The Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro have huge 50-megapixel main cameras


Xiaomi is in there again – putting another insanely huge camera on a flagship phone. This time it is the Xiaomi 12 Pro with a 50 megapixel main sensor and a standard wide f / 1.9 lens. It is not the very the largest sensor Xiaomi has used in a phone, but the combination of a large aperture lens and a large imaging chip makes it … well, just look at the thing.

Technically speaking, this is a Sony IMX707 chip, which Xiaomi says is the first to use in a mobile device. Gizmochine points out that the 707 appears to be a very light refresh of the IMX700, which makes that claim a little less exciting. Either way, this is a large 1 / 1.28 inch type sensor. Sony combines its 1.22μm pixels, which are already large enough for a mobile camera sensor, to create even larger “4-in-1” 2.44μm pixels for better low-light photos.

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The 12 Pro includes two other 50-megapixel rear camera sensors: an ultra-wide and a telephoto lens. The Xiaomi 12 has a slightly smaller 1 / 1.56 inch type sensor, an ultra-wide 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel “telemacro”. Along with impressive hardware, the 12 and 12 Pro include camera software enhancements such as reduced shutter lag, burst shooting improvements, and subject tracking for human faces. and animals.

On the non-camera side, the 12 Pro and its sibling 12 have all the trimmings of a modern flagship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets and 120Hz OLED panels. The Xiaomi 12 offers a 6.28-inch screen and a 4,500 mAh battery; The 12 Pro features a 6.73-inch display with a peak brightness of 1,500 nits and a 4,600mAh battery with 120W fast charging.

If you’re keen to become the proud owner of a very, very large smartphone camera, both will go on sale in China on December 31. The 12 Pro starts at RMB 4,699 (around $ 737) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the Xiaomi 12 starts at RMB 3,699 (around $ 580) for the same 8GB / 128GB configuration.


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