Professional photographers use the camera of 'iPhone 12 Pro' and review it, experience both advanced software and hardware
reviewed numerous iPhone cameras, is reviewing the camera performance of the iPhone 12 Pro, which was just released on October 23, 2020.
Austin Mann, a professional photographer who has
iPhone 12 Pro Camera Review: Glacier — Austin Mann
Mann is conducting camera tests on the iPhone 12 Pro in Glacier National Park , Montana, USA, in a variety of environments, from bright and sunny to dark and snow-covered.
'Many iPhone 12 Pro upgrades are software-dependent, but iPhone 12 Pro Max has both software and hardware upgrades. I was able to get the iPhone 12 Pro this week, so We are mainly investigating night mode on ultra-wide-angle cameras (first available on iPhone 12), autofocus on iPhone 12 Pro with LiDAR scanner, and new software features. '
Photos taken in panoramic mode on the iPhone 12 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera
◆ Wide-angle camera
Apple claims that the iPhone 12 Pro's wide-angle camera now 'takes sharper shots in every corner of the picture' with a new seven-lens. In addition, the aperture value has changed from f / 1.8 to f / 1.6, which has evolved into a camera that is more resistant to dark places. With the night mode that appeared in iPhone 11, the low light performance of the iPhone has improved dramatically, but in the iPhone 12 Pro, the low light performance has also improved from the hardware side of the wide-angle lens.
The following is a landscape photograph taken with a 30-second exposure with the iPhone 12 Pro fixed on a tripod. It feels bright in the photo, but it is actually quite dark, and it seems that the blue of the lake, the sky, and the green of the forest could not be seen with the naked eye. That's why Mann describes it as 'a great demonstration of the evolution of wide-angle cameras and night mode integration.' Since it was taken with a 30-second exposure, some clouds in the photo are flowing.
In addition, the following is a picture of the night sky taken with the wide-angle camera & night mode of iPhone 12 Pro.
Mann, who was concerned about not only the low-light performance but also the sharpness of the new 7-element lens, took pictures with many details in every corner of the frame. However, Mr. Mann said, 'The sharpness is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro,' and he did not feel that the sharpness of the photo increased.
◆ Super wide-angle camera
'I love shooting ultra-wide-angle with any camera, so I was happy when it was announced that the iPhone 11 Pro in 2019 would have an ultra-wide-angle camera,' Mann said. However, 'The iPhone 11 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera used the ultra-wide-angle camera only on bright days because the quality of the pictures taken did not reach a certain standard when shooting in darker than medium brightness.' He questioned the quality of the iPhone 11 series ultra-wide-angle cameras.
However, from the iPhone 12 series, night mode can be used even with ultra-wide-angle cameras, so shooting performance in dark places has been greatly improved. The following photo taken just before sunrise in a storm was taken with a super wide-angle camera & night mode. Shooting is done with my iPhone 12 Pro, and automatic color adjustment is performed by the photo app.
You can see how powerful the combination of ultra-wide-angle camera and night mode is, the following pictures taken with iPhone 11 Pro without night mode (top) and iPhone 12 Pro with night mode (bottom) at the same place and timing. .. The photos taken with the iPhone 11 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera without night mode are black, but the iPhone 12 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera with night mode has succeeded in taking beautiful landscape photos.
Another shooting scene where ultra-wide-angle lenses are useful is in a small indoor space. It seems that it was difficult to shoot with the iPhone 11 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera because the amount of light is often limited even when shooting indoors in a small space, but with the iPhone 12 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera that can use night mode, excellent photos can be taken. You can shoot.
Below is a photo of the iPhone 12 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera taken indoors. 'It's not as good as a wide-angle camera, but it's a camera that's crisp and definitely usable across the screen,' Mann said.
◆ Smart HDR 3
In addition, the iPhone 12 series is compatible with Smart HDR 3, and AI will adjust the details of the photo with higher precision. In fact, Mann praises the iPhone 12's Smart HDR 3 as 'Smart HDR 3 has brought some great improvements.' In the case of the photo below, the details of the rock shadow in the lower left and the details near the summit of the snowy mountain in the upper left are preserved, and it seems that this is due to Smart HDR 3.
