Today’s limited release in mainland China, a new smartphone that is clear at a glance Millet Make no mistake, what a smartphone is about. The back third of the smartphone is dominated by a dome that covers many of the cameras, and it’s one of the largest sensors we’ve seen in a smartphone to date—a 1-inch sensor covered in Leica glass.
A lot of people — especially men — will tell you that size doesn’t matter. In the case of imaging sensors, this is not the case. The glass in front of the lens can only do so much, perfect glass does not exist. A bigger sensor means higher resolution, yes, but it also means the sensor has room for larger individual pixels. This helps cool the sensor and can indicate better low-light performance.
The entire 12S series of smartphones is equipped with different imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica.I know While teasing Leica recently, I was teasing Hasselblad’s smartphone integration, but in this case it actually makes sense. By using a Leica-designed lens (with the famous Leica Summicron brand), this phone might actually be able to get the most out of its sensor.
The range of cameras available on various cameras includes some very intricate lens designs rarely seen on smartphones; I can’t wait to get my hands on it and see if it performs as well in the real world as it looks on paper.
The company claims that its lens design greatly improves the quality of photos the camera can deliver in general. The alphabet soup in the press release sounds like the smartphone has reinvented the wheel, with some pretty juicy promises:
The main camera of Mi 12S Ultra adopts 8P aspherical lens. In order to solve common shooting problems, such as glare, ghosting, chromatic aberration, etc., the camera module of Mi 12S Ultra also adds anti-glare lens coating, lens edge ink coating, ring Olefin copolymer materials, and IR filters using spin-on technology. Together, these features provide a sharper overall picture that is consistent throughout the shot.
In addition to the advanced optical design, the Mi 12S series “in cooperation with Leica” also adopts Leica imaging contours, inherits Leica’s century-old image aesthetics, and reproduces Leica’s tones and aesthetics with cutting-edge algorithms. For the end user, this means that two photographic styles are available: “Leica Authentic Look” and “Leica Vibrant Look”, both of which offer photographers greater creative freedom.
For those of us who have read a photography press release or two, the first paragraph above can be summed up as “we used technology in this camera that was fairly common on compact cameras around 2005”, the second The segment can be summed up as “…we created some filters that have been used in Hipstamatic since 2009, but these filters look a bit like a Leica camera look. Of course, ignoring the “Leica look” is very Much depends on the film you put into the camera giant’s legendary cameras.
Press release gimmicks aside, the camera itself does look impressive, and fitting Sony’s IMX989 1-inch sensor into a smartphone is a tall order, both from an engineering point of view and as a The Promised Maker of Smartphone Photography.
Use a corollary: have you heard of the A-10 fighter?usually called warthogEssentially ridiculously large machine gun Depleted uranium bombs were fired, and they built a plane around it to be able to blow up the tank. That’s how this smartphone struck me; it’s not the kind of optics you put in a phone at the last minute because the product guys thought it was a good idea.
These sensors, paired with high-quality glass, guarantee excellent low-light photography capabilities. Combine that with some smart computational photography skills and the 10-bit RAW format, and you’re talking about some really advanced camera technology. These phones are likely to be the last nail in the long dying low-end compact camera category.
Wild for photography enthusiasts, we’re talking about a challenging 50.3-megapixel resolution and a 23mm-equivalent wide-angle lens here. As far as I know, this is the most advanced lens/sensor combination of any smartphone on the market. Of course, megapixels are not everything.
The rest of the smartphone looks good on paper too — 67W high-speed charging, a large 4,860 mAh battery, and smart battery management should keep you running for a while. The phone is powered by the new Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform. The Mi 12S Ultra even comes with a cooling pump that uses a capillary network to pump coolant around and prevent overheating, as well as a 6.73-inch AMOLED color display.
The phones are currently only available in mainland China, starting at around $900 for the Mi 12S Ultra, around $700 for the Mi 12S Pro, and $600 for the Mi 12S. There is no word on whether or when these will make it beyond the country’s borders.