Xiaomi 14 Pro: First hands-on tests compare the Leica camera with Xiaomi 13 Pro, Ultra and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
The Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro can already be purchased in China and are also available via import retailers. Interested buyers in other countries will probably have to wait until the beginning of 2024 unless they decide to import in advance. Many Western reviewers have not yet reviewed the successors to the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro, but there are already quite a few reviews of Xiaomi's latest Leica camera flagships on Chinese network Weibo.
In this short hands-on overview, we deliberately limit ourselves to the content that is available globally on YouTube. Ben's Gadget Reviews in particular once again provides the first internationally relevant insights, this time completely filmed with the new DJI Osmo Pocket 3 camera. In his first hands-on with the Xiaomi 14 Pro, Ben not only shows us the camera in comparison with that of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, he also goes into some of the other highlights, such as the quadruple curved glass made by Xiaomi.
Display comparison with the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
According to initial tests, the advertised brightness value of 3,000 nits for the TCL CSOT AMOLED display of course only comes to the fore in special HDR content, but there does not appear to be any major everyday differences compared to the Samsung panel of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. More precise test results are to be expected soon from our test lab, which already has Xiaomi's new high-flyer in its possession.
Brighter photos despite camera sensor downgrade?
The eagerly anticpated camera comparisons with the Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which both use the significantly larger Sony IMX989 in 1-inch format, are yet to materialize. Nevertheless, the first tests and comparisons with the Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Xiaomi 13 Pro below show that the sensor dubbed "Light Hunter 900" by Xiaomi lives up to its name and shows no weaknesses in dark environments, which is likely due to the larger aperture and the improved dynamics of the mysterious sensor, about which not a lot is known.
Xiaomi 14 Pro vs Xiaomi 13 Ultra
The photo comparisons below also show that the theoretically smaller sensor can easily keep up with the one in the Xiaomi 13 Ultra thanks to its improved optics and sensitivity. The smaller 1/1.3 inch sensor can also maintain the beautiful, natural bokeh effect thanks to the F/1.4 aperture compared to the F/1.9 aperture of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. However, both the ultra-wide-angle and telephoto cameras of the Xiaomi 14 Pro seem weaker compared to those on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, as some of the photo samples in the above video demonstrate.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi 14 Pro lacks the 5x periscope zoom optics, which is why the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will continue to carry weight until the launch of the Xiaomi 14 Ultra in mid-2024. The situation is reversed for fans of the front camera: thanks to the 4K/60 option on the Xiaomi 14 Pro, selfie photos and selfie videos in particular look significantly better than on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, as Ben demonstrates in his hands-on.
Xiaomi 14 Pro vs Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Last but not least, the stepless variable aperture and HyperOS are also topics in the hands-on video above, while the vlog below is primarily about the comparison with Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max, which naturally has advantages with its 5x zoom camera. The photo samples provided by the tester also show that the main cameras are at a similar level otherwise. Apple's results tend to look more vivid, while Xiaomi's are brighter and sometimes sharper. In the case of cats, the iPhone seems to focus more on the fur than the face. When it comes to video, Apple traditional advantages come to the fore, such as fast zooming.
Xiaomi 14 Pro vs Xiaomi 13 Pro
The YouTube video below is in Chinese, but from the 2nd minutes it provides a detailed camera comparison with the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which is relevant and understandable without knowledge of the language. This also shows that the main camera of the Xiaomi 14 Pro can easily compete with that of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, meaning that Xiaomi has successfully avoided a theoretical downgrade. Moreover, the Xiaomi 13 Pro's successor is much better at taking portraits during the day and at night, as the screenshots below demonstrate.