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2020 BET Hip Hop Awards predictions: Can DaBaby hold off Megan Thee Stallion to win Artist of the Year?

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The BET Hip Hop Awards will be held on October 27. DaBaby enters the event with a leading 12 nominations, but can he win the top prize, Hip Hop Artist of the Year? It looks like a close race against Megan Thee Stallion, according to the combined predictions of our users who have placed their bets here in our predictions center.

DaBaby gets leading odds of 11/2. His dozen bids this year is way up from 2019 when he contended for three awards, winning Best New Artist. The prolific rapper has exploded in the last year, releasing three studio albums in the span of 13 months, two of which are BET Hip Hop Award nominees for Album of the Year: “Kirk” and “Blame it on Baby.” And after breaking through with the Grammy-nominated top-10 hit single “Suge” last year, he topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time this past summer with “Rockstar,” his collaboration with Roddy Ricch.

Of course, it has also been a pretty good year commercially for Megan The Stallion, who has eight nominations and follows close behind in our predictions with 13/2 odds. She too was a winner last year, taking home two BET Awards for Best Mixtape (“Fever”) and Hot Ticket Performer. She did lose Best New Artist to DaBaby, but this year she topped the Hot 100 twice with her singles “Savage” (with Beyonce) and “WAP” (with Cardi B). She’s peaking at the right time, including a politically charged performance during the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” so don’t count her out.

The aforementioned Roddy Ricch trails in the category with 8/1 odds, but we might be underestimating him given his success. He too lost BET’s Best New Artist to DaBaby last year, but that was before his commercial domination. His single “The Box” from early 2020 is still the longest-running number-one hit of the year with 11 weeks at the top of the chart. His debut album “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” was also a chart-topper and has gone platinum. Oh, and he has 11 nominations this year, second only to DaBaby.

The rest of the field is farther behind. Lil Baby ranks fourth with 9/1 odds, while the two relative veterans in the race, Drake (21/2 odds) and Future (23/2 odds), round out the competition.

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Be sure to make your BET Hip Hop Awards predictions so that record executives and top name stars can see how their music is faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced. And join in the fierce debate over these awards and more taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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What is Multi-Level IVR? Popular Features, Top Providers

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What is Multi-level IVR?

Multi-level IVR is an automated phone system that acts as an auto-receptionist by offering self-help features. When someone from an external number calls, they are guided through a series of self-service prompts. The caller eventually finds the answer to their question or is routed to the representative that can best assist them.

This software is the next step up from single level IVR. Each performs the same functions but at different levels. When someone calls a single level IVR system, they are met with a series of prompts. For example, “Press ‘1’ to speak with sales, press ‘2’ for customer support, etc…” After a caller performs one of these actions, they’re routed to a representative, and that’s that. These tools enhance this offering by providing various levels of IVR menus.

These systems can let a caller select their language, dial a number to be routed to another team and run through sub-menus after that. This IVR is ideal for large companies with multiple products and services. As single-level IVR doesn’t get as granular as multi-level, it’s the perfect fit for small businesses looking to automate incoming calls.

Single-level IVR, however, shouldn’t be confused with an auto attendant. Both types of software are used to route incoming calls, but that is the limit of an auto attendant’s capabilities. These platforms are simply designed to route a caller to the correct mailbox and can play hold music while they search for the correct destination.

What are the Benefits of Multi-Level IVR?

With its advanced automation features, this software can offer a host of benefits to your business and customers alike. For one, implementing these tools will act as a huge timesaver for your team and its customers.

Quicker calls will lead to higher customer satisfaction. 33% of customers are most frustrated by having to wait on hold. With those holds typically come call transfers and customers having to repeat themselves to various agents. The more complex their issue, the more often they will probably have to do this. IVR omits those long wait times.

The IVR menus and sub-menus offered by these tools mean that customers can quickly find the answer to their question. Customers value quick and effective responses, so this will improve their satisfaction with your business.

Those quick resolutions often come from IVR’s self-service features. Say you have a customer looking to inquire about a balance on their account. These self-service features mean that a customer can be guided through a series of automated IVR menus and find the answer to their question on their own. Giving customers the ability to solve some problems on their own will save your business resources.

