DXOMARK camera: iPhone 12 lags behind most Android flagships but excels in video performance


Earlier this month, DXOMARK reviewed audio performance Apple iPhone 12. The smartphone scored 73 points, two points more than last year iPhone 11 Pro Max (71 points) but one point lower iPhone XS Max (74 points). Now the company has released the camera review for this device.The iPhone 12 ranks 13th scoring 122 points on DXOMARK. The device is not only late iPhone 12 Pro Max (130 points) and the iPhone 12 Pro (128 points) but also scores fewer points than the iPhone 11 Pro Max (120 points).

On four new 5G smartphones launched by Apple in 2020, the iPhone 12 can be considered the iPhone for most of the users. It has a dual camera setup consisting of a 12MP main sensor with 1.4┬Ám pixels, f / 1.6 lens, OIS and PDAF. While the secondary unit equipped with an f / 2.4 lens sports a 12 MP 1 / 3.6 inch sensor.

This camera setup is capable of recording 4K video at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p video at 30/60/120/240 fps, Dolby Vision HDR video (up to 30 fps). Finally, it supports gyro-EIS and is paired with a dual LED flash.

Speaking of performance, the iPhone 12 scores 132 points for the camera (photos), 112 points for videos and only 41 points for the zoom capability since it does not have a telephoto lens.

In a nutshell, according to DXOMARK, the cameras in the iPhone 12 perform well overall, but fall behind the flagships of Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, and even Apple’s own high-end iPhones. However, its video performance is much better than most smartphones, in fact it ranks third in this department typing with the iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple iPhone 12

The phone’s camera system offers precise and consistent autofocus, exposure and colors (indoors). It also produces detailed images both outside and inside. In addition, the videos recorded on this device have a wide dynamic range, pleasant colors and skin tones, and effective stabilization even while walking.

The benefits mentioned above don’t mean that the iPhone 12’s camera performance is flawless. Because cameras also have drawbacks such as limited dynamic range in still images, noise visible in still images (especially lower light), color quantization, hue change, ringing artifacts visible in still images, lower than normal zoom performance, white balance also throws in outdoor still images as videos and low-detail videos in low light scenarios.



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