Xiaomi 12 test: small format, short battery life

Our Xiaomi 12 is necessarily less equipped than its Pro counterpart. If you keep the 50-megapixel main module, the integrated sensor is different as it is the Sony IMX766 (an IMX707 in the Xiaomi 12 Pro). In the ultra wide angle, definition point of 50 megapixels. Here, Xiaomi is more classic with a 13-megapixel sensor. Finally, note the absence of a telephoto lens, replaced by a 5-megapixel macro module.

Main module: 50 megapixels, f/1.8, eq. 24mm



Xiaomi 12 (50 megapixels, crop 100%)


Xiaomi 12 (12.5 megapixels, crop 100%)



Xiaomi 12 (50 megapixels, crop 100%)


Xiaomi 12 (12.5 megapixels, crop 100%)

Between the snapshot captured at 12.5 megapixels thanks to the technique of pixel binning and full frame, there is no difference. In contrast, in low light, the 50-megapixel mode is less relevant. The smoothing is much more visible on our stage. The 12.5 megapixel photo offers more sharpness and contrast. A result therefore preferable.



Pixel 6 Pro


Xiaomi 12 (24mm equivalent, f/1.8, 1/100, ISO 68)

Compared to the Google Pixel 6 Pro, the best photophone in our comparison, the Xiaomi 12 does not measure up. However, it is not bad for all that, since it offers a good exposure, a certain level of detail and a slightly higher contrast than the Xiaomi 12 Pro model. However, we do regret a slightly soft colorimetry, as well as smoothing on the periphery. which is too important.



Pixel 6 Pro


Xiaomi 12 (24mm equivalent, f/1.8, 1/25, ISO 2853)

As expected, at night, it’s hard to keep up with the Pixel 6 Pro. The Xiaomi 12 benefits from good colorimetry as well as correct exposure. However, the software processing is quite strong, greatly softening the scene and blurring details. Digital noise occurs in the darkest parts, the smartphone increases its sensitivity (2853 ISO).

Ultra wide angle module: 13 megapixels, f/2.4, eq. 16mm



Google Pixel 6 Pro


Xiaomi 12 (16mm equivalent, f/2.4, 1/50, ISO 74)

If the Pixel 6 Pro suffers from a large blur effect, this is also the case with the Xiaomi 12, but in a more moderate way. The image is a bit washed out, it suffers from chromatic aberrations in places, but the sharpness is quite good.



Google Pixel 6 Pro


Xiaomi 12 (16mm equivalent, f/2.4, 1/15, ISO 5195)

At night, the picture is quite confusing. The Xiaomi 12 goes up quite a bit in sensitivity (ISO 5195), covering the photo with digital noise. The details are non-existent, but the exposure is quite correct.

Front module, portrait and video mode

The Xiaomi 12 is just as well equipped as the 12 Pro at the front. We find the same 32-megapixel sensor that offers good selfie quality, with a high level of detail.

The portrait mode is quite successful, with a near perfect outline of the subject in every test, whether with the front module or the wide angle module. This mode has adjustable background blur, as well as a “full body” option for shooting an entire subject. Without a 2x telephoto lens, you’ll have to get close to get a shoulder-high shot.

In video, the Xiaomi 12 is capable of shooting up to 8K at 24fps and 4K at 60fps. The smartphone also supports HDR10+. On the front, video capabilities are limited to 1080p at 60fps.

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