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The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have better cameras than the iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have better ultra-wide and telephoto cameras than the 12 Pro. (Image source: EverythingApplePro)
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have better ultra-wide and telephoto cameras than the 12 Pro. (Image source: EverythingApplePro)
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have more premium ultra-wide and telephoto cameras than the 12 Pro, according to reports. The 12 Pro Max will reputedly feature an 'expansive' ultra-wide camera, along with superior telephoto optics. It seems that neither device will feature periscope cameras, but Apple's new 7P lenses will be on board.
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The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature different camera sensors, according to DuanRui - who tweets as @duanrui1205. Last year, Apple distinguished its Pro and Pro Max iPhones by screen size, having equipped the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with identical cameras. Apparently, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will possess enhanced telephoto and ultra-wide-angle cameras, though.

Specifically, the ultra-wide-angle camera sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a pixel width of 1.7 μm, which will be 47% larger than the one in the iPhone 12 Pro. Both sensors will have an f/1.6 aperture and Apple's new 7P lens, but the Pro Max will have an 'expansive' ultra-wide-angle camera. Presumably, this means that the Pro Max will have a wider field of view than the 12 Pro.

Additionally, the 12 Pro Max will sport a telephoto camera with a focal length of 65 mm, compared to a 52 mm telephoto camera in the Pro. DuanRui adds that the 12 Pro Max will offer '5x optical zoom' too, while the Pro will support up to '4x optical zoom'. However, the leaker prefaces these claims with that they will be provided by 'the entire system', so their telephoto cameras may not achieve these zoom levels on their own. Instead, 4x and 5x optical zoom may refer to the differences in focal lengths between the ultra-wide and telephoto cameras.

If that is the case, then the 12 Pro Max may have a 3x telephoto lens and the 12 Pro a 2x one. Adding these values to a '2x optical zoom out' ultra-wide-angle camera, as Apple refers to the ultra-wide in the iPhone 11 series, would yield 4x and 5x optical zoom for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

How Apple describes the optical zoom capabilities of the iPhone 11 series. (Image source: Apple)
How Apple describes the optical zoom capabilities of the iPhone 11 series. (Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-12 (Update: 2020-10-13)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.