This software also offers geographic routing, which is a huge benefit to large companies with branches around the globe. If your company is headquartered in the United States and receives a call from a customer in India, your business hours will not align. But with the geographic routing offered by IVR, your system would be able to automatically route that customer to an agent in their time zone that can assist them.

This is possible because IVR is available 24/7. By implementing this software, you can offer your customers support at any time without having to hire an additional team. If a customer is experiencing an issue with your product, they can call whenever to attempt to solve that problem with the self-service offerings that this software provides. If they cannot solve the question on their own, they can leave a message for the next available representative.

Top Multi-Level IVR Providers

Here’s a list of VoIP providers that offer multi-level IVR within their platforms:

Conclusion: Enhance Your Customer Experience

This software is a simple way to revolutionize your business. If you have customers and employees around the globe, these tools are a great way to ensure your business is providing top-tier service. They’ll save you time, money and frankly make routing an influx of inbound calls so much easier than it was before. Take a look here for more information on top IVR systems.

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A guide to choosing the right iPhone 12 colour

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What does your iPhone 12 colour pick say about you?

The new iPhone 12 series has launched and among all the fabulous features that it has thrown our way, we are utterly smitten with the wide variety of colours that it comes in.

But with so many colour beautiful options, picking just one can be an almost impossible task. So we thought we’d tell you a little bit about what each iPhone 12 colour might represent, so you can determine what sort of statement your colour choice says.

Choosing your iPhone 12 and 12 mini colour.

Let’s kick things off with the bright and beautiful iPhone 12 and the 12 mini. The cracking camera system, the unmatched display and the durable design are all packed into a device that’s available in five stunning finishes.

iPhone 12 and 12 mini users can pick from black, white, green, (PRODUCT)RED, and blue, but with all these choices, it’s hard to choose the right one for you. So, what exactly do each of these colours represent, you ask.

Back in black

We all love the colour black, it’s famous in the fashion world for looking sleek and slimming. It’s known for being mysterious – whether that’s a spiritual thing or because all secret agents wear black, we’re unsure.

Most importantly, black means business and iPhone 12 and 12 mini are no exception to that. Black gives a stunning, classic finish that will leave users feeling like the bees knees. It’s also the perfect colour for hiding those everyday scuffs and smears!

If you opt for iPhone 12 or 12 mini in black – we all know you mean business.

For the love of white

White is known as the queen of class, and iPhone 12 or 12 mini in white is exactly that. It boasts elegance and simplicity and makes a bold statement without any effort.

The colour white offers all sorts of connotations, with many people associating heavenly vibes with it. We don’t want to be dramatic but iPhone 12 and the 12 mini in white certainly look angelic – don’t you think?

If you choose the iPhone 12 or 12 mini in white, we know you think simplicity means elegance.

Living green?

This one’s for those of you who love living green. Green connotes with the environment and a sense of health and well-being – it represents a sense of tranquillity and growth.

The new iPhone 12 and 12 mini is made with 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets and Apple have used less plastic in its production – making the colour green perfect to represent all of these fantastic environmental changes.

If you opt for iPhone 12 or 12 mini in green – we think you’ll certainly be carrying Apple’s message of a greener future.

Heating up with red?

iPhone 12 and 12 mini is available in PRODUCT(RED) and we think it’s a fantastic colour that suits so many users. Red is associated with all things love, from heat and passion to warmth and glow – red is the colour that boasts passion.

If you choose iPhone 12 or 12 mini in PRODUCT(RED) we think you’re the type of person who just love’s love!

Feeling blue?

This one’s for the cool kids. Blue is the colour for those laid-back iPhone users – boasting a sense of calmness and relaxation. iPhone 12 or 12 mini in blue is perfect for those of you who love to kick back and chill out.

Opting for iPhone 12 or 12 mini in blue guarantees endless head turns as you walk by people in the street – quickly becoming the coolest kid on the block!

If you pick blue as your favourite iPhone 12 colour, we know you’re cooler than ice.

Choosing your iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max colour.

iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max pack some amazing features, from a new and improved advanced camera system to a display fit for every entertainment lover. Users can enjoy Apple’s fastest ever chip and 5G technology in one of four classic colours.

Stunning silver.

Silver is the perfect colour for those of you who love a bit of glitz and glam. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max in silver look like something taken straight from the red carpet.

Choosing iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max in silver guarantees you the look of luxury and expense while still looking classy.

If you opt for the iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max in silver – we know you’re partial to the glam.

