iPhone 12 Pro Max camera ideal for adventure photography says Austin Mann

The iPhone 12 Pro Max camera was tested by renowned travel photographer, Austin Mann. He took pictures and recorded the scenic beauty of Zion National Park in Utah, the USA by the new three-lens camera system of the new 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

“The iPhone 12 Pro Max served as an excellent camera to capture and share this adventure with you.”

Although Apple has set new industry standards with advanced technology, the biggest iPhone has distinguishing hardware upgrades in the Pro Max model after many years. Previously, the Pro models were only larger in size with the same hardware as the other base models, like the iPhone Pro Max.

The tech specifications of the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera are as following:

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12

·      Ultra Wide

·      Wide

·      Telephoto lens (65mm/2.5x)

·      Dolby Vision HDR recording up to 60fps

·      5x optical zoom

·      LiDAR Scanner

·      Ultra Wide

·      Wide

·      Telephoto lens 55mm

·      Dolby Vision HDR recording up to 60fps

·      4x optical zoom

·      LiDAR Scanner

·      Ultra Wide

·      Wide

·      Dolby Vision HDR recording up to 30fps

·      2x optical zoom

iPhone 12 Pro Max camera tested by Austin Mann

In the Zion National Park, Mann tested the new camera system in different elements and light conditions. “We’ve been adventuring through canyons, rivers, mountains, and more with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and have learned a lot along the way.”

The travel photographer calls the new iPhone 12 Pro Max camera an ideal tool for such adventures to shoot difficult subjects like the sky and narrow terrain.  Here are the Pro Max camera results:

Night Mode

It was spectacular to witness that a shoot captured the Milky way in Night mode.

I’m happy to report the white dot you see glowing in the sky is not a lens flare, but instead is Venus, shining brighter than all the others. (And a very keen eye will see Mercury too, just above the horizon.

Telephoto (65mm / 2.5x zoom)

Wide, Ultra Wide and Telephoto lens 

5x Zoom

Long Exposure Effect 

Vertical Panorama 

The Verdict

The professional photographer was split between the camera systems of iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max because they both deliver amazing quality photos. However, iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with an expensive price tag which makes it difficult to decide between two quality cameras at different price points.

“I shot in tons of different lighting scenarios, and frankly in many of the scenes both cameras rendered a beautiful image and I could barely see a difference between iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.”

Having said that, the hardware improvements were impressive in the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera which made it an exciting adventure for Mann to photograph and videographer the beauty of Zion National Park for Mann. He wrote,

“The lighting and shooting conditions are extreme and diverse, so below I’ll share a few photos demonstrating why I think iPhone 12 Pro Max is the ideal tool to capture this adventure (whether you’re a pro or not).

First, we had to get started super early and rode eBikes to the trailhead a couple hours before sunrise. I used the iPhone 12 Pro Max on a little Ultrapod w/ Studio Neat’s Glif to shoot this moonlit night photo.

Hiking upriver for hours, I really appreciated the lightweight and agile nature of the iPhone instead of lugging a bigger camera with me. The agility meant it was also easy to quickly capture unique perspectives, like this one just above the water’s surface.”

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