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[Xiaomi] Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition Scores 121, The Highest Rating on DxOMark!

2019-11-05 14:28:37
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Hello Mi Fans,
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is Xiaomi’s newest high-end smartphone, featuring a 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and a very large 5260mAh battery. In the imaging department, it offers a penta-camera setup that should cover a very wide range of photographic applications. The primary wide-angle camera uses a 108MP Quad-Bayer sensor that produces 27MP image output. It is accompanied by a 20MP ultra-wide camera, and not one but two tele-lenses for optimized performance. The short telephoto provides a 2x zoom factor (50mm equivalent), and the long telephoto multiplies the primary camera’s equivalent focal length by approximately 3.5 (94mm-equivalent). There’s also a dedicated macro camera that our DXOMARK Camera test protocol does not cover.

Key camera specifications:
Penta-camera setup
  • Primary: 108MP sensor 1/1.33-inch sensor with 25mm-equivalent, f/1.69-aperture lens, OIS (27MP output resolution)
  • Short telephoto: 12.19MP 1/2.6-inch sensor with 50mm-equivalent, f/2-aperture lens
  • Long telephoto: 7.99M 1/3.6-inch sensor with 94mm-equivalent, f/2-aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 20.11MP 1/2.8-inch sensor with 16mm-equivalent, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: f/2.4 lens designed for close focus from 2 to 10cm (not tested)
  • Dual flashes, one with hard light and one with soft light

With an overall score of 121, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition has tied with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro for the highest overall Camera score of any phone we have tested so far. Its Photo score is two points lower than the Mate 30 Pro’s (130 versus 132), although it is still one of our highest Photo scores ever. Its Video score of 102 is the highest we’ve seen—edging out both the Google Pixel 4 and the Samsung Note 10+ 5G by a point.

The Xiaomi device delivers excellent results in just about every type of photographic situation. Outdoors, it has accurate exposures along with excellent detail preservation, and it manages noise well; however, there can be a pinkish color cast, and highlights are sometimes clipped. Other than that, white balance is generally accurate across the board, and the smartphone camera renders bokeh in a pleasing way. Indoor shots display a little more noise, but are still high quality.

Wide-angle shots taken with the ultra-wide-lens camera have low distortion and good detail preservation compared to similar phones, and night shots feature very natural skin tones, thanks in part to its second, softer, flash. While the phone’s multiple cameras help make it a top performer, it does have a few weaknesses—for example, highlight clipping occurs in very high-dynamic-range scenes, and images lose sharpness towards their edges.

Thanks to Its dual telephoto lens-equipped cameras, the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition does exceptionally well in our zoom tests: having native 2x and ~4x optical zooms power it to a record Zoom sub-score of 109. The multi-camera setup also helps the Xiaomi phone do a good job with depth estimation, which results in a very good bokeh effect, with particularly pleasing blur gradients and well-rendered spotlights.

While the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition still performs very well in low-light conditions, with excellent detail, noise is somewhat more visible than when shooting outdoors. Overall flash performance is solid, with accurate exposures and a good tradeoff between detail preservation and noise reduction. Some color casts are visible in cityscape scenes, and there is also some slight ghosting when using Night mode to shoot moving subjects.

Photo scores explained
The Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition achieves a Photo score of 130 points, only two points behind our highest scorer to date, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of a device’s performance for still images under different lighting conditions. You can check out the full review and comparison photos here.

Video scores explained

With an overall Video score of 102, the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is the top scorer for video recording of any phone we have tested to date, edging out the Google Pixel 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The overall Video score is derived from performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score; in this case Exposure (87), Color (91), Autofocus (98), Texture (74), Noise (83), Artifacts (82), and Stabilization (94).

Video exposures are impressively accurate, even in low-light conditions, with generally smooth adaptation of the exposure to changing light conditions. We did find that exposure change steps can be visible sometimes, though.

Dynamic range is also very good, but not the best we’ve seen. White balance is generally good, and it typically renders colors pleasingly, although there can be a slight color cast when shooting indoors. Autofocus is fast to react, good at tracking moving subjects, and smooth when converging onto a subject—all contributing to the phone’s excellent video Autofocus sub-score of 98.

Color rendering is also very good, giving the phone one of our highest video Color sub-scores of 91, only a point behind our top scorer in this category, the Google Pixel 4 at 92, and slightly ahead of the Mate 30 Pro and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.

The Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is one of a growing number of phones that captures video in 4K resolution by default, and it does a good job of it. For example, detail preservation when shooting in 4K is excellent, helping it achieve a high video Texture sub-score of 74.

The phone also makes a good tradeoff between rendering detail and controlling noise. However, its video recordings do have some artifacts—in particular, judder is visible when panning, and frames are sometimes dropped. There can also be some color fringing. Stabilization is quite good and very efficient; however, there can be some variation in sharpness between frames when shooting indoors, and some small portions of the scene that don’t all move correctly relative to one another.

The Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition’s multiple cameras help make it one of the very best phones we’ve tested for both still and video imaging. The dual tele-cameras are particularly unusual and provide photographers with additional telephoto reach compared to most other phones.

One quirk of the multi-camera system on the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is that image resolution varies significantly depending on zoom level. In our testing we found that images shot at a standard focal length using the main camera are 27MP (6016 x 4512); those shot with the 2x telephoto are 12.19MP (4032 x 3024); those shot with the 4x telephoto are 7.99MP (3264 x 2448); and those shot with the ultra-wide are 20.11MP (5184 x 3880). The Mi CC9 Pro isn’t the only Android phone to shoot multiple resolutions depending on the camera used, but with four cameras, all with different resolutions, it is more noticeable. For most users that needn’t be a problem, but is worth keeping in mind if you expect to process in the same way all the photos you take with the phone.

By showcasing its 108MP main camera, the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition demonstrates that there is definitely a place for ultra-high-resolution sensors in phones. That increased resolution currently comes at the cost of some image artifacts, however, so we can expect to see Xiaomi further enhance image quality by minimizing them in future models.

  • Strong zoom performance, thanks to two telephoto cameras
  • Good texture-versus-noise tradeof
  • Fast, accurate, and consistent autofocus performance
  • Generally good bokeh and depth estimation
  • Wide-angle shots have low distortion and good detail preservation
  • Night shots feature natural skin tones due to the soft flash
  • Good detail in most conditions, with well-controlled noise
  • Good exposure and exposure adaptation to changing light levels
  • Generally pleasing colors
  • Good autofocus performance, including tracking moving subjects
  • Loss of sharpness towards the edges of images
  • Some purple casts in skies
  • Limited dynamic range compared to other top performers
  • Judder is visible when panning
  • Some frame drops
  • Color fringing is sometimes visible
  • Limited dynamic range


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