I am an iOS apps developer for over 10 years. My last iPhone was the iPhone 6 and then I moved to Android devices. I used different android devices and my last one was Samsung Galaxy S10 which died within one and a half years.
Recently I bought the iPhone 12 Pro, and I am really loving my new device. If you say, which feature I like most?
It’s the camera for creating photos and videos.
Well, photography is my hobby. I have been taking photographs since 2009 and I used some heavy weighted DSLRs and mirrorless camera before. I used Canon 5D Mark II, III, Fuji X-T2, Panasonic Lumix G9, Canon G7X II, and now when I travel I use Sony a6600 with 16–55 f/2.8 Lens setup.
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On my recent trip to Kuantan, Malaysia, I carried both my Sony a6600, a tripod, a selfie stick, and my iPhone 12 Pro. Sony a6600 is Sony’s premium APS-C mirrorless camera.
Let me show you 2 pictures:
The first Picture A is captured using Sony a6600 and Picture B is captured using my iPhone 12 Pro.
Technically Sony a6600 is a 24 Megapixel camera, and the price with the 16–55 f/2.8 lens is USD 2696. This is a premium high-end APS-C setup.
But the iPhone 12 Pro has a 12 Megapixel camera with 3 lenses, a normal lens, ultrawide, and a telephoto lens, which costs USD 999.
If you compare the above 2 photos, do you see any difference? There is a difference but not much.
Let me show you some more photos I have taken using my iPhone 12 Pro:
Are not these photos amazing compare to a mirrorless camera. Definitely, they are not the same, but sometimes iPhone 12 Pro’s photos are better than my Sony a6600 camera. In some cases, a mirrorless camera creates better photos, but overall based on my experience, I have found the margin is low.
Do I still love my Sony a6600? Yes, absolutely, a mirrorless camera with a selfie screen has also some advantages. The first advantage is resolution. You can easily crop a 24 Megapixel photo to looks better. As iPhone photos are 12 Megapixel, so it’s wiser not to do many crops.
Then we all know that the selfie camera of any smartphone is not that good compare to a normal camera. So if you are a professional vlogger, or make youtube videos, and want to see yourself during creating videos or photos a mirrorless camera with a selfie screen helps a lot.
Some of my shots using my Sony a6600 and 16–55 f/2.8 lens on my last travel to Bali, Indonesia:
Well, what I want to show you that, in similar lighting conditions, I can create almost the same photographs using my iPhone 12 Pro and my Sony a6600.
iPhone 12 Pro also has a night feature, which is not the best but can create amazing photos handheld.
Another thing I like most about my iPhone 12 Pro is the video camera.
It is better than my Sony a6600 in some way, especially Sony’s IBIS of my a6600 is worse compare to my iPhone 12 Pro.
Here is a video I created with just my iPhone 12 Pro. https://www.instagram.com/p/CJLEZjSj35j/ . Instagram decreases the video quality, but I can assure you the original video quality is better than what you see on my Instagram. On this travel, I captured some videos using my Sony a6600 with IBIS enabled, but I found a bit shaky footages, which irritates me.
Some Evening Photographs Captured With iPhone 12 Pro
Smartphone Photography vs Mirrorless Photography:
A smartphone is easy to carry, using a selfie stick with tripod features you can easily take amazing shots. When I travel, I see fewer and fewer people are using big mirrorless cameras.
As smartphone photography uses computational photography, with a click and auto-enhance feature you can quickly create amazing photographs.
One thing I hope, if a camera company gives computational photography features with their camera and makes the camera and lens size as small as possible, there is a chance average people will buy, otherwise, their only customer base will be a dedicated group of people.
Those days are not very far when we will see almost the same image-producing by a smartphone that we see by a mirrorless high-end camera. I love my iPhone 12 Pro, it’s the only device you need on your travel if you want to carry less weight.
But if you consider yourself a travel photographer, I suggest carrying the less weighted high-end mirrorless camera with a high-quality lens.
This is my usual setup when I travel and carry my Sony a6600 with 16–55 f/2.8 lens. I love to carry it on my belt which helps a lot. And this setup is less than 1 Kilogram.