iPhone 12 Pro’s camera is capable of shooting 10-bit video

The new iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max’s camera is quite stunning. Apple made some substantial updates to the phone models, which now offers better stabilization, longer telephoto reach and more computational photography abilities. However, the big highlight of this update is the Pro’s ability to shoot 10-bit video.

Clearly, Apple is looking to attract videographers and photographers with the new iPhone 12 Pro. While both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have some big photography updates, it seems that the Pro models are taking it even further. The Pro Max comes with a larger image sensor, which is about 47% bigger than the iPhone 11’s sensor. Additionally, the Max features a fourth telephoto camera. The Pro retains the 2x zoom telephoto reach as past iPhones but doesn’t feature the fourth camera.

iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max upgrades iPhone video shooting capabilities

As we said before, the phone features 10-bit encoding that’ll make the Pro models camera much better at capturing color and brightness. Additionally, Dolby Vision HDR video tech is supported. So, the Pro is able to shoot HDR video at 60 frames per second. That is higher than the iPhone 12 and Mini models. They can capture HDR video up to 30 fps.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro. Image courtesy: Apple

Also, the 12 Pro Max’s larger sensor increases pixel size. This allows its camera to gather more light, resulting in better color and low-light performance.


The Pro models stabilize images by shifting the sensor instead of the lens elements themselves. According to Apple, users should be able to shoot a 2-second exposure time. Additionally, the ultrawide camera has optical image stabilization and now time-lapse videos are stabilized.

Computational photography

Apple is including its computational photography technique, ProRaw, with the iPhone 12 Pro. Essentially, Apple ProRaw mixes Apple computational photography with a raw format. Also, the new iPhones feature third-generation HDR tech and use machine learning technology to judge things like boosting brightness in darker areas of the shot.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 12 Pro will be out on October 23rd for $999. Apple will also release the Pro Max model, which has a larger image sensor and a fourth telephoto camera for more distant subjects. That model will be released on November 6th for $1,099.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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