our full review and all our impressions

After the iPhone 12, it’s the iPhone 12 Pro’s turn to grill our in-house test. If the standard model passed this test with a high mark, is it the same with this Pro version, sold for 250 euros more expensive? An important notion, because price is always the main brake on an iPhone. Is it worth its weight in nougat? Are the iPhone 12 Pro’s strengths worth the price difference? Answer in this comprehensive test.

Prohibitive. Ostentatious. Closed. Late. Not enduring enough. Prohibitive (we repeat, it’s true). Here are often the main arguments of iPhone detractors. And we cannot prove them wrong. Apple smartphones are breaking price limits. The system does not offer all the freedoms of an Android smartphone or a computer (even under macOS). And the iPhones are now rarely the first to opt for a new technology (remember 4G for example). This is all the more true in the photo where the Cupertino company has lost its splendor.

However, despite this negative finding, the iPhone enjoys a die-hard fan base. The smartphone even manages to convince some Android users (but the opposite is also true), thus swelling the ranks of iOS. The iPhone 12 is no exception to this rule, as we saw during its comprehensive test, which resulted in it getting 4.5 out of 5 stars. Which is excellent for a smartphone that is far from perfect, despite its price of 909 euros in the 64 GB version. What about its Pro version, which is sold for 250 euros more expensive? Answer in this comprehensive test.

Technical sheet

iPhone 12 Pro
Screen 6.1 “
Super Retina XDR OLED
2532 x 1170 pixels
460 dpi
Chipset A14 (5nm)
Storage 128/256/512 GB
microSD No
Main sensor Ultra wide-angle (120 °) 12 MP, f / 2.4
Wide angle 12 MP, f / 1.6, OIS
12 MP telephoto lens, f / 2.0, OIS
Lidar 3D scanner
2x optical zoom
Digital zoom up to 10x
Selfie sensor 12 MP, f / 2.2
Drums 2815 mAh
20W wired fast charging
Fast wireless charging up to 15W with MagSafe
5G Yes
Biometrics Face ID
Water resistance IP68

Price and availability

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Officially, the iPhone 12 Pro has been on sale since 23 october 2020. Same day as the classic iPhone 12. However, depending on the storage options, the colors and the distributor (operator, specialist brand or Apple Store), you will not be able to get it when you read these lines. If you want to order your iPhone 12 Pro from the Apple Online Store, no model will be delivered to you before November 17, two weeks after ordering. If the Apple Stores remain open, you will be able to purchase certain models as of this week by going there.

The price of the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $ 1,159. There is no price difference between the colors. The smartphone is available in three storage levels: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The 128 GB version costs 1159 euros. The 256 GB version is available at 1279 euros. And the 512 GB version is marketed at 1509 euros. The latter is clearly prohibitive. And, given the size of photo and video files that this smartphone produces (not to mention the increasing size of applications), we do not recommend limiting yourself to 128 GB. As often, we recommend the intermediate version.

The starting price for the iPhone 12 Pro is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. So there is no inflation. In addition, the price of additional storage levels is declining. The 256 GB iPhone 11 Pro cost $ 1,329 in 2019 and the 512 GB iPhone Pro cost $ 1,559. Apple is therefore making a substantial effort here. Despite this, the iPhone 12 Pro is much more expensive than other 2020 flagships, such as Huawei’s P40 Pro +, which was priced at $ 949 at launch.


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The iPhone 12 and its accessories delivered in France

The iPhone 12 Pro, like the iPhone 12, ushers Apple’s new strategy ” environmentally friendly In terms of accessories included in the box. A strategy initiated with the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE in September, which did not come with an AC adapter, but only the USB type-A compatible magnetic charging cable.

With the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Apple goes even further. No power adapter here either, but only a Lightning cable to USB type-C (therefore compatible with a minority of adapters). This means that if you need an adapter, you will need to get one. And so buy one.

Apple does not sell small wall outlets in its stores like the ones you had in its boxes. You will need to turn to a Belkin wall charger at 45 euros for the 18 watt model and 50 euros for the 30 watt model (18 watts on USB type-C + 12 watts on USB type-A). Other indicative price: a MagSafe charger (magnetic wireless charger) costs 45 euros.

