Xiaomi should implement Google’s AI supported Super Res Zoom, see Ref. 1 (!) into the MIUI stock camera app, which is used in Pixel 3 to improve the quality of digitally zoomed in photos. The feature is called 'Sabre' in the Google Camera code. By using this multiframe based technology, the digital zoom could be enhanced to improve user experience and of course, the quality of digitally zoomed in photos, especially for the devices with the 48 MP sensors. This is especially the case if you compare cropped images ('zoomed in later') with what the ‘Sabre’ algorithms and multiframe processing produces.
Also, please actively use the collaboration between Xiaomi and light.co. If the camera app combined multiple shots from both cameras, this could improve overall picture quality when zooming as well.
Please also read post #5 for some additional thoughts, especially regarding the combination of optical and digital zoom to enhance picture quality and an improved user experience when zooming seamlessly from ultrawide to normal to tele focal lengths. This would bring the user experience close to a DSLR camera with a 17-50mm standard lens with a standard 12 MP photo output.
Yes: Yes, Xiaomi should improve the digital zoom capabilities, esp. for phones with 48 MP sensors and ultra-wide and tele lens camera modules.
No: No, I don’t use digital zoom and prefer to crop images (zoom in later).
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