Shootout: Can the iPhone 15 Pro Max compete with a dedicated action camera? I recruited a stuntman to find out

Man holding an iPhone in a cage and a GoPro next to each other in front of him
(Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

The iPhone 15 Pro Max's Camera app has an Action mode that stabilizes the shakiest camera moves. Plus the iPhone’s optical image stabilization hardware irons out the wobbles by physically vibrating the sensor in the X, Y, and Z axes. I was therefore keen to see how Apple’s top-of-the-range iPhone performed in comparison to the latest GoPro model, the Hero 12 Black, as the GoPro brand is synonymous with action cameras. 

To test the two devices I met up with stuntman Matt Igwe to film him performing parkour moves such as running, jumping, and flipping through 360º in an urban environment. I chose a stuntman to film as he’d know his limits and not risk being injured on the shoot. Check out the video below:

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.