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iPhone SE 2020 Camera Review

iPhone SE 2020 which was launched in India for Rs 42,500. This is the cheapest iPhone launched in India till date and comes with powerful hardware. It has a single camera set up, but a very capable one. It also packs the Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset with Retina HD display. So lets dive deep into the camera to see how it performs. Here is the detailed iPhone SE 2020 Camera Review.

iPhone SE 2020 Camera Review


In terms of camera hardware, it sports a single rear camera with 12MP resolution with F/1.8 aperture, six element lens and optical image stabilization.  There is also LED True Tone flash included.
The front camera is an 7MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture with retina flash. So lets find out how the camera performs.

iPhone SE 2020 Camera Review

Video Quality:

First lets have a look at the video quality. iPhones have always been the best when it comes to video quality and this is no different in iPhone SE 2020. It can shoot 1080p videos in 30 and 60fps. The video quality is crisp and sharp. The smart HDR does an amazing job and probably we can easily say this is the best video sample we have seen in this price segment. The color reproduction is spot on and looks amazing and true to life. The dynamic range is also brilliant. The OIS works very well too.  The phone also support 4K videos at 60fps and here again it looks great.

The phone also can record slo motion videos in 240fps and 120fps.


Moving to the photos,the  daylught shots taken with the 12MP camera came out brillaint. The sharpness levels are details are amazing and colors are true to life. This is definitely one of the best cameras in this price segment. It offers great overall quality and retains good sharpness. There is good amount of details even when you zoom into the pictures.   The smart HDR gets you great dynamic range and it resolves shadows very well. Overall in terms of daylight condition, this is almost near perfection and we dont have anything to complain here.

Unlike other phones, there is no ultra wide or macro lens since it comes with a single lens.

The close up shots taken with the camera was again good and it had good details, great sharpness and excellent color reproduction. The focusing speed was also quite good and we did not have any issues here.

Moving to portrait shots, the edge detection is great on the iPhone SE 2020 and does an impressive job here. The colors are also very good. Overall portrait look great on iPhone SE 2020. You can adjust the bokeh levels from the settings.

Next moving to low light captures. All good things said about the camera of iPhone SE ends here. The 12MPcamera takes very much average shots in low light. Since this is more of a budget phone by apple standards, the low light quality is disappointing by the pricing standards. In extreme low light conditions, there is too much of noise and details are lost. Also lack of night mode is another drawback. But with adequate indoor lighting it can take some decent photos.

Moving to selfie camera, the 7MP shooter can shoot some really good selfies with excellent details, sharpness and colors. The dynamic range is also very good.  The skin tones are good and so is the sharpness. The colors are also very good.  The phone also comes with portrait mode and here again the edge detection is very good. Overall, the selfie experience is good on the iPhone SE 2020.


So summing up, how good is the iPhone SE 2020 fare in terms of camera? The iPhone SE 2020 does an impressive job in daylight, close up and also portrait and selfies. The video recording is superb with OIS. The only area where it fails is the low light condition. If you are a person who takes most of the images only in daylight, this is probably the best you can get in this price segment.

Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

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