The season to get your pockets lighter is here. With Apple announcing their line-up of the notch-free iPhones this year, it boasts of camera improvements, majorly for the pro model. As always, while some of you may not be able to wait to upgrade to your new iPhone, a few of you would love to know the camera improvements in the phone before you spare those extra bucks to upgrade to the newest iPhone. While the answer may be obvious if you have the urge in you to keep up with the technological advancements, let us dissect and understand the improvements that have been made.
The Biggest upgrade is the 48MP Sensor & proRAW:
Finally! Apple has decided to push into the megapixel war in their style and the iPhone Pro Max gets a 48MP sensor. The image would be binned into 4 - 12MP photos resulting in a 48MP shot. Apple proRAW feature, when enabled would shoot the picture in 48MP mode only, whereas when left on auto, it would make the decision itself to bin the photon as per the best results.
The best thing about this launch is proRAW because of the flexibility it would now provide to us photographers to be finally able to shoot in RAW format.
Better Aperture, Photonic Engine, Telephoto Zoom:
While the megapixel count of the wide angle sensor remains the same, the aperture has been improved to f2.2. With the introduction of the new photonic engine(dedicated hardware to process images), the low light images are expected to see a 3x improvement. Though all these improvements are on the pro model and the non-pro model would still be capped at the 12MP routine lens with marginal improvements and a slightly wider aperture from f/1.6 to f/1.5
The front TrueDepth Camera:
The front camera has a better aperture of f/1.9 and can now perform autofocus, implying enhanced low light photography and video. The autofocus in here is the main brag and is expected to take quicker shots than the previous front cameras of iPhone.
Improvements in cinematic mode:
The cinematic mode on iPhone 13 was wizardry and it left us awe-struck when we first saw it. While the previous generation of iPhone could take cinematic video in 1080p 30FPS, the new models would be able to take videos in 4K 24FPS resolution. It would also let you alter between 30 and 24 FPS mode in the post-processing.
Our verdict if you plan to upgrade:
While the improvements are definitive, we are not hesitant when we say that none of these changes is groundbreaking and if you purchased an iPhone last year, you may feel free to skip this upgrade for the sole reason of photography. The photography improvements are significant, but when put to the real-life test, the difference would be minute and even if a certain situation may favour the new generation, there is nothing that post-processing and editing can’t fix.
You can always save your money to invest it into your other photography pieces of equipment and perhaps better lenses for your cameras etc than to shelve out specifically for this upgrade.