Xiaomi Mi Note 3: Exceptional images with all the bells and whistles

DxOMark Mobile

Launched in September 2017, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship “phablet,” packing a set of excellent features for smartphone photography enthusiasts. Hot on the heels of the Xiaomi Mi 6 launched earlier in the year, the new Mi Note 3 boasts a similar dual-camera setup, with processing powered by the Qualcomm SDM660 chipset. The main camera is equipped with a wide-angle 27mm f/1.8 lens, the secondary telephoto camera comes with a 52mm f/2.6 lens for 2x optical zoom shots.

Like the Mi 6, the Mi Note 3’s primary 27mm f/1.8 lens also features a 4-axis optical image stabilization system, which should help improve image quality in tricky low-light situations and help facilitate smoother video capture. We’ve shot thousands of photos and several hours of video with the Mi Note 3 running Firmware version 7.11.16 (MIUI9), and are pleased to unveil the verified results in our comprehensive review.

Key camera specifications:

  • Dual-cam
  • 12Mp main camera with 1.25µm pixel pitch, 27mm f/1.8 lens, OIS
  • 12Mp secondary camera with 52mm f/2.6 lens for 2x optical zoom
  • Phase-detection autofocus
  • Dual-LED (dual-tone) flash
  • 16Mp front camera
  • 4K 2160p@30fps or 720p@120fps video

About DxOMark Mobile tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DxOMark engineers capture and evaluate over 1500 test images and more than 2 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of the testing. For more information about the DxOMark Mobile test protocol, click here.

Test summary

Achieving an excellent overall DxOMark Mobile score of 90 points, with an exceptional Photo score for still photos of 94 points, and a solid video score of 84, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is a great choice for smartphone photography and video enthusiasts alike. Packed with top-end features, including a 2x optical zoom function, bokeh simulation mode, phase-detection autofocus, and 4K video, this device offers the capabilities and performance of premium flagship smartphones at a mid-range price point.

Bright light

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is at its best shooting outdoors, or in bright light conditions, where its exposures and color rendering are generally excellent. We achieved many stunning outdoor exposures in our natural test scenes, and our benchmark analyses in the lab under varying light sources identified accurate exposures under consistent bright light sources. The Mi Note 3’s HDR feature doesn’t activate automatically in default mode, which resulted in some loss of dynamic range compared to devices where HDR automatically kicks in. That said, even in default mode, the device shoots multiple frames, combining and tone mapping the final image during processing, which helped improve dynamic range a little.

Manually activating HDR mode may improve dynamic range further in high-contrast conditions, but relies on some intervention from the photographer. Texture is best on outdoors images, and while detail preservation is fairly good, it’s not amazing. The Mi Note 3 handles noise well, however, and although the usual occurrence of some luminance noise in areas of plain color is visible, it’s not overly offensive and certainly not the worst problem. A couple of artifacts are visible shooting outdoors, particularly color fringing, which is very visible along high-contrast edges, as well as some flare when shooting towards a bright light source.

In well-balanced lighting, the Mi Note 3 achieved many excellent exposures in our outdoor test scenes, rendering bold color and acceptable texture.

Low light and Flash

Shooting indoors, both exposure and color remain good on the Mi Note 3, and overall texture is roughly on par with its outdoor performance in static scenes, although scenes with some subject motion are more challenging. In extreme low light, images are slightly underexposed, with some color desaturation and a noticeable loss of detail evident, but this isn’t uncommon in such low-light conditions, and images remain usable. What’s more, its noise reduction is among some of the best we’ve seen in low light, with the Mi Note 3 striking a great balance between smooth homogenous areas and well-defined edge preservation both in indoor shots as well as in low light. In fact, even in extreme low light down to 5 Lux, very little noise is visible, and although images are a little softer as you’d expect, detail remains acceptable in static images.

Shooting indoors, exposure and color remains strong and detail preservation is acceptable in static scenes.

The performance of the Mi Note 3’s flash module isn’t quite so impressive, with fairly middle-of-the-road results. At its best, exposures are generally accurate and corner shading is reasonably well-controlled when using flash as the only light source, and when mixing with additional ambient light sources. Skin tones tend to display a slight green color cast, however, and occasional autofocus failures occur.

