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Apple iPhone 13 mini Selfie review: Compact selfie shooter

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99
selfie

The iPhone 13 mini is the smallest model in the iPhone 13 series and shares most specs, including front and rear camera setups, with the slightly larger iPhone 13. Images can be viewed on a 5.4-inch 5.4 Super Retina XDR display and Apple’s mobile OS is powered by its in-house A15 chipset. Images and video can be saved to up to 512GB of built-in storage.

The front camera hardware for selfie capture is the same across all iPhone 13 models, featuring a 12 MP sensor coupled to a f/2.2-aperture lens with a 23mm equivalent focal length. Let’s see how it does in our DXOMARK Selfie test.

Key front camera specifications:

  • 12 MP 1/3.6″ sensor, 23 mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • 3D sensor
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps; 4K video recording at 24/ 25/ 30/ 60 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary


Apple iPhone 13 mini
99
selfie
101
photo

95
video

Pros

  • Accurate target exposure on face
  • Nice color and skin tones
  • Good detail in indoor and outdoor shots
  • Quite accurate depth estimation in bokeh mode
  • Wide dynamic range and accurate target exposure in video
  • Accurate white balance in video
  • Wide focus range in video means all subjects are in focus

Cons

  • Luminance noise
  • Occasional white balance casts
  • Clipping in challenging backlit scenes
  • Fixed focus means subjects further away from the camera are out of focus
  • High noise levels in video, especially in low light
  • Residual motion in walking videos
  • Loss of detail in low light video

With all iPhone 13 series devices sharing the same front camera specs and processor, it would be fair to assume the Apple iPhone 13 mini Selfie results are very close to those of the iPhone 13 Pro. We have confirmed this by putting the Apple iPhone 13 mini through the complete DXOMARK Selfie test protocol.

Apple iPhone 13 mini, low light
Apple iPhone 13 mini, crop: stronger noise
Apple iPhone 13 Pro, low light
Apple iPhone 13 Pro, lower noise levels

The iPhone 13 mini achieves an overall Selfie score of 99, a Photo score of 101 and a Video score of 95. While the overall and Video scores are identical to the 13 Pro the Photo score is one point lower, which is mainly due to a slightly lower score for noise and flash shooting. The iPhone uses its display to illuminate the subject in flash mode and the mini’s smaller display is slightly inferior to the 13 Pro’s screen in that respect.

Given the pretty much identical results, we are posting only this short article for the Apple iPhone 13 mini. 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 13 Pro.

Go to the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Selfie review

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