iPhone 12 cameras are not much different from the previous generation in terms of hardware. Only the F-factor of the main camera has been improved from 1.8 to 1.6, and a side sensor has been added to the set. Therefore, the main task of improving the quality of photos and videos is on the new image processor of A14 Bionic chipset and Smart HDR 3 and Deep Fusion technologies. Below you can see the specifications of the 4 main cameras of iPhone 12 Pro.
12-megapixel main camera, 1 / 2.55-inch sensor, f/1.6, dual-pixel PDAF autofocus, optical image stabilization
12-megapixel telephoto camera, 1.4-inch sensor, f/2.0, PDAF autofocus, optical image stabilization
12-megapixel ultra wide camera, 1.36-inch sensor, f/2.4
12-megapixel selfie camera, 1.36-inch sensor, f/2.2
Apple has enabled night photography for all cameras this year. For this reason, you can count on a selfie and ultraviolet camera in a dark environment. All cameras are capable of recording HDR video in Dolby Vision format.
As expected, the iPhone 12 Pro’s main camera is of excellent quality. Apple’s software magic can produce good photos with this not-so-big sensor. Natural colors, excellent contrast and wide dynamic range are evident in all the photos below. Of course, if you look at the photos in full size, you will see that the details are reduced in the dark parts of the image.
Night photography with the iPhone 12 Pro main camera is also enjoyable. By combining advanced algorithms, Night Mode can produce the best possible image with the camera hardware. Images do not have noise and there is a good balance between the dark and light parts, while the colors are well preserved. Night Mode speed and processing speed is one of the strengths of this phone and Apple’s powerful chipset.
The iPhone 12 Pro telephoto camera has a small sensor and can capture good images only in ideal lighting conditions. 2x optical zoom is not a high number in the mobile world right now, but you can count on it in certain circumstances. This camera takes good photos in good lighting conditions, but in a dark environment we face noise and noticeable reduction of colors and details.
The ultra-wide camera, like previous generations, can only be used in good lighting conditions. This camera is really wide and covers a large area. However, the camera software manages the distortion of the edges well. Fortunately, Night Mode has now come to this camera so that you can use it even in the dark. Photos are acceptable in sufficient light, but in the dark, we still experience significant noise and reduced detail. If there is a large difference in light in the scene, even in daylight we will see too much exposure of the highlights.
iPhone portraits have always been great, and the iPhone 12 Pro continues to do so. The subject is well separated from the background and the faces are clearly captured. HDR capability will also prevent deleting background details. Thanks to the lidar sensor, you can now take portraits in the dark as well.
The iPhone 12 Pro selfie camera is of extraordinary quality and captures the details of your face completely. Of course, because the priority is with face exposure, parts of the background details are lost. If you enable portrait mode, faces farther away from the camera will gradually fade. In dark environments, you can take selfies with Night mode, but you have to choose between portrait and Night mode.
Overall, the quality of the iPhone 12 Pro cameras can be considered good. However, there is no significant difference between this phone and the previous generation. As you know, this year only iPhone 12 Pro Max is equipped with a new and large sensor, which will definitely have a much better quality. Therefore, the camera cannot be considered the main strength of the iPhone 12 Pro. If you are looking for the best mobile photography experience, much better options are waiting for you in the Android world.