Xiaomi 10 Pro Shooting Experience: Billion Pixels Can Really


[Bestbuy618 Mobile Channel] As the first flagship phone to debut in 2020, the Xiaomi 10 Pro has successfully refreshed the record of DXOMark cell phone camera review ranking, currently tied for first place with OPPO Find X2 Pro, which was released on March 6, with a score of 124. The Xiaomi 10 Pro’s four rear cameras are: 8MP super telephoto lens (supporting 10x hybrid optical zoom and OIS), 12MP portrait lens (supporting 10x hybrid optical zoom and OIS), Although not Xiaomi’s first smartphone with a billion-pixel camera, DXOMark claims that the Xiaomi 10 Pro has improved texture rendering, nighttime performance, and corner clarity over the Xiaomi 9CC Pro thanks to upgrades such as Snapdragon 865 and more refined debugging in both photos and videos. In normal mode, the edges of the China Zun are already noticeably jagged, whereas photos taken in 108M Ultra HD mode are still relatively smooth. When comparing the windows and balconies of the building below the image, the pixel gap becomes more apparent.

The sample shot in normal mode is distorted and blurred, but the outline can still be seen in the billion-pixel photos.

Shooting in normal mode (enlargement)Shot in 108M mode (zoomed in) As a result, billions of pixels allow for more details to be recorded in a single photo, while post-cropping will be a breeze.

Furthermore, when taking and browsing billion-pixel photos, the Xiaomi 10 Pro is a smoother experience, with no lag of waiting for loading. Another point worth mentioning is that the Xiaomi 10 Pro’s 108M mode is displayed in the main photo interface, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which also supports this feature, requires users to select it in the secondary menu, adding a step to the operation. Is 8K video necessary? 8K video is a feature worth trying or a challenge for geeky users or photography enthusiasts who want to create “blockbusters.” However, most users should not shoot vlogs or other video content in 8K mode; after all, 8K is not as reliable as the familiar 1080P, whether in terms of storage, editing, or distribution. To put it another way, 8K video can be viewed as a collection of “motion pictures.” We can extract a high-definition still photo with 7680 4320 resolution from the video by using the phone’s 8K screenshot function.

Avoid situations where it is difficult to capture the desired image in a single shot, such as a cute pet’s daily routine, a funny moment at a party, a speeding car, and so on. If you like shooting video, the Xiaomi 10 Pro’s support for 8 classic movie filters, real-time background bokeh, and portrait color retention is even more appealing.

The Xiaomi 10 Pro features an 8 million super telephoto lens with 10x hybrid optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. Some may argue that with a billion pixels, we can “give up” telephoto? Of course not! First and foremost, the multi zoom enhances the shooting experience, and secondly, the multi zoom allows us to get “close” to the subject we want to photograph, such as idols on stage or a distant sunset. After all, if it’s post-cropping, many partners “selectively” forget to shoot much of their own material due to lazy hands.

Of course, handheld shooting multi zoom photos is a test of practice, because even the slightest shake will likely change the composition. As a result, it is recommended to use 5x and 10x zooms more frequently in daily shooting, and 50x zooms should be used with caution! In addition to billions of pixels and 8K video shooting, the Xiaomi 10 Pro has an improved shooting experience in night scene, HDR, and portrait modes. With the night scene mode enabled, photos are more detailed in the light and dark areas.

The light coming through the windows is no longer overexposed, as evidenced by the sample photos below, and the window flowers attached to the glass are clearly visible.

Normal mode shootingNight mode shootingWhen we compare the wall in the dark area in the sample photo, we can see that after switching to the night mode, the white texture around the bricks on the surface of the wall appears more clearly, whereas it is almost indistinguishable in the normal mode.

Normal mode shootingNight mode shooting HDR function can effectively improve daily shooting experience, especially in outdoor scenes with high dynamic range, photos obtained with HDR on and without HDR are completely different feelings.

For instance, take a look at the following set of backlight shooting samples. When we choose the focus on the right side of the screen in the backlight side of the trees, the sample shot without HDR has been overexposed to a white; with HDR on, you can see the sky returning to normal blue, the distant sunset highlights, and the yellow, blue natural transition.

In terms of portrait mode, the 12 million person portrait camera on the Xiaomi 10 Pro supports better depth of field effects, real-time background bokeh, and other features. However, there will still be unnatural smearing in some cases, particularly hair and glasses. With this feature, we can eliminate the need for post-production work such as writing subtitles and aligning timelines, and instead only need to correct and adjust the subtitles based on the AI, significantly reducing post-production work when shooting vlogs, interviews, and reporting content.

In general, the Xiaomi 10 Pro can meet almost all of the needs of users in daily photography, whether it’s wide-angle, zoom, or ultra-high definition pixels. Simultaneously, with AI support and additional optimization of HDR mode and night scene mode, the bar for taking beautiful photos has been lowered. As a result, the Xiaomi 10 Pro is a good choice for those who enjoy using their phones to take photos and shoot videos.