Mobil’s reader Anna Boussard tests the Xiaomi 12T Pro with 200 megapixels

Having run iPhones for as long as I can remember (if you don’t count the old classics Nokia 5110, 3210, 3310 and Snake’s heyday), I’m pleasantly surprised by how an Android looks in general. The Xiaomi 12T Pro comes in an exclusive design, the packaging feels solid and when I unpack the phone I understand why. In addition to a large phone, a real 120W charger and a silicone case are included, thank you. Sure, the charger might not be particularly convenient to carry around in my neatest purse, but it’s fast, insanely fast to be honest. From 17 percent to fully charged in 16 minutes!

Looking at software and systems, I fumble around at first, but think the transition from Ios is going smoother than expected. I google navigation routes and quickly feel on track in the Android world. I find the phone relatively large and clumsy compared to my iPhone 13, but I guess that’s a matter of taste. The screen itself, however, is really lovely, the pictures I take feel crisp, rich in contrast and have a good glow. However, the screen protector attracts large amounts of dust, which my iPhone does not do at all. That, the phone’s plastic screen protector also easily gets small “scratches” even though I treat the phone like a baby. This screen protector can be removed by anyone who wants to, but I also googled and understood that the screen’s protective glass is not the latest on the market, even that is annoying.

The camera surprises

Now on to the slightly more fun part, the camera. I’ve had an older iPhone 7 until a couple of weeks ago, when I upgraded to an iPhone 13. I’m pleasantly surprised by what you can do with the Xiaomi 12T Pro. The pictures are good, but I still don’t think that I can compare with my Canon 5D mark IV system camera, nor my iPhone 13.

What I was most curious to test was the 200-megapixel mode. Here again, it took a bit of googling to understand how I even turned on the mode. Once on, I try to take a few different types of photos, mostly in daylight. The result is good and the wealth of detail is there, but somehow I’m still not completely convinced. I don’t experience any direct lag when switching to the mode which I would have expected. However, it is necessary that I need to have good light around me. Images get heavy so I don’t think this is a feature I would have used too often if I had owned the phone. I also play around with the manual pro mode, adjust white balance and more. I interpret f as aperture number but in the case of the Xiaomi 12T Pro it seems to stand for focus. Maybe it’s like that on most phones these days and that my ignorance about mobile cameras in particular comes to the fore. I like the wide-angle function on landscapes, but I only test this in daylight and have thus given it the good conditions to perform well on.

However, what I don’t think the camera is particularly good at is motion blur. I have a lively son who often has a tendency to become a bit fuzzy. However, I think that the video mode in 4K handles this better, really well even, both in terms of sound and image. The image stabilizer does a brilliant job.

The zoom feels quite poor, it basically just crops the image and there is no purely optical zoom at all.

I also try the macro mode, but here I am not particularly impressed. It can absolutely work for still objects such as stones and flowers, but if you’re keen on photographing insects, they’ll have flown away a long time ago by the time you’re about to snap the picture. That’s because you have to be indescribably close to what you’re photographing to get detail.

In the selfie camera, I play around with various filters and functions, oh how fresh you could be without any major make-up efforts. When we’re still talking about image processing, I try to replace some skies with more and think that the phone’s AI solves it surprisingly well.

At one point during the test period, the phone asks me to start in so-called “safe mode”, which I do. Once inside the phone, my downloaded apps are not available and during the day strange notifications start popping up. After this I reset the phone without emptying pictures etc. which means that all data is lost because I chose not to back up the device. Since it’s not my permanent phone, I don’t lose much data. On the other hand, it feels unpleasant and I have doubts when it comes to security as nothing like this has ever happened during my time with the iPhone.

Despite some minuses and misses, I still have to give this handset praise. You get quite a lot of performance and finesse for a good price. It feels “quick”, although not like an iPhone purely in terms of telephone and not like a system camera purely in terms of images.

Text: Anna Boussard

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