Camera Showdown: Meizu MX vs. iPhone 4S, Xiaomi and Meizu M9
Had about 10+ emails asking us for some comparison between Meizu MX and other top smartphones these days, so we figured out we would spend some time to collect the results of tests that are done by Chinese tech sites who have got their hands on the Meizu MX.
So, most of our readers want to know how does that new eight megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture lens make MX an appealing upgrade from Meizu’s last generation Android phone M9. And most importantly, how does the MX’s camera stack up against competition with Apple’s iPhone 4S and the super affordable Xiaomi? Jump past the break to see the results, and check out “our” comprehensive MX sample gallery below.
Before you read on, here’s MX’s camera specs: The MX comes with an auto-focusing f/2.2 lens with LED flash and a back-illuminated 8-megapixel (3264 x 2448 pixels) CMOS sensor that captures 1080p video at 30 frames-per-second. What’s more, the camera supports ISO range of 50-3200, offers stellar image quality, a decent 4x zoom, an optical image stabilizer, smile detection, HDR, and panorama mode. It’s probably the most tech’d out cam on our list.
Today, camera specs for most of the latest smartphones look very similar: 8-megapixel sensors and HD video capture are standard-issue these days. Photo-retouching features are built into every phone or are offered in the ever-expanding universe of mobile apps. If we compared smartphone cameras based on their specs alone, we’d see a 100-way tie at the top. So, perhaps the only way to compare smartphone cameras is to put them through their paces and examine the results–and that’s exactly what we’ve done here. Our test cohort consists of the new Meizu MX, iPhone 4S, and the low-cost high-power Android phone that is widely discussed in China: theXiaomi phone. Moreover, in order to see how much the Meizu MX’s new camera has improved over the previous version, we included last year’s Meizu M9 in our test group.
The MX took the sharpest-looking shots with and without its flash enabled. The iPhone 4S had the most accurate-looking colors; exposure and white balance were excellent with iPhone 4S, and images were plenty sharp on their own, though not as sharp as those from the MX, which appears to add sharpening by default. The MX’s automated white balance is not as accurate as the iPhone 4S. You definitely need to adjust the white balance on the MX before you take a picture. Guess what, we think the M9’s automated white balance is better than the MX. As for the Xiaomi phone, it’s the weakest among all. Most images from Xiaomi appeared with a slight yellow tint…
Using the MX’s Camera
The Meizu MX is quite a pleasure to shoot with. The camera is ready to capture its first image within a second of launch, and tapping to focus after recomposing is painless and speedy, but not as fast as iPhone 4S.