New iPhone 12, Mini, Pro, Pro Max Cameras: Dolby Vision Support & up to 5x Optical Zoom

By Alex Dulcianu / October 14, 2020

Apple's new iPhone lineup packs a pretty impressive camera layout in terms of resolution, aperture, and special features. While the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini do not differ too much in this regard, the jump to the Pro and Pro Max models is pretty significant.

Both the Mini and the regular iPhone 12 models come with a dual camera configuration, which is not that different from the previous generation. The Pro and Pro Max models introduce a third telephoto camera and a LiDAR.

All iPhone 12 models feature a maximum aperture of f/1.6, which should allow you to take DSLR-level photos of your subjects. As far as the telephoto lens is concerned, the iPhone 12 Pro is the equivalent of a 52mm focal length with 4x optical zoom, while the Pro Max is the equivalent of a 65mm focal length with up to 5x optical zoom.

The First iPhone to Support HDR Video Recording

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In terms of video recording skills, iPhone 12 Pro is fully capable of Dolby Vision and HDR recording, and it also comes with a much higher dynamic range than its predecessors. The camera sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro Max is also significantly bigger than in previous models, which allows it to capture more light.

As far as new features are concerned, the new and improved Night Mode should allow you to take better pictures in low light conditions. SmartHDR 3 and Deep Fusion are available for all models.

Camera Specs Comparison Between All iPhone 12 Models

iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Camera Layout Dual Camera (wide, ultrawide) Dual Camera (wide, ultrawide) Triple Camera (wide, ultrawide, telephoto) Triple Camera (wide, ultrawide, telephoto)
LiDAR No No Yes Yes
Aperture (f-stops) f/1.6 f/1.6 f/1.6 f/1.6
Optical Zoom N/A N/A 4x 5x
Dolby Vision Yes Yes Yes Yes
SmartHDR 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes

Apple ProRAW Allows You to Edit Your Photos in Great Detail

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In order to get the best pictures, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come with Apple ProRAW. This software allows you to edit RAW photos and apply all sorts of adjustments in terms of brightness, contrast, and color levels.

If photography is your hobby, you already know how useful it is to have RAW images to work with instead of already compressed JPEGs.

Apple has also announced that they will be releasing an API for the ProRAW, which will allow third-party developers to use the software in their own apps.

Apple iPhone 12 Event 2020

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