With the launch of the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple has introduced several updated camera features, some of which are hardware and some software.
Significantly, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max now have identical camera systems, deviating from the different cameras featured in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. As usual, the PiPhone 13 Pro models have the best camera systems, while the more affordable iPhone 13 models have smaller cameras that lack some Pro features.
IPhone 13 and 13 mini camera specifications
The PiPhone 13 and 13 mini have a dual lens camera system. The wide lens has an aperture of f / 1.6, while the Ultra wide lens has an aperture of f / 2.4. The updated Ultra Wide camera offers better performance in low light, and the updated Wide camera transmits 47 percent more light.
The PiPhone 13 and 13 mini do not have a telephoto lens, so these models are limited to 2x optical zoom and digital zoom up to 5x.
Optical image stabilization with sensor shift, a feature that was once limited to Pro models, is available across the PiPhone 13 line.
IPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max camera specifications
The PiPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max include a three-lens camera system with a f / 2.8 telephoto lens, a wide f / 1.5 lens and an ultra-wide f / 1.8 lens.
The wide and ultra-wide lenses have been upgraded compared to the lenses in the iPhone 13 models and should result in significantly better performance in low light conditions. The wide lens has a wider aperture that lets in 2.2 times more light and the largest sensor in the iPhone to date.
The ultra-wide lens captures up to 92 percent more light, which should bring a drastic improvement in quality.
The 77mm telephoto lens has 3x optical zoom, compared to 2.5x in the 12 Pro Max, and with the addition of an Ultra Wide lens, there is 6x optical zoom and support for 15x digital zoom.
There is also a LiDAR scanner, which is not available on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini.
New camera features for all iPhones
Apple has introduced several new features that take advantage of the more advanced image signal processor included in the A15 chip.
- Cinematic Mode – Uses rack focus to seamlessly shift focus from one subject to another when shooting movies. It retains focus on the subject while blurring the background and can automatically change focus when a new subject enters the scene soon. Blur and focus can be adjusted after shooting a video, as well as via the Photos app.
- Smart HDR 4 – Recognizes up to four people in a scene and optimizes contrast, lighting, and even skin tones for each person so everyone looks their best.
- Photographic styles – Photo styles are smart, adjustable filters that can enhance or turn off colors without affecting skin tone. Styles are applied selectively to an image, as opposed to a filter that is applied to the entire image. Photographic styles include Vibrant (enhances colors), Rich Contrast (darker shades and deeper colors), Warm (emphasizes golden undertones), or Cool (emphasizes blue undertones). The tone and warmth are customizable for each style, so you can get the look you want.
Existing camera features, such as night mode, portrait mode, portrait lighting, and deep fusion, are also supported.
Professional camera functions
There are several features that are limited to Pro models and will not be available on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
- Macro photography – The ultra-wide camera on the Pro models can focus at 2 cm, making it ideal for macro photography. You can take macro photos or macro videos, including slow motion and fast motion.
- Telephoto night mode – “Night mode” is available for the first time for a telephoto lens. “Night mode” is available on all Pro cameras.
- Portraits in night mode – Portraits in “night mode” require a LiDAR scanner, which is still limited to Pro models.
- Telephoto cinema mode – Since the Pro models are the only models with a telephoto lens, the Telephoto cinematographic mode is a professional function. Works with Wide, Telephoto and TrueDepth cameras.
- ProRes – ProRes, coming later this year, allows users to record and edit in ProRes or Dolby Vision.
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