Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max review

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best iPhone yet – but just how good is this sophisticated smartphone?

Apple iphone 12 Pro Max review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple delivers its best performing smartphone yet, with its best performing camera onboard. There’s a lot to like for both everyday snappers and more seasoned photographers, though for the latter we’d still like to see some more advanced controls. The differences between the iPhone 12 Pro are not as vast as we might have thought or expected, so if you prefer a more pocket-friendly phone, you won’t be missing out too much by plumping for the smaller (and less expensive) option.


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    Minimum storage option now starts at 128GB

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    Flexible camera screen

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    Large screen displays apps and photos well


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    Simple native camera app

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    Handling a little unwieldy for some

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    Charging adapter / headphones not included in the box

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This year, not only are there four different new iPhone models, but there’s also four different camera variations. In the past, Apple has used the same camera unit in both its standard-sized “Pro” model, as well as the Max. This year, however, there are some key differences between the two which enthusiast photographers may be keen to take note of. 

We’ve already reviewed the iPhone 12 Pro to bring you our verdict on that, but having now had the opportunity to use the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we can also come to a conclusion on its larger sibling. This is arguably the very best option for photographers, with a range of features designed to entice photographers willing to pay the top premium for it. 

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Amy Davies

Amy Davies has been writing about photography since 2009, and used to be a colleague on Digital Camera magazine and She now works as a freelance journalist writing for nclude Amateur Photographer, Stuff, Wired, T3, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera World, TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, ePhotozine and Photography Blog. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism, both from Cardiff Journalism School.