Apple has continued the tradition of improving the photography capabilities of consumer devices with today’s announcement of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro available on September 24th.
Last year the iPhone 12 had two rear camera lenses, while the iPhone 12 Pro had three; The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro follow suit. The iPhone 13 has wide (f / 1.6 aperture) and ultra wide (f / 2.4 aperture) lenses, the same specs as the iPhone 12. But the iPhone 13 Pro introduces a completely new camera system.
Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro improves low light performance by allowing holes as wide as f / 1.5 on the main lens, compared to f / 1.6 on the previous model. The Ultra Wide Lens follows the same trend, boasting f / 1.8, which is improved from f / 2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro. These huge holes should collect more light in darker settings like bars and concerts, hopefully improving image quality. Apple claims that the ultra wide lens will “improve up to 92% in low light”, but … we just have to test it ourselves.
Perhaps the most notable lens upgrade is the improvement in telephoto lenses. Although this lens has a smaller hole than its predecessor (f / 2.8 compared to its predecessor), the new telephoto lens is equivalent to 77mm, while the telephoto of the iPhone 12 Pro was 52mm. This allows users to zoom in more closely on distant scenes without sacrificing image quality. Telephoto lenses now also support night mode, which was not the case before.
Apple has also announced Macro Mode, which will be available on iPhone 13 Pro. The ultra wide lens and autofocus system work together to expand subjects as close as 2 centimeters. These shots are professional, challenging to shoot on camera as well as on the phone. Users can also record video and slow-mo on this scale, which should open up some interesting options.
Apple also announced the photographic style and cinematic mode, new features available on both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
The photographic style applies local edits to the image in real time as the photo is presented, so photographers can compose their shots using one of four presets and see what their final product will look like before clicking the shutter button. Of course point-and-shoot also had real-time filters for over a decade, but Apple claims that this photographic style is more technologically advanced than it is, using machine learning to figure out how to cleverly apply edits without compromising the subject’s skin tone. .
Cinematic mode allows users to shoot video, but then blur the background of the clip and change the virtual focus. This feature seems more relevant to professional filmmakers – Apple brought in Catherine Bigelow and Greg Fraser to demonstrate efficiency. Still, Canon and Nikon don’t have to worry – the benefits of the camera will always be there, as the phone is the opposite of the camera – but alas, it’s not that smartphone movies have never splashed in the academy.
The iPhone 13 will start at $ 799 (which, for the record, is more expensive than an entry level DSLR camera and a suitable lens). The iPhone 13 Pro – telephoto lenses, macro photography and all – starts at $ 999.