Our first photos with the insane 108MP camera sensor from Samsung and Xiaomi

Our first photos with the insane 108MP camera sensor from Samsung and Xiaomi
108 megapixels on a smartphone camera? Sounds crazy, I know, but that's precisely the number of megapixels I've been carrying in my pocket for the past few days. The phone I've been using is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, packing a jaw-dropping 108MP camera sensor. That's the largest in both physical size and megapixel count on any phone today. 

This sensor, announced earlier this year, is the product of a collaboration between Samsung and Xiaomi and it has been developed with top-notch image quality in mind. It is made to take sharper photos in daylight thanks to the massive number of megapixels and brighter shots in the dark by merging data from four pixels into one. 

And while the Mi Note 10 is the first phone to have a 108MP camera, it certainly won't be the last. Rumor has it that a version of this sensor will be found on a Samsung Galaxy S11 model. Of course, I don't have a Galaxy S11 on me right now – and even if I did, I wouldn't have been allowed to tell you. But I can show you some of the photos that I've taken with the Mi Note 10. 

Note that the Mi Note 10 takes 27MP photos by default; however, the samples below are either full-resolution 108MP photos (that might take a while to load), or scaled-down versions with 100% zoom crops that will load up more quickly as you browse through the gallery below.  

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Mi Note 10
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 5260 mAh



1. pooma

Posts: 101; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

i wish Samsung develop same size sensor 1/1.33" with resolution around 20MP without pixel binning. the image quality would be insane.

4. rsiders

Posts: 2012; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Exactly what I've been saying. I don't understand why they won't just do that instead of putting so many pixels on the sensor. 20mp would be a very nice native resolution.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1152; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

This tech is to give more power to HDR. Two pixel with fast exposure, the other two with slower. Except for this, there is no advantage over native 1/1.33" 27MP .... Samsung needs extra MP, since their Noise Reduction kills most of details. Hope they decrease it this year, at least 50%.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, people NEED to stop saying pixel binning 27MP is it's "native resolution" 108MP is it's using a Super Resolution algorithm Like Google's Super Res Zoom, but instead of moving the sensor, it splits each pixel instead It's essentially the opposite of pixel binning

2. User123456789

Posts: 1152; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Not the largest. It is smaller than sensor used by Nokia 808.

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That has a 41 mega pixel

6. XP007

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

Do you know the difference between pixel count and image sensor size? What you mentioned is the number of pixels. The size of image sensor in Xiaomi Note 10 is 1/1.33" vs 1/1.2" in the Nokia 808.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

S5KHMX Sensor: "Native Resolution": 27.1MP and 1.6um "Super Resolution": 108.6MP and 0.8um pixels Sensor area roughly 69.2mm2 (optical format: 1/1.33") 808 PureView Sensor: 41.5MP and 1.4um pixels Sensor area roughly 81.3mm2 (optical format: 1/1.2") Lumia 1020 Sensor: 41.3MP and 1.12um pixels Sensor area roughly 51.85mm2 (optical format: 1/1.5") S5KGW1 Sensor: "Native Resolution": 16.1MP and 1.6um "Super Resolution": 64.4MP and 0.8um pixels Sensor area roughly 41.2mm2 (optical format: 1/1.72")

11. XP007

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

But the 1" image sensor in Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 beat them all

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 1020 and 808 had the same sensor, where did you get this data?

14. XP007

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

It's really weird you've been Phonearena member since 2015 but you didn't know that Nokia 808 and Nokia 1020 used image sensors of different sizes and types. The information about the Nokia 1020 image sensor can be found on all well known sites who reviewed Nokia 1020.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m actually impressed!

8. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Wrong article...LOL

13. dazed1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

WHAT? is this a dream or? phone arena uploaded full res photos, (at least 2 pics lol) after 4 years of literal begging? WOW!

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