Apple iPhone 12 Mini review

Small and powerful, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini is a top-tier compact flagship

Apple iPhone 12 Mini review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPhone 12 mini is one of the only options for anyone looking for a compact flagship-grade smartphone. It delivers arguably the best camera at $729 / £699, and sports an excellent screen, rich design and plenty of power. Where it drops the ball is battery life. For light to moderate users, it will get you through a day, but if you’re hooked on your handset, you’ll struggle to hit a full day.


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    Excellent camera quality

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    Premium, fun design

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    Powerful internals


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    Poor battery life

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    No telephoto camera

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    No RAW photography

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The iPhone 12 Mini is a novel smartphone. Apple’s become well known for launching hefty, high-end, high-quality devices at high-cost prices in recent years, but 2020 saw the Cupertino tech giant buck the trend with the compact, affordable iPhone SE (2020). Compact and affordable, it also came with compromise, especially in the camera department. Now it’s 2021 and Apple’s finally released a true compact flagship in the 12 Mini that costs under $750 / £800 – arguably making it a contender for the best budget camera phone.

With its 5.4-inch display, the mini’s name is justified. In the Android world, the Google Pixel 5 and Sony Xperia 5 II are two of the closest size matching flagships, and even they clock in at 6 inches and 6.5 inches respectively.  

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.