Ground-breaking graphite.

Graphite represents strength which is everything that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max stand for. With the all new ceramic shield material, giving the phones a 4x better drop performance, strength and durability is where the 12 Pro and Pro Max shine.

Why not opt for graphite and bag yourself a colour that is as strong as the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max themselves.

If you pick the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max in graphite – we think you’re the sort of person who admires strength and durability.

Glorious gold.

Can you really get any better than gold? It’s rich, it’s premium, it’s tasteful and it’s luxurious. Gold is the ultimate colour to get your iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max in if you love life in the rich lane.

The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max look and feel expensive and boast features that can only be from the future, so why not choose a colour to match?

If you decide to opt for the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max in gold, we think you always love to have the very best.

Pacific blue.

We love the colour blue, but pacific blue – that’s just different gravy all together. Pacific blue offers a twist on the traditional colour and boasts a sense of something unique.

Pacific blue give off a cool uniqueness that is exclusive to 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max users and is perfect for those of you who love something different.

If you opt for the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max in pacific blue, we think you’re a daredevil who loves something a bit different – jazzy even!

Which will it be?

Each colour represents something different and unique and your favourites may just say something cool about you! We hope this has made your decision that little bit easier – and remember that no matter what colour you pick, you’re getting an incredible phone.

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Updated: Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Camera review – The zoom king

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Please note: In October 2020, we updated the DXOMARK Camera test protocol. Version 4 now includes image preview tests and a wide range of new test scenes as part of our new trustability evaluation which measures the camera’s ability to deliver consistent still image and video quality across all shooting scenarios. We have retested this device using the new version 4 of the test protocol and produced this completely updated review. For more information, please see our article about preview, trustability and other version 4 updates of the DXOMARK Camera test protocol.

The Ultra’s main camera uses a 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor instead of the 108MP version in the Pro. The long tele-lens is stabilized and now comes with a staggering 120mm equivalent focal length versus 94mm on the Pro, and at 1/2-inch versus 1/4.4-inch, the image sensor is considerably larger on the Ultra. Xiaomi has also made improvements to the ultra-wide camera. It offers an optical focal length of 12mm, and even after distortion correction has been applied, we still measured 12.5mm, the widest field of view of all ultra-wide cameras we have seen to date.

Can the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra retain the top spot in the DXOMARK Camera ranking under version 4 of our test protocol? Read on to find out.

Taking pictures with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

Key camera specifications:

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

With an overall DXOMARK Camera score of 133, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra secures the top spot among all devices tested under the new version 4 of our test protocol. Its Photo score of 136 is also among the very best.

The exceptional Photo score is based on an excellent still image performance across all test areas. The camera gets all the basics right most of the time such as target exposure, color rendering, and white balance, and offers a very wide dynamic range, capturing good detail in both bright and dark areas of the scene. This makes it ideal for shooting in challenging high-contrast conditions.

Night and low-light photographers will be satisfied with the Mi 10 Ultra, too. Xiaomi has managed a good trade-off between texture and noise in images captured in dim conditions, and the camera is capable of achieving good exposures even in extremely low light. Portrait shots recorded in bokeh mode show the usual slight isolation imperfections around foreground subjects, but the blur effects look quite natural, and bokeh images are overall on a level similar to those from other top-end phones. Quality of the preview image is good, too, with few target exposure, noise and texture differences compared to the final capture.

The main camera offers excellent exposure and dynamic range as well as pleasant colors with accurate white balance.

The Xiaomi’s ultra-wide camera offers the widest field of view we have seen.

With an outstanding Zoom score of 101 the Xiaomi is also a perfect choice for photographers who like as much flexibility as possible in terms of focal range. The Xiaomi’s ultra-wide camera offers the widest field of view we have seen, and at the long end, a 120mm-equivalent tele-lens provides more reach than most competitors. In addition, image quality leaves little to complain about across the entire zoom range, with only some loss of texture and slightly increased noise levels at the widest and longest zoom settings.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra also moves into the number one position for Video, thanks to an outstanding video score of 110. It’s the first device we have tested that achieves the overall best results at 4K resolution and a frame rate of 60fps. The fast frame rate ensures smooth motion and panning in all situations. Usually using 60fps or even faster frame rates means having to make compromises in other areas, but the Xiaomi is capable of delivering good exposure, nice color, and good detail, even when recording in low light, thanks to its adaptive frame rate control which slows things down to 33fps in dim and/or difficult conditions. The autofocus is fast and consistent, too, and the stabilization system counteracts photographer motion very effectively. Dynamic range could be wider and some highlight clipping can be seen in high-contrast video clips, but overall the Mi 10 Ultra records the best smartphone videos we have seen to date.



Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, outdoor video

Photo scores explained

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra achieves our second highest Photo score to date at 136 points. In this section, we take a closer look at how each sub-score was determined and compare image quality against key it’s key competitors, the Huawei P40 Pro and Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Exposure and Contrast

The Mi 10 Ultra achieves a good score for exposure, thanks to very good target exposure and dynamic range capabilities in all conditions. In our new contrast entropy lab measurements for dynamic range, some exposure failures were recorded in very strong HDR scenes. As you can see in the chart below with a difference of 7EV between the shadows and highlights the Mi 10 Ultra is noticeably worse than its Huawei and Apple competitors, with its entropy score dropping well below our 6-bit target level. It’s much better in lower contrast 2EV and 4EV conditions, but not as consistent as the P40 Pro, which excelled in this test with entropy consistently above 6-bit.

Contrast entropy measurements from 20 to 1000lux / 2 to 7EV

This analysis bore out in our perceptual analysis of natural scenes. Where the difference in brightness between the shadows and highlights is low, as in the scene below, the Mi 10 Ultra does an exceptional job with good overall exposure and wide dynamic range. In higher contrast HDR scenes however, some tone compression can be visible and the device often fails to maintain detail in all areas.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, good exposure with wide dynamic range

Huawei P40 Pro, good exposure with wide dynamic range

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, bright target exposure with some highlight clipping

The same applies on indoor HDR exposures. Whilst overall the results are acceptable and generally highlights are well preserved in backlit scenes, the Mi 10 Pro tends to over-lighten the shadows and introducing tone compression and poor contrast, which can look a little disappointing in the final image. Exposures are very good in low light however, where good target exposures ensure well-lit portraits, like in our candle dinner scene.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, good target exposure with some highlight clipping

Huawei P40 Pro, excellent target exposure and wide dynamic range

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, under exposed subject and some highlight clipping

The Xiaomi also does well for color. Color rendering tends to be very pleasant, with nice blue skies and lush greens in well-balanced outdoor scenes. The exposure problems we identified in strong HDR and backlit scenes slip over into our color analysis as well though, with flat and uninspiring color often evident in both shadows and skies. Indoors color remains very good with nice levels of saturation and fairly neutral white balance under a range of artificial light sources. In very low light, stronger white balance casts can become more prevalent, and in very dark and difficult scenes color rendering is not perfect, but overall the Mi 10 Ultra does a good job for color.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, good color rendering and neutral white balance

Huawei P40 Pro, good color rendering with a slight magenta cast

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, slightly lower saturation and a warmish yellow cast

The Mi 10 Ultra autofocus system was an excellent performer in our benchmark lab testing, delivering fast, accurate and repeatable results in almost all lighting conditions. The only exception was very low light (5 lux), where the device is a little inconsistent. Whilst it could be fast, the Mi 10 Ultra often took around a second to lock sharp in these low light conditions, although to be fair all shots were in sharp focus. The Xiaomi device also put in a strong showing in our new lab HDR test scene. where the device consistently found sharp focus in super quick time with contrast set at 7EV.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, autofocus comparison on HDR scene with 7EV variation

In our perceptual analysis autofocus behavior was very reliable too, with no seriously out of focus shots observed by our testers. The only issue is slightly limited depth-of-field and when capturing a group shot the Mi 10 ultra has a tendency to miss focus on the first face and often locks on to a portrait towards the background.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, autofocus

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, front portrait not focused

Huawei P40 Pro, autofocus

Huawei P40 Pro, crop, front portrait focused

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, autofocus

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, front portrait focused

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ulta, DMC texture comparison by lighting condition versus competitors

In natural test scenes the Mi10 Ultra also proved itself capable of resolving high levels of detail, with fine structures particularly well preserved in outdoor images, where it matches results from the P40 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Xiaomi device earns its stripes indoors too, where detail is fractionally better overall compared to the Huawei and iPhone. All three devices perform incredibly well though for texture on this handheld indoors shot, with the Xiaomi and Huawei shots recording slightly cleaner files with less visible noise compared to the iPhone.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, indoor texture