The Mi Note 3’s dual-tone flash module provides acceptable exposure with only minimal corner shading, but skin tones display a slightly green color cast.

Zoom and Bokeh

Boasting a 52mm telephoto lens on its second sensor, the Mi Note 3 is a capable device for zoom shots. Results are excellent at 2x magnification using the optical zoom in both outdoor and indoor lighting conditions, rendering great detail with few artifacts. Although less detail is captured in extreme low light at 2x magnification, the loss of very fine detail only becomes obvious when examining 100% crops, so the results are very acceptable when viewing full images at small scale. Using the digital zoom up to 5x magnification, zoom shots remain very good as well, with results on par, if not slightly better, than some premium flagship devices. In low light, image quality does suffer at 5x magnification, so restrict the use of the digital zoom if you can to shooting outdoors or in bright light, where it performs best. If you pinch-zoom beyond 5x, however, expect a noticeable drop in image quality in all lighting conditions.

Images at 2x magnification using the Mi Note 3’s optical zoom function are excellent, especially in bright light, with good detail and few artifacts.

We’ve found the bokeh simulation mode to be a little hit or miss on some mid-range devices, but the Mi Note 3 implements the technology extremely well. The depth-of-field effect is quite strong, but remains reasonably natural and the quality of the blur gradient is good, with realistic transitions as objects fall further into the background. Depth estimation is also good, with the software accurately identifying subjects in the foreground and background, keeping objects on the focus plane sharp, even when they’re not connected to the portrait. A few artifacts are visible around the edges of the portrait, but they’re limited to small areas, thus avoiding the very unsightly results where large sections of the portrait are blurred, or parts of the background are sharp.

In natural test scenes, the bokeh effect is strong but pleasant, with good blur transitions and depth estimation rendering a pleasing overall result.

Photo scores explained

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 achieves a total photo score of 94, which is calculated from its scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions. In this section we’ll take a closer look at these image quality sub-scores.

Exposure and Contrast (86)

A very good score for exposure, with generally accurate exposures when shooting test charts under consistent lighting in the lab. Exposure sub-scores were excellent outdoors, and very good indoors, although with some slight underexposure in low light reducing the score. In natural scenes in well-balanced light, excellent results are possible, and although the device doesn’t offer HDR by default, it manages to achieve reasonably good dynamic range by capturing multiple frames (for noise reduction) and by tone-mapping during processing. 

The Mi Note 3 captured multiple frames and applied tone mapping during processing to improve dynamic range in our HDR test scene.

In our backlit-portrait test scene, the Mi Note 3 employed face detection to accurately expose the subject, and although some detail is lost in the background, it’s one of the better results of any device we’ve tested without an Auto HDR mode activated by default.  

Face detection helps the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 accurately expose the principal subject in our backlit-portrait test scene.

Exposures are bright down to 20 Lux (low light), and although results in extreme low light at 5 and 1 Lux are slightly underexposed, they remain useable. Some noticeable corner shading occurs in extreme low light, too, which is a trade-off that helps reduce noise in extreme low light and is a good strategy if you don’t mind the edges appearing a little darker.

In extreme low light (1 Lux), the Mi Note 3 slightly underexposes, with some noticeable corner shading evident, but images remain usable.

Color (75)

A good overall score for color, with excellent results outdoors, with bold and vibrant hues. Color uniformity is also excellent in outdoor and indoor images, and although some slight color shading occurs in some low-light conditions, it’s far from the worst we’ve seen. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3’s color rendering is generally excellent for both outdoor and indoor images.

White balance is good in most conditions, but a slightly warm or green color cast is sometimes visible. 

This sample shows a slight yellowish color cast.

You can see the issue with green tones shooting color checker charts in the lab, with a distinct yellow tone visible in some lighting conditions.

You can see the issue with green tones shooting color checker charts in the lab, with a distinct yellow tone visible in several lighting conditions.

Autofocus (89)

An excellent score for autofocus, which is fast in all lighting conditions. Over consecutive exposures in our lab analysis, during which we defocus the device between shots, the Mi Note 3 found focus consistently in outdoor, indoor, and even low-light conditions. It’s not the fastest device we’ve ever tested, but its phase-detection autofocus system is very good for a mid-range device. We did observe occasional focus failures in some natural test scenes, so it’s worth double-checking that shots are in sharp focus and repeating shots for a better result if necessary, but on the whole, the Mi Note 3’s autofocus system performs well.

