Taking photos with the iPhone 12 Mini

Experience the versatility of the iPhone 12 Mini: a lightweight device with heavy-duty performance in photography. Read more about my experience with this compact powerhouse.

Taking photos with the iPhone 12 Mini
The photo you see me taking below. 

My experience with the iPhone 12 Mini has convinced me that size is not always everything, especially when it comes to photography. In this post, I share why this compact smartphone has become my favourite camera.

Pocket size is an advantage

I really appreciate the compactness and lightness of the iPhone 12 Mini. Its size makes it convenient to carry everywhere and allows me to shoot with one hand, something that can be trickier with larger devices. Having a capable camera handy in my pocket at all times is incredibly convenient.

With the convenient size of iPhone 12 mini camera, I can go to the edge 😉
With the convenient size of iPhone 12 mini camera, I can go to the edge 😉
And shoot with one hand.
And shoot with one hand.

Technical capabilities

Despite its size, the iPhone 12 Mini is not technically lightweight. Its dual camera, zoom and wide-angle capabilities give me considerable flexibility when shooting. No matter whether it's a close-up or a wide landscape, the 12 Mini has it all.

One aspect I really appreciate is the iPhone 12 Mini's ability to take excellent photos in low light. It's not unusual to try to capture an important moment but struggle because of insufficient lighting. Fortunately, the 12 Mini has a Night Mode that automatically turns on when needed.

This feature allows for longer exposure times, allowing more light to hit the sensor, and combined with Apple's smart software algorithms, noise and motion blur are minimised. This allows me to take beautiful photos even in less than ideal lighting conditions, which is a huge plus.

Mill at dusk.
Mill at dusk.

Clever software

What I also appreciate is the built-in software offered by the iPhone 12 Mini. The easy-to-use editing tools allow me to adjust my photos to my liking, add a vignette and share them instantly. This is a great advantage in the digital age, where speed and efficiency are paramount. But it's also nice and quick and convenient, I post photos to Twitter or Instagram as I walk away. Or I quickly add another colour palette.

Also read: High Dynamic Range (HDR) in photo's

Quick editing of colours.
Quick editing of colours.

Possible limitations

No device is perfect, and the iPhone 12 Mini is no exception. One of the limitations I have encountered is its megapixel capacity.

While this is more than adequate for digital playback and standard print formats, it can be a limitation when printing larger formats such as posters.

Also, with the lack of an iPhone 14 Mini in recent releases, there is the possible limitation that Apple may not develop this format in the long run.

iPhone 13 mini
The main difference between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini is that the iPhone 13 mini has a number of improvements and upgrades over its predecessor. Some of these improvements include a faster A15 Bionic chip, a better camera with new features and improved battery performance.

Final verdict

The iPhone 12 Mini may be small, but it is certainly capable. I appreciate the combination of portability, technical capabilities and user-friendly software that this smartphone offers.

Despite the limitation in megapixels for large prints and the possible lack of future developments in this format, the iPhone 12 Mini remains an excellent choice for my photography needs, especially in a predominantly digital landscape.

Also read: Catching the magic of magenta with your iPhone

The lion's share of the photos on this blog were taken with the iPhone, as well as all my Instagram photos: