Wed. Dec 7th, 2022
200 Mpx sensors reach the mid-range thanks to Xiaomi

If we knew about the 200 Mpx photosensors in high-end smartphones, it will soon be ancient history. With its Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, Xiaomi is about to launch a mid-range smartphone with a 200MP rear sensor.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G photo block // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Xiaomi will present its Redmi Note 12 series on October 27, whose smartphones are among the most anticipated of the year 2022. The manufacturer will do damage with its Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, since it has a 200 Mpx main sensor, by mid range positioning.

That’s it: Big sensors aren’t just for high-end smartphones anymore

Xiaomi’s Redmi brand announced on the Chinese social network Weibo that your Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is equipped with a 200 Mpx sensor. It is more precisely the Samsung Isocell HPX sensor, recently presented, after the Isocell HP3 last June.

The colors of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro // Source: Xiaomi

It is 1/1.4 inch in size and has a pixel size of 0.56 microns. Like the Isocell HP3, the HPX has a 12% smaller pixel size compared to the Samsung Isocell HP1. The latter is used in the Xiaomi 12T Pro, as well as the Motorola X30 Pro and Edge 30 Ultra, which are among the high-end smartphones. This reduction in pixel size has above all the advantage of having a less bulky photographic module.

Xiaomi could do damage with its Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus

In fact, this Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus can combine four pixels into one to produce 50 Mpx shots at 1.12 micron pixels, which is called ” pixel binning ” in English. By combining 16 pixels into one, you can create 12.5 MP images at 2.24 microns.

Redmi has also confirmed that we can take photos at 200, 50 and 12.5 Mpx with this Xiaomi smartphone. The interest of this technique is to avoid chromatic aberrations, obtain brighter shots and reduce the increase in ISO sensitivity (and avoid digital noise).

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 will be presented on October 27 in China // Source: Xiaomi

This mind-boggling amount of pixels doesn’t necessarily allow for better results in multi-brightness scenes or in low-light conditions compared to what’s already done on other 200MP sensors. On the other hand, we can expect better software processing of the photos. However, Xiaomi’s strong point is successfully integrating such a sensor into a mid-range smartphone. Especially since spending more than 500 euros on a smartphone is no longer of much interest.

As for the version Pro base of the Redmi Note 12, it will not be entitled to this sensor, but to the extended 50 Mpx Sony IMX766. We do not yet know the prices or the launch date in China of the Redmi Note 12 series. As for an arrival in France, we can think a priori which would be scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

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