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Xiaomi 11T Pro Camera test: Good exposure and dynamic range

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The Xiaomi 11T Pro is a Premium smartphone and the  successor to last year’s Mi 10T Pro. It features Qualcomm’s high-end chipset Snapdragon 888 and a 6.67-inch AMOLED display as well as up to 12GB RAM and 256GB of built-in storage.

The main camera module comes with a 108MP sensor in the primary module which is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide camera. There is also a macro lens that Xiaomi calls a “telemacro.” However, this camera is not used for tele zooming, instead the device uses digital zooming algorithms on the primary camera.

Let’s see how the Xiaomi 11T Pro stacks up against the competition in the DXOMARK Camera test.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 108 MP 1/1.52″ sensor (12MP output), f/1.75-aperture lens, AF,
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP 1/2.8″ sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: 5 MP 1/5″ sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • LED flash
  • Video: 8k at 30fps, 4k at 60/30fps, 1080p at 60/30fps, HDR10+ (4k/30fps tested)

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Xiaomi 11T Pro
117
camera
125
Photo
93

111

96

107

100

109

87

111

79

102

67

77

44

82

50

80

68

80

39
Zoom
44

140

31

58

110
Video
96

118

105

107

86

109

92

99

88

105

78

94

98

103

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure in photo and video
  • Colors are generally pleasant on portrait scenes in photo and video
  • Accurate autofocus in photo
  • Level of detail is high in video for outdoor and indoor conditions
  • Image preview on smartphone is similar with recorded picture.

Cons

  • Fine details are often lost in photo
  • Colors are sometimes unnaturally vivid in landscape in photo
  • Luminance noise is visible in dark areas in photo and video
  • Stabilization artifacts in video as sharpness difference between frames is often visible.
  • Wide: Fine details are often lost and noise is visible
  • Night: Target exposure is often too low.

With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 117,  the  Xiaomi 11T Pro does not quite compete with the very best in the Premium segment and somewhat lags behind devices such as the Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini or Xiaomi’s own Mi 11. The score is also one point lower than that of its own predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi10T Pro. This is mainly due to the lack of a real tele lens. In some other image quality categories, our testers actually observed some slight improvements over last year’s model.

In the Photo category, the camera does a decent job, without any major shortcomings in any of the sub-attributes. The autofocus works reliably in most situations, and the camera captures good exposures with a wide dynamic range as long as you don’t venture into low light. Skin tones are accurate on portraits but when shooting landscapes in bright light, saturation can be unnaturally strong. Texture is an area for improvement, too, and worse than on the Mi 10T Pro in all light conditions.

Xiaomi 11T Pro illustration

Xiaomi 11T Pro offers pleasant skin tones, and is able to record a wide dynamic scene in outdoor conditions.

Both ultra-wide and tele Zoom are areas where the Xiaomi lags behind competitors in its segment. The level of detail decreases rapidly as you apply tele zoom and is lower than on may other devices that have to make do without a dedicated tele camera. Video clips recorded on the 11T Pro show accurate white balance. Saturation is pleasant, and exposure adaptation is smooth. Stabilization artifacts are an issue in video mode, with some strong differences in sharpness between frames when clips are recorded while walking. On the plus side, motion is well compensated for, though. In indoor and low-light video clips, noise becomes visible.

Photo

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi 11T Pro

93

111

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (111)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, along with repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11 T Pro’s exposure performance in bright light.

XIaomi 11T Pro, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range
Xiaomi 10T Pro, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range

Color

Xiaomi 11T Pro

96

107

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (107)

In these tests, we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, along with repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11 T Pro’s color performance in bright light.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, strong saturation can look unnatural
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, pleasant color rendering
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, pleasant color rendering

Autofocus

Xiaomi 11T Pro

100

109

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time as well as repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

This graph shows the Xiaomi 11 T Pro’s autofocus performance handheld at 100 lux and 0EV brightness difference.

The Mi 11T’s autofocus is accurate. The shutter lag is close to zero in low-contrast scenes, for all devices in this comparison (for this test the shutter is pressed at 500ms after defocusing the camera.)

This graph shows the Xiaomi 11 T Pro’s autofocus performance in the lab handheld at 100 lux and 4EV brightness difference.

Autofocus remains accurate for all devices, but a shutter lag of 400ms is measured for the Xiaomi 11T Pro (for this test the shutter is pressed at 500ms after defocusing the camera.).