After defocusing and delaying for a short period (500ms) and for a longer period (2000ms) before requesting focus, the Mi Note 3 consistently found focus quickly and accurately in the lab, although some of our natural scene test shots were slightly out of focus.

Texture (58)

A fairly average score for texture, which is very respectable in most lighting conditions, but suffers a little in very low light between 1 to 20 Lux. Shooting static scenes, fine detail preservation is fairly consistent between 20 to 1000 Lux, but scenes containing subject motion are trickier for the Mi Note 3 to record good detail, except in very bright light.

Levels of detail in static scenes is fairly low, but also pretty consistent between 20 to 1000 Lux. Expect less texture in scenes with motion, however, or in extreme low-light conditions, where the Mi Note 3 struggles to preserve fine detail in both static and motion scenes.

The Mi Note 3’s texture preservation falls in between that of the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus. Shooting test charts handheld at 100 lux in the lab, the 100% crops show that the Mi Note 3 records slightly better fine detail compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, but falls a little behind the more recent iPhone 8 Plus.

Crop of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 100 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 100 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 8 Plus at 100 Lux, handheld.

That analysis is even more evident in very low light (5 Lux), where the Mi Note 3 is clearly sharper than the iPhone 7 Plus on 100% crops of handheld images, but with noticeably less fine detail preserved compared to the iPhone 8 Plus.

Crop of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 5 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 5 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 8 Plus at 5 Lux, handheld.

Noise (73)

An excellent score for noise, which the Mi Note 3 handles very well in low-light conditions, making it one of the best devices we’ve tested for this attribute. Some luminance noise is visible in areas of uniform color, such as the sky, in outdoor images, but this isn’t uncommon for mobile devices and the noise isn’t particularly strong. Visual noise is also very well minimized in smooth/uniform areas, such as the woman’s shoulder in the photos below, in all lighting conditions down to 5 Lux. On handheld images at 100 Lux, the 100% crops show that the Mi Note 3 is sharper than the iPhone 7 Plus, but with noticeably less noise.

Crop of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 100 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 100 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 8 Plus at 100 Lux, handheld.

The Mi Note 3 also offers smoother results compared to both iPhones at 5 Lux, with slightly sharper results compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, but not quite as much detail or edge preservation as the iPhone 8 Plus.

Crop of Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 5 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 5 Lux, handheld.
Crop of Apple iPhone 8 Plus at 5 Lux, handheld.

Artifacts (68)

The Mi Note 3 dropped some points because of visible artifacts in images, with particular penalties for color fringing, flare, vignetting, loss of sharpness in the field, and ringing. The main offenders are color fringing and flare, which are very noticeable in bright conditions outdoors, and particularly when shooting towards the sun. The other issues are slightly less problematic, but expect some corner shading (vignetting), especially in low-light images; and a difference in sharpness between the center and edges of the frame and ringing along contrast edges, both of which are visible when zooming in tightly or when displaying images at large scale.

Clicking through to the large version of this image reveals ringing and fringing on high-contrast edges.

Flash (69)

A fairly average score and performance for the Mi Note 3’s dual-tone LED flash module. On both flash-only and flash mixed with additional lighting, exposure is good and corner shading very acceptable, but white balance tends to display slightly greenish skin tones. Detail preservation is also fairly good, but low-frequency chromatic noise is occasionally visible, too. Using flash in very low light (5 Lux), we also observed autofocus failures, so again, it’s worth checking and reshooting to make sure you’ve achieved sharp pictures when using flash.

Using flash as the only light source, exposure is good and corner shading very acceptable, but skin tones display a slight greenish cast in portraits.

Zoom (50)

A good score for zoom, which is particularly impressive using the 2x magnification optical zoom in bright light (1000 Lux), where detail preservation is excellent and problems with artifacts or noise are insignificant. Under indoor conditions (100 Lux) at 2x magnification, there’s less detail, but results are still very acceptable, and it’s only when using the optical zoom in very low light (20 Lux) that detail starts to suffer a lot. Examining 100% crops of test charts shot at 4x magnification, detail is also good in very bright conditions (1000 Lux), but expect less detail indoor or in low light. Shooting at 8x magnification remains challenging for the Mi Note 3 in terms of preserving good detail in any lighting conditions.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 2x zoom.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 2x zoom.

