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Apple iPhone 12 Selfie review

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The iPhone 12 is Apple’s mainstream offering, located below the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max in the company’s smartphone lineup. It comes with a dual camera on the back, a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, and the same A14 processor used in all iPhone 12 series models.

The iPhone 12 generation not only shares the same processor, the front camera setup for selfie shooting is identical across the entire line as well, featuring a 12 MP main sensor accompanied by a SL 3D sensor for depth estimation. Front camera video can be recorded at 4K resolution up to 60 frames per second.

Key front camera specifications:

  • Dual front camera
  • 12 MP 1/3.6-inch sensor with 23 mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • SL 3D sensor for depth estimation
  • 4K 2160p Dolby Vision HDR video at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p at up to 120 fps, gyro-EIS

With all iPhone 12 models sharing the same front camera specs and processor, one would expect the Apple iPhone 12 Selfie results to be very close to those of the iPhone 12 Pro we tested previously. We have confirmed this by putting the Apple iPhone 12 through the complete DXOMARK Selfie test protocol.

Apple iPhone 12, outdoor portrait
Apple iPhone 12, crop: good detail
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, outdoor portrait
Apple iPhone 12 Pro, crop: good detail

Scores across all Photo and Video attributes are pretty much identical (within the margin of error). The only noticeable difference we encountered was for flash exposure, where the iPhone 12 shows more instabilities than the 12 Pro, resulting in a lower flash score. The difference is likely due to the smaller size of the iPhone 12’s display, which is used to illuminate selfie subjects in “flash” shots.

Given the almost identical results, we are posting only this short article for the Apple iPhone 12. For the full set of of sample images and measurements as well as a complete analysis, please click on the link below and read the full review of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro.

Go to the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Selfie review


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