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Camera Comparison: iPhone 12 Pro vs. iPhone 11 Pro



Apple released the iPhone 12 Pro last week and it goes on sale with the iPhone 12, Mini 12 and 12 Pro Max. The Pro Max has the best camera in the bunch, but it still doesn’t exist, so we thought we’d take a look at the upgrades introduced in the iPhone 12 Pro to see how the camera quality compares to the iPhone 11 Pro.

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The wider iPhone 11 Pro has a triple-lens camera configuration similar to the iPhone 12 Pro camera with a wider lens, an ultra-wide lens, and a telephoto lens, but there are enhancements across all three cameras and a less advanced lidar scanner. Lightweight performance. The faster A14 chip and the new image signal processor will also bring new photo capabilities and eventually introduce several enhancements.

TrueDepth Camera

Looking at the front camera, it still uses the same f / 2.2 12-megapixel lens with no real hardware upgrades, but thanks to the A14 chip, it now supports night-time selfies, ightNight Mode’s time-lapse videos, and deep fusion. Smart HDR3 and Dolby Vision HDR video recordings, none of which are available on the iPhone 11 Pro.

Adding Deep Fusion to the front camera allows you to remove the best pixels from multiple exposures and create a crisp image with more detail and less noise, which basically works in moderate lighting conditions.

The Smart HDR 3 enhances highlights, shadows and white balance, giving you a more real-life look, and Dolby Vision HDR recording allows you to record and edit HDR video from the front camera. .

In practice, you need specific conditions to see the enhancements that the software brings to the front camera, so you will not always see big differences between the 11 Pro and 12 Pro, many of the changes are subtle. Night Wall Selfie means you will see the most notable updates.

Rear camera upgrades

The rear cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro include the Smart HDR3 and enhanced Deep Fusion, and a new Elemental 7 lens with an F / 1.6 aperture that provides 27 percent more light to enhance low-light photography. .

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The auto stabilization has been improved and there is a new f / 2.0 telephoto lens with a focal length of 52mm, while the ultra wide lens has not been altered and it offers a lens correction feature for possible distortions at wide angles. The lens supports ‘night mode’ thanks to its LiDAR scanner. Deep Fusion works through all lenses to enhance color and texture, and includes smart HDR3 image recognition, allowing the iPhone to recognize everyday scenes and make photos look more realistic to life.

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In practice, the well-lit standard photos from the iPhone 12 Pro look great, while the Smart HDR3 does a great job of white balance and protects important image details for photos that are crispier and slightly more realistic than the ones coming out of the iPhone 11. Pro. The new lens gets a bit more sharpness and detail by reducing the noise and getting a better balance between the different illuminations in the photos.

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The images from the iPhone 12 Pro look a bit good but they are subtle. In comparison, photos from 11 pixels and 12 puro look alike only if you do not magnify the pixels. It’s no surprise to see only subtle enhancements here, as the iPhone 11 Pro can deliver some sensitive images in perfect lighting conditions.

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Portrait wall pictures

Apple’s A14 chip and LiDAR scanner (which takes a deeper view of the scene) enhance portrait mode photos by better separating the subject from the background, and this is characterized by subtle details. Edge detection is better than ever, especially for fur and hair.

Even the LiDAR scanner allows for portrait images of the ‘Night Wall’, so you can take some incredibly low-light photos that can’t be captured the same way with the iPhone 11 Pro.


Low lighting and night mode

In low light conditions, there are more noticeable enhancements to the photos coming from the iPhone 12 Pro, again thanks to the A14 chip and LiDAR scanner. Night mode photos are more detailed, sharp, and a little more subtle.

For the first time in night mode, stunning shots can be taken in night mode with an ultra wide lens, while the lidar brings faster automatic focus in dim light.


Video capture

The camera enhancements introduced for photos also apply to video, and there are some enhancements to the iPhone 12 Pro via the iPhone 11 Pro. In our test, the lidar scanner was able to focus faster on the iPhone 12 Pro, and HDR Dolby Vision is a new i14 active feature that cannot be done on the iPhone 11 Pro.

As you can see from the video above the HDR Dolby Vision recording is great, but it is limited now. Lack of Mac compatibility for editing Dolby Vision videos makes it easy to edit the captured video correctly on the iPhone, and the track should be on your Dolby Vision-compatible device such as your iPhone or Dolby Vision TV.

It’s great if you can capture a video of Dolby Vision on the iPhone 12 Pro and play it back on the iPhone. The element in the video is bright, crisp and well defined, but again, you need the right device to see the enhancements through the iPhone 11 Pro video. Keep in mind that Dolby Vision HDR is enabled by default, so the video you record will not be so good for the sender. Dolby Vision HDR is a great deal for those who like to capture movies on their iPhones and record serious iPhone videos, but it’s less useful to the average iPhone user.

For video mode, there is a new night mode that is fun if you want to videotape the new exposure night sky, but most people do not use tons of this because they need a triangle.

Bottom line

The iPhone 12 Pro definitely offers better camera enhancements than the iPhone 11 Pro, but the changes aren’t huge except for the new features and low brightness photos, so that’s not the only reason to improve the camera technology. For the most dedicated iPhone photographers.

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This year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max has more upgrades than the iPhone 12 Pro, so we’ll do another comparison when the bigger model is released. Let us know in the comments what you think of the 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro comparisons and whether you see any image enhancements for your own use.


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