Xiaomi has announced their all new flagship at the MWC 2016, and it is finally arrived in India. The Mi 5 is a compelling offer in terms of the design and the specs on paper and shares a common design that we have seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7. It has a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor which is claimed to be the fastest chipset from Qualcomm till now. Another of the major improvement in the Xiaomi’s flagship this year is in the camera. So we decided to put it against its pricey rival, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Here is the sum up of the camera performance of both the smartphones and their common camera samples.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Camera Hardware

The camera hardware on both the smartphones is not at all alike in terms of megapixels, sensors and more. The Mi 5 comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera and a 4-megapixel secondary camera. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

Camera Hardware Table

Coming to the nitty-gritty of the camera, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with an aperture of f/2.0 on the primary camera and the secondary camera, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features f/1.7 aperture on both the primary and the secondary cameras of the device. Moreover, S7 Edge comes with SLSI_S5K2L1 (Samsung’s sensor) whereas the Mi 5 has Sony IMX298 sensor.

Model Galaxy S7 Edge
Rear Camera 16 Megapixel (4608 x 3456 pixels) 12.9 MP (4032x3024p)
Front Camera 4 Megapixel (2688x 1512 pixels)5.04 MP (2592x1944p)
Sensor ModelSony IMX298SLSI_S5K2L1
Sensor Type (Rear Camera)CMOSCMOS
Sensor Type (Front Camera)-ISOCELL
Sensor Size (Rear Camera)5.95 x 3.35 mm-
Sensor Size (Front Camera)5.44 x 3.072 mm3.2 x 2.4 mm
Aperture Size (Rear Camera)F/2.0F/1.7
Aperture Size (Front Camera)F/2.0F/1.7
Flash Type Dual LEDDual LED
Video Resolution (Rear Camera) 3840 x 2160 pixels3840 x 2160 pixels
Video Resolution (Front Camera)1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Slow Motion Recording YesYes
4K Video Recording YesYes
Lens Type (Rear Camera)PDAF
DTI technology
4-axis OIS
6 Element Lens
Phase Detection with Dual Pixel Auto Focus,
Lens Type (Front Camera)Wide angle 80 degree-

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge & Xiaomi Mi 5 Camera Software

The camera software on both the phones is very different in comparison to each other. Mi 5 uses the MiUi camera app that looks pretty simple and neat if compared to the Samsung’s camera software. But if you look at the number of modes, Samsung goes way ahead in numbers.

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Xiaomi Mi 5

As far as usability is concerned, a new user will be happier in using the Xiaomi Mi 5’s camera software as it comes with no non-sense to make it look clumsy. Samsung uses the same old camera UI that we have seen in each of its phone costing Rs. 15K to Rs. 60K.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Camera Performance

The performance of the camera on both these smartphones is really good for their price. You can spot minor differences in the pictures from both the phones in natural light or even in good lighting conditions. But when it comes to low light photography, Galaxy S7 Edge leaves the Mi 5 camera ages behind. The autofocus on S7 Edge is much faster and accurate, that makes it more advanced compared to Mi 5.

Mi 5 does a fair job if we look at the details and colours, but the Galaxy S7 Edge leaves no margin for error in this case too. It would not be fair on our part to go into much deeper details comparing both the cameras. One thing worth mentioning is the excellent stability of Mi 5 that works better than the S7 edge in some cases.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera Samples

Front Camera Samples

Rear Camera Samples

Xiaomi Mi 5 Camera Samples

Front Camera Samples

Rear Camera Samples

Verdict

Overall, photos from both the camera in daylight came out to be great and comparable. We cannot rate any of the camera as bad, because both the cameras are great looking at their price. But we cannot ignore that the low light performance of Galaxy S7 Edge takes over the whole competition. The Xiaomi Mi 5 camera also does a good job, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 has some extra additions in the technology that make it better than the Mi 5.