- The Xiaomi Mi 11 series will offer a night mode for video recording.
- This offers much brighter footage in low-light conditions.
The company has started to tease a few details about the new phones, such as Wi-Fi 6 capabilities and improved LPDDR5 RAM support. But Xiaomi has also just revealed a night mode video feature on Weibo, showing off a sample video clip that you can view below.
The video shows a scene in what looks like near total darkness, but activating the night video mode yields much brighter results. Weâ€™re not sure if Xiaomi used any studio trickery here, but if this is the real deal it could do for low-light video what night mode did for low-light photos.
It would also differ from most other low-light video modes weâ€™ve seen on phones today, such as the Galaxy S20 series and iPhone 12 range. Both Apple and Samsung offer improved low-light video, but this is mostly restricted to timelapses. Weâ€™ve also seen the likes of Huawei use pixel-binned ultra-wide sensors to deliver better low-light video.
Xiaomi may have also hinted at better night-time snaps too, with a poster (h/t: MyDrivers) touting the implementation of â€œcomputational photography.â€� Check out the image below.
Of course, computational photography is a staple of pretty much all major brands today, so this isnâ€™t exactly noteworthy. What is notable, however, is the use of a starry sky, potentially hinting at an astrophotography mode for the Mi 11.
This wouldnâ€™t be the first time we see an astrophotography mode on a Xiaomi phone though. The Mi 10T Pro and a few other devices offer a Long Exposure mode that includes a Starry Sky option to take shots of the night sky. Itâ€™s unclear if the Mi 11 series will be getting the same mode or a beefed up mode.
Either way, it looks like youâ€™ll want to keep an eye on the upcoming flagships if you value low-light camera performance on your smartphone. Xiaomi will be launching the Mi 11 series on December 28 in China.