This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

I've heard that new digital video cameras for families have been hard to come by in recent years. Sure, my family had a child four years ago, but we never once considered buying a digital video camera. This is because we have several of the latest smartphones at hand, and we are ready to capture our children with the most advanced technology on our phones.

Most people use their smartphones to take a video of their children's daily activities. It's true that a video camera might be better for situations where you need to zoom in, such as sports events, but with modern digital cameras, you can take a lot of videos as well. I feel somewhat sad to think that the existence value of the video camera is diminishing in the space between smartphones and full-fledged digital cameras.

The reason why I was reminded of this is that I was so impressed when I shot videos with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro now support HDR video recording with Dolby Vision. I was surprised at how beautiful it was when I tried to take videos of Haneda Airport, Tokyo Tower, and even my kids at night.

The brighter areas were even brighter and the darker areas were even darker. The overall image is crisp and clear, and the person in the center of the frame seems to come into sharp focus.

The colors were so vivid that it was a bit of a shock to me to be able to shoot this kind of video with a smartphone.

Unfortunately, there aren't many ways to easily share HDR videos with Dolby Vision, so I can't tell you how impressed I am with the results, but when the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are released, I hope you'll be able to enjoy the video recording first.

Of course, its still photography performance has also evolved. I especially enjoy shooting nighttime portraits, which allow me to capture the atmosphere of the background while highlighting the people.

In fact, when I asked my soon-to-be 4-year-old son to hold still for 2 seconds while I took a night-mode portrait, he wouldn't listen to me, so I wasn't able to try it with my child's photos, but when I took a night-mode portrait of myself in front of the Tokyo Tower on a rainy night, I was surprised at how well it turned out (portraits of a 45-year-old are pretty tough).

With the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in my hands, I was more and more eager to photograph my son with my iPhone.


It's worth noting that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro now support 5G.

In 5G areas and Wi-Fi environments, Apple's FaceTime video calling app is in HD quality.

I made a FaceTime call to Editor-in-Chief Yazaki from in front of Tokyo's Oimachi Station, where the au 5G service is available, to in Shinjuku, where the Softbank 5G service is available. I was able to experience a video call at what appeared to be 1080p resolution.

My family often uses FaceTime to communicate with each other when we're overseas on business trips to get in touch with home. Sometimes it's soothing to watch my kids' faces while I talk to them on my overseas business trips.

This year, I've been making more video calls than ever before, and FaceTime is very stable and the sound quality is very good.

I've been happy with 720p in the past, but once I experienced 1080p, I felt like I wanted to connect in 1080p always.

One of the benefits of 5G is that it allows users to communicate in a richer, more immersive way, and FaceTime HD is a precursor to that.

The iPhone 12 is truly an iPhone that can be recommended to a wide range of people for the camera and 5G experience.

As for the iPhone 12 Pro, it's for people who want to get more into the camera. However, when I touched the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, I became concerned about how the smaller iPhone 12 mini would feel to the touch, and the image quality of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which has a larger wide-angle sensor, and I'm also going to be interested in the two models that will be released on November 13.

As it stands, I'd recommend the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, but with the expected capabilities of the other two models, it might be a good idea to "wait and see" until the other two models are released.

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