Not one, not two, but three new camera sensors are on the back of the brand-new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone11 Pro Max handsets.
A new report from Macworld takes an in-depth look at the new camera features in the freshly-announced iPhone 11 cameras.
For its latest generation of smartphones, Apple put much of its focus on its cameras. The iPhone 11 now gets two 12-megapixel cameras equipped with wide-angle and ultra-wide angle lens. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, meanwhile, gets those same cameras as well as a third 12-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens. The wide cam is for normal view; telephoto lets you get close; ultra-wide gives you a sweeping wide view. You have the option to take all three shots at once
The main camera delivers that typical semi-wide-angle view. Apple has stuck to its guns with a 12-megapixel resolution, too, which might seem somewhat low compared to the 48MP options available elsewhere.
The biggest new feature is the addition of a wide-angle lens, which sees double that of the main camera, hence its 0.5x zoom designation, meaning an equivalent focal length of 13mm.
The zoom lens’ 2x optic means half the view of the main camera, thus a 56mm equivalent focal length. To call it ‘telephoto’ is a reach, as that’s actually about as close to a standard lens as you can get in traditional form, which will make it great for portraits.
With that third lens, the Pro model adds a wide-angle that the standard iPhone 11 doesn’t offer. It’s also possible to shoot with all three cameras at once, to grab an ultra-wide, wide and zoom shot all at once, which is a nifty feature.
The phone also has a new feature called “Deep Fusion” — a process in which the camera takes nine shots (two groups of four prior to pressing the shutter, then one longer exposure at point of press) at various shutter settings. It can then automatically look through these shots, select the best combinations for sake of sharpness, ensuring there’s no blur, and composite the best parts together.
Another major change the company has brought is the new Night Mode, which will automatically kick in when the phone camera detects the detects low-light conditions in your frame, and snap a bright picture as shown in the example below.
So does the new triple camera look funny? Sure. But it looks like it might be the best phone camera ever—and you won’t be laughing when you snap your first pro-style portrait with this beast.
Check out these hands-on videos from Wired and Engadget from Apple’s hands-on area for press:
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 13 and in stores Friday, September 20.