"Does the Xiaomi Mi 5 live up to the flagship camera standard? Let's find out"
Xiaomi's latest flagship, the Mi 5 (unboxing | first impressions), has just gone on sale in India priced at Rs 24,999 for the 32GB variant. The Mi 5 has a lot going for it – a beautiful curved glass design, a stunning display, the powerful Snapdragon 820 SoC and support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech, among others. But for us, the benchmark of a flagship smartphone is usually its camera. Mid-range smartphones today can be pretty efficient, and offer nice designs and battery life to boot. But the cameras are an area where manufacturers often make compromises, and that's why the really great shooters have most often been flagships. The Apple iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 duo are great examples of this, and the LG G5 looks like a formidable camera phone as well.
While we were on the prowl for a good subject for our close up sample, we chanced upon this Praying Mantis relaxing on these white flowers. It's a difficult shot considering the crowded background, but then this is a flagship phone and image sensor we're testing. Unfortunately, while the camera has managed a lovely depth-of-field effect, the subject isn't entirely in focus. And while sharpness and detail are otherwise spot-on, the white balance seems to have adjusted itself to a warm tone.
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