Apple continues its tradition of improving the photographic capabilities of consumer devices with today’s announcement of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, available September 24.
Last year’s iPhone 12 had two rear camera lenses, while the iPhone 12 Pro had three; iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are following suit. The iPhone 13 has a wide (f / 1.6 aperture) and ultra-wide (f / 2.4 aperture) lens, which are the same characteristics as the iPhone 12. But the iPhone 13 Pro unveils a brand new camera system.
Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro improves low-light performance by allowing apertures as wide as f / 1.5 on the primary lens, compared to f / 1.6 on the previous model. . The ultra-wide lens follows the same trend, with f / 1.8, improved over f / 2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro. These large apertures should collect more light in darker environments like bars and concerts, which will hopefully improve picture quality. Apple claims the ultra-wide lens will have “up to 92% improvement in low light,” but… we’ll just have to test that for ourselves.
Perhaps the most notable lens upgrade is the telephoto upgrade. Although this lens has a smaller aperture than its predecessor (f / 2.8 versus f / 2.0), the new telephoto lens is equivalent to 77mm, while the iPhone 12 Pro’s telephoto lens was 52mm. . This allows users to zoom in more closely on distant scenes without sacrificing image quality. The telephoto lens also supports night mode, which it didn’t do before.
Apple also announced the Macro mode, which will be available on the iPhone 13 Pro. The ultra-wide lens and autofocus system work together to magnify subjects up to 2 centimeters. These shots are difficult to take, even on professional non-telephone cameras. Users can also record video and even replay at this scale, which should open up some interesting options.
Apple also announced Photographic Styles and Cinematic Mode, new features available on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
Photographic Styles apply local edits to an image in real time as the photo is rendered, so photographers can compose their photos using any of four presets and see what their product will look like. final before clicking the shutter button. Sure, even point-and-shoots have had real-time filters for a decade, but Apple says these photographic styles are more technologically sophisticated than these, using machine learning to figure out how to intelligently apply them. changes without compromising a subject’s complexion.
Cinematic mode allows users to shoot videos but later change the background blur and virtual focus of the clip. This feature seems more aimed at professional filmmakers – Apple brought in Kathryn Bigelow and Greig Fraizer to demonstrate the feature. Still, Canon and Nikon don’t have to worry – there will always be advantages of a camera that’s a camera, as opposed to a camera that’s a phone – but hey, that’s not. as if smartphone films had never caused a sensation at the Academy.
The iPhone 13 will start at $ 799 (which, for the record, is more expensive than an entry-level DSLR camera and a decent lens). The iPhone 13 Pro – telephoto, macro photography and all – starts at $ 999.