World’s Best Top 4 High-end Flagship Smartphones Camera Comparison

In this Cameras comparison, I want to see the strongest mobile phone CMOS-Samsung GN2. Rivals include the new flagship OnePlus 9 Pro, Vivo X60 Pro+, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra as a reference baseline.

Who would have thought that domestic mobile phone sensors will skyrocket from 1/2.55 inches to 1/1.12 inches in a few years, surpassing the 2012 Nokia 808 PureView with 1/1.2 inches and second only to the 2014 Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 with a 1-inch base?

In 2021, the mobile phone AI, multi-frame synthesis algorithm and CMOS technology have far exceeded those of the year. The Samsung S5KGN2 on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, except for the slightly smaller size, almost all specifications are above the Panasonic CM1.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra main camera is 5000W Samsung S5KGN2 (the first Dual Pixel Pro full-pixel Omni-directional 8-core focusing, dual native ISO, interlaced HDR) 1.4μm (4in1 into 2.8μm), 1/1.12”, 8P lens, OIS, F1.95 aperture. Without the 2x portrait lens, the ultra-wide-angle and ultra-telephoto lens are not the strongest, but they are also the flagship level: 0.5x focal length and 128-degree ultra-large field view and ultra-wide angle using IMX586; The one is also IMX586.

Among these 4 units, the Vivo X60 Pro+ and Xiaomi 10 Ultra specifications are mutually successful. X60 Pro+ has GN1 (1.2μm, 5000W) with F1.69 aperture and IMX598 (0.8μm, 4800W) with a micro-pan head. The telephoto is a weaker 5x focal length OV08A10 (1μm, 800W). The main camera of Mi 10 Ultra is OV48C (1.2μm, 4800W) + 5x focal IMX586 (the same model of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra). Although the ultra-wide-angle has a 128-degree field of view, it is only IMX350 (1μm, 2000W).

And the OnePlus 9 Pro with Hasselblad, the main camera, is the only IMX789 (1.12μm, 4800W) + the strongest ultra-wide-angle IMX766 (1μm, 5000W), but only 3.3 times the telephoto.

5x telephoto contrast

OnePlus 9 Pro requires 3.3x telephoto + digital cropping to reach 5x zoom, which is not a category and has no meaning for evaluation. There is a significant difference between the 1/4.4” OV08A10 of X60 Pro+ and the two IMX586s of Mi 1/2” even in the daytime.

Although the Exif information of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is 127mm (Mi 10 Ultra is 123mm), the actual image circle is the same as Mi 10 Ultra. Two machines with the same ultra-telephoto hardware have similar performance, but the sharpening and noise reduction of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra are lighter.

Superpixel mode comparison 2, central zoom (the outsole advantage of GN2, I did not expect it to be displayed in the daytime, the details and dynamic range of the high pixel mode are stronger)

Superpixel mode comparison 3, central zoom (the OnePlus 9 algorithm is still a bit fascinating, the high pixel mode is likely to be the result of powerful sharpening and interpolation, high pixels are lonely)

Superpixel mode, lighting scene, central zoom (abnormal usage of high pixel mode)
The ultra-wide angles of the two Xiaomi’s are all affected by the side backlight (upper right corner)

The two 128-degree ultra-wide-angle Xiaomi’s have a significantly larger field of view. The edge distortion control of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra is slightly better than that of the previous generation. The 114-degree field of view that X60 Pro+ does not require even correction is slightly larger than that of the OnePlus 9 Pro. The edge distortion control of both machines is excellent (the edge objects are still horizontal and vertical).

Night Mode

Ultra-wide-angle, daytime scene, high-pixel mode, zoom on the left edge of the picture (X60 Pro+ is slightly more detailed than the OnePlus 9 Pro, and both are better than the ultra-wide-angle Xiaomi 11 Ultra).

Super Macro, shallow light scene 9 (harm, the two phones above are directly out)

Ultra-wide angle, shallow light scene 9, zoomed in the centre above (the tolerance is stronger with OnePlus, but the details are better with X60 Pro+)

The viewfinder and the naked eye are like the above ↑, but the imaging is like the following ↓ (all night vision devices)

The one with the smallest bottom, on the contrary, is the brightest in the picture, resulting in fierce noise. X60 Pro+ metering is relatively low; the details are the most abundant and natural.


The main camera of the Mi 11 Ultra engineering machine is far from expected. The algorithm does not seem to be adjusted properly. The low-light algorithm is obviously slowing down. It can only wait for the OTA to save the respect. Also, there are too many faith fans, so we don’t rank high or low here. The following is alphabetical order:

vivo X60 Pro+: The camera experience is excellent, the algorithm is MSG style, and the contrast is high. The 23mm main camera has the largest field of view, so the resolution is average. The 5x telephoto is average, and the filming rate is not high. The optical image stabilization IMX598 is unexpectedly strong and can leapfrog the IMX766. The ultra-wide-angle night scene mode has a high filming rate. Although the latitude is lower than the IMX766, the resolution and noise reduction are stronger. Next time you have to catch Find X3 and compare it.

Mi 10 Ultra: The OV48C is not old. Except that the focus success rate is relatively low compared to the others, the camera experience is average. The main camera can now also be shot, and the 5x telephoto is also extreme. It’s the ultra-wide-angle that drags it back, the field of view is large, and the daytime resolution is better, but the low-light scenes are more miserable if the multi-frame synthesis is not triggered.

Mi 11 Ultra: The outsole advantage of GN2 turned out to be the most obvious in the daytime (but you need to zoom in more than 150% to see it). The picture details and tolerance are indeed better, but the outsole advantage should be more obvious in the light and low light. The scene but was dragged back by the algorithm. With the algorithm’s strong MSG flavour, smearing, sharpening, and pulling the contrast, a set of combined punches, plus unstable metering, even GN2 can’t do it. The ultra-wide-angle has improved, but it has not met expectations. There is a significant gap between the two most powerful ultra-wide-angles, X60 Pro+ and OnePlus 9 Pro.

Personally, I tend to think that the algorithm hasn’t been done well. Japanese designers will cheat logo money, but Xingxingxingxing’s hardware should not cheat people.

Read Also: Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro VS iPhone 12 Pro Camera Comparison: Detailed Review

OnePlus 9 Pro: The blue saturation of the Hasselblad colour is indeed higher. At this stage, the firmware is not perfect, and the MSG flavour is also thick. The high-pixel mode is sharpening + interpolation, and there is no need to open it. Although the main camera sensor is the smallest, it is still very low-light; that is, the noise is the strongest. The ultra-wide-angle filming rate is average, and there is a large-bottom latitude, but the algorithm loses its discrimination. Also, it is a pity that it only has a 3.3x telephoto.

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