An iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone X night mode camera comparison pops up

With the new iPhone 11, Pro and Max, Apple caught up to the night mode trend that brands like Huawei, Pixel, OnePlus, and even Samsung had introduced since last spring. As usual, the feature takes a bunch of shots with different exposure levels, and fuses them together to make the night become day. 

Realism be damned, sometimes you just need to see what's in the picture, right?

Well, here's what Night mode on the new iPhones can do compared to the admittedly old iPhone X that takes pretty dark pictures by default. Someone snapped an impromptu comparison of a fashion agency manager and influencer aptly named Coco Rocha during what appears to be an Apple event. 

In comparison with the iPhone X, the 11 Pro Max indeed makes the scene much more visible around the model. The lights of the hot dog cart are still burned out, though, but such is the fate of small phone camera sensors, night mode or not. Take a gander.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh



1. Mikele

Posts: 158; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

There's monumental difference for IPhone lovers and i'm very sure Victor's review would be huge as well with 9.5!!

2. MihaiRO

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Waiting for the real "Night mode" Creator:Huawei Mate 30 Pro!

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 189; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Apple doesn’t care who made it first as long as they implemented it to be the best. This is amazing night mode compared to what others offers.

4. pooma

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

you haven't even seen side by side comparison yet but you do think that iphone night mode is the best one. typical iphone fanboy. no logic

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Looks about the same, if anything it looks overcompensated and detail is lost, but it's definitely improvement. It'll probably fall behind compared to the Pixel 4 again.

6. Priyam009

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

if you truly believe iphone has any chance against huawei's night mode then congrats you have successfully qualified to be called a brainless isheep!

9. midan

Posts: 2894; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

i'm sure it's going to be atleast as good as huawei. Why wouldn't it be? it's just a software trick

10. DeanMachine

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

"it's just a software trick" for apple it may just be software, but not on Huawei phones, they have bigger sensors that can take in much more light in low light situations. On a p30 pro you can get this kind of picture without night mode on :)

13. ramdroid

Posts: 135; Member since: May 21, 2016

Dude, Huawei p30 pro do better without even the night mode on! Trust me this photo looks really bad with the lost details compared to what others can do

16. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I will say this its an improvement. Is it as good as the others on the market? Real-world comparisons would be needed before making a judgment. Its the best night shot you can get in IOS

17. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 31, 2019

The RDF is strong in this one. While it's a good version of night mode, it's not better than all of the competition.

18. Colombian

Posts: 1; Member since: 3 days ago

I hope you are not that stupid. Remember this and don't forget it. Sensor size is critical for night time photography. Huawei uses a larger sensor than apple. Huawei uses a 1/1.7" sensor (43 mm). Apple uses a 1/2.55" (25 mm). A 75 percent increase in size. I own an X but Iphones keep falling father behind the androids. And the base Iphones come with 64 gigs of memory? Give me a break.

7. obedchuni

Posts: 335; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

They did implement it, sure it’s gonna be good.

8. midan

Posts: 2894; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I still don't get it, it's too much, too bright. I'm interested to see how the camera interface works with this feature. Apple said when it's very dark this feature goes on automaticly so i'm interested to see how you can avoid this feature go on. Or does it work like you have to press something to activate it, neither way i'm not interested about this feature because i don't like how the photos overall look. This just looks so fake, because it is.

11. Valdomero

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The mode is enabled the very moment the camera detects it's dark enough, an icon appears next to the flash icon, I believe you can deactivate it if you still want to shoot dark photos. But you won't be able to manually enable Dark mode whatsoever.

14. ramdroid

Posts: 135; Member since: May 21, 2016

I remember s10 got roasted because of exactly that and they had to come up with an update with night mode is a separate mode

12. jibraihimi

Posts: 807; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

If it's just software, and they didn't put some dedicated hardwares on the new iphones, then is it not possible to bring this new night mode on older iphones like iphone X, iphone XS, iphone XS max, or even to iphone 8, and iphone 8 plus.....????

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