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Photographer Austin Mann puts iPhone 12 Pro through its paces with stunning results

Iphone 12 Pro Austin Man
Iphone 12 Pro Austin Man (Image credit: Austin Mann)

What you need to know

  • Photographer Austin Mann has published the results of his iPhone 12 testing.
  • He took an iPhone 12 Pro to Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • The results are breathtaking.

Every year photographer Austin Mann takes the latest iPhone somewhere photogenic and and creates magic. He's been at it again, this time taking an iPhone 12 Pro to Glacier National Park in Montana. And ever, the photos he brought back are breathtaking.

I very much recommend checking out the full blog post that goes into detail about how the photos were taken and with what settings. It's a great read, even if the most complicated photos you take is of a child trying to fill its face with birthday cake.

An example of Mann's findings comes courtesy of the added Dark Mode support for the ultra wide sensor.

Below is a 30-second exposure shot on a tripod with nearly no visible light. For context, I couldn't see the blue or green colors with my naked eye, so I found this shot to a great demonstration of how Night mode and the new Wide lens work together. Notice the cloud movement over the 30-second exposure.

And the image?

Austin Mann Iphone 12 Pro Ultra Wide Dark Mode

Austin Mann Iphone 12 Pro Ultra Wide Dark Mode (Image credit: Austin Mann)

Amazing stuff and perhaps a reason to upgrade to iPhone 12 Pro alone.

Just like last year, when I first compared non-Night mode shots to Night mode shots, the results are not even in the same league. What software is doing with Night mode is truly a night and day difference. In one test, I found the Ultra Wide with Night mode on the iPhone 12 Pro captured a beautiful image where the Ultra Wide without Night mode on the iPhone 11 Pro rendered a mostly black frame full of noise.

Again, go read the full post over on Mann's site for more examples of what these cameras can do.

Oliver Haslam
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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.

1 Comment
  • Did I miss the point of comparing the iPhone 11 Pro without night mode to iPhone 12 Pro with the night mode when the 11 pro also has a night mode? I mean it could have been compared to the Nokia 3310 instead as well.