Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G camera review
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G has a 64MP primary sensor with f / 1.9 aperture just like the Mi 10T. The sensor itself is quite large, measuring 1 / 1.73 inches and providing 0.8µm pixels. Since it is a Quad-Bayer sensor which combines four adjacent pixels into one, the effective pixel size will be 1.6µm and the actual image resolution is 16MP.
For the ultra-wide camera, Xiaomi has downgraded from 13MP on Mi 10T and Pro to 8MP. The aperture is f / 2.2, the sensor size is 1 / 4.0 inch with 1.12µm pixels for a 120 degree shooting angle.
The macro camera has also been downgraded from 5MP to 2MP, with the same f / 2.4 aperture. Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G adds a depth-sensing sensor, while the two higher-end versions do not have this sensor.
The new MIUI 12 default camera app is incredibly easy and simple. Most of the important features are delivered outside of the main photography interface. You can also rearrange the camera modes like many other Android smartphones these days.
Pictures taken by the main camera have nice colors and good detail, but the sharpness is not too impressive. The HDR algorithm does a good job of balancing shadows and highlights. When the light is not strong, the detail is sometimes a bit poor.
Since there is no dedicated telephoto camera, telephoto shots still use the 64MP main camera. The results do not look too sharp, but overall still good enough for posting on social media.
Ultra-wide cameras tend to deliver warmer colors than they really are. The dynamic range is also not good and the detail is just moderate. Not too surprising because the camera’s ultra-wide angle camera is only 8MP and most mid-range smartphones have the same problem.
However, the lens correction algorithm is working quite well. Even adjacent buildings are not bent.
Not having the ability to autofocus, macro photography with a macro camera is quite difficult, quality of course cannot be expected too much in a 2MP camera.
Shoot in low light
As a mid-range phone, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G hardly excelled in low light conditions. The noise is still quite a lot, but the plus point is that the details are still quite good. Quite surprisingly, the color temperature and color captured in low light are quite excellent, even better in daylight.
When night mode is turned on, it will take a few seconds to take a picture and another few seconds to process the image. Although it takes a bit of time, the result is actually quite good.
In portrait mode, the phone will get the correct skin tone, capture quite details and the subject’s face is always well exposed. The border deleting fonts is fine, but in cases where the hair is a bit complicated, deleting the font will encounter many errors.
Pictures taken from the front camera are generally of good quality, with good detail, color, and exposure. However, it will be difficult in low light.
Overall in the price segment, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite deserves to be one of the worthwhile options with many advantages such as 5G support, impressive battery life with 33W fast charging, 120Hz screen rare in segment with camera quality is quite good. Of course since this is still a mid-range phone, it is still limited to the super wide-angle camera, low-light shots or macro cameras don’t do much.