Zoom in further to 5x magnification using digital zoom, and it’s even closer between the Mi Note 3 and the Apple device. While the iPhone 7 Plus is fractionally more detailed in some edge and contrast areas, it also has a little more visible luminance noise.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 at 5x zoom.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus at 5x zoom.

Shooting test charts in the lab under low-light conditions (20 Lux), we can see in the 100% crops that the Mi Note 3 preserves slightly more detail on the rulers than the iPhone 7 Plus, and even less detail evident on the iPhone 8 Plus shots. These tests are conducted shooting a test chart at mid-range (150cm from the smartphone) and zooming in until the chart fills the frame.

Crop of Xioami Mi Note 3, mid-range zoom.
   Crop of Apple iPhone 7 Plus, mid-range zoom
Crop of Apple iPhone 8 Plus, mid-range zoom.

Bokeh (50)

A pretty good score for bokeh, with consistent results shooting portraits both outdoors and indoors. Its key strengths are a strong depth-of-field blur effect, which is quite striking but also fairly realistic, with a nice shape to the circular highlights, especially outdoors. The quality of the blur gradient is also very good, with fairly natural-looking blur transitions as objects fall further into the distance. Depth estimation is pretty good, if not amazing, with only slight artifacts and masking errors visible around portraits. On balance, artifacts are slightly more visible than we’ve seen for top-end flagship devices from Apple and Samsung, but for a mid-range device, it’s excellent and the bokeh effect is very pleasing when viewing images at small scale on the device’s display. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3’s bokeh mode delivers excellent results for a mid-ranger.

Our lab analysis helps identify where a device’s depth estimation algorithms can differentiate between objects connected and not-connected to a portrait. You can see that the Mi Note 3 copes admirably with this challenging test, rendering a striking depth-of-field effect in the background, with good depth estimation and subject masking ensuring that the face and intricate shapes are not blurred as much as the background, regardless of whether they are connected to the subject or not.

Excellent depth estimation in bokeh mode.

Video scores explained

The Mi Note 3 achieved a lower score of 82 in our video analysis, and while that’s a very good score, it doesn’t quite achieve the same heights overall compared to its excellent score of 94 for still photos. The overall Video score is calculated using the video sub-scores to give us some insight into the device’s strengths and weaknesses when shooting moving images: Exposure (87), Color (72), Autofocus (74), Texture (43), Noise (68), Artifacts (79), and Stabilization (77).

Its key strength for video is exposure, thanks to excellent results under all lighting conditions in the lab. The Mi Note 3’s temporal aspects are also very good, with good convergence for exposure, color, and autofocus during lighting changes, and with basic walking and panning movements. Autofocus is also fast, with very acceptable tracking capabilities and OIS-assisted stabilization on the wide-angle 26mm lens is fairly effective, ensuring a pleasant viewing experience with handheld movies. White balance is mostly accurate, too, and although some of the fairly minor color issues we saw with slightly yellow casts on green tones persist in video files, it’s not too concerning. Again mirroring its performance for still photos, levels of texture are a little low, with some luminance noise visible, particularly indoors. Indoor videos also tend to display a noticeable difference in sharpness between consecutive frames, as well as occasional frame drops; and in extreme low light (1 Lux), the frame rate drops from 30fps to 20fps.

Conclusion: Premium performance at a mid-range price

Looking to improve features and performance principally for Chinese consumers, Xiaomi has really upped its game for photography with the Mi Note 3. Compared to the Mi 5 and Mi 5S Plus (the last Xiaomi devices we tested), the Mi Note 3 shows significant signs of development, improving still photos in many areas and adding those desirable zoom and bokeh features, which are well-implemented. Our new challenging test scenes highlight some issues with texture on moving subjects, but in static scenes detail is good both outdoors and indoors, and autofocus is fast. When all is said and done, by offering premium flagship photography features and performance at a mid-range price point, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is a great choice for the budget-savvy smartphone shooter.

