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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 vs OnePlus 7 Pro - Rear photography fight, 108MP penta cam vs 48MP triple-cam

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the early 2019 flagships with impressive photography specs. However, on paper, it pales in comparison to the type of camera hardware that the mid-range Xiaomi Mi Note 10 possesses.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 vs OnePlus 7 Pro - Rear photography fight, 108MP penta cam vs 48MP triple-cam
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 vs OnePlus 7 Pro

In particular, the Mi Note 10 sports the 108MP f/1.69 Samsung HMX sensor with OIS paired with 20MP 117-degree ultra-wide, 12MP 2x telephoto with 2PD, 5MP 5x telephoto sensor, and a 2MP 1.5cm macro camera. In total, it has 5 cameras at the back.
The camera UI of both devices
The camera UI of both devices

On the other hand, the OnePlus 7 Pro only uses a triple-camera setup with 48MP f/1.6 Sony IMX586 with OIS + 16MP f/2.2 117-degree ultra-wide + 8MP 3x telephoto sensor w/ OIS w/ PDAF, CAF, and Laser AF.

The 108MP Samsung sensor is 1/1.33-inch big versus the 1/2-inch of the 48MP Sony sensor.

But despite its lesser back camera hardware, it is still a flagship that uses a flagship chipset with a high-end image processor.

Now let's see if the back cameras PHP 25,990 Xiaomi Mi Note 10 can beat the OnePlus 7 Pro that originally has a PHP 42,990 starting price.

Scene 1 - Daylight
In daylight, we noticed that the shots from the Mi Note 10 are slightly wider. It produces a slightly more natural color tone, but the exposure is better on the OP7 Pro and it has less noise. It is just a bit oversaturated for me.
100 percent crop

Obviously, the resolution of the Mi Note 10 is larger. But as you can see here, it is softer than the OP7 Pro shot.

Scene 2 - Against the light

Here, the Mi Note 10 shot is noticeably brighter. Again, it has a wider field of view. The details on the cloud and the color tone is more accurate on the OP7 Pro though. It is a tight fight, but I'll give it to Xiaomi.

Scene 3 - Zoom
Mi Note 10 5x optical zoom
Mi Note 10 5x optical zoom
OP7 Pro 10x digital zoom
OP7 Pro 10x digital zoom
Mi Note 10 50x zoom
Mi Note 10 50x zoom

Mi Note 10 has up a stablized 2x optical zoom. It also has 5x optical zoom versus the 3x optical zoom of OnePlus. AND, it is a great type of 5x zoom. Fortunately, OP7 can put up a decent 10x zoom digital.

But, it still pales in comparison to the maximum 50x digital zoom of the Mi Note 10. This shows that the Mi Note 10 is the more versatile zoom camera phone.

Xiaomi achieved that by using two zoom sensors along with the crop of the massive 108MP camera.

Scene 4 - Close-up

For me, both performed wonderfully in this scenario. Using their primary shooters, both the Mi Note 10 and OnePlus 7 Pro got a close-up shot with crisp details and a natural bokeh effect. To nitpick, I'll go with the Mi Note 10 as it delivered the image with a true-to-life color tone. The OnePlus shot is a bit saturated and contrasty. It depends on your preference.

Scene 5 - Ultra-wide
Using the ultra-wide cam, the Mi Note 10 shot is wider again. The OnePlus 7 Pro is narrower but with brighter exposure and wider dynamic range. Details are comparable. I'm with OnePlus 7 Pro here.

Scene 6 - Ultra-wide against the light
For against the light wide shots, the Mi Note 10 got the image with better details in the clouds. But, it is a bit dimmer than the OP7 shot. I also like the details and colors on the building (my subject) better on the image from OnePlus.

Scene 7 - Indoor
Here, both performed wonderfully well as they both got natural-looking colors. You can just notice here at the Mi Note 10 shot is center-focused. The result? The overall image from the OP7 is a bit sharper. Contrast is a bit better on OnePlus as well.

Scene 8 - Low light
In low-light, this is where the 108MP camera should shine. But while it got the brighter-looking shot. OnePlus 7 bested it in terms of color accuracy and exposure control. Mi Note 10 overexposed the El Pueblo logo in Ortigas and it has a bit more noise overall.

Scene 9 - Night mode
Using the Night mode, Xiaomi redeemed itself. The OP7 Pro shot is brighter, bit details are a bit better on the Mi Note 10. OnePlus also made the scene a bit more saturated than the actual colors.

Scene 10 - Ultra-wide night
For ultra-wide night shots, it is a mismatch. Since the Mi Note 10 doesn't have a night mode for the wide cam, the OnePlus 7 Pro wins in this category by default. The wide shots in the dark that it can produce is simply better than Xiaomi.


Verdict

Using the back cameras of the phone for photography, Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 proved that it can hang with the big boys despite its much lower price tag. It has inconsistencies, but when it got the image right, it is very tough to beat.

While the OnePlus 7 Pro didn't produce the sharpest image always, there are times where I like its output better even if it only has a 48MP primary sensor versus the 108MP of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

For me, it could go either way. But, if you are looking for an affordable camera phone with better versatility because of its 5 cameras, the Mi Note 10 is a must consider.

See also: 
OnePlus 7 Pro vs realme XT - Flagship vs mid-range photography battle!

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