Xiaomi has entered the premium segment a couple of years ago when released the Mi 10 lineup models. With every generation, this company strengthens its position in this niche. However, not all models equally perform well. For instance, in the latest generation, the vanilla version has almost nothing in common with the Pro version. And we are not talking about the yet-to-be-announced Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra. However, if the latter will be powered by an outstanding camera and is predicted to top the DXOMARK list, the rest two models do not have so impressive camera rankings. For instance, recently, the Pro version was reviewed by the platform and scored 131 points. As a result, it was on the 14 and 15 positions along with a two-year-old VIVO X50 Pro+. Today, the platform also revealed the scores of the Xiaomi Mi 12.
In fact, the Xiaomi Mi 12 comes with the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip as the Pro version. However, this model sports a smaller display, and there are a few important hardware differences in the camera setup. Though both have a 50MP main camera, the pixels are distributed across a slightly smaller image sensor. The Xiaomi Mi 12 also comes with an ultra-wide camera of a 13MP resolution, while the Pro model features a 50MP sensor. The third sensor on the Mi 12 is a 5MP macro lens with 50mm equivalent focal length which replaces the 50MP 48mm lens on the Pro.
Anyway, both models support recording 8K videos at 24 frames per second, while the 4K videos can be recorded at up to 60fps. They support HDR10+.
Xiaomi Mi 12 Series Camera Key Parameters:
- Primary: 50 MP 1/1.56″ sensor, 1.0μm pixels, 26mm equivalent focal length, f/1.9-aperture lens, OIS, PDAF
- Ultra-wide: 13MP 1/3.06″ sensor, 1.12μm pixels, 12mm equivalent focal length, f/2.4-aperture lens
- Macro: 5MP sensor, 50mm equivalent focal length
- 8K video at 24fps, 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/120/240/960fps, HDR10+ (4K/30fps tested)
Well, in DXOMARK Camera, it scored 123 points. This is a good performance but it can’t compete with the Ultra Premium smartphones. So we can just admit that this version has slight improvements over its predecessor Mi 11 in both photo and video.
Not surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi 12 performs way better than many models on the market, including the Samsung Galaxy S22. From the comparison photos, you can evaluate how good it is. However, we are dealing with a mid-ranger, which means it still yields the top smartphones.