic range.  

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra beats the S22 Ultra in both  these categories. The sensor size on the 12S Ultra   is the world's biggest sensor that has even been  put on a smartphone, and that's 1". Basically,   we're entering a DSLR territory here. Some of  you might remember, didn't Sony use a 1" sensor   for their Xperia Pro phone a few months ago?  Well, that's right! But that was a different   sensor.

The problem with that phone was the  Sensor wasn't custom-built for that phone.   I mean, even though it was a 1" sensor, the lens  wasn't big enough to take full advantage of   this sensor. So the effective sensor size came  down to 1/1.3", similar to the S22 Ultra.   But that will not be the case with the 12S  Ultra because the Sony sensor they are using   is custom-built for phones, where this phone  will reportedly use the whole thing. Of course,   it won’t turn a phone into a DSLR, but it could be  a huge step up from the typical smartphone camera.   And the camera samples that Xiaomi shared  look phenomenal with great low light shots,   natural bokeh, lots of detail, great  HDR, and more. Of course, Xiaomi must   have used expensive camera equipment and a  professional photographer to take these photos, but still, these samples look awesome.

On top of it, the phone has anti-glare lens   coating, lens edge ink coating,  cyclic olefin copolymer material,   and an infrared light filter with spin coating  technology. Half of it, I don't know either, but   they are just fancy technology names that will get  you a clearer overall picture across the lens.   In addition to the hardware improvements, Xiaomi  has also packed a couple of new software features   that are two new photographic styles — Leica  Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look. As the   name suggests, one mode delivers natural  imagery while the other one will enhance   the colors.

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Also new is this phone is the first  Android device to bring Dolby Vision HDR videos   for both video recording and playback. So the  recordings will be pleasant to look at.   Camera aside, the Mi 12S Ultra otherwise  has the typical hallmarks of a flagship   phone with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.  The phone is aggressively priced in   China and it is expected to launch globally in  the coming weeks, although the global prices   will be a little higher than these Chinese  ones.

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