And, theoretically, no headphones come in the box. Fortunately, France obliges manufacturers to deliver a hands-free kit with each phone, for a public health issue. The iPhone 12 Pro, like all iPhone 12s, therefore comes with a pair of wired EarPods, with a Lightning plug and a remote control. This allows you to save 19 euros. Thank you France! Too bad the others …


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The design of the iPhone 12 Pro is identical to that of the iPhone 12 (except the elements of its photographic module). Even if it retains its waterproofness, this iPhone is very different from the iPhone 11 Pro, which was more inspired by the iPhone X and 11. While the edges were rounded, they are here straight, like some iPads ( especially the Pro range). You can see the characteristic separations there to isolate the antennas from each other (a lesson learned during the Antennagate). There are six of them. And they’re pretty discreet, like the iPhone 11 Pro.

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On these slices, you also find the start button on the right; the SIM drawer, volume control and the silent mode button on the left; main speaker, main microphone, and Lightning port at the bottom. The upper edge and blank. An additional note: thanks to the straight edges, the regulatory markings are engraved on the right of the phone.

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At the front, you will find a screen OLED large with rounded corners, a notch wide for the Face ID system. On the back, the iPhone 12 Pro is also flat, with the company logo in the center. Only the photo module breaks the monotony. This block is slightly protruding. And the optics are also slightly raised. We will come back to the technical characteristics of the screen, Face ID and the photo module in the course of this test.

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If below, find comparative photos between iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. As you can see, the iPhone 12 Pro (like all the iPhone 12) is inspired by the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5. As for the first, you find the mineral glass plates on both sides, rounded corners and metal for the edges and the frame. Like the second, the metal edges of the iPhone 12 Pro also protect the edges of the mineral glass of the case, while the glass of the iPhone 4 protrudes from the edges, making it more vulnerable in the event of a fall.

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iPhone 5 on the left, iPhone 12 Pro in the center and iPhone 4 on the right

There are very few ergonomic differences between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. This closeness is all the more true as the two models sport an almost identical screen. However, we found three. The first is obviously the photo block. There are two additional components to the back of the iPhone 12 Pro: a photo sensor and a LiDAR sensor. The second difference is the metallic material: aluminum is replaced by stainless steel. This was also the case for the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, and iPhone X.

The third difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 is the finish of the back. The iPhone 12’s is shiny, while the iPhone 12 Pro’s is matte (like the iPhone 11 Pro). To the touch, the iPhone 12 Pro is therefore less cold and less slippery. Best of all, the iPhone 12 Pro retains much less fingerprints. It also seems less sensitive to scratches and other everyday damage.

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iPhone 12 Pro on the left and iPhone 12 on the right

Overall, the handling of the iPhone 12 Pro is pleasant. Despite a fairly large screen size, 6.1 inch, the smartphone is most often used with one hand. With the exception of a few icons, the quick settings panel (moved from the bottom of the screen to the upper right corner, like on iPads) and the notification panel, you will have easy access to all on-screen content. And to bring inaccessible content closer to your thumb, just use ” easy access ”(Look for this term in the settings menu to find out more).


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We said it previously: the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with a screen incorporating many characteristics of the panel of the iPhone 12, while keeping the major advantage of the screen of the iPhone 11 Pro, c that is, its brightness. Indeed, the screen brightness of the iPhone 12 Pro is 800 nits, compared to 625 nits for the iPhone 12.

For the rest, no distinction: size of 6.1 inches (against 5.8 inches for the iPhone 11 Pro) with a 19.5 / 9th ratio, Face ID notch, OLED backlight, definition Super Retina XDR (1170 pixels wide, 2532 pixels high) for a resolution of 460 pixels per inch. The screen is HDR Dolby Vision and DCI-P3 compatible (for lovers of natural colorimetry).

And in practice? The iPhone 12 Pro has a very nice OLED panel, with beautiful colors, deep contrasts and wide viewing angles. The accuracy of the colors displayed is worthy of that of the iPhone 11 Pro, which was already a model of its kind. If that doesn’t suit you, note that like many competitors, you can adjust the color temperature to your liking.

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The brightness is very good and can go up to 1200 nits when you are outdoors and the sun is shining. There are few times when the screen is unreadable. In the evening, the brightness drops enough not to dazzle. And this while keeping a beautiful accuracy of colors. Here, Apple keeps the enhancements offered to the iPhone 11 Pro.

Like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro maintains a refresh rate of 60 Hz. This slightly reduces the impression of fluidity of the interface. When you are used to 90 Hz, or even 120 Hz, you notice it quickly. However, we think this is a very reasonable choice, mainly because the battery life, a hot topic for Apple, would have been lower. In addition, iPhones are less and less practical to play against the competition on Android.

