Apple iPhone 13 Mini review

The iPhone 13 Mini is Apple's latest pint-sized powerhouse has better cameras and a bigger battery

iPhone 13 Mini
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

You know exactly what you're getting with the iPhone 13 Mini: something that takes great photos and video, and just plain works. It's a smaller version of the 13 with slightly less battery life so, if a small phone is important to you, this is the one to go for – it takes superb photos, 4K 60p video, up to 240fps slow-mo (in 1080p), and its portrait functions now power the brilliant Cinematic mode for shallow depth of field in video. If you own the 12 Mini, there's not much reason to upgrade – but if you've skipped a generation, you'll fall in love with it.


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    Upgraded cameras

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    Cinematic video mode

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    Better battery life


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    Incremental updates

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    No telephoto lens

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    No ProRes / ProRaw

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The iPhone 13 Mini does exactly what it says on the tin: gives you the same functions and firepower as the iPhone 13, in a more svelte form factor and with a smaller price tag to match. 

Unlike the iPhone SE, which achieves a lower price point by sacrificing specs (including, most notably, battery life), the iPhone 13 Mini squeezes the raw power of the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 13 into a 5.4-inch handset. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.