For the cost, is there any smartphone camera better than the Redmi Note 10 camera? Well, that’s the question this Redmit Note 10 camera review will set out to answer.
We’ll look at the Redmi Note 10’s technical camera specs as well as how it performs in a variety of lighting scenarios for photos and videos.
Is the Redmi Note 10 Camera Good?
The camera setup in the Redmi Note 10 isn’t a flagship one, but at the price point there is no better smartphone camera setup. Redmi was forced to cut some corners to deliver such an impressive camera setup, though, so before we discuss what you’re here for, let’s first discuss the realities of using the Redmi Note 10.
Compared to other phones like the iPhone 12 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, or the OnePlus 8 Pro the Note 10 from Redmi is small, lacks processing power, and utilizes sub-par camera components in its build. That being said, the Note 10 is more in the same class as the Galaxy A32 or the Pixel 4a with 5G in terms of price. Do note that we plan to do more phone camera reviews of phones at this price point in the future so comment any smartphone cameras that you’d like to see reviewed.
Reviewing the Redmi Note 10 Camera
Before considering cameras, it’s best to look at a potential smartphone for more phone-related things. For example, in my experience storage is a massive issue if you don’t have enough. The Redmi Note 10 comes in a variety of RAM and storage combinations – from 4GB and 64GB to 4GB and 128G to 6GB and 128GB. Do note that all of these models come with expandable storage options too, up to 512GB.
The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 678 processor that comes in the Redmi Note 10 is impressive for the price but noticeably poor compared to higher-quality smartphones. You’ll notice a duller screen and slower load times.
Now, the 5000mAh battery that comes in the Redmi Note 10 really shines. For comparison, most flagship smartphones don’t come with a battery of this size and they definitely don’t come 33W fast charging compatible. The Redmi Note 10 even comes with the 33W fast charger in the box!
If you have problems with water and your mobile then perhaps the Note 10 from Redmi isn’t for you. The IP53 rating means the phone can handle minor splashes but much more and you’ll be resorting to rice to suck the moisture out.
Redmi Note 10 Camera Specs
- 48MP wide-angle with a 1/2″ sensor and 0.8μm pixels with f/1.79
- 8MP ultra-wide angle with 118° FOV and f/2.2
- 2MP macro with f/2.4
- 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4
- 13MP front with f/2.45
Redmi Note 10 Camera Features
- 48MP mode – to use all the megapixels in the main camera you’ll first have to switch into 48MP mode which is a bit of a bummer
- Night mode – if you’re shooting in low-light then you should use Redmi’s Night Mode because it makes shots noticeably clearer (albeit results don’t compare to Google’s Night Sight and Astrophotography).
- AI portrait mode with bokeh and depth control – the bokeh applied in Portrait Mode is powered by AI and does a much better job than one would expect at this price point
- AI SkyScaping 3.0 – allows you to easily adjust or replace skies creatively
- Timelapse – sped up video mode that doesn’t come with much control
- 4k at 30 frames per second – no video stabilization
- 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second – no video stabilization at 60 frames per second
- 720p at 960 frames per second – doesn’t impress
- Pro Mode – take full manual control of your mobile camera
Redmi Note 10 Camera Performance
The camera on the Redmi Note 10 is a bright spot but there are certainly some things worth noting before purchasing. For example, for the best results from the ultrawide camera it’s best to turn on fix image distortion for in the settings.
In terms of the AI used for bokeh in the portrait mode, it performs much better than expected at the price point. If you’re interested primarily in portrait photography on a smartphone, then the Redmi Note 10 is certainly worth considering. Results are easy to achieve and look like they were captured on a mobile more like the Motorola Edge+.
For low light photography, the Night Mode on the Redmi Note 10 improves low light performance but does not produce impressive results. Colors are dull and details aren’t as crisp as those captured on flagship phones.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment when it comes to the cameras on the Redmi Note 10 is in regards to the Macro Mode. While it is better than other native options out there you seriously consider a better lens for macro photography on mobile. 2MP is just not enough.
It also must be noted that video stabilization not available in 4k 30 frames per second or 1080p 60 frames per second. Results in 4k 30 frames per second and 1080p 60 frames per second look ok but your phone needs to be on a tripod for the footage to be usable.
Which Redmi Phone is Best for Cameras?
The Redmi Note 10 camera is not as good as the iPhone 12 Pro, but when cost is considered the Note 10 really impresses. For almost $1,000 less dollars, the cameras in the Redmi Note 10 provide a usable variety of photo and video modes and focal lengths. If you’re interested in mobile photography and filmmaking but can’t spend flagship smartphone level money, then the Redmi Note 10 may be the ideal mobile for you.
This phone is particularly impressive when it comes to Portait Mode – bokeh is deliciously blurry and accurately applied – but struggles because of below average technical specs in less than ideal conditions. If you’d like to see the Redmi Note 10 camera compared to another mobile camera then let us know which in the comments.