The iPhone 12 Pro’s screen is protected by mineral glass created by Apple with Corning. This is called CeramicShield. The touch of this new glass is very pleasant and partly compensates for the lack of an improved refresh rate.


Although previous iPhones (up to iPhone 6S) are also compatible with iOS 14, iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the first Apple smartphones delivered with this version of the OS. The iPhone 12 Pro therefore uses the identical interface we discovered in the iPhone 12 test. There are no major surprises.

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home, widgets and app libraries

Let’s recall some of the new features of iOS 14, compared to iOS 13. First of all, new widgets, configurable and customizable, are emerging. They are accessible from the dedicated screen previously dedicated to Siri and older widgets. There are more of them and most of them are much more useful. Another novelty: the application collections, accessible by navigating through the interface as opposed to widgets. This function allows you to automatically group the applications installed on the phone by theme.

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Siri search, Control Center and multitasking

Among our favorite new features, let’s mention for example the replacement of the default applications (finally, you can choose Chrome to open a link received by email), the mode picture-in-picture for video applications, the offline translator which allows you to translate words and sentences on the fly even without an Internet connection (which has already existed on Android for several years) or ” Back Tap », A function which transforms series of two or three taps on the back of the smartphone into a shortcut. This is also not unprecedented. But it’s useful once you get used to it.

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App Store, Apple TV and Apple Music

Like iOS 13, iOS 14 sees access to Control Center in the upper right corner for iPhone with notch. This evolution is inspired by the iPad where this access has also been moved to the corner where the battery indicator is located. We think this is a shaky idea, because the iPhone 12 Pro’s screen is big. You must then use Easy Access to physically move this icon down to the thumb to open Control Center and access the proposed parameters.

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Maps, Home and Watch

Like last year, we clearly regret abandonment of 3D Touch. This technology, which analyzed the force exerted against the screen, offered a new level of interaction. Apple has replaced 3D Touch by Haptic Touch. You no longer need to press hard, just a little longer to activate the interaction (and a small vibration emitted by the haptic motor). The goal is the same: open context menus or shortcuts. But it’s less natural than 3D Touch’s “Peek and Poke”.

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Let’s move on to performance. Like iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro is very powerful. It’s even a little more, thanks to the integration of 2 GB of additional RAM. Is 6 GB RAM : This is the first time that Apple has offered a smartphone with this volume of RAM. These 6 GB accompany the chipset A14 Bionic, which we saw in the iPhone 12, but also in the latest iPad Air, presented last September.

In fact, the iPhone 12 Pro almost reaches 610,000 points on AnTuTu, well above the results of the iPhone 12. However, contrary to popular belief, the iPhone 12 Pro does not outperform the iPhone 12 in terms of CPU or memory, but in terms of GPU. However, we think the addition of RAM has something to do with it. Note that the ROG Phone 3 is way above it, with 643,000 points.

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The difference on 3DMark is less impressive. In the Slingshot Extreme test, the iPhone 12 Pro obtains 5309 points. This is a good mark. But again, Android gaming smartphones do better: 7806 points on the same test for the ROG Phone 3. On Wild Life, 3DMark’s most recent test, the iPhone 12 Pro gets 6615 points. And on Wild Life Stress Test, a test that lasts 20 minutes, it oscillates between 5800 and 6500 points, with very good system stability.

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We’ve also included in this 3DMark API Overload test battery. This is an interesting test, as it allows you to compare the performance of the iPhone with OpenGL, a standardized graphics engine that you find in all smartphones, and Metal, the 3D engine developed by Apple. IPhone 12 Pro performs four times better with Metal than with OpenGL. The difference is startling.

The iPhone 12 Pro emanates a certain ease in performing complex tasks, requiring heavy graphics and a lot of calculations. It must be said that this smartphone has been developed to capture, edit and edit movies up to 4K at 60 frames per second, with Dolby Vision. Obviously, you need a lot of computing power to achieve this result.

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Dead Trigger 2

To test the technical capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro, we installed a few games on it. First Dead Trigger 2, one of our stallion games. The few games played revealed a beautiful fluidity, served by a CeramicShield glass which responds perfectly to the demands. It definitely sounds too easy. So we opted for another game: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. This adaptation of the Gamecube hit (it’s not making us any younger!) Recently released on the Play Store and the App Store. It’s a lot more greedy than Dead Trigger 2. But, as we expected, the iPhone 12 Pro didn’t bat an eyelid.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

We do have two negative comments about the performance of the iPhone 12 Pro, however. During the Wild Life Stress Test, which therefore lasts about twenty minutes and which pushes the chipset to its limits, we noted a significant temperature rise at the level of the hull. And more precisely at the level of the metal edges. They are responsible for the heat dissipation. Mineral glass, on the other hand, tends to retain this heat. Fortunately, little use lasts that long. And few apps are this greedy.


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The second negative remark about the performance of the iPhone 12 Pro concerns battery life. Whenever you put too much strain on the phone’s battery, the energy loss is significant. If you take a look at the screenshots from the “performance” portion of this test, you will notice that iPhone 12 Pro lost 12% of the battery within 20 minutes from Wild Life Stress Test. This corresponds to a third of the battery in an hour of play. That is to say about three hours to empty the battery. We have relayed in our columns an article from Anglo-Saxon colleagues who seem to confirm this measure and the low autonomy involved.

If the smartphone loses more than 10% of battery in 20 minutes, it is not only because of the energy hungry of the platform. It’s also because the iPhone 12 Pro’s battery is so small. The capacity of this battery is 2815 mAh. That is as much as that of the iPhone 12. It is much less than the 3046 mAh the battery of the iPhone 11 Pro which was however smaller. And that’s a lot less than the 3110 mAh iPhone 11, which was the same size, but was also a bit thicker. Slimming does not rhyme with endurance.

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Here, Apple makes a very curious choice. Because despite the many software and hardware optimizations, it was already obvious that the iPhone 12 Pro would theoretically be less enduring. Especially since 5G is not even active in France yet (what will it be when it is?). Why not have corrected the shot before the final configuration validation? Perhaps the designers hoped that the engineers would achieve a miracle? This is not the case. In reality, the iPhone 12 Pro lasts a day. A day and a half maximum if you do not play and if you have a classic use (call, messaging, Internet, social networks, audio streaming, some photos). And if you’re videoing, consider bringing an external battery.

On the charging side, the iPhone 12 Pro is compatible with 20 watt fast charging and wireless charging (Qi standard) 15 watts. It takes you half an hour to charge the battery to half, which isn’t very fast considering the capacity. And you need about an hour and a quarter to fully charge it. To adopt good battery behavior, it is possible to program night charging in order to leave the phone connected to a charger as short as possible.

We cannot conclude this part on recharging without mentioning the absence of a wall outlet in the box. This strategy started with the Apple Watch and continues here with the iPhone 12 Pro. And we are clearly disappointed. First, because it’s stingy: why not deliver a full charger (and compatible 20 watts) with a smartphone sold 1159 euros minimums? It’s still shameful!

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Then becauseApple has changed the connection between iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. Let’s say you’ve purchased an iPhone previously (any from iPhone 5 to iPhone 11). So you have a USB Type-A wall charger. Then imagine that you replace this iPhone with an iPhone 12. The cable that comes with it is a USB type-C cable. It is therefore not compatible with your charger. Handy, isn’t it? The Apple Watch Series 6 (or SE) comes with a USB Type-A magnetic pad. It still makes more sense compared to owners of a previous iPhone.

You will therefore have to reuse your old cable and leave the new one in its box. You should also use your old 5 watt wall charger (which still came with the iPhone 11) that takes forever to charge a phone. That’s wonderful ! The Apple Watch Series 6 (or SE) comes with a USB Type-A magnetic pad. It still makes more sense compared to iPhone owners.

Finally, for a device whose autonomy is not optimal, a quality charger would have offset this major weakness. However, the fastest chargers are optional, as we saw previously in the “Accessories” part of this test, at prices around 50 euros. It is beautiful ecology and the fight against the environment.


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We should be glad we only have the AC adapter out of the box. Indeed, we could also have been dismissed from EarPods if we were not French. Fortunately, France has passed a law requiring smartphone manufacturers to deliver a hands-free kit to prevent users from wearing their phones to their ears and being less exposed to the waves emitted by the phone.

This is why the pretty box of the iPhone 12s, including the iPhone 12 Pro, comes with a cardboard overpack to integrate the headphones. These are all the most banal EarPods (plastic shell, orientation of the earpiece towards the pinna of the ear, no active or passive noise reduction, remote control with integrated microphone). They are Lightning compatible, as always. And like the iPhone 11, no 3.5mm jack to Lightning adapter comes in the box. There are no small savings, even at the very high end.

