Two months after the Chinese manufacturer Vivo introduced the world’s first phone with a 64-megapixel camera, Xiaomi took the bar to the next level by unveiling the Mi Note 10 with its 108MP camera, or its original name, the Mi CC9 Pro .
The Chinese brand, which has opened a new front in the increasingly escalating camera wars, clearly challenges the industry giants Apple and Samsung. So, how much does this have in practice? iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Fold ‘s opposite Xiaomi Mi Note 10’s camera, gave quite interesting results.
Developed in close collaboration with Samsung, the Mi Note 10 camera uses quad Bayer technology to convert data from four small pixels into 27MP images.
At this point, you may have a question: If Samsung manufactures these sensors, why not use them on their flagships? The same can be said of Apple and Huawei. The reason is quite simple: the higher the number of megapixels, the better the camera performance is not always. Of course, the size of the sensor plays a critical role for smartphone cameras; but software is as important as hardware.
In the photo above, you can see the pictures taken by the iPhone 11 with 12MP camera and Mi Note 10 with 108MP camera . Note that the image from the Mi Note 10 is darker. Because the higher the number of megapixels requires more light; however, in the following video, you can zoom in on the photo of the Mi Note 10 for a longer time without pixelation.
The lightness between the Mi Note 10 and the iPhone 11 is slightly reduced when shooting indoors. However, the image from the Mi Note 10 is noticeably clearer.
When we compare the photograph taken from the 108MP camera of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 to the Samsung Galaxy Fold ‘s 12 Megapixel sensor, we see a similar situation. As you can see in the photos below, the difference between the two sensor performance is really remarkable. It is ironic that Xiaomi crushed Samsung with its own technology.
However, the Mi Note 10’s 108MP sensor visibly loses its dynamic range and overall image clarity as the sun goes down. As you can see from the photos below, the iPhone 11 offers a much more balanced image when shooting at night.