I’m not an Apple fanboy by any stretch of the imagination. Before the iPhone 3GS was released, I hadn’t owned an Apple product since the Apple IIe, and I haven’t owned iPhones in a few years now, either. But I have to say, this footage from aerial photographer and filmmaker Toby Harriman shot on the new iPhone 12 Pro is just gorgeous.
Toby was given the chance to test out the newly announced iPhone 12 Pro to see how the hardware handled the challenges of his typical shoots – which means shooting from a helicopter. So, that’s what he did, filming from the air over the beautiful San Francisco bay.
Toby says that he’s “overshot” San Francisco from the air, having done it so many times, but also he knew this would be a good way to test how the iPhone 12 Pro’s camera stood up to his previous work. When it comes to the apps and settings used… No, surprisingly, it wasn’t shot using Filmic Pro, but just the stock iOS camera app.
I shot this film using the built-in HDR video mode with no 3rd party apps. Everything was shot in 4K 60fps or 4K 24fps. Edited in Adobe Premiere. Photos edited in Adobe Lightroom. Minimal adjustments.
YouTuber Rene Ritchie had a chat with Toby about the shoot, in which he revealed more information about the new iPhone 12 Pro’s cameras and the techniques involved in shooting the film above.
It’s very impressive work, but I don’t think it’s going to make me rush out and buy an iPhone 12 Pro. But for those who have ordered one or are thinking about it, this should help put your mind at ease with regard to the quality of the camera – which Apple definitely seems to have stepped up this time around.