Twitter Memes aside, this year's upgrades of camera hardware and software are no joke. The two lenses on the back of the iPhone 11 and the three lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max combined with numerous software improvements ensure that you get the most impressive camera performance on an iPhone, at least on paper.
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A new ultra-wide-angle lens that lets you tweak your landscape shots.
Complementing the standard wide-angle lens, Apple's new ultra-wide-angle lens offers a 120-degree field of view that captures four times more area than previously captured models. This means that these stunning, dramatic landscape photos should no longer require the many third-party clip-on devices that accomplish the same thing.
Samsung's high-end smartphones, Huawei and LG have been using a wide-angle lens for years. Still, this is the first iPhone generation to couple such hardware with iOS and that's something iPhone fans can look forward to.
Night Mode Catching Up
The iPhone was originally the champion for great photos in low light conditions. Over the years, however, Android phones with a standalone night mode for highlighting details and features have run into the past brightness. Now all three new iPhone 11 models bring the night mode on board.
Theoretically, night mode brightens photos and, more importantly, reduces the noise. This results in crisp, colorful photos in low light conditions. Apple has not specified exactly how its version works, but we hope it's about the same as the standalone night mode on Google Pixel 3 ($ 813 at Walmart) and Huawei P30 works] ($ 529 on Amazon) and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – by composing multiple photos taken with different exposures.
We hope Apple's night mode will be a welcome improvement for them Dark, grainy photos that can not be fixed with the Photo App's Magic Wand.
QuickTake launches video when you need it most
Sometimes it's the simple things that really concern us, and that's why we're excited about Apple's new QuickTake feature. Many other camera apps, including the native iPhone app, capture still images while recording video, but QuickTake works in reverse so you can start a video while capturing still images.
This means that in the Camera app, you no longer have to fumble through the dial while your subject moves away from you. Just point and click to take a still picture and hold down to capture a video. It works with all new iPhone 11 models.
Deep Fusion is promising, but you have to wait.
It will not be available when the new iPhones go on sale on September 20. Later this fall, Apple plans to introduce Deep Fusion, the photo processing software engineered to extract as much detail as possible from each image. Google has been using AI-based photo processing for its Pixel phones for years ($ 218 on Amazon) but Deep Fusion is Apple's first major game in the field.
The software will be activated soon as you open the camera app. As you frame your subject, your iPhone takes a series of long and short exposures. When you press the shutter button, the Deep Fusion algorithm combines a total of nine images to create a master image with as little noise and sharp detail as possible.
It sounds very much like the standalone night mode on Android phones, only for daytime and low light shooting.
Finally, a Little Love for Selfie
In the past, the camera's front-facing camera has always lagged far behind the specs when compared to the rearview camera array, but Apple has upgraded it to include it this year almost adapt to the primary lens of the iPhone.
In photos, the resolution of the selfie camera increased from 7 to 12 megapixels. You can now also record videos in 4K, with a maximum of 60 frames per second like the reversing camera. Turning your phone into portrait mode unlocks the selfie camera's wide angle mode, so you can include more people in your snapshots, selfie videos, and FaceTime calls.
Finally, the selfie camera can now take selfies in slow motion or as Apple called them "Slofies" by recording 1,080p at up to 240 frames per second (fps).
Other new camera tools for iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max
- Monochrome portrait lighting mode
- Portrait mode can now detect pets' faces
- Faster unlocking of facial recognition
- Brighter flash with true tone Effect
- Higher Contrast Ratio HDR
Find out more about Apple's latest mobile phones in our hands-on review of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you want to shop, you can pre-order the new iPhones from Friday. If you're between an iPhone or an Android device, here's a comparison of the specifications of high-end smartphones to help you decide.
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