The camera is one of the biggest selling points of the Mi 9. It is Xiaomi’s first launch to sport three cameras on the rear – a 48MP primary camera paired with a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. At the front, there’s a 20MP selfie camera.
An LED flash accompanies the rear camera. You get several options such as HDR imaging, AI toggle, Beauty Mode, Pro Mode, Wide-angle Mode, and many filters. There’s also a dedicated button for the wide-angle mode on the left of the zoom toggle option. Plus, you get a Night Mode option for low-light settings.
In favourable light settings and daylight conditions, the phone can capture some stunning shots. The colour representation is accurate with lots of detail. The dynamic range of the camera is commendable. Images never look over-saturated or aggressively enhanced with the AI mode. Although the photos capture with 2x zoom lens depicts some noise, they have sufficient detail. As for the wide-angle shooter, it can deliver some good shots, provided you have a steady hand. Since the zoom and wide-angle lenses lack optical image stabilization on any of the rear cameras, the image quality gets affected. The Night Mode does an excellent job in capturing sufficient detail in tricky lighting conditions.
Coming to the 20MP selfie camera, it can deliver impressive results as well. You get plenty of beauty enhancement options such as skin smoothening, even skin tone, etc. The selfie camera is quick to lock focus and click images with decent colour representation. Although the results aren’t as great as the rear camera, it’s pretty impressive.
You can record 4k videos either at 30 or 60fps. You can also record FHD videos, slow-mo videos, and time-lapse videos. Thanks to the video stabilization feature, the videos come out looking great and focused.
While the camera certainly is no match to high-end Sony or Samsung phones, it is pretty impressive for a phone that costs under 35k.