Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus and its 200 MP camera fail to impress in camera analysis
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has finally launched in Europe, with Xiaomi having also now brought several other Redmi Note 12 series-branded smartphones to the region. Arguably, the Pro Plus model is the most interesting of the bunch, with competitive pricing considering its 120 W fast charging, fast AMOLED display and 200 MP primary camera. However, DxOMark's camera analysis shows that large numbers do not equate to good results, at least when cameras are concerned.
While the speed of the device's 120 W fast charging and 120 Hz display is not to be disputed, its 200 MP primary camera cuts a lacklustre figure. With an overall rating of 113 points, the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus sits 74th on DxOMarks' overall leaderboard. In other words, the device with a 200 MP camera falls short of the iPhone 11, which relies on a tiny 12 MP and 1/2.55-inch primary camera, as well as the Pixel 6. Similarly, the Nothing Phone (1) and Xiaomi 12T also perform better, despite having technically inferior camera sensors, at least in terms of raw megapixel count.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus performs well in daylight, while it manages to strike good dynamic range and white balance even in low light conditions. Additionally, its automatic exposure works well in both conditions. However, DxOMark observed ghosting, colour and artefact issues, with slow autofocus also a bugbear. Unfortunately, 4K videos suffer too, thanks to a loss of fine details and oversharpened images. The 8 MP and f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera is nothing to write home about either, while the lack of a dedicated telephoto camera compromises zoomed-in shots too. In short, camera quality is not necessarily the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus' strong suit, despite the impressive numbers on its datasheet.