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, excellent detail

Huawei P40 Pro, indoor texture

Huawei P40 Pro, crop, excellent detail

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, indoor texture

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, excellent detail

The Xiaomi also handles image noise very well managed, with noise levels close to the best cameras in this category. In outdoor shots a fine luminance noise is slightly visible in areas of uniform color and recovered shadow areas on HDR images, but nothing too problematic. In low light, the Mi 10 Ultra’s texture/noise managements falls somewhere between the Huawei and Apple devices. In this indoor shot, fine detail in the face is broadly comparable between the Xiaomi and Huawei, but the P40 Pro delivers a cleaner file with less noise. The Mi 10 Ultra manages to surpass the iPhone in both respects however.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, low light

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, good detail with slight noise

Huawei P40 Pro, low light

Huawei P40 Pro, crop, good detail with low noise

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, low light

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, crop, lower detail and more noise

Image artifacts are generally well managed on the Mi 10 Ultra camera. Our testers found some fusion artifacts and color quantization, as well as flare, moiré, and some color fringing, but you would have to look very closely to spot any of these effects. It’s also worth mentioning that the Xiaomi maintains good sharpness into the corners of the image, which is where many other devices, even high-end models, suffer from a loss of acutance.

If you look closely in the corners of this shot, you can see an unnatural rendering of texture that is likely caused by the Xiaomi camera’s fusion algorithms.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, artifacts

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, unnatural texture rendering

Maze artifacts are visible in the fine textures on the facade of the building in the background.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, artifacts

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, maze artifact

The Mi 10 Ultra is more than capable of producing a good-looking simulated bokeh shot and is among the very best devices we have tested in this category. The camera uses the short tele-lens with its 50mm focal length in bokeh mode, which gives it an advantage in terms of field of view over devices that record images with a wide-angle camera in portrait mode.

Depth estimation is also generally accurate, with only fairly minor depth artifacts visible around challenging elements of the scene. Bokeh mode also gets all the basics right, such as exposure and color, and sharpness is good.

Bright spotlights in the background are round with good contrast, as they should be, but the blur gradient from front to back can occasionally look a little unnatural, with fairly abrupt changes in blur intensity.

In this sample below, the Xiaomi does an excellent job at isolating the subject’s fine hair from the background. The Huawei is good as well, but the Samsung struggles somewhat.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, indoor bokeh

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, excellent subject isolation

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, indoor bokeh

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, crop, some depth estimation artifacts

Huawei P40 Pro, indoor bokeh

Huawei P40 Pro, crop, excellent subject isolation

In this long-range comparison, the Xiaomi produces stronger background blur than the other devices, which makes for a very pleasant effect overall.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, outdoor bokeh, strong background blur

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, outdoor bokeh, less background blur

Huawei P40 Pro, outdoor bokeh, slightly less background blur

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is also our new top performer for night and low-light photography, thanks to excellent image quality in all types of low-light scenes.

With the flash set to auto mode, the camera behaves as it should, triggering the flash for portrait shots, but not for landscape or cityscape images. Further, the Xiaomi does an excellent job with indoor portrait shots. The flash output is nicely balanced with the ambient light, making for a nice exposure and overall natural feel of the image. The Samsung does not trigger the flash for this scene, which results in a target exposure on the subject that is lower than on the Mi 10 Ultra, and there is also some highlight clipping in the background.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, flash-auto

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, flash-auto

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, crop, slightly dark face and highlight clipping

In night landscapes and cityscapes, target exposure is usually good and the auto white balance system works accurately. In the sample below, you can see that the Xiaomi produces a slightly brighter exposure than the Oppo Find 2X pro and especially the P40 Pro, which makes for an overall more pleasant look in many night shots.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, flash-auto, excellent exposure

Oppo Find X2 Pro, slightly darker exposure

Huawei P40 Pro, flash-auto, slightly dark exposure

Flash-off mode produces good results, too, with good exposure and decent detail. The portrait shot below has pleasant skin tones with good facial exposure and well-controlled noise. The P40 Pro produces an overall brighter exposure for this shot, but this results in slightly washed-out skin tones, highlight clipping in the background, and a strong loss of detail. The Oppo captured a strongly underexposed image. The Xiaomi deals by far the best with this difficult low-light situation.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, flash-off

