Tecno Camon 12 review: taking photos without stopping

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Tecno Camon 12 appeared on the Russian market. First of all, it stands out for its excellent photo capabilities for moderate prices. The gadget received a triple camera with a wide-angle module and artificial intelligence functions, a large display and a nice design. What else is interesting in the novelty and whether the state employee can take pictures with dignity, read the review.

Tecno Camon 12

Shooting wisely

The camera in the Tecno Camon 12 is perhaps one of the best in the segment. Three lenses: the main 16 MP (aperture f / 1.8), 8-megapixel wide and 2 MP depth of field sensor. The camera’s application interface is simple, there are a number of interesting modes, including bokeh for portraits and a super macro, which takes pictures at a distance of only 2 centimeters. There is also beauty work even in video call mode.

In the afternoon, the device produces decent pictures with accurate color reproduction and good detail. Even in cloudy weather, vivid photos are obtained. This is largely due to AI algorithms, HDR Auto and four bright flashes. In the dark, digital noise appears, however, the software intelligently works with light. Lanterns do not illuminate the picture, objects are not washed out – a decent level for an inexpensive gadget.

Good color rendering. People who moved fast were not blurry in the picture.
The 16 megapixel camera provides excellent detail. Viewed each branch
Shot on a wide-angle module. He can no longer boast of such clear details, in addition, the frame is noticeably blurred at the edges
Rich colors
In cloudy weather, the detail falls
Night shot. Fast moving objects turned out to be fuzzy, otherwise there are no complaints
The building looks good in the frame. Slight blurred edges
Great work with light

The maximum possible video shooting options are 1080p and 30 frames per second. The quality is average, the model is noticeably lacking in any kind of stabilization.

Appearance is in trend

Tecno Camon 12 has a classic smartphone design in 2019, a plastic case with a bright gradient and a screen with a small drop-shaped cutout for the front camera. Glossy plastic is slippery and scratches quickly, so the gadget is best worn in a case. Fortunately, the manufacturer took care of this by putting a transparent silicone case and a protective glass in the kit.

The display has an aspect ratio of 20: 9, which made it possible to put a larger 6.52-inch matrix and maintain a reasonable body width. The smartphone itself is very elongated, which is why it is not always possible to reach the top edge of the screen when you operate the device with one hand.

Tecno Camon 12

Resolution is 720×1600 pixels with a density of 269 ppi. If you look closely, you can notice the graininess of the picture, especially when reading small text. The rest of the screen is good: even with a large deviation, the color distortion is negligible, and the brightness margin is sufficient for use in sunny weather.

What about autonomy?

The battery in Camon 12 of a decent volume is 4000 mAh. The smartphone easily works for a day even with heavy use, with a break for a night’s sleep: watching videos, navigating, constant correspondence in social networks and calls. Typically, the next day still remained 30-40%. When looping a movie in Full HD at medium brightness, the device lasted 16 hours. An hour of playing Call of Duty took 23%.

Tecno Camon 12

Lots of memory and moderate performance

The developers have built a new product on the MediaTek Helio P22 processor with support for 4 GB of RAM. The chipset is no longer new, but its capabilities are enough for fast work: in the menu and embedded applications it does without lags, everything opens quickly, the animation is smooth.

The fillings are enough to launch heavy toys at medium graphics settings. To make the gaming process more comfortable, Camon 12 has a special game mode. It removes unnecessary background processes to improve performance. You can also turn off receiving notifications so that messages from social networks do not distract from the hot battles.


Built-in memory 64 GB, it is easy to expand using a microSD card. The slot is separate, you do not have to choose between two SIM cards and a flash drive. There is no NFC module in the gadget, so using it as a payment tool will not work.

Like other Tecno smartphones, the Camon 12 runs on HiOS 5.5 based on Android 9.0. The shell does not overload the system, it is nimble and light. There are useful options like recording conversations from a telephone line and responding with gestures to incoming calls. You can fine-tune the appearance, down to the grid of desktops and gestures. Only the unnecessary software, which is a lot here, upsets, but it is easily removed.

Tecno Camon 12


6.52“, IPS, 1600×720, 269 ppi
CPU MediaTek Helio P22, 2 GHz
GPU PowerVR GE8320
4 GB
64 GB
4000 mAh
main – triple, 16 + 8 + 2 megapixels, front – 16 megapixels
face unlock

Test results

149 single core
889 multi core
up to 16 hours of video playback
up to 4.5 hours of playing Call of Duty
Tecno Camon 12


Tecno Camon 12 is a workhorse for every day, offering a decent set of functions for a modest price. The main advantage of the novelty was the camera, which copes well with its tasks both on the street and indoors. In addition, the smartphone received a decent amount of internal memory, a good frameless screen and high autonomy. By the way, a separate material will be devoted to a more detailed test of the camera.

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