Xiaomi 12T test: less professional, but more mastery

Xiaomi 12T test: less professional, but more mastery

The “classic” version of the 12T swaps out the 12T Pro’s 200MP main image sensor for a more traditional 108MP unit. And Xiaomi has clearly done a good job, because this sensor allows it to take better quality photos. An 8MP ultra wide angle unit is added to this main unit and a 2MP macro unit. These sensors are the same as those on the Pro model.

Main module: 108 MP, f/1.7, equivalent. 24 mm

Xiaomi 12T Pro (12.5 MP)
Xiaomi 12T (12 MP)

Xiaomi 12T Pro (12.5 MP)
Xiaomi 12T (12MP)

In the daytime, we see that 12 megapixels (in the mode Connect pixels) delivers a more convincing result than the 12T Pro, especially thanks to much better exposure and higher sharpness. Spotting changes in low light, where Xiaomi bugs back by presenting an image that is too red and has little detail.

Google Pixel 7 (12.5 MP, f/1.85, 26mm equiv., ISO 48, 1/85 sec)
Xiaomi 12T (12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm equiv., ISO 143, 1/100 sec)

Against the Google Pixel 7, the best-in-class photophone, the 12T has nothing to be ashamed of. Diurnal behavior is very good, with gentle diving and excellent colorimetry. But it must be recognized that the Pixel 7 masters its subject better, with more detail and less juiciness.

Google Pixel 7 (12.5 MP, f/1.85, 26mm equiv., ISO 48, 1/85 sec)
Xiaomi 12T (12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm equiv., ISO 4691, 1/15 sec)

Unfortunately, this note doesn’t apply at night, which is where the Pixel 7 proves to be more capable. Exposure is superior, as is the level of detail.

Ultra wide angle module: 8MP, 11mm

Google Pixel 7 (12 MP, f/2.2, equiv. 17mm, ISO 54, 1/100 sec)
Xiaomi 12T (12 MP, f/2.2, equiv. 11mm, ISO 68, 1/50 sec)

Google Pixel 7 (12 MP, f/2.2, equiv. 17mm, ISO 1130, 1/8 sec)
Xiaomi 12T (12 MP, f/2.2, 11mm equiv., ISO 3464, 1/15 sec)

The wide-angle unit notes continue with the ultra-wide angle not offering a result as convincing as that of the Google Pixel 7. The Xiaomi 12T tends to strongly image smoothing and rendering a blurry view, be it day or night.

Front unit, portrait and video mode

At the front, the smartphone has a 20MP unit that opens its lens at f/2.2. Fairly good front sensor overall, but it tends to smooth lines a little too aggressively and deliver a little hard exposure. In portrait mode, the clipping is very noticeable, but the program manages to cut out a subject from the background quite well. Fortunately, it is possible to correct background blur after capture for a softer result.

In video, the 12T can shoot in 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 30.60, 120 or 240fps. The main unit has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to reduce the effects of vibration.

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