Beware of the iPhone 12 zoom
Apple presented four iPhone 12 during the last Keynote. Very close to each other in terms of design, they display many differences in the field of photography, and in particular in their optical zoom. A zoom that you will have to beware of.
The best is probably to go to this page , which compares three different iPhone 12 models, namely iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12.
If you go down to the part devoted to the photo, and more precisely to the optical zoom, then you will find that these three cameras do not really make equal.
2x optical zoom for the iPhone 12, really?
The iPhone 12 indeed offers 2x optical zoom, compared to 4x magnification for the iPhone 12 Pro and 5x for the iPhone. 'iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Something bother you? This is completely normal. If you study the technical sheet of the iPhone 12 carefully, then you will find that the latter is equipped with only two sensors, sensors respectively associated with an ultra wide angle and a wide angle.
In d In other words, it skips the telephoto lens, which is only present on the “pro” range.
So how can the iPhone 12 offer 2x optical zoom?
The answer is simple: he doesn't. And in reality, if you read carefully what is written on the reviews page, then you will realize that the brand is not really talking about optical zoom, but rather optical zoom range.
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When Apple plays on the formulation
And that changes everything. That changes everything, because when Apple talks about amplitude, the company is not based on the wide angle present on board the iPhone 12, but on their ultra wide angle. And indeed, if we reason in this way, the iPhone 12 does double the stake from a 0.5x to a 1x. For the iPhone 12 Pro, the calculation is exactly the same, but it also means that the terminal does not really offer a 4x optical zoom, but a 2x optical zoom.
The amplitude, on the other hand, does well reach 4x since we can go from a 0.5x to a 1x - either an amplitude of 2x - and from a 1x to a 2x - or an amplitude of 2x again, for a total of 4x. As for the Pro Max model, and although the zoom amplitude is 5x, the optical zoom does not exceed 3x.
So of course, for people who know about it and who can read the filestechniques, the nuance is obvious. However, it is quite different for ordinary consumers who will expect to benefit from 2x, 4x or even 5x optical zooms and who will end up with a phone offering no optical zoom or an optical zoom limited to 2x or 3x magnification.
This wording therefore clearly poses a problem, and it is a shame both for buyers of the iPhone 12, but also for Apple, which risks disappointing its future customers. Especially since in the end, the presence or absence of a true optical zoom will not necessarily adversely affect the quality of the shots obtained with these cameras.
As Google's Pixel 5 showed us, you don't always need to have an optical zoom to take great photos.
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