Apple Highlights Photos Shot by iPhone 12 Users: Portraits, Cityscapes, and More

Apple today shared a gallery of photos shot by customers using the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with scenes including cityscapes, landscapes, portraits of people, and more at day and night.

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Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by "NKCHU" in China (top) and shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by Rohit Vohra in India (bottom)

iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models have a dual camera system with Ultra Wide and Wide lenses, while iPhone 12 Pro models have an additional Telephoto lens for optical zoom. Apple explains some of the key camera features across the lineup:

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini feature a powerful dual-camera system with an expansive Ultra Wide camera and a new Wide camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture that provides 27 percent more light for improved photos and videos in low-light environments. Both models also introduce new computational photography features, which include Night mode and faster-performing Deep Fusion on all cameras, for improved photos in any environment. Smart HDR 3 uses machine learning to intelligently adjust the white balance, contrast, texture, and saturation of a photo for remarkably natural-looking images.

The reimagined pro camera system on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max is even more versatile with Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras, and provides even more creative control to users. iPhone 12 Pro Max takes the pro camera experience even further with a 65 mm focal length Telephoto camera for increased flexibility and 5x optical zoom range, as well as an advanced Wide camera boasting a 47 percent larger sensor with 1.7μm pixels for a massive 87 percent improvement in low-light conditions. A LiDAR Scanner also unlocks advanced capabilities for Pro models, including up to 6x faster autofocus in low-light scenes and the introduction of Night mode portraits.

The full gallery of photos can be found on the Apple Newsroom.

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citysnaps Avatar
45 months ago

I always wondered, mostly because I never had an iPhone... Are "regular" users capable of taking such photos? I'm assuming they aren't just "point and shoot." Are they retouched in Photoshop? Or are the advanced camera settings (iso, exposure, etc) adjusted so that these photos come out so pretty?
Absolutely. It has little to do with the camera. It's more about imagination and what moves you. Even though I have dSLRs and mirrorless cameras, I've been shooting with iPhones since 2011 and exclusively for about the last 6 years. The key is always having a camera (for me an iPhone) with me in my pocket. I use them as point-n-shoot devices. I do a little post-processing in Lightroom. But that's something I always did when using "regular" cameras.

Here's a photo I made looking upwards at some trees in a residential neighborhood in Palo Alto, California. The view reminded me of person's carotid artery that feeds one's brain. So I snapped a photo with the phone I had at the time, an iPhone X.



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AirunJae Avatar
45 months ago
Looking back at my pictures from the iPhone 6/6S, they just get better and better through the years. However, when I view the photos on something bigger than a phone screen, you can really tell. My fervent wish is for Apple to partner with someone like FujiFilm to bring the smarts and ease of taking photos on the iPhone to a much larger sensor. Sometimes when taking photos of my kid crawling around with my camera, I wish the process could be as easy as it is on my phone, but with the greater light-gathering/detail/information that comes with a larger sensor. Sigh.
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Nordichund Avatar
45 months ago
Great inspiring photos, there are some really talented photographers who know how to use their phones to shoot these images. Brilliant! :)
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PinkyMacGodess Avatar
45 months ago

I always wondered, mostly because I never had an iPhone... Are "regular" users capable of taking such photos? I'm assuming they aren't just "point and shoot." Are they retouched in Photoshop? Or are the advanced camera settings (iso, exposure, etc) adjusted so that these photos come out so pretty?
I would expect it to be the later. Sure, a 'mere mortal' can do incredible things, but so much of that process is knowing how to setup the tools used to do incredible things. The guy that did most of the cabinetry in my house (20 years ago) had a lot of the same power tools I did. I felt better about buying those tools, and could do 'average things' with them, but he was an artist. He took those tools, and made some incredible cabinets. He knew how to really use those tools. He asked me why I didn't do the cabinets. Well, I wanted them square, even, solid, not a Picasso experience...:oops:?:cool:Not trying to trash my woodworking skills, but I recognize my limits.

I'm sure Apple engineers setup the devices for optimum image creation. We mere mortals at least have a chance...
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xBigGx Avatar
45 months ago

I always wondered, mostly because I never had an iPhone... Are "regular" users capable of taking such photos? I'm assuming they aren't just "point and shoot." Are they retouched in Photoshop? Or are the advanced camera settings (iso, exposure, etc) adjusted so that these photos come out so pretty?
These are shot with the 11 pro at night ... just to test, no special composition, no special settings, just point and shoot and no retouch ...




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kiranmk2 Avatar
45 months ago
I've haven't been keeping an eye on camera makers in the last few years, but surely they must be looking into processors for computational photography for their cameras otherwise they are in danger of being left behind.
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