Back to Smartphones
Home > Smartphones > Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
essential

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Camera review: Good color outdoors

Reading Time: 15 min read
92
camera

The Note 10S is the latest offering in Xiaomi’s more affordable Redmi line of smartphones. Falling within our Advanced price segmentation of devices costing between $200 to $399, it comes with some attractive specs for the budget-conscious consumer.

The display is a 6.43-inch AMOLED with 2400 x 1080 resolution and MediaTek’s Helio G95 chipset provides the processing. The Redmi Note 10S comes with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and 64 or 128 GB of storage, and there’s a high-capacity 5000 mAh battery with fast 33W charging.

Billed as the “64 MP adventurer,” the Redmi Note 10S houses four camera modules, which is impressive at this price point. Its main 64 MP wide camera is complemented by an ultra-wide module with an 118° field of view, as well as dedicated macro and depth sensors. There’s no tele lens for long-range zoom enthusiasts. 4K 30 fps is the top-end video option, as well as 60 fps capture when you drop the resolution to 1080p.

Sounds good on paper. Let’s see how it gets on in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 64 MP 1/1.97-inch sensor with 0.7µm pixel size, f/1.79-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 8 MP sensor, 118° field of view, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Macro: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Depth: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Video: 2160p (4K) at 30 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps, (1080p/30 fps tested)

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 10S
92
camera
98
photo
36
zoom
82
video

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure in outdoor and indoor photos
  • Vivid color and neutral white balance in outdoor photos
  • Extended depth of field in photos
  • Effective stabilization in most videos
  • Low noise in outdoor videos
  • Fast and accurate autofocus tracking in outdoor videos

Cons

  • Low detail and unnatural texture in many photos
  • Strong color casts in indoor and low-light photos
  • Limited dynamic range in photos
  • Frequent photo autofocus failures
  • Low detail in all zoom photos
  • Dull color and low detail in ultra-wide photos
  • Strong exposure instabilities in many videos
  • Coarse noise in indoor and low-light videos
  • Slightly undersaturated video color

With an overall score of 92, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S puts in a somewhat underwhelming performance in our DXOMARK Camera tests. Positioned towards the bottom of our Advanced ranking, Xiaomi’s latest Redmi device is 19 points adrift of the Google Pixel 4a and Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, both at  111 points.

The Note 10S’s main strengths are generally accurate photo target exposure, as well as vivid color with neutral white balance in outdoor shots, and extended depth of field. Shooting video, stabilization is effective in most scenarios. Video autofocus can be a little slow to trigger initially, but once locked on, the Note 10S’s tracking is efficient, with fast and accurate convergence.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S captures nice outdoor images with accurate target exposure, vivid color, and neutral white balance.

Unfortunately, photos often show low detail with unnatural texture, along with strong color casts both in indoor and low-light stills. Dynamic range is also fairly limited in standard photos, and without a tele lens, the Redmi’s longer focal length zoom shots all lack good detail. Ultra-wide shots also display low detail and fairly dull color.

Strong exposure instabilities and slightly undersaturated color are also visible in most videos. Some heavy ringing, often making subjects appear with a halo, is also apparent. Finally, coarse noise in indoor and low light also had a negative impact on the device’s overall Video score.

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 10S’s competitors, the Google Pixel 4a and the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Photo

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S achieves a Photo score of 98. In this section we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

73

111

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (111)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, along with 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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s exposure performance in an outdoor scene. The Redmi Note 10S offers the best target exposure on the subject’s face, but with slightly less dynamic range.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, accurate target exposure
Google Pixel 4a, slightly low target exposure
Xiaomi Mi 11, slightly low target exposure

Color

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

80

107

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (107)

In these tests we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, along with 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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s color performance in an indoor setting. While white balance is neutral in outdoor images, you can see a strong yellow or warm color cast is evident indoors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, vivid color with yellow cast
Google Pixel 4a, vivid color and neutral white balance
Xiaomi Mi 11, vivid color and neutral white balance

Autofocus

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

85

109

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time as well as 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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s depth of field in a multi-person portrait. Depth of field is wide, but autofocus failure sometimes occurs.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, depth of field
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop: good sharpness on second face
Google Pixel 4a, depth of field
Google Pixel 4a, crop: good sharpness on second face
Xiaomi Mi 11, depth of field
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: good sharpness on the second face

