First off, the camera system is quite amazing, especially for a phone. The stabilization on the wide angle lens is solid and taking photos with it is a pleasure..
The entire iPhone 12 line has a greatly improved camera system, though the specs may not reflect that. It is important to remember that when it comes to the iPhone (and other phones), we are talking about “computational photography” which means that imorovements to the software are just as important as improvements to the hardware.
As a suggestion, try using portrait mode with the rear camera system whenever possible. The rear camera system uses the wide angle and telephoto lenses to achieve the shallow depth of field. The front-facing camera uses software to achieve the affect.
A quick self portrait I took using the front facing camera. Image was taken using the native camera app and edited using the native photos app.
One of the new standouts from the latest announcement are the improvements to Night Mode. And they aren’t exaggerated.
These photos were all taken using the native camera app and edited using the native photo app.
Shooting at night is not easy. In addition to the software updates, there are three new features of the iPhone 12 Pro Max that help with this.
The first is that Apple decided to make the sensor itself is larger. A lot of people have commented over Apple not increasing the pixel density. But by keeping the same number of pixels and increasing the sensor size, Apple made a sensor with larger pixels that can capture more light, which is ideal for low light photography.
The second is mounting the camera sensor to a 2-directional gimbal that enables The sensor to shift vertically and horizontally. This translates into being able to handhold shots for night mode and get sharp images.
The third is the addition of LiDAR, which uses light to produce a 3 dimensional scan of the surroundings. This helps the autofocus to lock on quickly in low light scenarios.