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  • Autofocus is fast, repeatable and accurate
  • Generally accurate test chart exposures in the lab
  • Good zoom capabilities
  • Nice bokeh simulation effect
  • Effective noise reduction in most lighting conditions


  • Generally accurate test chart exposures in the lab
  • White balance is usually accurate with smooth convergence
  • Reasonably effective stabilisation
  • Fast autofocus performance
  • Acceptable autofocus tracking


  • Fine details are lost in low light
  • Visible noise in homogenous and shadow areas in bright light
  • Some visible color casts


  • Low detail in all conditions
  • Variation in sharpness on consecutive frames
  • Frame drops occasionally visible
  • Ashutosh Gupta

    Review Motorola Moto x4

  • Martin Jeřábek

    I Wait on LG V30.

    • Baz T

      I second that. I waited a bit to see if they would test the V30 before I committed to buy, but then I got impatient and did buy it. It would be great to see a scientific test confirming my sound purchase! Especially in video performance. I will say that in portraits, the LG app does not perform as well as the Google camera app– especially when taking in HDR+ awesomeness– although there aren’t manual controls in the latter.

    • flodxomark

      Hello Martin, thank you for your message and for the suggestion. We’ll review the LGV30 soon, but can only advise you to stay tuned, as we’re not communicating about the roadmap in advance.

  • Sunny

    Waiting for oneplus 5T & LG V30

    • flodxomark

      Hello, Thank you for your message and for the suggestion. We’ll review these 2 mobiles soon, but can only advise you to stay tuned, as we’re not communicating about the roadmap in advance.
      Thank you for your understanding and patience.

  • Ari Fi

    Please test Mi 5s, you have tested Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus. But having that phone, it’s definitely the best of the three.

    • Coolboy229

      i also want it… 🙁 🙁

  • Andrés Ospina

    please test MI 6

  • Fikrat Bayramli

    I think it does not deserve 90, because it can’t match up with Google Pixel.
    Also please test OnePlus 5 again under your new test conditions/rules.

    • jamie aa

      It does, for still photos it’s noticeably better than the Pixel. You are just shouting out statements with no prove or evidence, I bet you don’t even own one of the two phones you compared.

      • Fikrat Bayramli

        OnePlus 5 easily kicks Mi 6. And Mi Note 3 uses the same camera with Mi 6. Pixel gets higher score than OnePlus 5. And how is it possible Mi Note 3 gets the same score as Pixel? Everyone knows Xiaomis’ cameras is bad in low light and there is sound issue while recording video.

        • Shashank

          first actually use Mi Note 3 then talk blal bla! The Only Xiaomi device is Mi Note 3 which performs brilliant;y in low light i have seen it

      • Ra5er

        Photos are crappy on the mi, you blind or what? its like comparing a good quality apple to a rotten one.

    • jamie aa

      literally no prove at all, except empty statements

  • Ra5er

    Then they´ll test the S8 or G6 and will get them a score of 88, that would be a really fool and dumb thing, it will really demostrate how dumb this test is and how bs they are.

    • DaCatMan

      Not if the scores hold truth to them. What you’re displaying is a clear bias.

      • Ra5er

        “not if the scored hold truth”, what a joke, I wasn’t talking about the score in my opinion, but about the way they test, they’re test is bs, and you know that.

    • Rraviteja Marvel

      How Can You Just Say Dumb In Whole Sense, Yes Maybe They Adopted New Scoring System But It Delivered Some Good Images Even In Low Light And I Bet They Are Not blind.
      If This Is Dumb Scoring Then What About Scores Of Pixel 2 , iPhone 8+ And Note 8.
      The Main Advance of These High Scoring Devices(Except Pixel With ‘Machine Learning’) Is It’s Extra Lense Which Has Better Zooming Capabilities And Better Bokeh.
      If This Comes To S8 It Provided Great Photos Will Great Detail But It Over Saturate Little Bit Than iPhone And Mi Note 3 Which Looks Damn Good But Tests Should Be Done To Check Accurate Colours.

      • Ra5er

        Let Me Type Like This.
        Saying is dumb, why? The tests they do has and are no-sense. Dude, are you blind? see the freaking photos with your eyes, you´re acting like if you were a DXOmarkSheep, for real, looks bad how you are defending a bs brand, many comments from other reviews have been deleted, all those comments reflect what I say.
        You talk about bokeh, like if from all the N8 pictures I take were taken in bokeh mode, dude from the 2k photos I have taken, just freaking 10 photos are in bokeh.

