The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is shaping up to be one of the most powerful phones for photography, but there’s a reason that Xiaomi has added a mode called “MasterCinema” (which records 10-bit Rec. 2020 HDR videos) – the phone has filmmaking ambitions too.

The company handed an Ultra to director Adam Bernstein, who has previously worked on Breaking Bad, Californication and others, along with cinematographer Sam Chase, known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and others. They shot a new movie called Roma Noir: Triple Jeopardy using the phone.

Not just the phone – the new Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro 12.4 tablet has a feature called Director’s mode, which allows it to serve as a remote monitor for up to four Xiaomi 14 Ultras. This helped as the team used the phone on the move and got creative with its placement.


Xiaomi 14 Ultra shoots HDR video
Xiaomi 14 Ultra shoots HDR video
Xiaomi 14 Ultra shoots HDR video
Xiaomi 14 Ultra shoots HDR video

Xiaomi 14 Ultra shoots HDR video

This was one of the features that they praised – since the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is smaller than a typical camera, it can get in tight places. They also mounted it to the sides of bikes and cars to get shots in motion, they even mounted it on a drone to get aerial footage.

The filmmakers also raved about the camera’s adjustable aperture, shutter speed, the ISO controls, variable frame rate and so on. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Roma Noir was shot:

The full film will be released soon.

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