Compare: iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

We compare the largest to the smallest of Apple’s iPhone 12 family at the camera level. Is there so much difference in photos from iPhone 12 mini to 12 Pro Max? In this post, we will show you a series of examples with which you can compare with your own eyes if there is a big difference between them. We understand that they are two models that, far from being contradictory, give rise to doubts because they are the two extremes of this generation. Therefore, your doubts will be resolved shortly.

It should be noted that in order to offer a better loading speed for this page, we have had to compress the photographs shown in the following sections. In any case, the same percentage of compression has been used and the least possible quality has been lost. Therefore, the results presented and the differences can be seen in all cases. On the other hand, none of the photographs has been retouched in any of its aspects, so that the results that these iPhones are capable of the showing are seen as naturally as possible.

Key Specification

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
ReleasedNov 2020Oct 2020
ChipsetApple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Display Size5.4 inch6.7 inch
Memory4 GB6 GB
Storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Camera12MP + 12MP12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFace IDFace ID


iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight135 grams228 grams
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels
Pixel Density476 ppi458 ppi
ColorBlack, White, Red, Green, BlueSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Display TypeXDR OLED, HDR10OLED, HDR10


iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
ProcessorHexa core 2×3.1 GHzHexa-core 2×3.1 GHz
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
Internal storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSiOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4


iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Rear12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP f/2.2, 65mm(telephoto)
Front12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm(wide)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

We believe that talking about technical data on many occasions is somewhat confusing, since with this sometimes the real perception of what the devices offer is lost. That is why in the next sections we are going to see the differences that we find in practice, but we believe that it is equally important to know what differences exist between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it comes to cameras.

Something very important to take into account is the Apple ProRAW format that incorporates the ‘Pro Max’ model and not the ‘mini’. This is a new format added by Apple in this generation and that gives more quality the photographs taken both with this equipment and with the 6.1-inch ’12 Pro ‘model.

In practically all devices, the front or front camera is the one with the lowest quality, or at least if we compare it with what is found on the back. In these iPhone, it was not going to be an exception and we also found a lower quality than the rear, although they are not bad cameras for that. In fact, if you look at the following photograph, you will see that the fact that both terminals have identical specifications on their front is also reflected in the results, finding identical points.


iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Headphone jackLightningLightning
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity2227 mAh3687 mAh
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo


iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


The main point by which someone can hesitate between buying an iPhone 12 mini and a 12 Pro Max is fundamentally the size and the battery, since there is a very palpable difference between the two. If, on the other hand, you find yourself at a point where both extremes attract your attention and you think that the camera can be a definitive point, obviously we have to tell you the large model is superior.

It is a big difference? Well, as you may have seen yourself, in some points they share results, but in others, such as Night Portrait or zoom photographs, the ‘mini’ is far behind. If you think these differences can be bridged, the iPhone 12 mini is a great call in the photographic aspect as well.

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