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Xiaomi 13T Pro Camera test

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We put the Xiaomi 13T Pro  through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.

Overview

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50MP 1/1.28″ sensor, 1.22 µm pixels, 24mm equivalent f/1.9-aperture lens, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.06″ sensor, 1.12µm pixels, 15mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele : 50MP 1/2.88″ sensor, 0.61µm pixels, 50mm equivalent f/1.9-aperture lens AF

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Xiaomi 13T Pro
Xiaomi 13T Pro
131
camera
135
Photo
108

123

103

125

101

123

107

124

101

116

73

82

70
Bokeh
70

80

77
Preview
77

91

98
Zoom
59

118

101

121

134
Video
97

116

99

119

96

119

115

118

111

119

81

86

108

118

Use cases & Conditions

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

BEST 175

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

BEST 160

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

BEST 132

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

BEST 149

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photo & videos

Pros

  • Accurate exposure in different light conditions
  • Good control of noise in photo and video
  • Autofocus is generally fast and accurate for video
  • Preservation of details in indoor and outdoor conditions

Cons

  • Loss of detail in pictures of documents
  • Presence of artifacts in portrait mode
  • Slight inacurate skin rendering
  • Inaccurate color representation in night mode
  • Residual motion observable in outdoor walking scenarios

With an overall Camera score of 131, the Xiaomi 13T Pro ranked 8 points higher than the Xiaomi 13T, even though both phones are equipped with the same camera hardware. The differences in image quality were particularly visible in color rendering, in terms of white balance and skin tone rendering.

This year, Xiaomi has shifted gears and equipped the 13T and 13T Pro lines with a Mediatek chipset, after several years of using Qualcomm chipsets for the T Pro lines. Specifically, the 13T Pro comes with the powerful MediaTek Dimensity 9200+, while the standard 13T has the MediaTek Dimensity 8200-Ultra.

When compared with the 12T Pro, its predecessor, the 13T Pro also scored a few points higher in camera performance, thanks mostly to the  photo rendering in which exposure, and especially noise and autofocus, showed significant improvements. The autofocus was generally spot on, and the 13T Pro managed to keep the main subject sharp. However, the device’s main drawback is trigger delay, which keeps the 13T Pro behind the very best devices in this area.

The 13T Pro’s video mode provides good movement stabilization, good color rendering in outdoor conditions, while keeping down the noise levels in moving objects, making it an ideal camera for capturing videos of trips and sports.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Camera tests: DXOMARK’s Camera evaluations take place in laboratories and in real-world situations using a wide variety of subjects. The scores rely on objective tests for which the results are calculated directly by measurement software on our laboratory setups, and on perceptual tests in which a sophisticated set of metrics allow a panel of image experts to compare aspects of image quality that require human judgment. Testing a smartphone involves a team of engineers and technicians for about a week. Photo, Zoom, and Video quality are scored separately and then combined into an Overall score for comparison among the cameras in different devices. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera protocol, click here. More details on smartphone camera scores are available here. The following section gathers key elements of DXOMARK’s exhaustive tests and analyses. Full performance evaluations are available upon request. Please contact us  on how to receive a full report.

Xiaomi 13T Pro Camera Scores
This graph compares DXOMARK photo, zoom and video scores between the tested device and references. Average and maximum scores of the price segment are also indicated. Average and maximum scores for each price segment are computed based on the DXOMARK database of devices tested.

Photo

135

Xiaomi 13T Pro

160

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+
About DXOMARK Camera Photo tests

For scoring and analysis, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2,600 test images both in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The photo protocol is designed to take into account the main use cases and is based on typical shooting scenarios, such as portraits, family, and landscape photography. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements on images of charts captured in the lab under different lighting conditions from 1 to 1,000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

In our tests, the Xiaomi 13T Pro delivered images with good detail preservation  and low noise levels in bright light conditions. The color rendering of the Xiaomi 13T Pro offered natural and vibrant colors, although the skin color rendering could be slightly inaccurate in low-light conditions. This device had good exposure and white balance stability under different light conditions, together with a wide dynamic range, resulting in good detail rendering in high and low illuminated areas of the image. In addition,  the Xiaomi 13T Pro presented less lens shading than the Xiaomi 13T.

