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The realme 12 Pro+ 5G is perfect for portraits and street photography

I’ve been a realme convert for about a year now. Last year, I was using the realme 11 Pro+ 5G as my main phone. It was great — faux leather design, heavy 200MP camera. Everything was decent. It was a midrange phone that performed just as well as other flagships at half the cost. The 2024 refresh, the realme 12 Pro+ is exactly that but with a much better camera system.

The realme 12 Pro+ focuses on new Street Mode filters and the periscope camera (so funny that their website says that “next gen imaging doesn’t rely on ultra-high MP” — as this was what the realme 11 series was all about, having a main 200MP camera). Be that as it may, the learnings from the previous model have brought forth a much superior product.

This model that I am using comes with a Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 processor. This isn’t the latest processor in the market today, but given that this device is half the price of the more expensive flagships above USD $1,000, it’s really negligeable (other flagships already use a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2). Besides, the main focus are the cameras — 64MP Periscope camera and the main 50MP Sony IMX890 IOS camera. But specs are … specs. I’m going to pepper this review with photos so you see what I mean.

Street Mode has become my default shooting mode with the realme 12 Pro+. These are shots taken with the Memory filter that mimic oldf Fuji film cameras. I had a lot of fun doing street photography during my quick trip to Singapore two weeks ago.

Here are some airplane window shots using the three highlighted filters on Street Mode — Journey, Maverick, and Memory.

Regular shooting modes produced desirable results. Here are some shots using the 0.6 modes and night shots.

Regular photo mode night shots with natural light (Champs Burger Festival Mall)


The realme 12 Pro+ is a definite looker with a powerhouse camera system. Merely checking the hashtags on social meda (#realme12Series5G) will show you early reviews and what other content creators have done with the huge camera upgrade. The other features blend and work so well with the camera — a decent Snapdragon 7 processor, SuperVOOC charging capability with a hefty 5000mAh battery, 512GB of storage, and 12 + 4GB of RAM.

The pricing is as follows:

realme 12+ 5G

  • P17,999 (8GB + 256GB)
  • P19,999 (12GB + 256GGB)

realme 12 Pro+ 5G

  • P25,000 (12GB + 512GB)