Texture

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

78

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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s texture performance outdoors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, outdoor texture
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop; low detail and unnatural rendering
Google Pixel 4a, outdoor texture
Google Pixel 4a, crop: good detail rendering
Xiaomi Mi 11, outdoor texture
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: good detail rendering

Noise

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

75

99

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 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 10S’s noise performance in an indoor setting.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, indoor noise
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop: visible noise
Google Pixel 4a, indoor noise
Google Pixel 4a, crop: noise is very visible
Xiaomi Mi 11, indoor noise
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: well-controlled noise

Bokeh

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

40

80

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (80)

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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s bokeh simulation outdoors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, pleasant bokeh simulation
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop: depth estimation errors
Google Pixel 4a, pleasant bokeh simulation
Google Pixel 4a, crop: strong depth artifacts
Xiaomi Mi 11, modest bokeh simulation
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: good depth estimation

Night

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

20

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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s night performance in auto-flash mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, auto-flash: high target target exposure with limited dynamic range and a strong yellow cast
Google Pixel 4a, auto-flash: accurate target exposure with slightly better dynamic range and pleasant color rendering
Xiaomi Mi 11, auto-flash: accurate target exposure with slightly better dynamic range and a blue color cast on the portrait

Artifacts

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

60

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 corners, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows fusion artifacts in a high-contrast image. Other artifacts, including ringing, aliasing, and hue shift are also often visible.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, artifacts
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop; fusion errors

Preview

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

44

80

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (80)

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 in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples compare accuracy between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s preview and final capture. In photo mode the final exposure is consistent with the preview image. In portrait mode, however, there are noticeable differences between blur intensity and depth estimation.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, preview: accurate target exposure and limited dynamic range
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, capture: the final exposure is very similar to preview

Zoom

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S achieves a Zoom score of 36. 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 the competitors.

Wide

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

30

57

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (57)

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 10S’s ultra-wide camera in outdoor conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, low contrast with dull color, slight white balance cast, and visible noise in the sky
Xiaomi Mi 11, accurate white balance with slightly high contrast and clipped shadows

Tele

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

40

140

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (140)

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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s tele performance using a close-range zoom setting in a low-light scene.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, low exposure, narrow dynamic range, yellow color cast
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, crop: low detail with strong noise
Google Pixel 4a, accurate exposure with wide dynamic range
Google Pixel 4a, crop: good detail with slight noise
Xiaomi Mi 11, accurate exposure with acceptable dynamic range
Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: good detail with visible noise

Video

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

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at the highest resolution available. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S achieves a Video score of 82. 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 image quality against competitors.

Exposure and Contrast

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

60

118

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (118)

These video stills show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s video exposure performance indoors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, strong instabilities with abrupt exposure adaption

Google Pixel 4a, smooth exposure adaption

Xiaomi Mi 11, smooth exposure adaption

Color

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

77

105

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

These video stills show the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s video color under indoor lighting conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, slightly undersaturated color
Google Pixel 4a, accurate and vivid color
Xiaomi Mi 11, accurate color rendering

Autofocus

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

78

109

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (109)

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

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, slow initial reaction times but fast and accurate tracking

Google Pixel 4a, quick reaction and fast convergence

Xiaomi Mi 11, quick reaction and fast convergence

Texture

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

41

97

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

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

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S level of video detail is noticeably low in all conditions. While only fractionally behind the Samsung Galaxy A50 in bright light, it’s some ways behind the Google Pixel 4a in all but the very darkest scenes.

Noise

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

75

105

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (105)

This graph shows the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s video noise performance under different lighting conditions in the lab.

The Redmi Note 10S controls video noise well in simulated outdoor conditions, but coarse noise is often visible under indoor and low-light conditions.

Artifacts

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

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 graph shows the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s ringing profile when shooting video.

Strong ringing, often appearing as a halo, is often visible in all lighting conditions on the Redmi Note 10S.

Stabilization

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S

99

102

Huawei P50 Pro
Best: Huawei P50 Pro (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 shows Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S’s video stabilization performance under indoor lighting conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S, effective stabilization

Google Pixel 4a, frame shifts are visible

Xiaomi Mi 11, effective stabilization

DXOMARK invites our readership (you) to post comments on the articles on this website. Read more about our Comment Policy.