Photo duel: iPhone 12 Pro Max and 11 Pro Max differences — 2022

The leap that Apple made in terms of cameras with the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max was really incredible, it introduced two tools that users have been crying out for for years, first, to be able to have a night mode, and second, the ultra wide lens angle that made us all fall in love with the results it provides. Now the iPhone 12 Pro Max has arrived, polishing some of the highlights of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the question many are asking is, are these changes really noticeable? Let's see it.

Obviously, due to the limitation of the written format we are only going to be able to show you the results offered by both devices in terms of photography, we invite you to take enough time to be able to appreciate the details of the images that we are going to offer you, since we are going to spend for each and every one of the lenses that mount both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. We start.

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Specifications that your cameras have

Before going to check the differences that have been generated in the different photographs taken by each of these two devices, in a comparison of this caliber it is always good to know what the differences are on paper, that is, what technical specifications it has one and other. In this case, as you can see in the following table, the specifications of one and the other are quite similar, however, the small details can make a difference, as you will be able to verify in this camera comparison.

specsiPhone 11 Pro MaxiPhone 12 Pro Max
photos front camera-12 Mpx TrueDepth camera.
-Aperture of f/2.2
-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh effect and depth control
-Exposure control.
-12 Mpx TrueDepth camera.
-Aperture of f/2.2
-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh effect and depth control
-Exposure control.
-Night mode.
-Deep Fusion
Videos front camera-Record video in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps
-Cinema quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p).
-Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/s
-Record video in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps
-Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 f/s.
-Cinema quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p).
-Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/s
Photos rear camera- 12 Mpx triple camera system with wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto
- Ultra wide angle aperture: f/2.4
-Wide-angle aperture: f/1.8.
-Telephoto aperture: f/2.4.
- Night mode.
-Deep Fusion.
-Double optical image stabilization.
-2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, and 4x optical zoom range.
-Digital zoom up to x10
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh effect and Depth Control.
Next-generation Smart HDR for photos
- 12 Mpx triple camera system with wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto
- Ultra wide angle aperture: f/2.4
-Wide-angle aperture: f/1.6.
-Telephoto aperture: f/2.2.
- Night mode.
-Deep Fusion.
-Apple ProRAW
-Optical sensor shift image stabilization
2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, and 5x optical zoom range
-Digital zoom up to x12
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh effect and Depth Control.
-Portraits in Night mode.
-Smart HDR 3.
Videos rear cameras-Video recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s.
-Video recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/s.
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60f/s.
-Optical image stabilization for video.
-Optical zoom in x2 and optical zoom out x2.
-Digital zoom up to x6.
-Audio zoom.
-Video QuickTake.
-Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/s.
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization.
-Stereo recording.
-Video recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s.
-Video recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/s.
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60f/s
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60f/s.
-Optical image stabilization for video by sensor displacement.
2.5x optical zoom in and 2x optical zoom out
-Digital zoom up to x7.
-Audio zoom
-Video QuickTake.
-Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/s.
-Time-lapse with Night mode.
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization.
-Stereo recording.

The Cupertino company has never been a company that has placed special emphasis on the technical specifications of its devices, since it has always focused on users obtaining the best possible user experience and this is what is really important. It is useless to have a camera with many megapixels if then the color interpretation by the device is not really correct. However, below you have the main novelties that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has brought with respect to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, all on paper, then you will have to be the one to judge the results obtained by one and the other.

    lens aperture: At the camera level, this is surely the most obvious difference between one and the other, since in the iPhone 12 Pro Max the opening of the wide-angle and telephoto lenses has become f / 1.6 and f / 2.2 respectively, due to the f /1.8 and f/2.4 of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This considerably affects the amount of light that enters the image and, as we will see later, it becomes evident in some cases. Chip A14 Bionic: In the same way that having a good arsenal of lenses is important, it is also vital to have a chip that performs an adequate processing of the photograph that the device's lenses have captured. The A13 Bionic was already a real wonder, however, the A14 Bionic has taken a further leap forward and is a fundamental piece to be able to offer such a satisfactory user experience that a device like the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers at a photographic level. Apple ProRAW:It is one of the great novelties of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Apple ProRAW format allows to combine the information of the standard RAW format along with the image processing of the iPhone to offer additional creative controls when making adjustments to the exposure, the color and white balance. night portrait mode: Taking pictures with portrait mode is something that practically all users love, and now that possibility has also been combined with night mode, offering truly surprising results as you can see in this post.