  • Muhammad Rian Ardian

    The S8 acts better than that…I believe if the team retested the s8 with selective focus for bokeh test…it would be better at most…
    Selective Focus=bokeh mode
    Yet, the live focus mode that should have been just on the note 8 WILL BE ADDED as the software update for the s8 comes out

    • Moisés

      They test auto mode. If tge ” bokeh” is not due to narrow lenses the score will be lower.
      Sony has always had Background Defocus as camera sub-app like 4K, AR, Time Shift Video among others.
      They did not tested.

  • Sukron Hidayatullah

    Awesome.. Good job Xiaomi !!!
    But not for Mi6 and Mi Mix 2 🙁

    • mohamed rasi

      MI6 is the same camera

      • Sukron Hidayatullah

        but different result, I think result of camera Mi Note 3 better than Mi6

    • Ilya Erin

      Camera in this phone was copied from mi6, but Mi6 has SDG835, that should a little bit improves an overall quality.

      • FabianoBR

        It’s no use having a processor that handles more capable if the software is not tuned to take advantage of all that. In my opinion, even with the same sensors, the next models Mi Note always be better than the Mi series. The xiaomi is wanting to make a Mi Note series, the reference model when it comes to photographic quality.

  • thecoolkid 😎

    Please test Xiaomi MI6

    • flodxomark

      Hello. Thanks for contacting us. Unfortunately, we are not able to communicate on our testing roadmap. I invite you to stay tuned for further announcements. Regards

  • Felipe Valenzuela

    94?? what a f***?? How reach this score if have low individual scores!! The LG G5 have better scores in all the evaluated but only reach a 88, its not have sense! How much money xiaomi payed you for this score? haha

    • Lankis

      You can check the news that DXO had their scoring system updated, adapting to the trend of dual-camera. So you don’t need to think that LG G5 is not better than Xiaomi Note3, because the “100” score is different.

    • Rraviteja Marvel

      But Mi Note 3 Can Perform Better In Low Light With Significant Amount Of Noise Reduction(One Can Refer Above Images In Comparison With iPhone 8) And One Disadvantage Of G5 Is It Doesn’t Has Bokeh Effect Which Is Now A Thing In Industry

  • Coolboy229

    Why don’t Mi5s be tested? Side by side comparison has proved that Mi5s is better than Mi5. Then why don’t Mi5s be reviewed? Please test it and give your opnion. Thanks in advance.

    • flodxomark

      Hello, Thank you for your suggestion. Given our limited resources, we prioritize new mobile models for release and there are many to come. Thank you for your understanding, so please holding on!
      Best regards,

  • Михаил Корнилов

    horrible photos
    and someone realy think mi note is better, than pixel?
    so weird. it’s not funny, it’s sad.

    • rinki

      on some aspects yes.
      overall..of course not and they mention that under moving scenes this phone struggles..and also just dont use that extra lens gimick for good shots.

      most people however..tend to use simple stills ..over stacking or hdr is something xiaomi did before all others at its best way back then when they copied it from sony’s slr’s.

      as for color..that can be changed …but i do agree that as for the tonage of the original stills. i find that in regards to coloring. the iphone’s color scheme hands down gives the more clear/natural tonal range then the xiaomi stills.

    • You are a hater.. go with your expensive Samsung or iPhone :/

  • Rraviteja Marvel

    Xiaomi is in the Game, Next Time Xioami Should Come Up With DXO Mark Score In Launch Events Just Like Pixel and Iphones.
    Why Not MI 6, It Has SD 835 Which Has Better ISP Which will Improve Image Quality And With New MIUI Firmware And Raw support It Excels In All Tests Than Mi Note 3.

  • Иван Гавриленко

    Please test Xiaomi MI6 .

    • flodxomark

      Hello, Thanks for contacting us and for your suggestion. Unfortunately, we are not able to communicate on our testing roadmap. Be sure we transfer your comment to our team for a future test.

      • Kule ban

        you’ve missed test Mi5s, too. Big mistake.

      • Moisés

        Please, retest XZ Premium

  • Mautinek Marťas Ježá

    LG G6 in Old test is better than Mi Note 3.

