Xiaomi Mi 10


Xiaomi fights for the highest stakes


Xiaomi offers stereo speakers, but it did not use the common solution, used by other manufacturers, to incorporate the receiver into the stereo system. Instead, the manufacturer placed two speakers in Mi 10, one on the lower edge and the second on the upper, which cooperate to create the stereo sound. And the receiver is placed traditionally in the cavity above the display. And how does this set play? Loud, clear, most users should be pleased. Higher and middle tones are on the appropriate level, you can only feel the inadequate level of lower tones – but the whole works nice. The location might be bothersome – first of all, speakers can be easily muffled while holding the phone in our hands while gaming or watching series – we usually keep our fingers where the manufacturer placed speakers. And second of all, the sound is not directed towards the user, but to sides.

Many users might not like the fact that there is no universal minijack – it seems that according to most manufactures, it is passé. So if you would like to connect earphones, you can either do this through an adapter or by using the Bluetooth module. The second option worked perfectly – I tested it using JBL 220 TWS earphones and the wireless IKEA Eneby speaker.

Photos and video

The manufacturer placed a set of quad cameras, which consists of:

  • 108 MP – main camera, one of the best that can be seen in flagships; f/1.7, OIS, PDAF;
  • 13 MP – wide-angle, 123 degrees, f/2.4, FF;
  • 2 MP – macro lens, f/2.4;
  • 2 MP – depth measurement camera, f/2.4;

And out of this set, only one is worthy of our attention.

In practice, the main camera, which offers photos in the maximum resolution of 108 Mpx takes great photos – we can achieve this resolution, though a lower one is set by default. It uses the technology, in which four pixels are connected into one – it provides photos with the 5792x4344 pixels resolution, which provides around 25 megapixels. Photos with the full resolution have 12032x9024 pixels. But then, we cannot use neither HDR nor AI, which can enhance photos. And what is the quality? Photos taken in the daylight are perfect, they are sharp, full of details with a great tonal range. It is a pity that the focus field is rather small – you can clearly see it while taking photos of flowers and plants – the foreground object is perfectly focused on, but what is in the background is blurred too much. This natural bokeh effect is clearly visible in photos from Mi 10 and I would rather it was more toned down. What does not change the fact that photos taken with the portrait mode look great – the photographed object is perfectly separated from the background. I advise you to turn off AI – it sometimes helps, but its work is very often limited to enhancing colours and brightening the shot.

But, as we all know, only after we take photos in worse lighting and at night we can see the true potential of the camera. And Xiaomi Mi 10 works in this field decently. We receive a relatively bright and sharp photos and the night mode can extract out of them even more. While using the night mode we need to be patient – it takes a moment to process the photo. Basically, the camera achieves great results, though it sometimes tweaks photos and it overexposes light sources. Still, this is the flagship level, though it is still far from the quality which is present in Huawei flagships, which rock in this field.

I am slightly disappointed with the wide-angle camera – both when it comes to the details level, sharpness and colours, which are faded. It is best not to use it at all – photography results are just bad and the night mode is not available. The macro camera is not particularly useful as well – it is a useless addition, which is rather here to enhance the overall number of cameras, rather than to have any practical usage.

Here you can find photography results - many more can be found in the gallery:

The camera app is enhanced and it offers numerous work modes. There is the auto mode, which has HDR, there is a support for AI, tools for beautifying and filters. There is the possibility to force the maximum resolution of the camera, which is 108 megapixels, in addition there is the portrait mode, night mode, panorama and the Pro mode, in which we can save photos to the RAW format. When it comes to video recording we can find here, next to the standard video mode, Slow-Motion and Short video, Time lapse or the possibility to record video blogs. There are colour filters or the possibility to change the resolution (maximum 8K).

At the front, in the small hole close to the left corner of the display, we can find the selfies camera. It has a 20-megapixel lens with the f/2.3 brightness. It provides great photos, with great colours and good sharpness. The portrait mode works nice as well. However, those who like to record videos with the front camera might be disappointed – there is no stabilization and the maximum resolution is Full HD with 30 frames per second.

The maximum resolution, in which we can record videos, is 8K (limited to six minutes). However, until there are more devices capable of supporting this resolution, it is best to stick with the more popular Full HD resolution or with 4K (with 30 or 60 frames per second). I like the quality of recording after changing the field, I like the colours representation, the work of the image stabilization (OIS along with EIS) and the way the sound is captured. The biggest flaw is the fact that we cannot change the lens while recording, for example to a wider angle. Here are video recording results:

Source: GSMchoice.com

By: Mateusz Poniecki

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