Xiaomi 13T Pro Photo scores
The photo tests analyze image quality attributes such as exposure, color, texture, and noise in various light conditions. Autofocus performances and the presence of artifacts on all images captured in controlled lab conditions and in real-life images are also evaluated. All these attributes have a significant impact on the final quality of the images captured with the tested device and can help to understand the camera's main strengths and weaknesses.

Exposure

108

Xiaomi 13T Pro

123

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

The Xiaomi 13T Pro exhbited a high dynamic range in almost all tested condition — except when the subject was moving in the scene, which made the HDR rendering quite unstable. Dynamic range was on par mostly with the Xioami 13T and showed slightly better results than the 12T Pro.

Entropy (capacity of recovering information in the highlights parts of a scene) given for different illuminances and scene dynamics

With regards to the Xiaomi 12T Pro, some improvements were  visible in low light, with a better target exposure leading to a more pleasant rendering.

Xiaomi 13T Pro - Low light
Xiaomi 13T Pro - Accurate face exposure
Xiaomi 12T Pro - Low light
Xiaomi 12T Pro - Low face exposure
Xiaomi 13T - Low light
Xiaomi 13T - Accurate face exposure but skin tone is too pink

Color

103

Xiaomi 13T Pro

125

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Exposure and color are the key attributes for technically good pictures. For exposure, the main attribute evaluated is the brightness of the main subject through various use cases such as landscape, portrait, or still life. Other factors evaluated are the contrast and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Repeatability is also important because it demonstrates the camera's ability to provide the same rendering when shooting several images of the same scene.
For color, the image quality attributes analyzed are skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, and repeatability. For color and skin tone rendering, we penalize unnatural colors but we respect a manufacturer's choice of color signature.

Color rendering of the 13T Pro was generally pleasant even if it sometimes struggled, especially on backlit scenes, with red tint visible.

Xiaomi 13T Pro - Wide dynamic range
Xiaomi 13T Pro - Skin tone slightly too red
Google Pixel 7a - Low dynamic range
Google Pixel 7a - Natural skin tone
Xiaomi 13T - Wide dynamic range
Xiaomi 13T - Low contrast and desaturated skin tone rendering

Autofocus

101

Xiaomi 13T Pro

123

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

Autofocus tests concentrate on focus accuracy, focus repeatability, shooting time delay, and depth of field. Shooting delay is the difference between the time the user presses the capture button and the time the image is actually taken. It includes focusing speed and the capability of the device to capture images at the right time, what is called 'zero shutter lag' capability. Even if a shallow depth of field can be pleasant for a single subject portrait or close-up shot, it can also be a problem in some specific conditions such as group portraits; Both situations are tested. Focus accuracy is also evaluated in all the real-life images taken, from infinity to close-up objects and in low light to outdoor conditions.

ln autofocus, the 13T Pro was  a very efficient device, managing to to have its target in focus. However, the delay between triggering the capture button and the actual capture was often slightly too long — between 200ms and 300ms in all lighting conditions. This is only  a slight improvement when compared to the 12T Pro, but it is significant enough to miss the moment. For action-packed uses cases such as sports photography, this slightly too long of a delay, which can easily mean missing the significant moment.

Autofocus irregularity and speed: 20Lux Δ7EV Tungsten Handheld
This graph illustrates focus accuracy and speed and also zero shutter lag capability by showing the edge acutance versus the shooting time measured on the AFHDR setup on a series of pictures. All pictures were taken at 20Lux with Tungsten illuminant, 500ms after the defocus. On this scenario, the backlit panels in the scene are set up to simulate a fairly high dynamic range: the luminance ratio between the brightest point and a 18% reflective gray patch is 7, which we denote by a Exposure Value difference of 7. The edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the Dead Leaves chart, and the shooting time is measured on the LED Universal Timer.