    • Rodrigo Alejandro

      xiaomi mi5s is better than LG G6 :/

      • Kule ban

        where is test of Mi5s ?

        • Rodrigo Alejandro

          I have the Mi5s and LG G6 🙂

        • Rodrigo Alejandro

          in your heart :v

  • dz c

    I cannot believe Xiaomi Mi Note3 beats Pixel in still photo taking

    • Arezslan

      Considering Zoom and Bokeh are now taken into account it’s easy to see why.

    • rinki

      no one said it did..you have to read the entire review to see where is stands out.
      its better vs the iphone 7 plus in almost all aspects but moving scenes and on minor stuff iphone 8 plus.
      however pixel claims to excels at these points.
      main thing is the details preservation under low lights though…all else can be edited but the lost details.

  • João Martins

    Whats the best camera at 400/450 euros smartphone and overall specs ?
    honor 9 : 350 euros amazon
    lg g6 : 400 euros amazon
    huawei p10 : 400 euros amazon
    OP5T : 450 Euros

    • rinki

      op5t obviously

      • João Martins

        Can you give me the rank ?
        Huawei p10 and lg g6 is not good ?

        • lukas prikryl

          All of them are good shooters, hard to make a mistake, as it’s hard to rank them, though.

    • Moisés

      P10 > OP5t > G6 > H9

  • Would be nice to see how the flagships from Xiaomi – Xiaomi MIX 2 and MI 6 stack up!

  • Kule ban

    why not Mi6 ?????????????

  • lukas prikryl

    Whenever you compare MiN3 to the iPhonen 7+, min3 tops it big time – surprising, but hugely welcomed, iPhone8+ slightly better, though.

  • F au

    Huawei Mate10, Mi note 3, Meizu pro 7P are using the same Sony sensor IMX 286/386, DxOMark tell us Mate10 pro scored 100, Mi note 3 scored 94, but Meizu pro 7P scored 74. Did Meizu pro 7P NOT PAY DxOMark for their consulting service? or this benchmark rating system is just a JOKE.

    • Chris Dobell

      You realise this is a test of sensor, lens and processing right?
      Having the same sensor does not make 2 different lenses produce the same results.
      Same with how they apply noise reduction, picture profile etc

  • jiawen lu

    no way it score 90,i have google pixel,and xiaomi mi 6(almost the same camera as xiaomi note 3,should have almost the same camera app),when i compare these too,xiaomi mi 6 is terrible

    • Really is not the same as Mi 6. Anyway you are comparing a 900€ device with a 300€ device

      • jiawen lu

        i get my pixel very cheap in china,second hand verizon version,aka imported waste,about 250 usd

        • That is playing dirty. What a bussiness man

        • Arkantos

          Could you please post the link of that seller? Did you buy it on taobao? I found a few sellers who sell it, but I would like to get one from a known seller if possible. So getting it from your seller will be really great? Also did you get a 99 or 95% new one?

          • jiawen lu

            i bought from this guy ,小妮子手机,because my taobao accout has a very very high level,and this guy is cheaper and normal level.If there is a problem ,i can get refund easily,there maybe better options now(like bootloader unlocked EU version),and i dont know if this guy ship oversea,(i am chinese and live in china),99% new

          • Arkantos

            Thank you very much for your reply. I’m currently studying in China. So I have a decent taobao level too and I I know to get a refund. I’ll try and get one him. Does it work well with China unicom? I prefer if it works well for calls and if I get 4g.

          • jiawen lu

            it works well with China unicom,and i use China unicom too

          • Arkantos

            Thank you very much for the info

    • Rodrigo Alejandro

      the Camera Algorithm in Mi note 3 is better than Mi 6…for the SD660

      • jiawen lu

        have they improve the Camera Algorithm in Mi 6 yet?mine is runnung lineageos now,can’t test.Even they improved that,i will still stay on lineageos

        • Rodrigo Alejandro

          I tried the 2 smartphones and they are different

  • Jose Davidson Cezar de Albuque

    no more mi note 3 on DXOMARK main page! Why?

    • Roni Sulistyo Sutrisno

      Now back again..

  • arul kumaran

    Please review Nokia 8 camera review

  • Pedro Paulo

    Please test ASUS Zenfone 4 Pro.

