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Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Camera review: Near the top of its class

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is near the bottom of the company’s Mi range of phones (above the baseline Mi 11 Lite, which doesn’t have 5G connectivity). It features a 6.55-inch 90 Hz AMOLED display with HDR10+ support, and is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G chipset, backed by 8 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage. There are three cameras on the back: primary, ultra-wide, and macro modules. It’s the same configuration as the phone’s big sibling, the Mi 11, but different sensors in the modules make for a different performance profile.

Read on to find out how the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G performs in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 64 MP sensor with f/1.79 lens
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP sensor, 119° field of view
  • Macro: 5 MP sensor
  • LED flash
  • 4K at 30 fps (tested), 1080p at 60/30 fps, 720p at 30 fps

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 Mi 11 Lite 5G
111
camera
118
photo
48
zoom
101
video

Pros

  • Accurate exposure on faces outdoors and indoors, even in backlit scenes
  • Noise generally well controlled down to low light
  • Skin tones generally pleasant
  • Preview exposure for portraits fairly accurate, even in challenging HDR scenes
  • Video detail high
  • Video exposure usually accurate
  • Video stabilization effective

Cons

  • Exposure instabilities
  • White balance casts outdoors
  • Frequent autofocus failures
  • Fine detail often lost
  • Exposure instabilities and HDR fusion artifacts in ultra-wide shots
  • Low detail when zooming in
  • Underexposure in night portraits with flash-auto mode
  • Video noise often visible, high in low light and on moving objects

With an overall score of 111, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G lands fairly low in our general rankings, but looks much better when compared to phones in its class, tying the top phone in the Advanced segment, the Google Pixel 4a.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G can produce nicely exposed photos, though exposure often varies from shot to shot. Here a color cast is also visible.

Its Photo score of 118 misses the top score in the Advanced segment (held by the Pixel 4a, with 122) but is still respectable. The main camera can produce accurately exposed photos, but exposure tends to vary from shot to shot, including differences in how well highlights are preserved. A color cast is also usually present in outdoor shots, though skin tones are generally pleasant. Noise is well controlled, though this comes at the expense of fine detail. Autofocus leaves room for improvement.

The Zoom composite score of 48 is quite good for the Advanced segment. Like most other phones at this price point, the Mi 11 Lite 5G doesn’t have a dedicated tele module, and image quality drops sharply when zooming in. But wide performance ties the category leader, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro.

The video score of 101 is also solid for the category, bolstered by strong detail and effective stabilization. The Mi 11 Lite 5G is surpassed in this category so far by only Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 (105), but there are compromises at this price point, including autofocus issues and high noise levels.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is competitive within its category, and though weaknesses are certainly present, they are mostly reasonable compromises given the phone’s price.

Below you can find detailed analyses and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, along with comparisons with two of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s competitors, the Google Pixel 4a and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.

Photo

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G achieves a Photo score of 118. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

83

111

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (111)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, including 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 Mi 11 Lite 5G’s exposure variation over consecutive shots.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, accurate exposure, clipped highlights
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, accurate exposure, better highlight retention
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, better highlight retention but slightly lower exposure

Color

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

97

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, including 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 Mi 11 Lite 5G’s color performance in bright light.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, pink cast outdoors
Google Pixel 4a, slight cold cast
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, accurate color

Autofocus

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

85

109

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

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

These samples show the autofocus performance of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, autofocus
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: missed focus
Google Pixel 4a, autofocus
Google Pixel 4a, crop: accurate focus
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, autofocus
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: accurate focus

Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

88

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.

This graph shows the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s index quality of texture in the lab.

Texture comparison: The level of detail is lower than that of the reference devices.

Noise

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

78

99

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (99)

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 Mi 11 Lite 5G’s noise performance in outdoor light.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, outdoor noise
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: noise visible but light
Google Pixel 4a, outdoor noise
Google Pixel 4a, crop: heavy noise
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: outdoor noise
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: noise visible but light

Bokeh

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

55

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.

These samples show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s bokeh simulation outdoors.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, good subject separation but light blur effect
Google Pixel 4a, serious depth estimation artifacts, strong blur effect
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, some depth estimation artifacts, light blur effect

Night

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

36

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 Mi 11 Lite 5G’s night performance in flash-auto mode.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, flash-auto: underexposure, limited dynamic range
Google Pixel 4a, flash-auto: correct exposure, clipped shadows
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, flash-auto: correct exposure, clipped shadows

Artifacts

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

70

75

Google Pixel 4
Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

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

These samples shows artifacts in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s photos compared to competitors.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, artifacts
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: strong aliasing on edges
Google Pixel 4a, artifacts
Google Pixel 4a, crop: no visible aliasing
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, artifacts
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: slight aliasing

Preview

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

61

80

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

In these tests we analyze the 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 graph shows the average face exposure on the preview image.

The Mi 11 Lite’s face exposure is accurate in the lab even in high dynamic scenes. Slight underexposure is visible in low light. Both rivals underexpose the face in high dynamic scenes.

This graph shows the difference between capture and preview for face exposure.

Preview exposure is only slightly different than the captured photo, with highlights clipped more often in preview than capture. The Pixel 4a shows much larger differences, though.

Zoom

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G achieves a Zoom score of 48. 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 competitors.

Wide

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

36

57

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (57)

In these tests we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 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 performance of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s ultra-wide camera.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, 16 mm-equivalent: shot-to-shot exposure variation, highlights well preserved
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, 16 mm-equivalent: shot-to-shot exposure variation, highlights blown out

Tele

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

56

140

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (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 samples show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s tele performance in the lab.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, short-range zoom
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: fine details lost and heavy aliasing
Google Pixel 4a, short-range zoom
Google Pixel 4a, crop: details well preserved
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, short-range zoom
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: details well preserved

Video

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G achieves a Video score of 101. 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 quality against competitors.

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

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at 4K resolution

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

85

118

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

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video exposure characteristics in indoor conditions.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G: Fairly wide dynamic range and proper exposure adjustment for face

Google Pixel 4a: No exposure adjustment for face

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Heavy highlight clipping and visible steps as exposure changes

Color

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

93

105

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video color in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G: Generally pleasant color rendering

Google Pixel 4a: Slightly inaccurate color rendering

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Quite pleasant color rendering

Autofocus

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

70

109

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

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video autofocus performance.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G: Frequent refocusing in low light

Google Pixel 4a: Accurate autofocus

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Visible refocusing in low light

Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

85

97

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

This graph shows the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video texture performance in the lab.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G video texture: Detail in videos is quite high.

Noise

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

72

105

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

These video stills show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video noise levels in low light.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, video still
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, crop: visible noise, especially in low light
Google Pixel 4a, video still
Google Pixel 4a, crop: noise well controlled
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, video still
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, crop: noise well controlled

Artifacts

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

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).

This graph shows the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video exposure time under different lighting conditions, which is related to judder artifacts.

Exposure times are low in bright light, but judder is not as bad as it could be.

Stabilization

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

96

102

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (102)

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 sample clips show the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s video stabilization.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G: Slight residual motion, but sharpness differences between frames often visible

Google Pixel 4a, More residual motion

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: More residual motion

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