Gallery: Travel Photographer Austin Mann Compares iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max Cameras

Following him An in-depth review of the iPhone 12 Pro Camera last month, travel photographer Austin Deer is back today Check out the new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple has made big claims about the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera system, and the review of the Man provides more details about what to expect.

Apple claims that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a larger sensor, longer telephoto lens and newer sensor-shift confirmation technology. Deer says this is the biggest improvement he has found with the iPhone 12 Pro when using a wider lens in semi-low light displays.

This led me to the most important improvement I could detect when it was portable in wide (26mm) shooting and semi-low-light shots. Imagine a candlelit dinner, after sunset, or an overnight urban scene with some lights available.

In many of these cases, I found that the iPhone 12 Pro requires 2 seconds per night, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max only requires 1 second. This means less time for camera shaking and object movement.

Deer also touched on the new 5x optical zoom range with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which comes from the 4X zoom range on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.

As photographers, this extended range gives us more freedom to see and capture scenes differently. When exposing the ultra-white environment, the further compressed 2.5x telephoto can highlight specific details from a distance.

In the end, Deer claims that the iPhone 12 Pro Max only provided “significant improvement in very specific scenes” compared to the iPhone 12 Pro. The question is whether or not these improvements are worth the 6.7-inch shape factor of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

I really enjoyed using the extra focal length of the telephoto and pushing the max in low light, but it feels too big in my hand and hard to operate as a single hand camera, so I still discuss which iPhone is perfect for me.

I know both the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max are a huge improvement in imaging capability compared to previous years, so regardless of your decision between this year’s models I know you are going to fully enjoy shooting with this new iPhone.

You can find Mans Full review of iPhone 12 Pro Max on his blog, With tips and tricks for iPhone photographers, congratulations for future iPhone models and more. What do you think about the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera system? Do initial reviews affect your buying decisions? Let us know in the comments!

Maggie Benson

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