DxOMark has published the camera review of iPhone 12. The phone ranks distant 13th by scoring 122 points on DXOMARK. It only falls behind the 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).
Out of four new 5G smartphones launched by Apple in 2020, the iPhone 12 can be considered as the iPhone for most users. It features a dual-camera setup consisting of a primary 12MP sensor with 1.4µm pixels, f/1.6 lens, OIS, and PDAF. Whereas, the f/2.4 lens-equipped secondary unit sports a 12 MP 1/3.6-inch sensor.
This camera setup is capable of recording 4K videos at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p videos at 30/60/120/240 fps, Dolby Vision HDR videos(up to 30 fps). Lastly, it supports gyro-EIS and is paired with a dual-LED flash.
Talking about performance, the iPhone 12 scores 132 points for camera (pictures), 112 points for videos, and a mere 41 points for zoom capability as it lacks a telephoto lens.
In a nutshell, according to DXOMARK, the iPhone 12’s cameras perform well overall but falls behind the flagships from Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, and even Apple’s own higher-end iPhones. However, its video performance is much better than most smartphones, In fact, it ranks third in this department by typing with the iPhone 12 Pro.
The camera system on the phone offers accurate and consistent autofocus, exposure, and colors (indoors). It also outputs detailed images both outdoors and indoors. Further, the videos recorded on this handset have a wide dynamic range, pleasant color and skin tones, and effective stabilization even while walking.
The above-mentioned pros do not mean iPhone 12’s camera performance is flawless. Because the cameras also have cons such as limited dynamic range in stills, visible noise in stills (especially lower light), color quantization, hue shift, visible ringing artifacts in stills, sub-par zoom performance, white balance casts in outdoor stills as well as videos, and low-detailed videos in low-light scenarios.