Filmmaker shows us what iPhone 12 Pro is capable of in the right hands

Terry Warfield Video Leaves
Terry Warfield Video Leaves (Image credit: Terry Warfield)

What you need to know

  • Filmmaker Terry Warfield has an iPhone 12 Pro and isn't afraid to use it.
  • He took the phone to a gorgeous location and used it to tell a story.
  • It's a great example of what these cameras are capable of when in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing.

Filmmaker Terry Warfield got hold of an iPhone 12 Pro and the obvious thing to do was put those cameras through their paces. The result is more than just a test of hardware – it's storytelling, too.

We've seen plenty of examples of videos and photos created by the new iPhones but this is an excellent example of the new iPhones' ability to help tell a story wen in the hands of someone capable. It's well worth your time at just 2 minutes, 27 seconds.

I shot this ALL handheld. A mix between 24fps, 60fps, and the clip at the end of the water was 240fps. I filmed this in HDR to access the 10bit color depth which is amazing for color grading! I DID NOT EXPORT THIS IN HDR, because the only monitor I have is NOT COLOR CALIBRATED. I did not want the colors coming out funky! I also edited and graded this in final cut pro which does not officially support Dolby Vision HDR, so I had to use some work arounds which I will cover in a separate video. Also, HDR is super buggy, which I will also cover soon.

The fact this was filmed in HDR but then shared to YouTube in SDR is an example of why movies created on the new iPhones will likely be best viewed on them, too. Hopefully that will change in the future – it wouldn't be the first time Apple's iPhone has pushed an industry forward, after all.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.