The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 comes with a total of 4 cameras – two at the back and two at the front. Maybe not exactly the front since I will have to slide the phone to reveal the two selfie cameras.

Anyway, the specs for the cameras on the Mi Mix 3 are as below:

  • Dual rear-facing cameras
    • Main camera: 12MP f/1.8 with dual-pixel PDAF; 4-axis OIS
    • Telephoto: 12MP f/2.4 with 2x optical zoom
  • Dual selfie cameras
    • Main camera: 24MP f/2.2
    • Depth sensor: 2MP

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Speaking from my own personal preference, I like the telephoto lens. However, there are people who prefer an ultrawide angle camera instead. As for the selfie cameras, Xiaomi implemented a depth sensor to create bokeh selfies.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

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Rear-facing cameras

Let’s first take a look at some standard scenes that I test a smartphone with. It looks pretty okay in broad daylight, albeit the dynamic range is a little on the darker side.

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There’s a button to toggle to 2x optical zoom too – and once again, the picture still looks rather dark even in broad daylight.

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Then I turned on the AI mode by a single touch. That instantly fixes the issues that I have with the overall exposure of the image, which automatically enabled HDR through the AI mode. It made the photo very good-looking! Saturation has also been increased.

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For indoor shots, we can see that the Mi Mix 3’s telephoto camera does not perform that well because of the f/2.4. The shutter speed was prolonged so much that some details were lost.

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However, the main camera is able to take this picture with its f/1.8. It was dimly-lit, by the way.

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I took the Mi Mix 3 to shoot some pictures while the sun is setting and the result is a little mixed. The colors of the picture felt a little mushy and bland. It’s underexposed and the white balance also seem to have shifted to the blue side.

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Then comes the night shots. If we just use take the picture with or without AI mode, then the images turned out to be really noisy.

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But the Mi Mix 3 has a night mode. It functions similarly to Huawei P20, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and also the HONOR View20’s night mode – prolonged exposure for the shot while lowering ISO even when handheld.

The stabilization on the Mi Mix 3 is done really well. The noise level is pretty minimal other than the dark night sky itself. Though, the picture turned out to be oversaturated and oversharpened but it does look absolutely stunning for social media.

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Comparing the indoor shots taken with the Mi Mix 3’s main and telephoto camera, there is a noticeable difference in quality. Take a look at these 2 pictures below.

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Taken with the main camera.
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Taken with the telephoto camera.

Selfie cameras

Now, I’m not a huge fan of selfies – but the Mi Mix 3 does have two selfie cameras – one for capture the image itself and another depth sensor. I took this random selfie and it actually looks pretty good. I however, look completely wrecked.

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Camera UI

The camera UI did not change much from other Xiaomi smartphones that we reviewed. It still has the same general design overall, but with some changes.

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The “straighten” feature is still one of my favorite. It is only found on Xiaomi smartphones – no matter how low-end or high-end they are – which is fantastic and useful for those who have an OCD on how straight the photos are (like me).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 camera UI

One new feature that I found is enabling the option to display which parts of the image is in critical focus, or “peak focus” as Xiaomi calls it. This is absolutely useful for manual mode photography as it shows which part of the image is in focus.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 camera UI

The selfie camera has this beauty mode but unfortunately, it is not fully translated just yet. I have no idea what it does, but from the looks of it – it ‘augments” my face to look even prettier.

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A very useful feature for someone who looks as wrecked as I am in this screenshot.

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