Apple is consistently putting out smartphones with excellent cameras. Each generation tops the previous one in terms of performance and the iPhone 12 is no exception from the rule. The Apple iPhone 12 camera is so capable that it can take excellent photos without much expertise thanks to the optical sensors and the image processing software. It delivers pro-level videos and photos but depending on which version you get, you might receive a different camera configuration.
The Apple iPhone 12 camera setup is the same as on the Mini. However, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max use a triple camera setup on the back instead of a dual camera. Regardless, even photography enthusiasts can get by with the dual cameras on the iPhone 12:
The primary rear camera is a 12 MP sensor with an f/1.2 lens. There is a secondary camera for ultra-wide shots using a 12 MP sensor and f/2.4 lens. In setup, the Apple iPhone 12 camera can shoot 4K videos at 24, 40, or 60 fps. Slow-motion is limited to 1080 and can be at 60, 120, or 240 fps. Video recordings support Dolby Vision HDR but only up to 30 frames per second. They feature only digital zoom but there is optical image stabilization.
The front camera used for the iPhone 12 is the same across the entire range. Even the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets the same selfie camera. The camera in question uses a 12 MP optical sensor along with an f/2.2 lens. It is HDR-ready and can record 4K videos at 24, 30, or 60 fps and 1080p videos at 30, 60, or 120 fps. To put it shortly, the Apple iPhone 12 camera for selfie shots is similar in performance to the wide camera on the back.
In poor lighting conditions, the iPhone 12 camera behaves admirably and there are very few other smartphones that can rival it. The Huawei P40 Pro is a worthy contender but the differences between the two are noticeable only with regards to color saturation. The iPhone 12 uses an image processor that makes the colors much livelier and less washed out.
Testing the iPhone 12 in broad daylight says a different story. The differences between the iPhone 12 and its main competitors are marginal. Color saturation is on par and the blur effect for backgrounds simply looks generally better.
The only downside to the Apple iPhone 12 camera setup is the noise level in low light. Unless you zoom in on the photo you may not notice it. There are smartphones with better light exposure and less noise but such differences become noticeable mostly for photography enthusiasts.
As for video recordings, the optical image stabilization makes it possible to record smooth videos even while holding the iPhone 12 freely, with one hand. It tends to make video recording completely effortless. The residual motion does become a problem if you run with the phone in your hand. Overall, the Apple iPhone 12 camera setup delivers impressive video capabilities. Photo quality and performance are equally impressive, making the iPhone 12 a great smartphone to have that does everything right.