iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera Review
Happy New Year to you all!
Before we start, if you’d prefer to watch the video for this review you can find it below. If you’d prefer to have a read, carry right on!
Since I had zero commissioned shoots since February 2020 due to covid,I tried to keep my creativity going by photographing as many personal memories as I could.
It’s crazy how much development there is from baby to toddler within a few months span. As I write this, it’s January 2021 and the UK has just gone into the third lockdown almost 12 months later.
We entered lockdown here in the UK shortly after Dylan’s 1st birthday in March 2020. This meant that we had zero classes to go to and a lot more time at home and walks in the local area. It also meant Kalpesh was at home for a few months which was great bonding time for them two since the 1st year, he really didn’t spend much time with Dylan due to work. Sad really!
Lockdown happened and oh lorddddddy the internet was awful at home. Not just that but my iPhone XS also started having coverage issues back end of 2019. I was in a 2 year contract which I had to pay myself out of as I was getting ZERO reception with the network provider. I was happy with the iPhone but to be honest, after travelling to Lisbon with Dylan and only using my iPhone XS to take photos, I was missing the wide angle lens option on it.
I waited around for the iPhone 12 announcement before upgrading as I thought, what if the camera is better than the iPhone 11 (FOMO OR WHAT!)
I’m glad I did just that!
iPhone 12 was announced late 2020 and upon seeing the specs I was sold! I thought for the price difference between the 11 and the 12 plus the hardware upgrade on the camera, it was going to be worth it.
So I pre ordered and here we are. I have my iPhone 12 Pro Max in Pacific Blue (It’s so beautiful but I have a case on soooo yeah personal satisfaction!)
I got the phone around beginning of December and since then, I’ve been using the phone daily for normal usage but also testing out the camera in different scenarios.
Just a few weeks ago (and in fact right now, it’s snowing as I type) we got a fresh flurry of snow in Manchester and it was sooo beautiful! I got Dylan ready and headed to the park to put the camera to the test. Shooting a still portrait is easy when you know how, but I love the challenge of external factors and trying to get good shots in them.
I tested the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera in the snow for both photos and a bit of video. Photographing a toddler is challenging to say the least – They don’t care too much for being still haha.
Here are some shots of Dylan captured using the Portrait Mode Function on the iPhone 12 Pro Max
I absolutely love the way the photos have turned out – they have been edited on the iPhone using an app but not the sharpness or clarity just the colours. I love the bokeh on the photos and that it’s picked up on the details of the snow as it was coming down. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to pick up so much detail given it was in portrait mode, with movement from Dylan and with the snow coming down. This could easily replace a camera when I’m travelling solo with Dylan as I always aim to travel light when alone with him.
The above ultra wide angle lens shot I was also seriously impressed with. I was stood really close to Dylan as I didn’t want him to accidentally slip off the bench. As you can see, it looks like like I’m stood way further back then what I really was. The iPhone XS lacked the ultra wide angle capability and I always missed having this when taking landscape photos. I remember being in Lisbon thinking – If only this thing had a wide angle option! When using a 24-70mm on my Canon camera, I love the wide angle photos I get. To be able to get this on my iPhone now is just a complete game changer for me!
The video above was shot in slow motion mode to see just how much detail it would pick up. I was super impressed with just how much of the motion it captured but also the stabilisation without using any other hand held stabiliser.
Overall I’m super happy with the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera and the phone in general. I’m glad I upgraded and although yes it’s a pricey handset, it’s well worth it if you use the phone to it’s max capability daily.
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