X1iii, Mi11U, S21U & iP12 shootout at 70, 120 & 240mm!

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Booted Cat
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S21U mischaracterized at 70mm

Booted Cat wrote:

In researching the zoom quality of the Sony Xperia 1 III, I found this YouTube video made by a Hong Kong phone reviewer that compares the Xperia 1 III (X1iii), Mi 11 Ultra (Mi11U), S21 Ultra (S21U) and iPhone 12 (iP12), including their zoom quality at 70, 120 and 240mm (3x, 5x and 10x):

【最佳摄影手机大比拼】Sony Xperia 1 III vs Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max vs 小米 11 Ultra 年度旗舰对比评测! - YouTube

70mm (3x), cropped. The reviewer actually talked about differences in color and white balance. I think the Mi 11 Ultra is the sharpest in this case.

Another 70mm (3x), cropped. The reviewer thinks the four shots have similar IQ, but I find the Mi 11 Ultra is the sharpest again.

The two 70mm comparisons above actually misrepresented the S21U. The S21U has a 72mm camera, so at 70mm it actually uses a crop from its 24mm camera, resulting in suboptimal IQ. The video claims the S21U's 70mm shots were taken with a native 70mm camera, which is wrong and should be "Crop from 24mm".

120mm (5x), cropped. The reviewer thinks the Xperia 1 III and Mi 11 Ultra shots are sharper than the other two as the former have dedicated lenses at 105mm and 120mm. I find the Mi 11 Ultra to be the sharpest of the four shots.

240mm (10x), cropped. The reviewer thinks the S21 Ultra is the sharpest in this case as it as a dedicated 240mm lens, which I agree with.

240mm (10x), another crop. The reviewer thinks the S21 Ultra is the sharpest in this case as it as a dedicated 240mm lens, which I agree with.

So my conclusion is that the Mi 11 Ultra is the sharpest of the four phones at 70mm (3x) and 120mm (5x), while the S21 Ultra is the sharpest at 240mm (10x) and beyond.

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