Texture

Xiaomi 11T Pro

87

111

Xiaomi Mi 11
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s texture performance in low light.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, low light texture
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: low level of detail, highlight clipping
Xiaomi 10T Pro, low light texture
Xiaomi 10T Pro, crop: fairly good detail

Noise

Xiaomi 11T Pro

79

102

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (102)

In these tests we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s noise performance in bright light.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, outdoor noise
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: noise in the sky
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, outdoor noise
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, crop: noise barely noticeable in the sky
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, outdoor noise
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, slight noise in sky

Bokeh

Xiaomi 11T Pro

50

80

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (80)

For these tests we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

In bokeh mode, the Xiaomi 11T Pro struggles to produce good results. As you can see in the outdoor samples below the blur gradient can look unnatural.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, bokeh mode
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: unnatural blur gradient
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, bokeh mode
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, fairly good blur gradient
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, bokeh mode
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, fairly good blur gradient

Night

Xiaomi 11T Pro

44

82

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s performance when shooting at night.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, shadow and highlight clipping
Xiaomi 10T Pro, strong highlight clipping
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, underexposure and strong shadow clipping

Artifacts

Xiaomi 11T Pro

67

77

Google Pixel 6
Best: Google Pixel 6 (77)

In these tests we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corners, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

These samples show color moiré artifacts.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, artifacts
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: color moiré
Xiaomi 10T Pro, artifacts
Xiaomi 10T Pro, crop: moire is hardly noticeable
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, artifacts
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: moire barely noticeable

Preview

Xiaomi 11T Pro

68

80

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (80)

In these tests we analyze the image quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

This video shows the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s preview performance when using the pinch zoom gesture.

Preview: smooth transitions between camera modules in preview when using pinch zoom

Zoom

The Xiaomi 11T Pro achieves a Zoom score of 39. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against the competitors.

Wide

Xiaomi 11T Pro

31

58

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (58)

In these tests, we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 mm to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s ultra-wide performance in daylight.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, ultra-wide
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: low level of detail
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, ultra-wide
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, crop: better detail

Tele

Xiaomi 11T Pro

44

140

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (140)

In these tests we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These graphs show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s tele performance in the lab.

Texture score on DMC chart: the 11T Pro lags slightly behind at all zoom settings

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s tele performance at a close range tele setting and a light level of 1000 lux.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, close-range tele, 1000 lux
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: very low resolution
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, close range tele, 1000 lux
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, crop: good resolution
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, close range tele, 1000 lux
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: good resolution

Video

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, and noise, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at the highest resolution available. 

The Xiaomi 11T Pro achieves a Video score of 110. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi 11T Pro

96

118

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (118)

These video stills show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s exposure performance in a high-contrast indoor scene.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range but clipping in highlights
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, lower target exposure, shadow and highlight clipping
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, accurate target exposure, less dynamic range

Color

Xiaomi 11T Pro

105

107

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (107)

These video stills show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s color performance in a low light scene.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, accurate white balance and nice color
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, orange white balance cast
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, pretty neutral white balance

Autofocus

Xiaomi 11T Pro

86

109

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (109)

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s autofocus performance in the lab at 1000 lux.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, fast and accurate autofocus but occasional loss of focus during tracking

Texture

Xiaomi 11T Pro

92

99

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
Best: Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) (99)

This graph shows the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s texture performance in the lab across different light levels.

Video texture comparison: detail on the Xiaomi 11T Pro is comparable to the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. Texture is noticeably less well preserved on the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, which was tested at 1080p resolution rather than 4K.

Noise

Xiaomi 11T Pro

88

105

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (105)

This graph shows the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s noise performance in the lab across different light levels.

Video noise comparison: spatial noise is higher on the 11T Pro than for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. Noise is quite noticeable in indoor and outdoor shots.

Artifacts

Xiaomi 11T Pro

78

94

Oppo Find X2 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

These video stills show some video artifacts on the Xiaomi 11T Pro in low light.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, video artifacts
Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: color moiré on edges

Stabilization

Xiaomi 11T Pro

98

103

Vivo X70 Pro+
Best: Vivo X70 Pro+ (103)

In these tests we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

These samples show the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s stabilization performance in outdoor conditions.

Xiaomi 11T Pro, sharpness difference between frames is visible in the center of the video

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