Nature Photography: Stunning Photos from ShotByMi Finalists

Visit this link to view all stunning Nature photos shot by Xiaomi phones. Please support us by giving your vote for Photo #5 (Photo ID 66300).

Xiaomi is popular for its affordable smartphones bringing the best combination of hardware specifications for very affordable price tags. The success of the company flourishes more development seeds for the company’s future products. The birth of camera division marks another development phase for the company.

Xiaomi realizes the importance of good camera quality of a smartphone. The recently released devices such as Mi Note 10, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8, and Redmi Note 8 Pro prove strong determination of the company based in China.

Furthermore, Xiaomi always strives to deliver not only good smartphones for photography but also the actual evidence of how good are their smartphones.

There are many mobile photography events and challenges held by Xiaomi. The recent one is ShotByMi Photography Challenge.

The event is categorized into six categories: Portrait, Nature, Life, Closeup, Street, and Night photography. All Mi fans, mobile photography enthusiasts, Xiaomi photography squads, and ordinary users can participate in the challenge.

There were winners with the best photos shot on Xiaomi (and Redmi) phones every month. At the end of the event which is also the end of the year, the best photos of each month will be chosen for the final winners.

Luckily, we at have some lucks to join in the Xiaomi photography competition. We have managed to be one of the monthly winners in the Nature Photography genre.

Our photo is number 5 of the list with ID 66300.

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Dawn at Ijen Crater, Banyuwangi, Indonesia

About this photo:

Our photo was shot on Redmi 5 Plus. Yep, it’s an average phone which some people consider it as a low-end device. This achievement of being one of the monthly winners proves that mobile photography does not necessarily need a high-end device with multiple cameras.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which is known as Redmi Note 5 in India, is a budget Android phone powered with Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) having Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs and Adreno 506 GPU.

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Camera-wise, the phone boasts a single main camera powered with a 12 MP Omnivision sensor, f/2.2 lens aperture, and 1.25 μm sensor size per pixel. It’s not a fancy camera sensor like Samsung or Sony IMX.

Nevertheless, the result speaks clearly. That said if a budget device with a decent camera specification can produce good quality photos, devices with modern specification shall produce way better photos.

We captured the photo above at Banyuwangi Ijen Crater, a place of natural blue fire in Indonesia. The crater is on the top of mount Ijen. The photo shows the view inside the caldera Ijen, which is about 20 kilometres wide.

The electric-blue flame of Ijen was mentioned in National Geographic making its name famous and the number of tourists increases.

We took the shot around 5 a.m. in the early morning when the light is at its greatest quality. Using our bootloader-unlocked phone and the Camera2 API enabled, we took the shot. No further post-processing was done.

Instead, we used the ported Google Camera by Arnova8G2 with HDR+ Enhanced Mode activated. We took several shots and picked the best to send for the ShotByMi challenge.

Give Us Some Loves

All photos of ShotByMi monthly winners in the Nature Photography category are listed in the Mi Community forum.

Please support us by giving your vote for Photo #5 (ID 66300). We greatly thankful for each of your votes to our photo.

Voting page:

Again, visit the link above (you’ll be asked to open it on either web browser or Mi Community app), and vote for photo number 5.

You can view photos by other contestants on that page. They are all awesome too. However, please don’t forget to vote for our photo. Thank you very much.

Preview of contestants’ photos:

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Nature Photography: Stunning Photos from ShotByMi Finalists 3
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Nature Photography: Stunning Photos from ShotByMi Finalists 5

Credits belong to respective owners listed at Mi Community page.

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