Photos taken with the front camera

The front camera is one of the most used by all users since social networks, mainly Instagram, encourage the use of it. For this reason, today, any smartphone that wants to have a good degree of acceptance among the public has to provide users with a good front camera. With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, steps have already been taken, placing it in one of the best on the market, now we are going to see how the iPhone 12 Pro Max also behaves and what are the differences between both devices.

This is how they behave in good light conditions

1 Selfie 2 Selfie

One of the problems What we find in the iPhone 11 Pro Max is that, in selfies, or photos taken with the front camera, it tends to yellow, especially the color of the skin, this has been a common trend in all iPhones, however, this is a point that, finally, has modified the iPhone 12 Pro Max as we can see in the two previous photographs. The skin color is much more natural in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro Max since it does not tend to yellow the color of the photograph.

In addition, if we put our focus on what is seen behind the subject, we can see that the degree of appreciable detail in the images of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is greater compared to those of its predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The clouds can be seen much better, especially the shapes, something that does not happen on the iPhone 11 Pro Max since it has overexposed them too much.

portrait mode

3 Portrait

The portrait mode of the front camera follows the same trend as what we have already discussed above. The first thing that jumps out at you is the difference in color interpretation from the face, again, the iPhone 12 Pro Max does a job that is closer to reality than the image taken by the iPhone 11 Pro Max, where, in addition to tending, in this case with less intensity, to yellow the image , also gives it greater luminosity.

However, the main difference is not in the color interpretation, but in how both devices have captured the subject and the portrait you have taken. If we look at the hair, we can see how the iPhone 11 Pro Max has lost a strand, which the iPhone 12 Pro Max has been able to interpret, obtaining a clearly satisfactory result.

night section

5 night Many differences in this case between both images. It is worth mentioning that in this location it was not necessary to use the night mode, a mode that the iPhone 11 Pro Max does not have in the front camera, but even so, all things being equal, the degree of detail of the image of the iPhone 12 Pro Max beats the iPhone 11 Pro Max by a landslide.

It is striking how the iPhone 12 Pro Max is capable of capturing with much more accurate forehead details , something that the iPhone 11 Pro Max solves by offering an image that is too clean. Again, you have to also put the focus on what is behind the subject and since each device has interpreted the temperature of the focus differently, something that can not only be made evident in the light but also in how it is reflected on soil. In the iPhone 12 Pro Max we can even see details of the same plant that is next to the focus, which is not possible with the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Results with rear lenses

In this section of the comparison we are going to appreciate how Apple has evolved the lenses of its devices with respect to its predecessors, both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens have suffered a change in your opening , which will determine the way in which the light enters the image. But beware, not everything is really in the cameras, the processor also plays a key role, we will see how, after obtaining the image, it is able to process it and offer the results.

telephoto lens

To begin with, we have to tell you that, on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the default option to shoot with the telephoto lens is a x2’5 , while on the iPhone 11 Pro Max it is a x2 , hence you can appreciate the image offered by the iPhone 12 Pro Max is closer than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Both devices, in this sense, have an optical zoom.

1 Tele 2 Tele 3 Tele 4 Tele

The differences that we find between the photographs taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max with the telephoto lens lie mainly in the texture and the color intensity , in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro Max we can appreciate a photograph with a higher degree of contrast and saturation , we can see this, to a greater extent in the image of the market, and, above all, in the case of the second church, which is, perhaps, the photograph where the differences between one device and another are more evident.

However, it is important to emphasize that both the photographs taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are of very high quality, since, in general, in good light conditions both will behave really well and you will have to look at the details to be able to appreciate if there is, or not, any difference between these two terminals.

Wide angle lens

In the case of the wide angle lens, or wide, whatever you want to call it, they both shoot using a x1 . It is worth mentioning the improvement suffered, in this case, by the wide-angle lens of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which has a larger aperture, this being an f/1.6 and a considerably larger sensor than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. , which has a wide-angle lens opening of f / 1.8, but hey, let's see the results.

