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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  • Andrei Frumusanu - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    If you actually read the review instead of immediately spewing hatred you will read that I say it's not worth for 999€, however the Mi 10 can be had for 560€ which is a great value. Reply
  • 1_rick - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    "Overall, is the Mi 10 Pro worth it? It depends on the price, there’s no bad products, just bad prices. At the launch MSRPs of 999€ the 10 Pro I think certainly wouldn’t be worth the price as there’s other better alternatives out there such as the OnePlus 8 Pro. Currently the Mi 10 Pro however does go for around 760€ "

    I'm sure you meant "Mi 10" and not "Mi 10 Pro" in the last sentence. But you should also revise the first one to say something like "Overall, are these phones worth it?"
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    My comment was shorter than your review and you didn't bother to read it entirely before leaping to a conclusion so speak for yourself. I specifically pointed out the headline is laughably disconnected. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    The comments section is for posting opinions first, and (maybe) reading later :P Reply
  • Sivar - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    A recursive photo (photo of a phone displaying the article, including that phone) would be a great cover image for your photo review. A little more work, but more fun. Reply
  • sleeperclass - Friday, July 24, 2020 - link

    I had high hopes that they would work on their mistakes (From the Mi 9. I use one) but looks like they have not. Their phones are absolutely stellar but whoever decides or manages their software implementation are a bunch of retards. It took almost a year for them to correct a simple self timer feature on the stock camera app, to bring it up to the industry standard 10 seconds. The options were only 3 and 5 seconds which is almost useless. No matter what you do, the camera software simply can't stay off skin tones. It has to interfere. Then there are random marketing advertisements that pop up. Some can be inappropriate. Why screw things up with a flagship device? For as long as you have such flaws, you can forget about more people buying your top tier phone. I'll probably keep buying their phones cause I am cheap but you're missing out on a large part of a consumer base due to some serious, though easily addressable flaws. Reply
  • Midwayman - Friday, July 24, 2020 - link

    I'm not sure why people would choose this with all the data collection issues with Chinese products right now. Reply
  • ** A - R ** - Friday, July 24, 2020 - link

    @Andrei,

    The unit Reviewed was on MIUI 12 ?
    Reply
  • makaveli-313 - Saturday, July 25, 2020 - link

    Fudge China. Reply
  • Koenig168 - Saturday, July 25, 2020 - link

    I do not see how this can be considered good value even at the street price of 760 euros. For a flagship phone and at 760 euros, I would expect top-notch cameras and a better display. There are so many better alternatives to consider at this price point. Reply

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