Xiaomi’s 12 Pro smartphone packs a 50-megapixel camera

Xiaomi 12 Pro zoomed in on camera array

Enlarge / Xiaomi 12 Pro. (credit: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi’s looking to put a big smile on shutterbugs’ faces with a new, monstrous smartphone camera. On Wednesday, the Chinese company announced the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the first product to use Sony’s massive 1/1.28-inch IMX707 sensor.

For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 1/1.33-inch type sensor for its wide rear camera and a 1/2.55-inch sensor for its ultrawide rear camera.

The 12 Pro’s IMX707 sensor is a refresh of Sony’s IMX700, according to Gizmochina, and uses 1.22 μm 4-in-1 pixels. A bigger camera sensor combined with the lens aperture can bring in more light, allowing for less blur and artifacts. Overall, the 12 Pro’s large camera “improves light capturing capabilities by 49 percent compared to the previous generation,” Xiaomi’s announcement claimed. According to The Verge, the phone’s main camera lens has an f/1.9 aperture.

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