Camera Recap

The camera setup of the Mi 10 Pro is unique to Xiaomi’s phones. What sets the phone apart from the competition is the 108MP Samsung HMX sensor that produces default 27MP stills. It’s currently the highest resolution default shooter in the market right now. The Mi 10 Pro also is set apart by its telephoto module setup, opting to use two modules instead of just one, with a traditional 12MP 2x unit with a 48mm equivalent focal length, and a 8MP 5x unit with a 121mm equivalent focal length, without having to resort to complicated periscope prisms optics such as seen on Samsung or Huawei.

As with our recent reviews, this page is a recap of the extensive testing we’ve done a few weeks ago in our major flagship camera overview in which we evaluated almost all of this first half year’s devices, I highly suggest reading that piece for a more detailed breakdown evaluation as well as more sample shots:

Read Our Extensive Camera Evaluation For More Samples: 
Mobile Flagship Phone Camera Overview 2020 H1: Still Picture Battle

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 Mi 10 Pro     ]
OnePlus 8     ] - OnePlus 8 Pro       ]
[ iPhone 11 Pro ] - [ iPhone SE ] - [ Pixel 4 ]
[ Galaxy S20U(S) ] - [ Galaxy S20+(E) ]
V60     ]
[ Mate 30 Pro ] - [ P40 Pro ]
[ Reno3 Pro 5G ] - [ Reno3 Pro ]
[ X-T30 ]

Starting off with the main camera, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has one big let-down, and that is its processing. Whilst the camera sensor’s default 27MP resolution is able to get quite a fair amount of details rendered, it’s vastly overshadowed by the colours and tones that are most of the time more of a miss than a hit. In the above shot, the Mi 10 Pro overexposes the brighter areas of the scenes too much and then the HDR algorithm post-processed them down, resulting in a muted flat look.

I feel as though the main camera is somewhat lacking in micro-contrast, and I think this is maybe due to weakness in the optics of the module. At f/1.69 with a huge sensor and a 24mm native focal length, that’s pretty challenging for the lenses, and I think Xiaomi went a bit too far with the wide aperture here. Indeed, other lower-resolution phones such as the V60 and S20+ at 64MP have much better detail retention and less chromatic aberrations than the Mi 10 Pro’s 108MP shots.

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Mi 10 Pro       ]
OnePlus 8       ]
OnePlus 8 Pro         ]
[ iPhone 11 Pro ] - [ iPhone SE ] - [ P4 ]
[ Galaxy S20U(S) ]
[ Galaxy S20+(E) ]
V60       ]
[ Mate 30 Pro ]
[ P40 Pro ]
[ Reno3 Pro 5G ]
[ Reno3 Pro ]
[ X-T30 ]

The telephoto modules of the Mi 10 Pro are rather competitive and there’s certainly not a lack of micro-contrast or details in the shots, actually outperforming other 2x optics modules in this regard. On the 5x module, the Mi 10 Pro easily competes with the best phones out there, that being the S20 Ultra and the P40 Pro even though it’s only an 8MP picture. At 10x digital zooming the lower resolution sensor hits its limits. Again, the main weaknesses here are Xiaomi’s processing and colour rendition which isn’t always great. In the 2x shot here for example things look severely undersaturated, while the main camera flattens highlights too much.

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Mi 10 Pro        ]
OnePlus 8       ]
OnePlus 8 Pro         ]
[ iPhone 11 Pro ] - [ iPhone SE ] - [ Pixel 4 ]
[ Galaxy S20U(S) ]
[ Galaxy S20+(E) ]
V60        ]
[ Mate 30 Pro ]
[ P40 Pro ]
[ Reno3 Pro 5G ]
[ Reno3 Pro ] - [ X-T30 ]

In terms of low-light photography, the Mi 10 Pro actually fares extremely well thanks to the hardware prowess of the main camera sensor which is able to capture sufficient light, as well as Xiaomi’s night mode computational photography mode. Xiaomi’s Night mode is a bit odd in its behaviour as sometimes, in brighter situations, it doesn’t seem to engage and pictures are very similar if not the same to the regular auto mode shots. One limitation of night mode is that it’s only present on the main and 2x camera modules, which means that the ultra-wide-angle in particular becomes completely useless in low-light, faring as bad as the iPhone with terrible results.

Read Our Extensive Camera Evaluation For More Samples: 
Mobile Flagship Phone Camera Overview 2020 H1: Still Picture Battle

Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s camera let me somewhat disappointed. Whilst on paper the hardware of the phone is outstandingly good, and Xiaomi did extremely well in designing a unique dual telephoto module solution that solves the conundrum of periscope camera modules, I feel that the phone could have done much better than what it ends up presenting.

On the main camera, the great sensor is handicapped by lacklustre optics that just can’t keep up with the high resolutions it can capture. So, while in practice 27MP sounds good, and sometimes it’s an advantage, other competing phones sometimes just have cleaner, more detailed and contrast rich photos.

Xiaomi’s processing is also what I would consider amongst the not-so-good half of devices out there, as HDR processing and exposures sometimes fall flat, and colours many times are off, even though here and there it can perform excellently. In general, this is a software issue which the company can address via software updates, so I hope that’s something in the works for the future.

 

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  • zodiacfml - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    Isnt this similar in price to the ASUS ROG III? Reply
  • Kishoreshack - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link


    Good that after the budget segment they are also making good phones in flagship segment
    Reply
  • DZor - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    "4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz" - NSA means directly connected/controlled by NSA? Reply
  • GlossGhost - Monday, July 27, 2020 - link

    Yes the non-standalone direct connection to NSA. For your safety. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    Only in the delusional fantasy land that is Anandtech can a phone that sells for 999€ be considered a "solid value." That sort of headline is laughably disconnected from the economic realities of the world. Reply
  • Flunk - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    I've found price delusion to be really common in online reviews. Phone prices spike up into the cieling and the reviewers say nothing. The Google/LG Nexus 5 released less than 7 years ago offered flagship features for $349. Nearly 3 times the price in only 7 years is not inflation. It's highway robbery. Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    " Nearly 3 times the price in only 7 years is not inflation. It's highway robbery."

    could be that $600/week bonus for being out of a job is giving them better choices. ya think I'm joking: "The chief also felt the island was seeing so many young people due to what he called “stimulus package money” — unemployed young people who were provided an additional $600 in their unemployment benefits during the lockdown."

    here: https://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/volunteer...

    Socialism works both ways: ya give extra moolah to the poor, they'll spend it; give it to rich folks and they sit on it or buy stocks and bonds. guess which keeps the real economy going? as it happens, that Island dries and blows away without the dayhoppers. gad.
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    I see you've made a long reach so you could have an excuse to post a rant about something entirely unrelated. Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    I was replying to 'why do smartphone prices go up more than national inflation'? the answer is that consumers have the moolah to throw at discretionary buys. that's one of them. Reply
  • surt - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    Genuinely wondering which side of the 'which keeps the real economy going' question you are on. Because the well demonstrated factual answer to that was to give the money to the poor, the economic outcomes from that are historically demonstrated to be much, much better. Reply

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