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, excellent target exposure, low noise

Oppo Find X2 Pro, flash-off

Oppo Find X2 Pro, crop, strong underexposure

Huawei P40 Pro, flash-off

Huawei P40 Pro, crop, good exposure, lack of detail

Analyzing the quality and accuracy of the Mi 10 Ultra’s preview image, the overall quality is good, with few target exposure, noise and texture inconsistencies with the final capture. The absence of live HDR processing means it’s less successful in high contrast conditions however, where highlights are over-exposed and shadows or faces often slightly under exposed.

Preview, in high contrast or backlit conditions there is no HDR processing for accurate color and exposure in preview.

Capture, noise and texture are similar to preview in the final image.

It’s a similar story for bokeh rendering, where the Mi 10 Ultra does a pretty good job although there are some slight differences. In reasonably well balanced lighting, exposure and color are fairly accurate and again noise and texture rendering is good. Bokeh activation is also reliable, giving users reassurance the effect will be applied in capture. Depth estimation isn’t perfect however, with artifacts often visible around the subject, and the depth-of-field effect differs slightly, with greater blur intensity and better blur gradient in the final render, but those niggles aside it does an ok job.

Preview, bokeh simulation is usually activated in Portrait mode with slight edge artifacts often visible.

Capture, the final render is fairly close but with better depth estimation and blur gradient and a stronger blur intensity.

For zoom smoothness, preview remains stable whilst pinching ensuring smooth field-of-view transitions as the device switches between its ultra-wide, standard-wide and tele-lens modules. Some minor instabilities are evident in exposure adaptation and focus, but nothing too problematic. Bigger oscillations are evident using the dedicated magnification buttons for zoom, and particularly when switching between the standard-wide and tele-lens as you can see in this example.



Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, zoom preview

Zoom scores explained

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra achieves an outstanding  Zoom score of 101 points, by far the best in our current database. The Zoom score is calculated from the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against some key competitors.

The Mi 10 Ultra follows in the tradition of previous Xiaomi flagships like the Mi 10 Pro with a strong performance in our new tele-lens analysis. Image quality in general is outstanding and detail is very good across the zoom range.

The shots below were captured at 50mm, a zoom factor of approximately 2x. On the face towards the centre of the frame detail is good, but resolution is fractionally behind the Samsung S20 Ultra in this example and the Mi 10 Pro is noticeably sharper.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, very good detail

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, crop, excellent detail

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, 50mm

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, crop, very good detail

At 160mm, a zoom factor of approximately 5x, the Mi 10 Ultra surpasses the S20 Ultra for resolution however and offers a brighter exposure with more neutral white balance. The Mi 10 Pro still edges it for sharpness though, with improved rendering of fine structures compared to the Mi 10 Ultra. For the Xiaomi devices these are really quite impressive results given the zoom magnifications and lighting conditions though, which is why they’re at the top of our rankings for zoom capabilities.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, 160mm

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, good detail

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, crop, excellent detail

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, 160mm

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, crop, lower detail

The ultra-wide camera is a highlight of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra’s camera performance. On paper it offers a very wide 12mm focal length but the camera applies some distortion correction which very slightly reduces the field-of-view. However at a measured 12.5mm it still offers the widest field-of-view of all smartphone cameras to date, making it a great option for fans of ultra-wide-angle photography. In terms of image quality, the ultra-wide gets all the basics right, too, delivering very good target exposure and a wide dynamic range as well as pleasant color.

Detail could be better, but the Xiaomi has that in common with most ultra-wide cameras we have tested. Some noise is visible, too. Images show some distortion, but the effect is fairly well under control. Thanks to a fairly light distortion correction, the loss of sharpness towards the edges of the frame that we see on many ultra-wides is not too strong on the Xiaomi. Our testers also observed some chromatic aberrations and ringing under indoor lighting, but image artifacts are otherwise pretty well controlled on the Mi 10 Ultra’s ultra-wide camera.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, very wide field of view

Huawei P40 Pro, narrower field of view

The Xiaomi is also slightly wider than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and produces images with slightly better detail and less noise.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, ultra-wide

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, crop, good detail, low noise

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, ultra-wide

Video scores explained

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra delivered its best results in video mode when set to 2160p resolution and a frame rate of 60fps. Overall, the device performs very well at these settings, achieving our highest Video score to date at 106. Video target exposure is a nice strength. As you can see in our lab analysis chart below, the Mi 10 Ultra is capable of bright video in virtually all lighting conditions, with great exposure of 50L* measured in low light (5 lux).

