Xiaomi 13 Ultra: Great Camera Performance, But Not #1

Xiaomi 13 Ultra: Great Camera Performance, But Not #1

When the Xiaomi 13 Ultra was announced last April, there was much hype about it for being a camera beast. We can’t blame people either: aside from having a partnership with Leica, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra pushes camera hardware to the limits by having four 50-megapixel camera sensors in the back–which explains the very large camera module in the back. That setup consists of a 1-inch IMX989 sensor with an f/1.9-4.0 variable aperture and three IMX858 sensors–one as an ultra-wide, one as a 3.2x short telephoto camera, and one as a 10x long telephoto camera.

The question remains: how does the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s camera fare in tests like DxOMark? In its assessment, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra scored 140 in its camera test, which puts it in 14th place. This makes the Xiaomi 13 Ultra have the same score as the Galaxy S23 Ultra and vivo X90 Pro+ and a point below the Xiaomi 11 Ultra.

Don’t get us wrong: while the Xiaomi 13 Ultra didn’t manage to match rivals like the Magic5 Pro, Find X6 Pro, or even the P60 Pro, it is still a great performer as a flagship device. So what makes the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s camera–and what needs to be improved?

For the pros, DxoMark lauded the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s performance in low-light conditions, which is credited to the large sensors used for all four cameras and the bright aperture openings they have to offer. In addition to that, The Xiaomi 13 Ultra keeps subjects sharp and detailed even in motion, which shows that its autofocus system is fast and accurate.

Looking through the cons, DxOMark pointed out that one of the issues the Xiaomi 13 Ultra needs to improve on is its consistency in post-processing. This issue is seen in both video and photo, and Xiaomi can address this through future software updates.

Currently, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is available only in China and Europe and is expected to be made available in more countries in the coming months.

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