Today, Xiaomi officially launched the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The 5G-capable phones come with a stunning 108MP primary camera sensor on the rear. No doubt helped by this sensor, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Camera now tops the list of mobile cameras over at photography site DxOMark.
That puts the Mi 10 Pro’s camera above heavyweights such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. In fact, the score for the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 117 for its rear camera system and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera earned a score of 124. That means the Mi 10 Pro isn’t just skirting by — it handily beats the likes of the iPhone.
As usual, DxOMark includes lots of different photography examples in its review of the Mi 10 Pro. We wanted to highlight one particular set of images that really sends home what the 108MP sensor on the Mi 10 Pro can do when pitted against the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Check out the two images below:
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
At first glance, the images seem different but of the same high quality. The colors in the iPhone image seem a lot bolder while the colors from the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera seem more natural. Still, either image is a stunning shot for a smartphone.
However, when you crop and zoom the images, you see just how much better the Mi 10 Pro shot really is:
Not only is the Mi 10 Pro capturing a more detailed image, but the bokeh effect is also crisper and more accurate.
Things get even more interesting when you know the prices of the phones. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro starts at 4,999 Chinese yuan (~$716) while the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a 108MP primary sensor. DxOMark hasn’t reviewed that device yet, so it’s very possible the Mi 10 Pro’s status as best-of-the-best won’t last long. Still, the S20 Ultra starts at $1,399, so the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro camera will likely still be the best bang for your buck.
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Author: C. Scott Brown