The ancient and magical taste of a Leica. Memories of ancient photographs and photographers who made history. And this analogue and physical pleasure of holding a camera in your hand, which is not a camera. But it’s a smartphone. In fact, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is a new species, evolving from a camera phone to a phone camera.
This is the new frontier of technical luxury: the transition from a smartphone that takes good, even very good photos, to a real camera that is hardly or not at all inferior to an SLR or mirrorless camera.
And here lies the meaning of Xiaomi 13 Ultra: Leica Optics, software developed by engineers and photography experts for amateur and professional photographers. Xiaomi 13 Ultra is the new top of the range of the Chinese giant, but in reality it does not compete with the Pro model, which, in addition, has the same 1-inch photo sensor from Sony, but is located in the niche of those who want the best of the Get out “smartphone photography.”
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is based on a quadruple set of cameras with its 1-inch main lens, a Sony IMX989, already seen on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the 13 Pro.
The focal lengths of the cameras range from 12 millimeters for the wide angle to 120 millimeters for the periscope telephoto, with the main focal length being 23 millimeters and 75 millimeters for the telephoto. The periscope sensor also offers 5x optical and 120x digital zoom.