iPhone 13 surpasses the iPhone 12 Pro in camera and video test

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What you need to know

  • DxOMark has released its camera reviews of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
  • The outlet found very similar performance across photos and videos for each model.
  • Both models achieved higher overall scores when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro.

For everyone who upgraded from an iPhone 12 Pro to an iPhone 13 mini, you've just been vindicated.

DxOMark has posted its camera review of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, and it appears that even Apple's tiny iPhone has surpassed the iPhone 12 Pro in terms of photography and videography.

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini achieved a photo score of 138, three points higher than the iPhone 12 Pro last year. Each new model matches the photo performance of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which also scored a 138.

In terms of videography, the iPhone 13 and iPhone mini both achieved a video score of 117, five points higher than the iPhone 12 Pro. In this area, both new iPhones also beat the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its score of 113.

The only area where the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max still dominate is in the Zoom score. The older Pro iPhones scored 66 and 68, whereas the non-Pro phones scored a 55. This is obviously due to the fact that the iPhone 12 Pro includes a telephoto lens, a huge hardware advantage in this area.

Overall, the camera system in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini matches that of the iPhone 12 Pro last year, largely due to that telephoto advantage.

This goes to show that, unless you have a need for that telephoto lens, you can get incredible photos and video without going with a Pro iPhone. That, of course, changes even more if you consider the iPhone 13 Pro and its upgraded camera system with support for ProRes video. That is a phone made for those who want the peak of smartphone camera quality.

For the rest of us, we can rest happy that we're getting 2020 Pro-level performance.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • So they are saying the cameras are statistically the same. Shocking, since the camera hardware has not changed. In fact, they are the same crappy 12MP cameras Apple has been using since the 6s. NOTHING has changed in 6 years. Software trickery does not mean the “cameras are better”. 🙄
  • That's just plain wrong. The camera hardware has changed alot since the 6s. Get informed before spreading bull!
    BTW, megapixels are long out for rating the quality of a camera.