Photography and video
Xiaomi Mi 9T is equipped with a rich photography set, in the configuration that I enjoy a lot, due to its universality. We can find here – besides the main, 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 1/2” matrix with an f/1.75 lens – there is a wide-angle camera with 13 megapixels and an impressive 128.4 degree field of view. Their work is supported by an 8-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens and an f/2.4 aperture – the same as in the wide-angle camera. The front, extendable camera has 20 megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture. What photos and videos does it take?
I will answer this right away – for the price segment of Mi 9T it is great. To be straightforward: during the day it is great, there is basically nothing to complain about. Colours and details are represented in a grea way, HDR works as it should and the autofocus is really fast. HDR can work automatically and we can leave it in this setting, because the camera does turn it on exactly when it can be useful.
The AI recognizes scenes nicely, but I leave the decision of using it up to you. Sometimes it provides a much better effect than the “pure” auto and sometimes it does not. Unless we will take a photo we will not know this.
The resolution of 48 megapixels is a more of a bells and whistles thing, because photos taken after connecting pixels in 12 Mpx – besides the dimensions and the size of the file – will not give way to those with the higher resolution. Provided that you do not zoom too much – it is not worth it.
The wide-angle camera impresses us with its field of view and it does not attack us with the eye-fish effect, it does not deform the image too much. The camera with the telephoto lens gives no reason to complain either, though it only offers a 2x zoom. In both cases we must remember about weaker (though it is natural) light of both lenses and take correction when taking photos in weaker lighting.
When it comes to the telephoto lens – we must be careful because in weaker lighting the camera will make a zoom – but with the main matrix, and not the telephoto one. In order to be sure that we are using the tele lens we just need to cover the first camera from the top – ironically, the one on the separate frame with the 48 Mpx written next to it...
Night photos come out weaker and we still can see the distance between flagships and middle-shelf guys. The night mode can be useful, but rather in an urban photography. When it is really dark - the photo will come out much worse than from the auto mode. You can forget about photos of the Moon...
But when there are some lights - the camera will nicely dim them, it will expose the background - and we will receive a nice photo. Here, just like in the case of an AI, it is best to take two photos - one in the auto mode, and the second in the dedicated mode - and after that enhance them and remove the worse of the pair. Alternatively - we can use a tripod and a night mode, which will ensure a better effect, provided that we will not overdue with sensitivity.
Additional functions - like panorama or the background blurring - work without any problems, but I will add that in the second case we can use additional effects of simulating a studio lighting or blurring in patterns, even animating it. However, we have already seen it in previous Xiaomi models.
The front camera can blur the background as well, but because it does it only digitally, it will not always cut out the portrayed face from the background. Still - we can be rather pleased with selfies, remembering about the typical tendency of front cameras to overexposing a bright background.
When it comes recording videos it is nice, but the stabilization could have worked better. Sometimes, while recording in 4K we can notice some slight distortions in the smoothness of a video. Basically it is not that bad - but the competition can record videos better. Recording in slow-motion is problematic as well. In the strongest mode - 960 frames per second - only the last part of the 10-second shot is slowed. It is difficult to hit the desired moment, and before we can take the next shot - we need to wait several seconds for the image to compile. This limitation is not present when recording in 120/140 frames per second.
|Xiaomi Mi 9T - sample video
video: GSMchoice.com, via YouTube
The camera interface is characteristic for MIUI add-ons - it is simple, clear, readable. We switch between modes with gestures, additional settings (including Google Lens) can be found under the “hamburger” button, there are colour filters, timer, square photos or Tilt-Shift.