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The iPhone 12 Pro, like its classic version, is equipped with two speakers. The main one is housed in the bottom edge, next to the Lightning port. A location criticized because it is regularly blocked by the fingers when the phone is held horizontally. And the secondary is hidden in the earpiece. The sound produced by these two speakers is good: it is clear, detailed, with beautiful mids and highs that do not lose quality. As often, this type of configuration is slightly unbalanced, the main speaker offering more power. But this imbalance is much less pronounced here, improving the immersion and the experience. This is not worth a good headset for music, but for movies, series, even games, these two are sufficient.

The call quality is pretty good, both for you and your correspondent. The hands-free mode offers a good hearing experience, thanks to these two speakers. And the phone earpiece delivers clear sound. Finally, note that, for video shooting, the iPhone captures stereo sound with the main microphone, but also using a microphone placed in the photo module.


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Finally, let’s finish the photo. As we started this test, we had high expectations from the iPhone 12 Pro in photography. First, because the competition has outperformed Apple in the field for several years. Secondly, because Apple seems to have gone the extra mile in this iPhone 12 Pro to deliver superior, even almost professional, results. Finally, because, given its configuration, the iPhone 12 Pro is aimed more at photographers than at other consumer segments.

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Photo interface

Let us recall for a few moments the main constituent elements of the main photo module. We have three 12-megapixel sensors. A first with a goal stabilized opening to f / 1.6 and a Dual Pixel autofocus. A second with telephoto lens, stabilized here too, opening to f / 2.0, and 2x optical zoom (up to 10x digital). And a third with wide-angle lens 120 ° which opens to f / 2.4. The only significant difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro so far is the much larger aperture of the primary sensor lens. For the rest, no change.

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Main sensor, automatic mode
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Main sensor, automatic mode
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Main sensor, automatic mode
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Main sensor, automatic mode

To these three sensors is added a LiDAR sensor, a sort of ToF camera that calculates depths. It is a useful daytime sensor for portraits and photos of moving subjects. But it’s especially useful at night to improve autofocus and focus time. It’s a great addition. Especially sinceApple added a new night mode (catching up with the competition already well ahead on this subject) which made a very good impression on us. But we will come back to that.

Let’s move on to the result of our shots. First of all, we note a real improvement in light management with the main sensor. This is true by day, with a nice balance in the photos (no areas too dark or too bright). This is also (and especially) true at night with many details that we did not have before. That’s the effect of three improvements: the LiDAR sensor, night mode, and the larger lens aperture.

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Left to right and top to bottom: wide-angle, main sensor, telephoto 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom
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Left to right: main sensor, wide-angle sensor and telephoto sensor (2x zoom)

There is a lot of sharpness in the photos taken with the main sensor, as well as contrast and beautiful colors, well reproduced. See as the colors of the leaves in the trees stand out particularly in the first photo above. It really is a feast for the eyes. We tested the qualities of the main sensor with a beautiful backlight and with different exposure areas, enjoying a very sunny morning. And again, no unpleasant surprises.

With the sensor with telephoto lens, the results are also very good during the day and a little less at night. This is normal: the telephoto lens opens less. So there is less light. Les clichés réalisés avec ce capteur offrent de belles couleurs, mais un peu moins de contraste. Les couleurs semblent parfois un peu délavées. Le zoom optique est 2x. Ce qui nous paraître un peu faible face à la concurrence qui monte jusqu’à 5x.

Le zoom numérique monte jusqu’à 10x en écartant deux doigts à l’écran. Ici, la qualité n’est pas au rendez-vous : beaucoup de bruit gâche les clichés. Notre conseil : ne dépassez pas le zoom 5x.

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Capteur avec téléobjectif, zoom numérique 10x

Enfin, le capteur grand-angle est le moins lumineux de la bande. Et c’est bien normal. Mais là encore, les photos montrent de belles qualités, avec de belles couleurs et de beaux contrastes. Attention, comme toujours aux déformations sur les côtés dues à l’optique.

Grâce au LiDAR, les portraits sont vraiment excellents. Le sujet est très bien isolé et l’effet bokeh à l’arrière est parfaitement maitrisé. Notez que le mode portrait se positionne par défaut sur le capteur avec téléobjectif. Mais vous pouvez revenir manuellement sur le capteur principal. Dans les deux cas, les résultats sont top. De nuit, n’hésitez pas non plus l’activer pour réaliser de beaux portraits. Mais attention à ne pas bouger.

