- Xiaomi is apparently working on a Long Exposure mode.
- The mode will offer light painting and astrophotography options.
- This follows in the footsteps of Huawei and Googleâ€™s efforts in this regard.
Huawei phones have offered a Light Painting mode for years now, dating back to 2015â€™s Huawei P8 at the very least. It now looks like Xiaomi is eyeing this mode and Googleâ€™s astrophotography mode for a feature of its own.
XDA members dug into the MIUI 12 Camera app and uncovered evidence for a so-called Long Exposure mode. The code points to the ability to capture effects like traffic light trails (e.g. from cars), star trails, moving clouds, silky water, and moving crowds around a subject standing still.
Huawei has offered a similar mode before, giving you the ability to create many of these effects too. But Xiaomi might be looking at Googleâ€™s astrophotography mode (see the sample at the top of the page) for more inspiration as well.
The MIUI 12 Camera app code also points to a â€œmagic starâ€� or â€œstarry skyâ€� option that requires users to be in an area with low light pollution. Furthermore, the option suggests that users set their phone on a tripod due to the long exposure time.
An XDA member noted that Xiaomiâ€™s Long Exposure mode was already live on the MIUI 12 beta for the Poco F2 Pro. Check out the screenshot via user hardziol below.
Xiaomi wouldnâ€™t be the first brand to offer an astrophotography mode after Google, as the recently released Realme X3 SuperZoom offers this feature too. Nevertheless, itâ€™s pretty impressive to see manufacturers offering a capability that previously couldnâ€™t be done on a smartphone out of the box.
The Chinese manufacturer is also apparently working on a Top Shot-style photo feature, which sees a number of photos snapped and the phone then suggesting the best one. Either way, it looks like Xiaomi phones are set for some cool camera options in the coming months.