Apple surprised with the renewal of functions and characteristics of the cameras of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. Adding the addition that all 4 new models have OLED display, this is very useful to be able to appreciate the recorded details of the HDR Dolby Vision video After the capture comes the editing, do you think your old device can appreciate the details of the videos captured by the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro?
Is 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR video that good?
We go by the definition of HDR which in simple words is a high dynamic range video. It has the particularity of having maximum brightness and a very high color range, compared to other standard video formats (SDR video). In the case of the new iPhone 12 you can record in 10 bits per color channel, which translates into increasing the number of possible colors to perceive. It’s a significant increase of up to 60 times the amount of colors that can be captured and displayed.
In all four models you can record 10-bit HDR videos in Dolby Vision. Every detail can be appreciated by the Super Retina XDR screens that each iPhone 12 mounts. At the Apple Event, Greg Joswiak stated that iPhone is the first smartphone to deliver the head-to-toe Dolby Vision experience. Videos recorded in cinematic quality can be captured, edited and shared right on the device. That is something that was impossible to do years ago.
Fortunately, videos in the new HDR format can be played and edited on previous iPhone models.
If you get a video recorded with the new iPhone 12 via AirDrop, you will notice the 10-bit HDR quality in the following models:
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
The 11 Pro and XS models will be the best to play this content due to the OLED screen mounted by the devices themselves. The experience will not be the same when viewed on an IPS screen like the iPhone 8, iPhone XR or iPhone 11.
You will be able to reproduce and edit the videos recorded with HDR, although as I mentioned at the beginning, the experience will be better on some devices. Also iPad users will be able to play and edit these videos.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (from 2nd generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air (from the third generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
Having a larger screen, you can edit videos from the native Photos app and in iMovie. All this will be possible from iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1. It is expected that a new version of Final Cut Pro X will be released soon that adds the compatibility of HDR videos of the iPhone 12. Finally, the Apple TV 4K will also be able to play the HDR format or on any Smart TV compatible with AirPlay.
Record HDR Dolby Vision videos on iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 has taken a tremendous leap from video. If it was already a model characterized by impeccable video recording, now with the improvements it could be the best smartphone in the world to record video.
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 support 10-bit HDR recording at up to 30 frames per second. While its older brothers, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max support it at up to 60 frames per second.