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Mode portrait, capteur principal
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Mode portrait, capteur téléobjectif

Quelques mots sur le mode nuit. C’est une très belle amélioration offerte aux iPhone et l’iPhone 12 Pro en profite largement, grâce aux stabilisateurs optiques installés sur deux des objectifs. Il est compatible avec les trois capteurs (ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas). Et il offre de beaux clichés avec un temps d’exposition variable (2 à 5 secondes). Le mode s’active manuellement, ce qui veut dire que vous pouvez le désactiver si besoin (mais pour quoi faire?). Les résultats de nuit sont meilleurs pour des sujets plutôt proches et immobiles. Attention aussi aux sources de lumière qui ne sont pas blanches : l’iPhone ne perçoit pas toujours cette variation.

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Capteur principal, mode nuit
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Capteur principal, mode nuit
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Capteur principal, mode nuit
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Capteur principal (haut), capteur grand-angle (bas gauche) et capteur téléobjectif (bas droite)

Côté selfie, l’iPhone 12 Pro est équipé du module Face ID de l’iPhone 11 Pro, avec capteur 12 mégapixels et caméra infrarouge pour la reconnaissance faciale. Ce capteur profite lui aussi du mode portrait et du mode nuit. N’hésitez pas à les utiliser (notamment le mode portrait) pour améliorer vos selfies. La qualité des clichés produits par Face ID n’est pas aussi enthousiasmante qu’avec les capteurs principaux. Mais cela fait le job.

En vidéo, l’iPhone 12 Pro peut monter en 4K à 60 images par seconde et à 240 images par seconde en 1080p. Il n’y a donc pas de changement par rapport à l’iPhone 11 Pro. La qualité des prises de vue est bonne, comme pour les photos. De nuit, l’ouverture plus grande de l’objectif, le capteur LiDAR et le mode nuit offrent là aussi des résultats améliorés.


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L’iPhone 12 Pro est un smartphone contrasté. Il a d’excellentes qualités qui méritent largement le prix demandé par Apple, même si vous trouvez certainement cela exubérant. Que ce soit la construction du téléphone. La fluidité offerte à l’usage. La richesse et la simplicité de son interface. L’excellente qualité de ses photos, de jour comme de nuit. Les performances de sa plate-forme. Le premier contact avec l’iPhone 12 Pro est incroyable, que vous veniez du monde d’Android ou que vous soyez déjà un client d’Apple.

Mais il a aussi des défauts incompréhensibles, avec un arrière-goût de mauvaise foi. Le zoom optique, au rapport trop chiche, et le zoom numérique, envahi par le bruit. La petitesse de la batterie. L’autonomie décevante, alors même que la 5G n’est pas encore là. L’absence de chargeur mural dans la boîte. Et quand bien même Apple en aurait fourni un, il n’aurait même pas été compatible avec la charge rapide. Et nous ne parlons pas de l’habituel débat sur son écosystème fermé. On l’aime autant qu’on le déteste.

Dans cette conclusion, nous souhaitons répondre à trois questions importantes. D’abord, devez-vous acheter un iPhone 12 Pro ? Si vous êtes un photographe amateur ou expert et que vous cherchez un smartphone qui peut remplacer votre compact numérique, c’est un bon choix. Mais achetez une batterie externe pour pallier son principal défaut.

Ensuite, si vous avez le choix entre iPhone 12 et iPhone 12 Pro, lequel choisir ? La question est importante, parce que les deux téléphones ont sensiblement la même fiche technique, mais la version Pro fait de meilleures photos et elle coûte 250 euros plus chers. Si la photo n’est pas votre truc, nous vous déconseillons l’iPhone 12 Pro. Préférez plutôt l’iPhone 12 avec un espace de stockage de 128 Go minimum (voire 256 Go). Sinon, reportez-vous à la question précédente.

Enfin, si vous avez un iPhone 11 Pro ou un iPhone XS, devez-vous changer de mobile cette année ? Dans le premier cas, la réponse est non. Certes, vous pourriez gagner en qualité de photo, mais vous perdriez aussi en autonomie. Et, selon nous c’est le second le plus important. Quant à l’iPhone XS, la question est moins évidente. Car l’iPhone XS pèche lui aussi en autonomie. Peut-être plus encore que l’iPhone 12 Pro. Un remplacement pourrait ici être une bonne idée.

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