We recently published our review of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 here. In that review, we heavily emphasized on the camera department because – let’s be honest – the Mi Note 10 is a camera-centric smartphone. What we didn’t talk about is the videography capability of that phone and the RAW mode much.
Since every smartphone manufacturer can go out and get the exact same hardware, the true differentiating point and what makes a smartphone special is its software. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has some pretty smart software to take advantage of its 108MP camera in videography.
Going through some specs
The Mi Note 10 is using Samsung’s HMX camera sensor with 108MP in resolution. This is a 1/1.33-inch sensor – and it’s huge compared to other smartphone sensors. The hardware enables some clever trickery to be added – like the super stabilization video and vlog mode.
Super stabilization video
Essentially, it’s a combination of OIS and EIS – optical and electronic image stabilization. This allows the video to be surrealistically stable and it can remain near perfectly still even while you’re driving on a bumpy road. It looks a little something like this.
Since we have a large sensor now, the video is locked down to 1080p resolution to use a smaller part of the sensor. That means we have leeway in moving the sensor to create a stable video as shown above.
But if we are already stable and deliberately lock it down to 1080p and use a smaller part of the sensor, then those extra space can be used to create some other effects. Like vlog mode.
Essentially, it’s a culmination of smooth panning of the scene thanks to that larger sensor. Sprinkled with different transition effects and voila – you get a beautiful video like this.
It makes these sorts of short cinematic videos easy to produce. I literally just hold the phone in one place and press record. Repeat for a total of a few different scenes, and then it’ll automatically stitch together into one short video and with music as well. There are a few choices of what music and transitions you want too.
This is a feature that I think many people will want to use since it is already baked into the phone itself. Yet combined with its OIS and larger sensor, it creates this smooth video as if it was professionally filmed with a tripod and edited with some fancy effects. This cuts all of the work and made it so simple to create these types of engaging videos.
Yea, the Xiaom Mi Note 10 can take pictures in RAW mode. Like any other smartphone that can capture RAW images, it’ll be in DNG format. In the manual mode, we can take pictures in 27MP only. That’s okay since one RAW picture is already 51.8MB.
Every picture gives you so many more options to tune the picture. And if you have the time to take a picture, then you can create a picture as shown below here. I took this picture in RAW, then edited in Photoshop, and finally cropped a little to make the starlight look more apparent.
With the right tools…
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has the proper tools for you to create great videos and pictures. As stated in our review, the Mi Note 10 isn’t the fastest when it comes to taking pictures. It doesn’t even have the best videography resolution or frame rate. But the compromise here is that you can do more things with the less additional tools.
No need for gimbals or video editing software – everything is done for you.