Apple brings macro, low-light, and cinema-focused updates to iPhone 13 Pro camera – TechCrunch

Apple continues its tradition of enhancing the photographic capabilities of consumer devices with today’s announcement of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, available September 24.

Last years iPhone 12 it had two rear camera lenses, while the iPhone 12 Pro had three; the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro follow suit. The iPhone 13 features a wide lens (f / 1.6 aperture) and an ultra-wide lens (f / 2.4 aperture), which are the same specs as the iPhone 12. But the iPhone 13 Pro features a completely 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 in the main lens, compared to f / 1.6 in the previous model. The ultra-wide lens follows the same trend, with f / 1.8, improved from f / 2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro. These wide apertures should collect more light in darker environments like bars and concerts, which will hopefully lead to better quality. of image. Apple claims the ultra-wide lens will have “up to 92% improvement in low light” but … we’ll have to test it ourselves.

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Perhaps the most notable lens enhancement is the telephoto enhancement. Although this lens has a smaller aperture than its predecessor (f / 2.8 compared to f / 2.0), the new telephoto lens is equivalent to 77mm, while the telephoto lens on the iPhone 12 Pro was 52mm. This allows users to get closer in distant scenes without sacrificing image quality. The telephoto lens now also supports night mode, which it didn’t before.

Apple also announced 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 away. These shots are difficult to take even with professional non-phone cameras. Users can also shoot video and even slow motion at this scale, which should open up some interesting options.

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Apple also announced Photo Styles and Cinema Mode, new features available on both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

Photo Styles applies local edits to an image in real time as the photo is rendered, so photographers can compose their shots using one of four presets and see what their final product will look like before clicking the button. shutter. Of course, even point-and-shoot features have had real-time filters for a decade, but Apple claims these photographic styles are more technologically sophisticated than those and use machine learning to understand how to apply edits intelligently without compromising tone. skin of a subject.

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Cinematic mode allows users to shoot video, but then change the background blur and virtual focus of the clip later. This feature seems more aimed at professional filmmakers – Apple brought in Kathryn Bigelow and Greig Fraizer to demonstrate the functionality. Still, Canon and Nikon need not worry – there will always be advantages of a camera that is a camera, rather than a camera that is a phone, but hey, it’s not like smartphone movies never have. 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.

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