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Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective

Alvin R. Cabral/Dubai
Filed on October 20, 2020 | Last updated on October 21, 2020 at 05.08 pm
The iPhone 12 series promises a significant improvement in low-light conditions.

No need for retouching with devices' numerous tech in snappers

Apple's new iPhone 12 series comes with more improvements in its cameras, a component that is a critical come-on for consumers - be it casual, amateur or professional users.

After our review of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Khaleej Times was able to touch base with Kuwaiti photographer Abdullah M. Alshayji, one of the very first to get their hands on the new iPhones.

He took as on a little 'tour' on his experience with the iPhone 12, sharing a number of images he took, as well as his thoughts on it and how it impacts photographers like him. All of his shots used no retouching; only filters from the iPhone 12's camera app were used.

One of the iPhone camera's biggest features is Deep Fusion, which processes images to produce better detail, texture and reduced noise. These shots were taken from the 40th floor.

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265591021.JPG)

Alshayji says the "natural and rich" details provided by iPhones is his most favourite feature, which Deep Fusion gives.

"Even with all the distance, the moving objects were sharp and crisp. Also, the details and sharpness are visible from edge to edge," he added.

His day shots were able to strike the right balance between light and shadow without compromising on overall image quality.

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265601021.JPG)

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265611021.JPG)

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265621021.JPG)

The new iPhones also feature Smart HDR 3, the latest iteration of Apple's own take on high dynamic range tech. When using this mode, the iPhone basically takes several shots at one go, finds the best parts and blends them together for the final best shot.

The shot below, Alshayji says, is "proof that while taking shots on your iPhone you don't need to lose details or compromise your shot in extreme lighting conditions.

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265631021.JPG)

"I was really pushing the camera to its limits, and boy it delivered. Shooting against the high noon sun is just too much a lot for a camera systems; the iPhone maintained the details on the fabric and hand rather than they would be blacks, while maintaining the sky colour rather than showing up as white."

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265641021.JPG)

Another top feature of the iPhone 12's camera is its ability to perform well at night. And now with the ability to take night shots on the telephoto lens, Alshayji says this opens up a lot of opportunities to create a wide range of shots at night.

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265651021.JPG)

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265661021.JPG)

The next shot, he says, is a "perfect demonstration".

"The sky was pitch-black from where we were standing but the camera was able to take a 30-second-long exposure shot to display the stars," he explains.

Pro view: iPhone 12 camera in action, from a photographer's perspective (KT265671021.JPG)

Alshayji concluded by saying that the iPhone 12's new cameras is what photographers like himself were "always asking for and wishing to have".

He is also looking forward to future upgrades and some

- alvin@khaleejtimes.com





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