  • Nathanael Christo

    Please review ASUS zenfone Zoom S

  • khalid beniche

    why not Mi6 ?

    • Csabi Tarnay

      Mi6 has a same lens, but i also don’t understand.

      • Alain Legrand

        the software is different ! the optimisation of the Mi Note 3 is better

    • Syukri Lajin

      The mi note 3 have the same camera and a inferior soc, if it performs this well with a sd660, it’s going to perform just as well or better on sd835. I think that’s the logic

  • moh2300

    Xiaomi mi 6 or mate 9 ??? I care for low light camera which one better or phone in same price better than them for 450$

  • MD.Fahim

    Xiaomi Mi A1 camera is better than Xiaomi Mi Note 3 ????

    • Starke Of Rath

      Xiaomi Mi A1 is a balanced smartphone, very recommended, but Mi Note 3 has better camera, obviously.

    • Mario Ray Mahardhika

      Sorry, dude. We (Mi Note 3 owners) have better sensor, better lens, better SoC and thus better ISP.

      • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

        it has the same camera as mi6 …and I’m looking on buying it soon 😀

  • Экраны для TAXI

    КИТАЙский мусор!

  • Vineet Chhabra

    Hello. Can you review Mi 6? Can’t find it on your feed. Also, which one to go for MI6 or Note 3 or should I wait for Mi7 ?

    • flodxomark

      Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately, we are not able to communicate on our testing roadmap. Be sure we transfer your comment to our team for a future test of Xiami mobiles.

  • John

    Actually I do not understand how Xiaomi Mi Note 3 gets better score than Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge which has more vibrant colors, sharp picture, however gets the around 90 scores(89,86,92,84,94,85,90), but at result scored 88 where Xiaomi Mi note 3 gets 87,72,74,43,68 scores but at result scored 94…how is it possible??!!!

  • Yogesh Gurjar

    Please review Xiaomi Mi A1

  • sanya_xl

    А робити фото вночі релігія не дозволяє?

    • Ham burg

      А на английском вопросы задавать не пробовал? Хохлина. Фотографируют стенд с фотографиями и прочими предметами в условиях низкой освещенности (восьмая фотография), чтобы были одинаковые условия для всех смартфонов, а освещение на улице разное бывает. Жаль твое сальное желе не смогло этого понять.

      • sanya_xl

        Всюдисуще російське бидло вилізло😁
        Так вдень також на вулиці різне освітлення, тим не менш, для тестів роблять багато денних знімків, а не тупо фоткають один освітлений стенд і роблять висновки.

  • Юлия Мар

    Can you please tell me where the camera is better in Meizu Pro 6s / Meizu Pro 6 plus or Xiaomi Mi Note 3? Given that Zoom and Bokeh are not important to me. Does it make sense to overpay?

  • Ocean11

    Mi note 3 or HTC u ultra?

    • Othmane Fettaka

      HTC u ultra

    • Giovanni

      HTC !

  • Martín LF

    Hello! Could you tell me please, what settings are you using in automatic mode?
    Contrast, saturation, sharpness, frame, anti banding… Thanks!

  • Giovanni

    It disappointed me a lot!
    The 2 lenses are not useful.
    The first, barley is of good quality, (should be tested) the second (the long one) is of low quality.
    So if I take a picture with the wide-angle and then I zoom the photo is better than the second lens.
    So what are two different lenses for?

    • Julius Segundo

      you are expecting too much for a midrange phone! you cant find a phone like this in its price range!
      go buy samsung s9 plus! you complain too much!

      • Giovanni

        The scores compare it to the Samsung!
        I say that the score is not correct.

        The second sensor is not needed, it’s useless, it makes the photos worse.

        If I had this information I would not have bought it.

        • Best Of Random Stuff

          Name is Mi Note 3 Prime https://goo.gl/XXzKk9
          This is the real phone which they have tested..

  • Roberto Sparrow

    Nice work. Can you please test the Xiaomi Mi A1? Thx a lot its a very popular phone in Mexico city.

  • PijaGogdaTeamBenjaVicuñaNoHomo

    Price-quality ratio is the winner by far

  • redman redmanftw

    test for htc u ultra? can you do one article about this phone please?

  • Chuyên

    This camera is just stopped at 30fps.
    not even more.

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