Based on some early iPhone 13 reviews, it appears that it is currently not possible to turn off macro photography when approaching a subject with the iPhone 13 camera. However, a fix is already in the works according to an official statement from Apple (via 9to5Mac).
Apple describes the new macro photography as a powerful autofocus system, that utilizes the new Ultra-Wide camera to focus at just 2 cm. “Transform a leaf into abstract art. Capture a caterpillar’s fuzz. Magnify a dewdrop. The beauty of tiny awaits,” says Apple.
However, early hands-on has revealed that if you want to get close to a subject with your iPhone 13 without activating macro photography, you’re out of luck.
Here’s how Input Magazine’s review explains it:
“The fact that there is a “Lock Camera” setting under the Camera section within the Setting app, which disables the automatic camera switching for video recording is proof enough that Apple knows people wouldn’t want this. To my disappointment, there is no setting to turn off the camera switching for still photos. Not yet at least.”
In response, Apple has issued the following statement:
A new setting will be added in a software update this fall to turn off automatic camera switching when shooting at close distances for macro photography and video.
Check out our roundup of iPhone 13 reviews and first unboxing videos at this link.