Video target exposure comparison

Exposure adaptation in changing light levels is good but not perfect, and slightly limited dynamic range often leads to highlight clipping in very bright scenes. Examining stills from this bright scene, you can see the iPhone 11 Pro Max controls the highlights better and is able to capture more detail in the white boats. On the downside, a fairly strong reddish cast is visible in this sample video still.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, still from video, slightly limited dynamic range often results in highlight clipping in bright scenes.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, still from video, better control of the highlights ensures a better exposure on the boats.

Color, on the other hand, does not leave any reason to complain. Color rendering is pleasant in all situations and white balance is accurate, usually avoiding nasty color casts of any kind. Texture in 4K capture mode is also a key strength, with excellent detail recorded in outdoor and indoor videos, with very respectable results in low light, too. Our lab measurements identify the Mi 10 Ultra offers a slight improvement over the P40 Pro (which is also very good), and a significant improvement over the iPhone 11 Pro Max under indoor conditions (100 lux)  and especially low light conditions (5 lux), where the Xiaomi achieves around 85% acutance compared to around 55% on the Apple device.

Detail is obviously only good when videos are in sharp focus however and we did observe some autofocus instabilities on the Mi 10 Ultra. Focusing errors are fairly common on indoor and low light videos, but even in bright light problems persist with the Xiaomi often failing to lock on to portraits. This is visible in this portrait video where the comparison devices do a better job at focusing on the subject.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, outdoor video

Huawei P40 Pro, outdoor video

The video camera is capable of a very good compromise for texture and noise, especially considering the high level of detail visible in in-focus videos. In our measurements we recorded levels of spatial noise slightly below the P40 Pro in virtually all lighting conditions, and noticeably  cleaner movies compared to the iPhone in low light.

Noise is certainly visible in low light videos, but given the noticeably higher level of detail captured compared to the P40 Pro in this example, it might be a sacrifice you’re willing to live with.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, indoor video

Huawei P40 Pro, indoor video

Stabilization is very effective, too, reducing camera shake and walking motion significantly. The 60fps also means panning is buttery-smooth and the judder effect that is often noticeable at lower frame rates is reduced to a minimum. This is visible in this comparison.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, indoor video

Huawei P40 Pro, indoor video

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, indoor video

Conclusion

Under version 4 of our DXOMARK Camera test protocol the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra remains the number one in our ranking and deservedly so. In Photo mode it doesn’t show any real weaknesses and delivers class-leading results in several categories. It’s particularly impressive in the wide and zoom sections, making it an ideal choice for those who want a zoom range as big as possible without compromising on image quality.

It’s also a great tool for mobile videographers, offering excellent overall video quality with efficient stabilization at 4K and a fast 60fps frame rate that makes for super-smooth panning and motion. Overall, if it fits within your budget, the new Xiaomi flagship phone is an easy recommendation for mobile content creators.

  • Primary: 48MP 1/1.32-inch Quad-Bayer sensor, 25mm-equivalent lens with f/1.85 aperture, PDAF and OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 20MP 1/2.8-inch sensor, 12mm-equivalent lens with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Multispectral color temperature sensor
  • Video: 8K 4320p at 30fps, 4K 2160p at 30/60fps (2160p/60fps tested)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset
  • Accurate target exposure (Photo & Video)
  • Wide dynamic range (Photo)
  • Vivid and pleasant color (Photo & Video)
  • Excellent Autofocus in (Photo)
  • Nice night exposure (Photo)
  • Pleasant Bokeh shots (Photo)
  • Good zoom capabilities (Photo)
  • Effective video stabilization (Video)
  • Smooth 60fps capture (Video)
    • Noise visible in low light (Photo & Video)
    • Limited live HDR in preview (Photo)
    • Tone compression in HDR (Photo)
    • Limited dynamic range (Video)
    • Autofocus instabilities (Video)

    Please also have a look at our Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra gallery below. It includes images that have been shot in a variety of situations and shooting modes for you to view and examine.

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