TCL 10 Pro And 10L Review: Sleek, Budget-Friendly Androids

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TCL 10L And TCL 10 Pro Camera Performance And Image Samples

TCL gave the 10-series quad rear cameras, with the 10L boasting a 48MP f/1.8 0.8-micron main shooter (Samsung S5KGM1), 8MP f/2.2 1.12-micron 118-degree ultrawide, 2MP f/2.4 1.65-micron macro lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 1.65-micron depth sensor. In front, there’s a 16MP f/2.2 1-micron selfie camera. The main shooter captures video up to 4k 30fps and 10x zoom (stabilized), while the ultrawide and selfie cameras max out 1080p 30fps. There’s no 60fps support, but you can record slow-motion video at up to 1080p 120fps and 720p 240fps.

10L cameras
TCL 10L

For the 10 Pro, TCL bumped the specs up a notch with a 64MP f/1.79 0.8-micron main sensor (Samsung GW1), 16MP f/2.4 1.0-micron 123-degree ultrawide, 5MP f/2.2 1.12-micron macro lens (with AF), and a 2MP f/1.8 2.9-micron low light shooter (with AF). A 24MP f/2.0 0.9-micron selfie camera rounds things up. Video recording tops out at 4k 30fps and 10x zoom (stabilized) with the main shooter, plus 1080p 30p with the ultrawide, selfie, and low light cameras. While 60fps capture is missing, slow motion is included up to 1080p 120fps and 720p 960fps.

10 Pro cameras
TCL 10 Pro

By default, both main shooters bin (combine) groups of 4 pixels into 1.6-micron super pixels for an effective resolution of 12MP (10L) and 16MP (10 Pro), but can also take pictures at their native 48MP (10L) and 64MP (10 Pro) resolution. While neither phone can record video with the macro lens, the 10 Pro’s 2MP low light sensor can only capture video, and this automatically kicks in when necessary. The 10 Pro also offers a separate night mode which outputs 12MP stills. Other modes include portrait, panorama, stop motion, and light tracing.

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TCL 10L main camera

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TCL 10L main camera (low light)

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TCL 10L ultrawide

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TCL 10L ultrawide (low light)

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TCL 10L main camera (2x zoom)

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TCL 10L main camera (5x zoom)

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TCL 10L main camera (10x zoom)

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TCL 10L selfie camera (portrait mode)

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TCL 10L macro

The resulting photos are pretty nice, considering these aren’t flagships. Both main cameras take pleasant, detailed pictures, with decent dynamic range, balanced colors, and accurate exposure. Anything beyond 3x zoom quickly turns into a mess, though, with the 10 Pro exhibiting more “oil painting” artifacts than the 10L. The 10 Pro also randomly blows the shadows in some images (as you can see here). On the other hand, the 10L’s ultrawide often blows the highlights in HDR shots, and struggles in low light.

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TCL 10 Pro main camera

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TCL 10 Pro main camera (low light)

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TCL 10 Pro main camera (night mode)

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TCL 10 Pro ultrawide

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TCL 10 Pro ultrawide (low light)

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TCL 10 Pro main camera (2x zoom)

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TCL 10 Pro main camera (5x zoom)

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TCL 10 Pro main camera (10x zoom)

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TCL 10 Pro selfie camera (portrait mode)

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TCL 10 Pro macro

Selfies are fine, but nothing to write home about. Overall, the 10L’s main camera images look more natural, with less sharpening. Both main shooters do an OK job in the dark, with the 10 Pro having the edge thanks to its dedicated night mode. As for the macro lens, the 10L lacks AF, making it more difficult to nail focus. Video recording is fine with both handsets, and the 10 Pro’s dedicated low-light sensor definitely helps in the dark.

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