Apple has announced its iPhone 12 lineup, and as part of today’s announcements, the company has introduced camera technology that will be scattered among new iPhones. If you’re currently coming from an iPhone with a single camera or a pair, you can find some serious upgrades here.
But first let us lay the groundwork.
A camera: iPhone SE (2020), iPhone XR
The iPhone SE turned its head at $ 399 earlier this year, and the iPhone XR is now at $ 499. Both have a single 12-megapixel f / 1.8 “wide” camera, although they are not the same – the XR has a larger sensor, while the iPhone SE looks slightly smaller than the 2017 iPhone 8. Or telephoto lenses and fancy deep fusion techniques; Your portrait mode shots are limited to what Apple’s machine learning algorithms can say in depth, because there is no second camera to check.
Still, each six-component lens offers optical image stabilization, 4K60 video recording, and basic portrait mode.
Two cameras: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have two cameras each, but more importantly, a single main camera has changed. While it still offers 12 megapixels like previous phones, the lens now has 7 components and a larger f / 1.6 aperture, which allows it to illuminate the sensor 27 percent more compared to the previous generation – making bright, low-intensity and / or dim images in low light and in a slightly deeper field.
You can also get:
- The second 12-megapixel f / 2.4 ultraviolet camera with 120 degree view field, 5 element lens and 13mm focal length looks the same ultraviolet we got on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
- Apple’s Deep Fusion Computational Photography System, which can now be used on both cameras (instead of the main one) and runs faster on the iPhone 12
- Night mode, which you will not find on the iPhone SE, can be used here on ultraviolet and front-depth cameras, meaning you can take night mode shots with any iPhone 12 camera. (IPhone 11 does not support Night Mode with Ultravide.)
- A new night mode time-lapse feature
- The company claims that Apple’s Smart HDR3 system automatically adjusts the white balance and contrast of photos to make them look more natural.
- Ability to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30 fps
Three Cameras + Lidar: iPhone 12 Pro
Like the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro adds a third telephoto camera to the package, which, as far as we can tell, is the same f / 2.0 and 52mm telephoto as last year, but now you can use it to take deep fusion. Photos. But most interestingly, the iPhone 12 Pro also has a lidar sensor, which can be of great benefit in low light conditions – Apple claims that the lidar sensor can autofocus 6 times faster in low light and allow you to take portrait photos in night mode.
You can also get:
- The same flagship, ultra-wide cameras and the same new modes found on the iPhone 12
- 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, thanks to a 52mm equivalent telephoto lens
- HDR video with Dolby Vision like the iPhone 12, but up to 60 fps instead of 30 caps
IPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s primary camera seems to be a significant upgrade over the main camera on other iPhone 12 models – and that camera Already Better than SE and iPhone 11 lineup. The 12-megapixel f / 1.6 aperture wide camera on the 12 Pro Max has a 47 percent larger sensor, which translates to an 87 percent improvement over low-light photos. The main camera also has sensor-shift optical image stabilization, which means the camera’s sensor moves inside the camera to offset any movement. It should, in principle, be more consistent for photos and videos.
What else do you get:
- Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, it has a longer 2.5x optical zoom and a focal length lens equal to 65mm, but a slower f / 2.2 aperture.
- Same ultraviolet camera as iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
- Same LIDAR sensor found on iPhone 12 Pro
- 12x Digital Zoom – Higher than the iPhone 12 Pro
- The same software features as the iPhone 12 Pro, including the Dolby Vision HDR at 60fps
Both iPhone 12 Pro models will receive an additional software feature later this year: Support for Apple’s ProVo format, which integrates with Apple’s Computer Photography Row. Until it becomes available, it will be difficult to know exactly how to enhance your photos or how much control it gives you when editing them.