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Leica vs. Leica: The Leica Xiaomi 12S Ultra phone really is that good

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The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has an extra large image sensor. A comparison with the Leica Q2 and iPhone 14 Pro shows whether it delivers better image quality.

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Bigger sensor, better image quality? In smartphones, the sensors of the main cameras are constantly growing. This culminates in models like the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which works with a so-called Type 1-inch sensor. This chip format is mainly known from high-quality premium compact cameras such as the Sony RX100 VII. Xiaomi also got support from the German camera manufacturer Leica, which had a decisive influence on both the calculation of the lens and the output of the raw data.

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Is the Xiaomi 12S Ultra on par with classic digital cameras and even superior to other current smartphones in terms of image quality? This is shown by our comparison with the Leica Q2 compact camera and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is currently not available in Germany. But it can be assumed that this camera technology will also be used in future (Xiaomi) models in this country. Other smartphone manufacturers are already experimenting with it: Sony, for example, claims to use an RX100-VII sensor in its Xperia Pro-I mobile phone. However, the lens in front of it does not fully illuminate the chip, only about 60 percent of its area. Instead of the 20 megapixels that this sensor actually delivers, the Xperia Pro-1 only outputs 12 megapixels. This is probably mainly due to the interaction of sensor and optics.