Dxomark awarded Xiaomi’s 12T Pro smartphone first place in the second-tier “premium” category of the company’s Dxomark Camera benchmark – while finding surprising results.
With a Dxomark Camera score of 129 points, the 12T Pro places Vivo’s X70 Pro in second place with 126 points and ahead of Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini with 125 points each. Dxomark’s review praised the 12T Pro for its highly detailed stills, pleasing colors, and decent exposure in all lighting conditions. However, it suffered in terms of zoom performance in both ultra-wide and long-throw settings.
A surprising result, however, comes in the form of the 12T Pro’s video score. Here it manages to outperform Xiaomi’s much more expensive 12 Pro and 12S Ultra handsets, thanks to its low-light performance, dynamic range, detail and lack of noise.
Equally surprising is Dxomark’s portrait mode, or ‘bokeh’ score, where the 12T Pro matches the 12 Pro at 70 points, surpassing the 12S Ultra which sits at 65 points.
Thanks to these results, the 12T Pro achieves the same overall Dxomark Camera score as the much more expensive 12 Pro, but with a lower score for stills. If you prefer video, the 12 T Pro could save you some cash.
Smartphones in the premium category generally offer camera hardware that falls below flagship territory and is priced between $600 and $800 at launch. This almost always means doing without one of the lenses found on the companies’ flagship models, usually the telephoto lens, which reduces long-distance zoom capabilities.
That’s the case here too, but with the 12T Pro, Xiaomi has opted for an all-new rear camera system, showcasing a new 200-megapixel sensor alongside an 8-megapixel ultrawide and dedicated macro module. of 2 megapixels.
This is a dramatic departure from the “ultra premium” tier 12 Pro and 12S Ultra, which both use large 50-megapixel main sensors paired with 48-megapixel (12S Ultra) ultra-wide telephoto lenses and cameras or 50 megapixels (12T Pro). .
This also partly explains why individual test results are often so different across Xiaomi’s smartphone lineup. Dxomark results also prove that more expensive does not always mean better quality.
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