Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has launched their latest smartphone today in India, and it is the biggest phone from Xiaomi so far. Though it has been already launched in China but Indian launch was still awaited.  This device comes with a massive 6.44-inch of display and a 4850mAh battery. It is powered by a snapdragon 650 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Spec wise it’s quite similar to it’s sibling Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Thus we bring to you a dedicated camera review of the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Camera Hardware Table

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Model Xiaomi Mi Max
Rear Camera 16 Megapixel
Front Camera 5 Megapixel
Sensor Model
Sensor Type (Rear Camera) CMOS
Sensor Type (Front Camera)
Focal Length (Rear Camera) 3.6mm
Focal Length (Front Camera) 24mm
Aperture Size (Rear Camera) f/2.0
Aperture Size (Front Camera) f/2.0
Flash Type Dual-Tone LED
Video Resolution (Rear Camera) 3840 x 3456 p
Video Resolution (Front Camera) 2592 x 1944 p
Slow Motion Recording Yes
4K Video Recording Yes
Lens Type (Rear Camera) 5-Element Lens
Lens Type (Front Camera) Wide Angle Lens

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Xiaomi Mi Max Camera Software

The Mi Max has got a lot of features in it’s camera app. It has got a good set of filters and other handful features like HDR, Beautify, Panorama, Fish-eye, Tilt shift and etc. The main camera is also neat and clean with just very few options like flash on/off and HDR. Swipe right for the filters and swiping left takes you to the others options.

Mi Max Camera app

Camera Modes

The Mi Max offers modes such as beautify, panorama, slow motion, fish-eye, tilt-shift and HDR.

HDR Sample

Mi Max Cam HDR

Panorama Sample

PANO Mi Max Cam

Low Light Sample

Mi Max Cam (10)

Fish Eye Sample

Mi Max Cam Fisheye

Xiaomi Mi Max Camera Samples

Front Camera Samples

The Mi Max comes with a 5 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera takes crisp and detailed shots in daylight condition but struggles in low light condition. The selfies with extreme low light had a fair amount of noise.

Rear Camera Samples

The Mi Max comes with a 16 MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. We took pictures in various lighting conditions to test the camera. The images were best during natural lighting.

Artificial Light

In artificial light, the pictures on the Mi Max came out to be good. The HDR mode on the device is quite good and the camera was quick to capture the images even in HDR mode. The focus was also nice due to the PDAF

Natural Light

The pictures in natural light were way better compared to the artificial lighting. The images were quite detailed and crisp. The colors were natural and the overall picture quality was much better. Just like most other devices, the camera worked great in natural lighting.

Low Light

The low light pictures on the Xiaomi Mi Max wasn’t that bad too. The dual-tone LED flash worked fine. Though the quality was nowhere near to the shots taken in natural lighting condition but the images came out to be good out when taken with a flash. The images taken in extreme low light condition where having a quite a bit of noise else the quality was good.

Xiaomi Mi Max Camera Verdict

Overall this phone doesn’t disappoint us in the camera department. The shots taken in natural lighting came out to be very good and detailed. The artificial light shots weren’t very great but weren’t bad either. The front camera takes quite detailed selfies in good light. The focus is quick and shutter speed is also quite fast. The images in low light could have been better but the overall quality of both the primary and secondary camera is reasonable.