Texture

107

Xiaomi 13T Pro

124

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and the texture of subjects in the images taken in the lab as well as in real-life scenarios. For natural shots, particular attention is paid to the level of details in the bright and dark areas of the image. Objective measurements are performed on chart images taken in various lighting conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The charts used are the proprietary DXOMARK chart (DMC) and the Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score vs lux levels for tripod and handheld conditions
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with the level of lux, for two holding conditions. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

Noise

101

Xiaomi 13T Pro

116

Honor Magic5 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure on real-life images as well as images of charts taken in the lab. For natural images, particular attention is paid to the noise on faces, landscapes, but also on dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Noise on moving objects is also evaluated on natural images. Objective measurements are performed on images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The chart used is the Dead Leaves chart and the standardized measurement such as Visual Noise derived from ISO 15739.

Visual noise evolution with illuminance levels in handheld condition
This graph shows the evolution of visual noise metric with the level of lux in handheld condition. The visual noise metric is the mean of visual noise measurement on all patches of the Dead Leaves chart in the AFHDR setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.

Artifacts

73

Xiaomi 13T Pro

82

Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G

The artifacts evaluation looks at lens shading, chromatic aberrations, geometrical distortion, edges ringing, halos, ghosting, quantization, unexpected color hue shifts, among others type of possible unnatural effects on photos. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction on the score. The main artifacts observed and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main photo artifacts penalties

Bokeh

70

Xiaomi 13T Pro

80

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

With a score of 70 in bokeh, the 13T Pro is ranked ahead of the 13T version. Even though both devices exhibited quite similar quality in most of the conditions, the 13T Pro sometimes did slightly better on some very specific areas, but the quality gap  between the devices was generally small.

Xiaomi 13T Pro - Bokeh
Xiaomi 13T Pro - Fairly good depth estimation
Xiaomi 13T - Bokeh
Xiaomi 13T - Depth estimation error

Preview

77

Xiaomi 13T Pro

91

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Preview tests analyze the image quality of the camera app's preview of the image, with particular attention paid to the difference between the capture and the preview, especially regarding dynamic range and the application of the bokeh effect. Also evaluated is the smoothness of the exposure, color and focus adaptation when zooming from the minimal to the maximal zoom factor available. The preview frame rate is measured using the LED Universal Timer.

Xiaomi 13T Pro – Preview screenshot
Xiaomi 13T Pro –  Fairly similar exposure and dynamic range to final capture in comparison with its preview

Zoom

98

Xiaomi 13T Pro

158

Huawei P60 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Zoom tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 400 test images in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor, and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings and pinch zoom at various zoom factors from ultra wide to very long-range zoom. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting the images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements of chart mages captured in the lab under different conditions from 20 to 1000 lux and color temperatures from 2300K to 6500K.

Xiaomi 13T Pro Zoom Scores
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The abscissa is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.

Wide

101

Xiaomi 13T Pro

121

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

These tests analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 mm to 20 mm. All image quality attributes are evaluated, with particular attention paid to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion. Pictures below are an extract of tested scenes.

Tele

59

Xiaomi 13T Pro

118

Huawei P60 Pro

All image quality attributes are evaluated at focal lengths from approximately 40 mm to 300 mm, with particular attention paid to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

The Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro both have the same camera modules,  and the final rendering was generally very close most of the time. But the  Xiaomi 13T’s rendering was slightly sharper.

Xiaomi 13T Pro - 90mm eq. focal length
Xiaomi 13T Pro - Fairly low level of detail
Xiaomi 13T - 90mm eq. focal length
Xiaomi 13T -Slightly better detail preservation
Google Pixel 7a - 90mm eq. focal length
Google Pixel 7a - Low level of detail
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.

