Xiaomi 14 Ultra review: more camera than phone

As much a connected camera as it is a smartphone, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra's 1-inch sensor, variable aperture and Leica processing shine

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A photo of the Xiaomi 14 Ultra
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Xiaomi has created the ultimate camera phone with the help of Leica. The 14 Ultre is a 12-120mm system, with the 23mm camera matched with an f/1.63-f/4 variable aperture, a Summilux lens and a 1-inch sensor. Able to record 8K video, as well as 4K HDR and LOG, and with support for a native Photography Kit that adds a camera-like grip and a suite of tools to level up its camera experience, while this isn't a flawless smartphone, it's the best camera phone available in the West for photographers.


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    Class-leading camera sensors

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    f/1.63-f/4.0 variable aperture

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    Near-focus across all four cameras

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    Great-looking 4K and 8K video

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    Game-changing camera accessory


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    No eSIM support

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    Heavy interface

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The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is as much a premium connected camera as it is a smartphone. It not only competes with the best smartphones around but also encroaches on premium compact territory, potentially replacing or supplementing the Sony RX100 and Sony ZV-1 for a certain kind of user. 

That statement might irk photography purists, but hear us out; Xiaomi's latest flagship combines a 1-inch Sony sensor with a variable f/1.63-4.0 aperture and a Leica Summilux lens in its main camera. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.