Comparing iPhone 12 Pro Max and Note 20 Ultra cameras
It's that time again.
Camera comparison time.
This is the iPhone 12 Pro Max versus the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
I've already compared to regular 12 Pro today.
Note 20 ultra.
You can find that video in the description below, so I'm not expecting too many surprises this time around, except there are a couple more tricks up the 12 Pro Max is sleeve including the sensor shift image stabilization.
As well as a 25.
times optical zoom.
Yeah, and one more thing.
Everything you see in this video has been stopped on one of these two phones.
Long story short, these phones both produce great looking photos on all three rear cameras in good lighting, color and dynamic range is excellent with smart HDR 3 on the iPhone or HDR on the Note 20 Ultra producing balance shots.
The note has a 108 mega pixel sensor on the main camera and although you can take one 8 megapixel shots for more scope to crop or for shallow depth of field effects, most of the time you'll probably stick to 12 mega pixels.
That's because the 12 megapixel shots take advantage of pixel binning, which.
Is essentially giving you the most detail in a more manageable file.
The iPhones 12 Mega Pixel sensor uses another computational trick called deep Fusion on all its cameras to bring out more detail and texture.
I think it's really hard to separate them when looking at the 100% crop input like they're both retain detail really well, but overall I think in bright light the note just takes the edge, but I did notice in lower light that the combination of censorship, stabilization and a faster maximum aperture of F 16.
on the iPhone helped get a sharper shot than the note.
Now the note has a scene optimizer an the Pro Max has seen detection to optimize photos based on this subject and in this shot at sunset you can really see how each treats the landscape.
Differently to note is much more pink.
While the iPhone is more blue and the Ultra wide camera is great on both, although there is a bit more distortion on the notes photo, just like we saw in the comparison with the Regular 12 Pro and in low light when not using Night mode, both show a fair amount of noise for the most flexibility.
With your photos the note can take raw photos in the stock camera app.
While the iPhone will soon support apples parole format which is coming with iOS 143.
but it wasn't available at the time of recording this video, moving to the telephoto camera at the Pro Max has a 25.
times optical zoom compared to the five times optical on the note this is 1 times and then five times on the note and this is 1 times and 25.
times on the iPhone.
You can go as close.
As 50 times on the note with hybrid zoom or twelve types digital on the iPhone, but I don't suggest you use either unless you really need to for this shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I really love that the five times zoom on the note could get me closer so I could get much better framing than the same position on the iPhone, but you'll also notice that the notes color treatment is quite different on the telephoto lens compared to the iPhone.
Most of the time the 25.
times on the iPhone wasn't as restrictive as I had first thought, and.
It's actually the most advantageous in video.
Try shooting at five times on the note and look your really wish that you were on a tripod with you, whereas the 25.
times on the iPhone is much more manageable and smoother when filming handheld.
Now let's look at some portraits.
The notes short has a cooler white balance.
Overall an the skin tones are a bit more accurate on the iPhone, which is actually the same result I found in the Regular 12 Pro versus Note 20 Ultra comparison.
Overall, the fall off to the blur looks a bit more natural on the iPhone to Maine or close to what it would look like if I took this photo on a DSLR.
While the note has great edge detection, but it can give you a subject a little bit more of a cut out, or I guess a computer generated blur, which actually you might prefer for some shots for the front camera.
The iphone's white balance and exposure is more pleasing to me, and the shots retain a little bit more detail like you can see on my hat, but dynamic range overall is actually better on the notes because you can see some of the Sky in these selfies.
Which is often completely blown out on the iPhone.
the iPhone also let's you take night portraits, which keeps your subject sharp.
An well lit while blurring out the background.
Now the note doesn't have an equivalent, so you have to take a regular night mode photo, but then you lose the blurred background effect and for low light in night mode shots on the main rear camera, both phones do a great job, and honestly I find it hard to pick a favorite on the ultrawide lens.
Both phones are closed, but I actually prefer the night mode effect on the note.
As it brightens the scene, a little bit more and the lighter scanner on the back of the iPhone means that order focus in low light is super snappy and it actually feels a lot faster than the note moving to video recording.
I found this sensor shift stabilization on the iPhone, particularly helpful when I was filming anything handheld.
Now here's a walking shot filmed at 4K60 on both phones, with the sensor shift on the iPhone and optical image stabilization on the note.
The note also has a software based stabilization system called Super Steady, but it's.
Early at 1080P.
In this clip, the iPhone is still using its censorship stabilization.
Both of the phones are producing a pretty smooth video, but the image looks quite washed out and a bit overprocessed on the note and it actually looks pretty different from the 4K image from the note to the iPhone.
Can also film HDR video in Dolby Vision, and the video looks really good when played back on a supported screen like on the iPhone itself.
Now the note can also record in HDR 10 plus and it also looks great on its screen.
Although it is limited to recording at 4 K 30 now, these clips in the video that you're seeing are all filmed in standard dynamic range.
As you're probably not watching this on an HDR screen and finally the night 20 Ultra offers live focus video and pro video mode with full exposure and Mike Controls a histogram frame rates and eight K recording which actually looks pretty good.
Now you can do some of this on the iPhone 2. Obviously not the AK recording, but you will need a third party app for a lot more control.
You've seen the photos and videos and let's be honest, the real winner in this comparison is actually you and I as consumers because these phones are stupid, powerful photographic tools and I just love using both of them.
But there are a few factors to think about.
If you are choosing between the two and what sort of photos and videos you want to take might sway your decision one way or the other.
Zoom, for example is clearly stronger on the Note 20 Ultra.
If you want five times and even 10 and 20 times hybrid zoom are excellent on the notes.
The iPhones 25.
times optical zoom is much better than any other iPhone before just doesn't get you as far as the note does.
An overall I think it does a great job for video, especially if you want to use a telephoto lens and sport shooting anything film when it comes through general photos on both the ultrawide.
And the wide lens, the HDR effects, the dynamic range is excellent on both of them, and I think detail is superb.
I found it really hard to choose a winner overall there night photos in low light photos.
I kind of treated two separate things because night mode is like a computer generated or a computational effect really, and I think it looks a little bit better or more pleasing to me on the note.
But the iPhone in general in low light is bent astic, thanks to that censorship stabilization system.
And a wider maximum aperture just give you a lot more flexibility when you are hand holding shots and night portraits.
Looks so cool for children selfies.
Again, a tough one to separate 'cause this is all personal preference.
I do prefer the look of the iPhone and I think the skin tones are a little bit more accurate.
Overall video is a tough one to call tonight has so many extra features on board an 8K recording which is kind of future proofing you in a way.
But the iPhone has the censorship stabilization that gives you.
3 Plus made results and I really like the picture.
Profile is just super consistent across all framerates, resolutions and cameras as well.
Thanks so much for watching.
Hope you like this comparison.
Let me know which phone you preferred in the comments below and also let me know what other camera comparisons you want to see next.
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