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Xiaomi Mi 10: Without good software, a lot of megapixels won't help

Does not take advantage of its 108-MP camera: the Xiaomi Mi 10
Does not take advantage of its 108-MP camera: the Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi advances into new megapixel spheres with its Mi models. But the manufacturer forgets an important point for good smartphone photos: the software.
Mike Wobker, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪
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As already the Mi 10 Pro, the Mi 10 also shows some weaknesses in our test, which other manufacturers managed to avoid. This goes again to show that most of the time high Megapixel numbers in smartphone cameras are more marketing than offering a real increased value.

Even though the images delivered by the Xiaomi Mi 10 are not bad and it even shows an outstanding low-light performance, the coarse graininess and slight blurriness mar the overall impression. We even attest the front camera with the better performance here.

Other than that, a very good smartphone

Buyers who don't put so much value into taking pictures with the smartphone will hold a very good smartphone in their hands with the Xiaomi Mi 10: The workmanship is excellent, the performance at a good level, and 5G is already supported as well. In addition, we really liked the OLED touchscreen. Not only did it display a very good image, but it also gave very pleasant feedback to input.

So at a price of about 750 Euros (~$818), it offers a lot, even if we don't completely understand why it lacks a storage card reader. There is also no 3.5-mm audio port. But mainly, our high expectations on a 108-MP camera were disappointed, as we already mentioned in the beginning.

Considering the high price that Xiaomi now charges for its top smartphones, this is particularly annoying. We would have preferred a smaller sensor that works together with better software. However, some users who like to experiment could get their money's worth, if they manually install the GCam app from Google on the Mi 10. Our experiments with the Mi 10 Pro showed some significant improvements of the recordings when using that.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 446 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 270 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-05-29 (Update: 2020-05-29)