Xiaomi has long had mobiles in the “affordable” category, but with the Mi 10 Pro they are taking the step up to a real premium mobile. Here is the camera setup:
A 108-megapixel main camera thanks to the Samsung sensor, an ultra-wide angle and two telephoto lenses. The largest of them Xiaomi calls “8 Mp 10x hybrid zoom”, but it is in fact a 5 Mp sensor that is scaled up, as well as a 3.7x lens, which provides a type of 5x effective zoom.
Given that Xiaomi uses Samsung’s image sensor, it’s surprising that they actually succeed better with the result. Maybe it’s because they do not make it complicated, but simply take good pictures with excellent automation. They make good compromises by retaining details and suppressing noise, while correcting exposure and white balance.
In auto mode, you have quick access to flash, HDR, AI and filter, while aspect ratio, timer and tilt-shift are in a submenu. The countless photo settings are slow motion, 108 Mp, portrait, night, panorama and pro. In addition to being able to adjust white balance, apertures, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation, there are quick choices for lens, resolution, filter and focus points
With its first truly high-end mobile, Xiaomi does everything right when it comes to the camera. They have smartly bought the sensor from Samsung, but do not add a lot of features that no one needs. Instead, they concentrate on getting the best picture quality possible with automatic settings. That is, exactly what the majority of consumers want.