Also, although the iPhone's smart HDR so far was very good at maintaining details, it seems that it became difficult to leave the silhouette of the subject because the entire screen became too bright. However, with the iPhone 12 Pro, you can keep the silhouette of the subject by moving the slider to lower the exposure. In the picture below, you can see that the outline of the snowy mountain at the back of the screen remains firmly.
The following is a landscape photograph taken with a super wide-angle camera. 'Note that the underwater rocks in front of the screen are properly exposed, but the details of the distant sun-lit snow-covered summit are not lost,' Mann said. He says that even the different shades of light are properly processed by Smart HDR 3 and the details of the photo are preserved.
◆ Portrait in night mode
The picture below is taken in night mode portrait about 45 minutes after sunset. Since it was cloudy, there was almost no light, and it seems that I had to use a flashlight to illuminate my feet when shooting, but when shooting, I used the iPhone 11 Pro's flashlight app to illuminate the model's face while using the iPhone 12 Pro It seems that he took it with his hand. The exposure time is 3 seconds. Since it was shot in the dark and with the iPhone in hand, camera shake can be seen, but we have succeeded in shooting the subject with surprisingly sharp and accurate color viewing.
At the time of shooting, the autofocus did not move away from the model's face, Mr. Mann said, 'The LiDAR scanner worked well.' In addition, iPhone portrait mode allows the software to create a depth map to handle background blur. The above photo with a large fur hood around the face in the dark seems to be very difficult to create a depth map, but when you look at the photo the blur is firmly only in the background You should know.
◆ Camera app with professional level control
Also, in iOS 14, multiple professional-level settings have been added to the genuine camera app.
The exposure adjustment can be done with a slider like a single-lens reflex camera, and this exposure adjustment is maintained even if the camera used is changed to ultra wide-angle, wide-angle, or telephoto. Once the device is locked, the exposure adjustment is maintained, 'this is very similar to working with a traditional manual camera and is lovable to me,' Mann said. I will.
Exposure adjustment is especially useful when shooting in snowy areas, where 'most cameras auto-exposure based on the average amount of light in the scene, so a lot of bright light, such as snow, in the frame. If there is, the automatic exposure will make the bright areas appear gray. To compensate for this, most photographers adjust the exposure to about 1 to 2 when shooting in bright places to bring the color in the frame closer to white. 'Masu,' said Mann.
To keep the exposure information, you need to turn on 'Exposure adjustment' from 'Settings' → 'Camera' → 'Keep settings'. When this setting is turned on, the exposure adjustment meter will always be displayed in the upper left corner of the camera screen.
In addition, by turning on 'Use volume up button for burst' from 'Settings' → 'Camera', you can take a picture in burst mode by pressing and holding the volume up button in the camera app. I will. You can shoot a movie by pressing and holding the volume down button. Mann recommends turning this setting on if you use burst mode frequently.
In addition, if you turn on 'Prioritize faster shooting' from 'Settings' → 'Camera', you can start the camera and take a picture as quickly as possible. Since the iPhone camera performs a large amount of exposure calculation each time you take a picture, the exposure may decrease if you take pictures continuously. If it is OK even if the image quality deteriorates a little to suppress the best moment, it seems that this setting should be turned on.
◆ Other updates
You can shoot time-lapse movies on iPhone 12 in night mode. Mann didn't review the time-lapse movie shooting in night mode in detail, but when he started shooting the following movie 'a long time after sunset', night mode automatically worked. He said he did.
Below is a spec table of the iPhone 12 Pro triple camera. The biggest point is that the maximum ISO of the wide-angle camera has increased to 5808, and the maximum ISO of the wide-angle camera of iPhone 11 Pro is 3072. This means that the sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro's wide-angle camera is fairly sensitive to light.
Regarding the iPhone 12 Pro's camera, Mann said, 'If you're a little more powerful than the already good iPhone 11 Pro's camera and you're serious about taking pictures with your iPhone, choose the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro's camera has gone through the most important steps in the camera hardware updates we've experienced in the last few years. '
In addition, as a request for the camera of the evolved iPhone 12 Pro, Mr. Mann provided 'more detailed EXIF information' to grasp what is happening with the exposure, and an option to read the distance to the subject with the camera application. We are requesting the addition of a quick reset function for addition and exposure adjustment.