Video

134

Xiaomi 13T Pro

158

Apple iPhone 15 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Video tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2.5 hours of video in controlled lab environments and in natural low-light, indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The evaluation consists of visually inspecting natural videos taken in various conditions and running objective measurements on videos of charts recorded in the lab under different conditions from 1 to 1000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

The Xiaomi 13T Pro was tested using 4K HDR10+ format at 30 frames per second. Please note that this is a different HDR format than the  Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which proposes Dolby Vision HLG format.

In video, the 13T Pro showed a  good preservation of details and good exposure stability under the different light conditions tested: outdoors, indoors, and low light. The Xiaomi 13T Pro also had good noise control, even with moving objects or subjects. Autofocus was  fast and accurate, while  exposure was accurate  in all light conditions. Overall in video mode, the Xiaomi 13T Pro’s quality was very similar to that of the Xiaomi 13T.

Xiaomi 13T Pro Video scores
Video tests analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, or noise, in addition to temporal aspects such as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

Exposure

97

Xiaomi 13T Pro

116

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Color

99

Xiaomi 13T Pro

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Exposure tests evaluate the brightness of the main subject and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Stability and temporal adaption of the exposure are also analyzed.
Image-quality color analysis looks at color rendering, skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, stability of the white balance and its adaption when light is changing.

Xiaomi 13T Pro videos showed  stable white balance and decent color rendering. Color scores, however, were a bit disappointing for a camera tested in HDR format, with colors generally less vivid  than those on  the Xiaomi 12T Pro.

Disclaimer: The snapshots used in the  illustrations below were obtained through BT. 2446a tone mapping in order to be displayed in this review. They nevertheless illustrate well what was  observed on HDR displays.

Xiaomi 13T Pro – Color rendering slightly lacking  saturation
Xiaomi 13T – Color rendering slightly lacking saturation
Xiaomi 12T Pro – Color rendering with vivid colors

Texture

115

Xiaomi 13T Pro

118

Oppo Find X6 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and texture of the real-life videos as well as the videos of charts recorded in the lab. Natural videos recordings are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the level of details in the bright and areas as well as in the dark. Objective measurements are performed of images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The charts used are the DXOMARK chart (DMC) and Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation video score vs lux levels
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation video score with the level of lux in video. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

Noise

111

Xiaomi 13T Pro

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure, temporal aspects on real-life video recording as well as videos of charts taken in the lab. Natural videos are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the noise in the dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Objective measurements are performed on the videos of charts recorded in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The chart used is the DXOMARK visual noise chart.

Spatial visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of spatial visual noise with the level of lux. Spatial visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
Temporal visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of temporal visual noise with the level of lux. Temporal visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup.

Stabilization

108

Xiaomi 13T Pro

118

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Stabilization evaluation tests the ability of the device to stabilize footage thanks to software or hardware technologies such as OIS, EIS, or any others means. The evaluation looks at residual motion, smoothness, jellow artifacts and residual motion blur on walk and run use cases in various lighting conditions. The video below is an extract from one of the tested scenes.

Xaiomi 13T Pro – Residual walking motion and temporal clipping

Xiaomi 13T – Less residual motion and no temporal clipping

Xiaomi 12T Pro – Good stability and slight highlights clipping

Disclaimer: Videos on the Xiaomi 13T Pro and 13T were recorded using the device HDR10+ format. YouTube does not detect Xiaomi’s implementation of HDR10+ and automatically converts videos to SDR, which could result in a loss of details on the final images. As a result, please be aware that the videos in this review might not reflect the tested HDR quality.

Artifacts

81

Xiaomi 13T Pro

86

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

Artifacts are evaluated with MTF and ringing measurements on the SFR chart in the lab as well as frame-rate measurements using the LED Universal Timer. Natural videos are visually evaluated by paying particular attention to artifacts such as aliasing, quantization, blocking, and hue shift, among others. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction from the score. The main artifacts and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main video artifacts penalties

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