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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Camera review: Balanced budget shooter

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro sits at the top of Xiaomi’s mid-range Redmi lineup, and it packs quite a punch for a phone with a modest price tag.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G chipset and features a 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. There are three memory/storage configurations: 6 GB / 64 GB, 6 GB / 128 GB, and 8 GB / 128 GB.

The rear camera hump houses a 108 MP main camera (binning down to 12 MP output), an 8 MP ultra-wide, and a 5 MP macro module. There’s also a 2 MP depth-sensing camera for bokeh simulation. Read on to find out how they perform in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 108 MP 1/1.52″ sensor, 0.7μm pixels, f/1.9 lens
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP sensor, f/2.2 lens, 118° field of view
  • Macro: 5 MP sensor, f/2.4 AF lens
  • Depth: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4 lens
  • LED flash
  • 2160p/30 fps, 1080p/30, 60 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
106
camera
111
photo
52
zoom
95
video

Pros

  • Lots of fine detail in close-up outdoor portraits
  • Accurate exposure preview in stills
  • Depth estimation and blur gradient generally accurate in portrait mode
  • Accurate ultra-wide exposure with pleasant color outdoors
  • Accurate video exposure
  • Well-controlled noise in videos
  • Nice white balance and skin tones in indoor videos

Cons

  • Clipping in high dynamic range scenes (stills)
  • Frequent green color cast in outdoor stills
  • Ghosting in stills with motion
  • Low detail and unnatural rendering in tele-zoom shots
  • Video AF failures and instabilities, especially indoors and in low light
  • Limited video dynamic range

With an overall score of 106, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro does not land near the top of the DXOMARK Camera overall ranking, but is a respectable number three in the Advanced ($200-399) price segment, comparing favorably to slightly more expensive options like the Apple iPhone SE (103) and the Oppo Find X2 Neo (105).

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro captures pleasing images under ideal conditions, but performance is less impressive under challenging lighting.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro’s main camera can capture pleasing images as long as the lighting isn’t too challenging (that is, not too dark, not too much dynamic range); and while its Photo score of 111 lags behind most higher-end offerings, it is excellent for the Advanced category.

The Zoom composite score of 52 is not particularly impressive, held back mainly by limited tele performance, but we’ve seen worse. The video score of 95 is respectable at this price point, and even edges past the far more expensive Exynos versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and S21+ models (93).

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro can’t compete with most flagship phones in terms of imaging quality, but it’s still a high-value proposition for mobile photographers on a budget.

Below you can find a detailed analysis and image samples for all Photo, Zoom, and Video sub-attributes, as well as comparisons with two of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s competitors, the Nokia 8.3 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G.

Photo

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro achieves a Photo score of 111. In this section, we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

80

109

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (109)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, including repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s exposure performance in backlit conditions compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, highlight clipping
Nokia 8.3 5G, highlight and shadow clipping
Samsung A51 5G, highlight clipping

Color

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

85

105

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (105)

In these tests we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, including repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s color performance in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, green cast
Nokia 8.3 5G, more neutral color
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, pink cast

Autofocus

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

93

109

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time, including repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s autofocus performance outdoors with two subjects at different distances.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, autofocus
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: focus not on nearest subject
Nokia 8.3 5G, autofocus
Nokia 8.3 5G, crop: focus on first subject
Samsung A51 5G, autofocus
Samsung A51 5G, crop: focus on first subject

Texture

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

85

111

Xiaomi Mi 11
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s texture performance in outdoor light compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, texture
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: good detail
Nokia 8.3 5G, texture
Nokia 8.3 5G, crop: acceptable detail
Samsung A51 5G, texture
Samsung A51 5G, crop: acceptable detail

This graph shows the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s texture measurements in the lab.

Texture comparison: texture drops off in low light.

Noise

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

64

99

Huawei P40 Pro
Best: Huawei P40 Pro (99)

In these tests we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s noise performance in low light compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, noise
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: good detail
Nokia 8.3 5G, noise
Nokia 8.3 5G, crop: acceptable detail
Samsung A51 5G, noise
Samsung A51 5G, crop: acceptable detail

Bokeh

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

65

75

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (75)

For these tests we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s bokeh simulation in daylight compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, good subject separation, natural blur
Nokia 8.3 5G, obvious depth-sensing errors, natural blur
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, depth-sensing artifacts, low overall detail

Night

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

34

82

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s night performance in flash-auto mode compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, flash-auto: good exposure, noise fairly well controlled
Nokia 8.3 5G, flash-auto: good exposure, more noise
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, flash-auto: good target exposure, dark background (flash fired)

Artifacts

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

62

75

Google Pixel 4
Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

In these tests we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corner, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows ghosting artifacts.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, artifacts
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: ghosting artifacts

Preview

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

43

77

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (77)

In these tests we analyze the image quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes on the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s preview performance in portrait mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, preview in Portrait mode: no blur shown
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, final image: portrait blur applied

Zoom

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro achieves a Zoom score of 45. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against competitors.

Wide

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

36

54

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (54)

In these tests we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

These samples show the performance of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s ultra-wide camera in indoor conditions compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, ultra-wide: slight lack of contrast and desaturated colors
Nokia 8.3 5G, ultra-wide: better color
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, ultra-wide: widest coverage

Tele

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

62

133

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra (133)

In these tests we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s and its competitors’ tele performance outdoors at a 110 mm equivalent zoom setting.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, 110 mm zoom
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: lack of detail
Nokia 8.3 5G, 110 mm zoom
Nokia 8.3 5G, crop: low detail
Samsung A51 5G, 110 mm zoom
Samsung A51 5G, crop: low (though slightly better) detail

Video

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro achieves a Video score of 95. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video quality against competitors.

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as white balance and color rendering, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, and autofocus.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at 4K resolution

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

76

103

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (103)

These video stills show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s tendency to make sudden changes in video exposure.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still, 8 frames later: brighter exposure and more highlight clipping

Color

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

79

105

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

These video stills show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s video color in indoor light compared to the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still, pleasant skin tones
Nokia 8.3 5G, video still, pleasant skin tones
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, video still, reddish cast

Autofocus

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

82

105

Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (105)

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s video autofocus performance in low light.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, focus steps visible, but focus is accurate
Nokia 8.3 5G, fast, accurate focus
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, refocusing and errors

Texture

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

64

97

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

This graph shows the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s video texture measurements in the lab.

Video texture comparison: lower detail than reference devices, dropping in falling light

Noise

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

90

105

Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro (105)

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s video noise performance in low light.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, noise well controlled indoors
Nokia 8.3 5G, high noise
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, high noise

Artifacts

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

70

94

Oppo Find X2 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

This video still shows moiré on the thin slats of the balcony railing.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, video still
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, crop: moiré artifact

Stabilization

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

94

102

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (102)

In these tests we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

These sample clips show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro’s video stabilization in outdoor conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, some residual motion
Nokia 8.3 5G, less effective stabilization
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, less effective stabilization

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