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A review of the first 108 megapixel camera Xiaomi Mi Note 10

One hundred and eight megapixels – a huge figure even for a professional camera. The fact that such a module would fit in the smartphone Xiaomi Mi Note 10, only proves its phenomenal. Camera with similar resolution deserves a detailed study. It it just now, in the course of affecting the other photographic modules in the smartphone.

Equipment cameras

Before the start of the practical test, you should get an idea about stuffing the camera in your smartphone. As the main module uses the Samsung sensor ISOCELL Bright HMX 108 MP, of a width of 1.33 inches. It just seems a little, in practice, a value greater than the sensor 1/1,7 inches Huawei Mate 30 Pro and much larger than 1/2,55-inch unit in the last Google Pixel 4.

From a theoretical point of view, enhanced sensor means better ability to capture light. On the other hand, the division of the sensor 108 MP means that the size of each point will be only 0.8 µm. Due to the pixel binning, while shooting in standard mode 28 MP size becomes larger (1.6 µm). That was with what to compare, sensor Huawei Mate 30 Pro 40 MP 1/1,7 inches in standard mode has a size of 1 µm and 10 megapixel – 2 µm. Point the camera Google 4 Pixel size of 1.4 µm. Therefore, the pixel sizes in the Mi Note 10 somewhat inferior competitors, which increases the risk of noise on the image.

Xiaomi complements sensor lens light sensitivity with f/1.69. This is just a little wider compared to the Mate 30 Pro Google Pixel 4 and f/1.7. Both the aperture quite wide and well able to capture the light. In this direction nothing intriguing there. Greater interest is real quality 7-layer lens Mi Note 10. Very difficult to pick up and produce a lens with such a large aperture and achieve them no distortion.

In Xiaomi Mi Note 10 offers 4 secondary camera:

  • telephoto lens on a 12 MP with f/2.0;
  • 5-megapixel telezoom, providing 5-fold approximation with f/2.0 aperture;
  • high zoom camera 20 MP f/2.2;
  • the camera is 2 MP with f/1.2.

With so a huge number of cameras, the photo quality should be impressive. However, if Xiaomi implement them properly? This question Zaden in the material, but the most attention will give 108 MP primary sensor.

108 MP sensor designed for capturing the details

The main idea in a 108-megapixel camera cropping and enlarging the image. If you look at the photo with cropping, the file size is 20 MB. Mode 27-megapixel images will pull up to 15 MB. In the photo below you can see the maximum detail the camera and images in 100% crop.

Photo resolution is 12032х9024 points, so the camera captures a lot of details. Full-frame photos look good in natural light without adjusting white balance and manual exposure. 100% crop allows you to notice the same problems encountered in budget cameras with high resolution. Fairly strong noise reduction mixing textures and similar colors together. Because of this, lost of details, especially on objects with a large range of shades. The approach is somewhat better than other smartphones, but not exactly corresponds to the level of 108-megapixel camera.

Photo pretty well when cropping to 70%, values above spoils the result. Even if 60-70% of the typical problems associated with aggressive threshold mode 27 MP still occur.

108 MP camera delivers excellent image detail in daylight, but photos take a lot of memory.

If compare mode 27 MP 108 and MP, in the second case the detail will be slightly higher. However, it will be very much closer to feel the difference. The need for additional cropping of the photo will cause some inconvenience. Easier and more economical to use 27 MP, with it almost always.

Shooting in low light

In theory 1/1,33-inch module of the smartphone is required to provide good images even in conditions of limited or artificial lighting. The separation of the sensor 108 MP is even evidence of a decrease in the size of each point, but a full-frame image still looks great. The main question is, what is the number of components is preserved if the level of lighting is far from ideal. Capture details accurately will decrease after switching off the light as 108 MP 27 and MP modes.

After you create photo to 27-megapixel shooting you can see some enhance colors and exposure. At the same time, the images 108 MP in low light look quite blurry. In fact, differences between the photo not too much, both look decent at a low quality lighting. At least until the use of the crop.

In non-ideal lighting focal camera gets quite noisy, although still better than most peers. 108-megapixel images look worse, but not always so, as shown in the image above. The positive side is that Xiaomi is not overdone with noise reduction, so pictures are still natural and beautiful. However, the approach is similar to the results in good light, just will not work.

108 MP vs 2x and 5x zoom

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 also includes 12-megapixel sensor of approximation. Its role is not only Zuma, but also shearing or cropping of the image. Such a decision raises some doubts. It is appropriate to understand whether to record the television camera 12 MP more details than the Central module.

