The iPhone 12 Pro and Max will soon benefit from 12-bit DNG files with 14 stops of dynamic range, courtesy of the new ProRAW features that have now entered developer beta with the new iOS 14.3.
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This gives the Pro and Max models even more oomph than the base iPhone 12 family, in addition to a third camera module (and, in the case of the Max, a 47% larger image sensor featuring sensor-shift stabilization).
While it has been known since the phones were announced that ProRAW was coming to the devices, it's only now that its exact features have become a known quantity. PetaPixel broke down the details of the new imaging properties:
"We now know that a ProRAW file will be a 12-bit RAW DNG with 14-stops of dynamic range. That file will give you access to the standard options like white balance, tone mapping, exposure, and black point, but Apple will also be providing more information inside the RAW file that includes tone mapping and pigmentation maps for skin and skies.
The file will be written to the DNG, or digital negative, file format. The native Photos app as well as certain third-party apps – like Darkroom – will be able to gain full access to a wealth of digital image data right off the bat. Programs like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as well as Capture One will also be able to read the file, but those initial renderings will improve once those companies update their profiles to include the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max."
It's an exciting prospect for smartphone photography, and another stark reminder that phones are constantly catching up with even the best cameras on the market.