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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro disappoints in camera tests, despite its 108 MP camera

Xiaomi describes the Redmi Note 10 Pro's cameras as 'Ultra Premium'. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi describes the Redmi Note 10 Pro's cameras as 'Ultra Premium'. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro does not have 'Ultra Premium' cameras, according to DxOMark. Instead, the device languishes way down on its leaderboard and should only be considered a 'balanced budget shooter'.

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We are fans of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, as we discussed last month in the device's detailed review. For one, Xiaomi has included a bright and 120 Hz OLED display, which remain rare for a device as cheap as the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Additionally, the device has good battery life, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 108 MP primary camera from Samsung.

However, Xiaomi describes the device as having 'Ultra Premium' cameras, possibly because of Samsung's ISOCELL HM2 camera, which is somewhat misleading. While we thought that the Redmi Note 10 Pro has good dynamic range and decent sharpness, it struggles in low light and beyond 5x zoom. Similarly, DxOMark considers the Redmi Note 10 Pro's cameras on par with those that the OnePlus Nord has.

The ISOCELL HM2's high resolution scores points because it can capture plenty of detail in daylight and with comparatively little image noise. Its 108 MP cannot account for the lack of a dedicated telephoto sensor, though. Unsurprisingly, DxOMark awarded the Redmi Note 10 Pro 106 points, a score that puts the device 71st in the website's smartphone leaderboard.

Comparatively poor digital zoom is not the Redmi Note 10 Pro's only shortcoming, either. DxOMark takes issue with how the device handles HDR shots too, and thinks that its video performance leaves a lot to be desired. In short, do not be lulled into Xiaomi's marketing; the Redmi Note 10 Pro is a good budget smartphone, but it does not have ultra-premium cameras.

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(Image source: DxOMark)
(Image source: DxOMark)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-05-24 (Update: 2021-05-24)