iPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion is best yet for Apple!

iPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion

The iPhone 12 line is a continuation of what Apple has been hinting at since it got serious about video recording on their phones.  However, there is no increment in the maximum frames per second the phone is able to record with the 120p and 240p at 1080p as the maximum the phone is able to record. There is also what could be a feature that is missing that of 120fps 4k considering the phone is already recording 120fps at 4k for HDR video and then delivering it in a 60p wrapper.

With all that said the phone has impressive video and photo specs that will have rivals trying to compete in outlandish features like super zooms or more than 3 cameras to be able to get the spotlight off the iPhone.  There is no question the iPhone 12 is the best camera phone Apple has ever delivered but isn’t this the same result every year when a new device from the company is released? Yes and there lies the problem of yearly upgrades only getting incremental updates and not leapfrog features.

Video Recording iPhone 12 Pro:

  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
  • 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • Digital zoom up to 6x (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • 2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Digital zoom up to 7x (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Audio zoom
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

Video Recording iPhone 12 (NON PRO):

  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio zoom
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time‑lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

IPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion Samples are pending:

We received some so-called slow motion samples from the iPhone 12 but we have determined that they are fake and not from the phone themselves.  The iPhone 12 ships on October 23rd so any samples you might see online could only be from review units and there was no real video quality review that was authenticated. We will have to wait some time for the iPhone 12 video samples to start coming out.  We expect increased dynamic range and better overall noise profile on the iPhone 12 vs the 11, hopefully, we will see a real improvement in the way the phone captures slow motion in 1080p without much in the way of artifacts and aliasing.

Dolby Vision Recording on iPhone 12:

Dolby Vision | Demo | Dolby by Dolby:

In the video above you can see that Dolby Vision is basically a set of technologies that encode video in HDR with high precision color and brightness values that try to mimic reality. The new iPhone 12s record in Dolby Vision which probably use the high frame rate recording (60p for 30p) and 120p for 60p) HDR.

It is of note that slow motion video at 120fps or 240fps in 1080p will not use Dolby Vision as you would need those frame rates doubled to record it. It is a technology best used by 4k recording up to 60fps.

Of course, you will not get Hollywood production quality footage on the phone but it is still going to deliver a better image than your average camera due to the color science behind it.  Also of note is that you will need a TV, monitor or projector that has Dolby Vision compatibility to experience this high dynamic range video footage recording feature.

If you have such a TV we can recommend the clip below to test it:

Perfect Black HDR 8k Dolby Vision by Eugene Belsky:

Should I upgrade?

If you are on an iPhone 11 we believe your phone could last a couple of more years as 5G the main new feature of the phone is kind of useless as 5G is still not ready for mass deployment in most of the world. If however, you are a video professional that needs the best B roll footage possible on a phone then the iPhone 12 Pro makes sense as an upgrade.

If you are on an Apple yearly phone subscription then there is no point in the argument as you will get a replacement phone without thinking about it.

If you have an older iPhone or plan on switching from other handset makers on Android like Samsung or Sony, then the iPhone 12 Pro seems like a very good platform that should last you at least 3 years without an upgrade.

We would also like you to wait for video samples and comparisons to surface before making a decision, we do not know how good the slow motion video quality will be like. The iPhone 11 had very good slow motion video quality (See video below) and if by any chance the 12 has better 240fps 1080p, then it will be hard to find a phone that can compete with it.

iPhone 11 Pro Max | Super Slow Motion Video by Nika Stark:

Stay tuned for slow motion samples on the coming weeks for the iPhone 12 as they might surprise us with better than expected quality. Thanks for reading -HSC


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5 thoughts on “iPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion is best yet for Apple!”

    1. While the phone should be capable of producing that output, Apple segments the higher frame rates in a different video compression pipeline that does not use HDR. Furthermore the bitrate and overal quality of the video in slow motion is inferior to regular speed. Actually we were expecting higher frame rates in 4k like 120p but it was not to be. Good day!

      1. That must mean that Apple still compresses video at 120/240fps. I thought that they stopped doing that on recent models. I take it they are working towards that so that they could possibly add HDR.

        I’m still holding out for an Apple smartphone that doesn’t compress the quality of output.

        1. Yes, the footage is far from professional-grade, in fact, most if not all phones simply throw away most of the information in high-speed video as it requires several GB for just a few seconds of recording. In time this should improve but as 4k is now considered the current widely adopted standard I think we will see 240p at 4k before we have improvements at 1080p.

  1. I think I am in love with the all new Iphone 12. I dont require the specifictions of video recordings because the looks are just killing

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