Cameras

Another thing that differs drastically between the Mi 8 Lite and the Mi A2 is the cameras. The Mi 8 Lite has these specs for the cameras:

  • Dual rear-facing cameras
    • 12MP f/1.9 dual-pixel PDAF
    • 5MP f/2.0 depth sensor
  • Selfie camera
    • 24MP

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Let’s take a look at the pictures that I’ve taken with the Mi 8 Lite. You can have a look at the full metadata at our full album at ShutterFly. We’re no longer using Flickr since they changed their terms of service.

Rear-facing cameras

Honestly, the camera is actually quite decent. The depth sensor here separated the subject in focus with the background very nicely, though it does mean you’ll need to be in a brightly lit condition.

Even with a simple point and shoot, the picture turned out to be quite good. White balance is good, color saturation looks quite good as well. The dynamic range is a little wonky as the trees shown here are a little too dark.

Taking pictures indoors prove to be a little difficult as well. The Mi 8 Lite tends to favor long shutter speeds which makes the pictures very susceptible to blur because of an unsteady hand. But if you do get to balance your hands and take a picture, it actually looks good.

Then comes the night shots. There’s no better way to say this but to describe the picture as just noisy, though still very usable for social media.

The AI mode and HDR mode are still mutually exclusive, which means you can manually turn on or off for each modes. We did give it a try and did not realize much of a difference in most modes. The obvious difference here is color saturation when it comes to food. Take a look at my McD fries.

Selfie camera

I have to say, the selfie camera on this phone is just mediocre. There is no autofocus here and the selfie camera is slow even if the place is bright. Once again, it favors long shutter speeds which can cause a lot of blur in pictures.

Camera UI

Still the same as Mi A2 here. Nothing has changed. The Mi 8 Lite does have a proper manual mode here as it has the options to change ISO and shutter speed. It’s quite diverse too, as the ISO ranges from 100 to 3200, and the shutter speed ranges from 1/1000s to 32s. Though, the Mi 8 Lite does not take RAW images in format.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Camera UI

It’s a camera UI that works – and great for point and shoots. My favorite feature, straighten, is still here too.