1 Wide 2 Wide 3 Wide 4 Wide

The conclusions that we can draw are very similar to those that we have drawn in the case of the telephoto lens, again we appreciate that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is capable of offering a more contrasted image and with a little more vividness in the colors, differences that we can appreciate with greater emphasis in the image of the market and, also, in the same way as before, in the image of the second church, where I invite you to take a look, in this case, in the degree of detail of the ground, somewhat higher in the photograph taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Both in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, we must highlight the great work that this wide-angle lens does, which, in both cases, is positioned as the main lens of the device. Without a doubt, it is the one that is capable of obtaining the best results, although it is true that in good light conditions, all three are capable of offering great results. However, due to technical specifications and, again, due to the results they offer, the wide-angle lens is the best with which you can take photos on the iPhone.

Ultra Wide Angle Lens

As with the Wide Angle lens, both devices shoot using a x0'5 . However, this lens is the only one that the Cupertino company has not improved in terms of aperture, both have an f 2.4 . This means that, after all, the difference is going to be made by the processor of one device and another when processing each of the images.

1 UltraWide 2 UltraWide 3 UltraWide 4 UltraWide

In the same vein as the two previous lenses, we find small differences In the saturation of the colors and in the contrast, we can also see a little more clarity in the photograph of the iPhone 12 Pro Max if we look at the image of the fountain and the first church. However, they are very subtle differences since, as we have mentioned, both have the same opening.

portrait mode

Portrait mode is another point where it has been slightly improved on the iPhone 12 Pro Max compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max and that is, on the 12 Pro Max we have the Li-DAR sensor that improve the recognition in 3 dimensions of the entire environment and therefore, better captures the depth of what we are photographing. Also, as was the case with the telephoto lens, by default on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we shoot with a x2.5, while on the 11 Pro Max we shoot with a x2, hence when you see the different images, you can appreciate that the 12 Pro Max the level of optical zoom that has been made is higher since, as we mentioned, this is x2.5.

1 Portrait 2 Portrait

The differences seen in this case are really subtle, a little more detail and a somewhat different color in favor of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as we can see in the first two images. In the case of the portrait with the front camera, the trend is exactly the same and we can appreciate it if we look at how the device captures the detail of the hair.

night mode

This is where we find the biggest differences. between both phones since, in the iPhone 12 Pro Max we can shoot with night mode in all the lenses it has, while in the iPhone 11 Pro Max we can only do it through the wide-angle lens. It is worth mentioning the possibility of also performing portrait mode on the iPhone 12 Pro Max while we also activate night mode.

1 night

In this case, both photos are taken with the wide-angle lens, which, as we mentioned, has night mode available on both devices. We found differences in terms of the color offered by both images, perhaps something more burned in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. In addition, we can also see a greater degree of detail on the facade in the image taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

2 night

We can say little about the differences between the two images. When a device has night mode in one case and the other does not, there are plenty of words and judgments that we can make about one image and another because there is nothing more to see them. Without a doubt, having the possibility of using this shooting mode is a real joy. This is something that all users who are thinking of acquiring one device or another, or even changing the iPhone 11 Pro Max for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, have to take into account, since really, the great gap between these two equipment at the camera level is in night mode. The versatility and possibilities offered by the iPhone 12 Pro Max that has this shooting mode in all its lenses is key for those who enjoy night photography.

3 night 4 night

For lovers of portrait mode , being able to count on the night mode also in this shooting mode is a real gift, even so, the iPhone 11 Pro Max does not give bad results, however, the iPhone 12 Pro Max raises the level quite a bit, offering even in low conditions light a really fantastic degree of detail.

Conclusions

As always when we talk about a comparison, the conclusions have to be drawn by oneself, since what for someone may be a substantial improvement for another person may not be so, therefore, we invite you to be the / the one who draws her own conclusions. Still, I'm going to tell you what mine are.

The improvement in the iPhone 12 Pro Max over the iPhone 11 Pro Max exists , especially if we talk about taking f night photos , there is no doubt, the fact of having, in each lens, the night mode is a really substantial improvement between both devices. This improvement and difference also exists in good light conditions, but it is much less noticeable, since the differences are minor, but enough for those who look at every detail of a photograph.

iPhone 12 Pro Max white

One of the improvements that I am personally enjoying the most is the portrait mode with night mode , the results are fantastic, and without a doubt, very, very useful. As well as the night results with the ultra wide angle lens, my favorite lens and that still has room for improvement with respect, especially, to the wide angle lens.

Finally, if your question is, Is it worth the jump from iPhone 11 Pro Max to iPhone 12 Pro Max? , the answer is it depends, it depends on the photographic requirement you have and, above all, on the type of photography you usually take with your device. As always, there is no absolute truth, and it all depends on each user and their use of the device.