Don’t Believe the Hype: Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 200MP Camera Disappoints

Redmi Note 12 Pro+

Xiaomi surprised its audience last year with the launch of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+. The device was the first mid-range phone to reach the market with a 200MP camera. After multiple teasers, the impressive 200 MP camera arrived with some flagships in 2022, but the Redmi phone was the first to expand it to the mid-range audience. However, the camera does not seem to be really impressive. After months, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ finally made its way to Europe along with a new Pro variant with 4G connectivity. And so, the experts at DXOMark managed to put that camera on the test.

Redmi Note 12 Pro+ fails to impress on DXOMark’s review

The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is a decent phone with an AMOLED screen, a powerful chipset, 120W charging, and a 200 MP main camera. However, there is much more beyond the numbers, and this camera failed to achieve a good score. As per the DXOMark tests, the 200 MP has a lackluster performance. There is a lot of marketing around this main camera, but it has an overall rating of 113 points. It gives the Redmi Note 12 Pro the 74th position on DxOMark’s leaderboard. Well, we know that this is a mid-range phone. But considering how new it is, and all the marketing around the 200 MP camera, it could be much better.

Redmi Note 12
Image Credit: DXOMark

The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ falls shortly off the iPhone 11 with its tiny 12 MP camera, as well as the Pixel 6. The Nothing Phone (1) and Xiaomi 12T perform better, despite their inferior cameras in terms of megapixel count. As we’ve stated before, there is more beyond the numbers.

According to DXOMark, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ does a decent job in daylight. It manages to deliver a decent dynamic range and white balance even in low light conditions. Further, automatic exposure does its job in both day and night environments. However, there is some sort of ghosting, color, and artifact issues. The autofocus is also slow and the 4K video recording is not good. There is a loss of details and oversharpened images when you’re trying to record 4K footage.

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Redmi Note 12 Pro+
Image Credit: DXOMark

Besides the 200 MP main camera, the other sensors are also mediocre. The 8 MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 is nothing to write about, moreover the zooming capabilities are just the standard without a telephoto shooter. Again, that’s one of the main problems in these mid-range phones with “impressive” main cameras. They deliver a main camera with a high amount of raw megapixels, and standard cameras. In the end, the experience is not the best. It sounds good but is just around the average.

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The specifications

Besides the modest camera performance, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ might be considered a good jack of all trades for some users. It brings a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with FHD+ resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision support. It brings Gorilla Glass 5 coating and a punch-hole cutout.

Redmi Note 12 Pro+
Under the hood, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 CPU with the Mali-G68 MC4 GPU. The phone has up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of Internal Storage. The main camera is an ISOCELL HPX 200MP camera with PDAF and Optical Image Stabilization. There is also an 8 MP ultrawide shooter and a third 2 MP sensor for macro shooting. The phone has a 16 MP selfie shooter with f/2.5 aperture and Full HD recording.
The device also has stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack, however, it misses the micro SD card slot. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, IR Blaster, and a USB Type-C port. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Finally, the phone draws power from a huge battery with 5,000 mAh and 120 Hz fast charging. It runs Android 13 with MIUI 14 atop. The phone sells for €499,00 in Europe, so this is not exactly a budget phone.
Xiaomi can sort out things slightly with a future update. Perhaps, some of the ghosting issues and artifacts can be fixed via software. Let’s see, for now the company seems to be busy with the alleged launch of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. 
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