Even after a double approximation using a telephoto lens becomes noticeable degradation of detail. It’s a little disappointing. 108-megapixel camera just can’t capture enough detail in low light. Unfortunately, telephoto lens uses a hard approach to photography, which can be a bit distracting.

The inclusion of a 12-megapixel camera with 12x zoom Mi in Note 10 reflects the temperament and greater faith in Xiaomi sensor 108 MP, which is not always justified.

The images below demonstrate the quality of photos when using the zoom X5.

The pictures show a significant increase in the coefficient of the approximation with a 5x zoom compared to the 108 MP sensor. Still, the main criterion of comparison is the amount of noise. The main sensor may well bring, it shows very competitive results with telezoom. However, the noise level still above, which falls detail. Alas, a 5-fold module uses strong noise reduction and has difficulty with the sharpness during post-processing. Telesom is the best option to create images from great distances.

The Xiaomi felt the need to add zoom cameras as 108 MP sensor is not always good enough to cope with the approach. If you compare the 2-times zoom standard tools basic module and a telephoto lens in perfect lighting conditions, the result will be similar. But with the light worsening 2-fold telezoom greatly exceeds 108 MP sensor. The 3.7-fold lens, which provides an approximation of X5, very useful when shooting distant. However, it is not a true 5x optical sensor, and the additional postoperati photo leads to graininess in non-ideal lighting.

Bokeh and microcamera

The side has long been the standard software effect for all smartphones. To calculate the depth of the new product from Xiaomi use the main sensor to 108 megapixels and a 2x telephoto lens. This means that to obtain a satisfactory result, the picture must be a little farther from man, than similar devices. When shooting close up a sufficient level of aperture will still allow for natural bokeh. In the end Xiaomi puts software blur. However, it is not the best quality.

The ability of cameras to detect edges is to be commended. Most likely the photo will not be able to find a lot of dramatically cropped or missed edges. That’s only in Mi Note 10 there is some problem with the accuracy of determining the foreground and background. The second image shows that even though the skull and located a couple of centimeters on Android, the smartphone already considers his background. As a result, the bokeh effect can be considered too aggressive.

Even Mi Note 10 includes the macro lens for shooting up close. Despite the resolution of only 2 MP, the camera can capture the smallest details, located near. The results are pleasant, but unimpressive. But due to the large pixels, the camera can good pictures even in low light.

Macro lens – a reasonable addition to the main camera. However, it is not used on a regular basis, as macro photography is an infrequent need. This sensor seems like overkill in a smartphone, in which a Central module 108 MP, able to shoot well up close.

Fair effort, absorbed problems

Except for the problem with noise on images, a significant disadvantage of the camera is distortion. It is typical when shooting with the main camera on 108 MP.

Contrast images with bright background light allows to detect a lot of chromatic aberrations. Outwardly, it looks purple halo surrounding the trees (see photo). All because of a defective lens that isn’t focusing high-frequency colors (purple and blue) in combination with red and green. Yet there are clear distortions in the lens and their subsequent correction in software. They are visible on all sides of the camera, which is manifested in a sharp decrease of detail in the corners.



In Mi Note 10 able to see is not always correct autofocus. There is no precise definition of the causes of the problem, but it often manifests itself at night pics than the daily images. Defocusing is usually found in the images through 108-megapixel sensor and landscape photos where there is no obvious target. During macro or portrait photography the problem is not manifested.

Total camera Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 at a price of 30 000 roubles offers a good set of cameras in its price range. The smartphone creates a surprisingly good pictures, which only occasionally have problems. In most cases, the photos look great. However, when you use the primary sensor to further trim the photo, the results may not be the most pleasant.

The color with the exposure the camera gives is magnificent, and the need for post-processing is minimal. However, she has some problems with the pixels.

Periodically manifested problems with postabortal or distorted lens make you forget that the smartphone is the camera on the 108 MP. Xiaomi was worth to invest more money in development that would make the 108-megapixel sensor is better than 4 extra module. There is a feeling that the four secondary camera is needed only to compensate for the shortcomings of the basic sensor 108 MP.

In any case, the smartphone shows results significantly above average in low light conditions. It also fully covers the needs in the creation of photographs over large distances, wide-angle photos and close-up photography.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 offers flexibility, vibrant colors and exposure, but he didn’t disclose the capabilities of the camera. The module 108 MP has its own pros and cons, as all devices. Fantastic to call it too early, especially against some of the claimed abilities, like the 5 times zoom.

Overall, a large number of settings make the Mi Note 10 noteworthy camera. He shoots significantly better than the competition in its price niche, but inferior to the world leaders. His strong suit is shooting in limited light. The smartphone is worth buying for those who want to get a good camera with a limited budget.

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