An iPhone 11 Pro camera review by a 'pro' photog takes us on a wide night samples trip

An iPhone 11 Pro camera review by a 'pro' photog takes us on a wide night samples trip
Gather around, Apple fans and photography lovers, we finally have unedited samples from the iPhone 11 Pro tri-camera model made by a 'pro' cameraman, and none other than Austin Mann at that.

He has been given early access to the 11 Pro and took it on a journey to Asia with expectedly great results. While we had no doubt that the pics will be great - after all, even a lowly mobile phone camera can produce excellent results in the hands of a skilled photographer. 

What we were most interesting to read the actual comments on each shot, and the explanations why Apple decide to do this or that with the iPhone 11 camera software didn't disappoint.

First off, we are starting with the question on everyone's mind - how's the Night mode doing? First, because iPhone fans are just now getting this feature, and, second, because night shots are the hardest test for a puny phone sensor, and each manufacturer approaches its low-light mode in a different manner. How did Apple decide to do it? 

Apple iPhone 11 'pro' camera review Night mode samples

Apple iPhone 11 Pro 'pro' camera review wide-angle and portrait samples

The wide-angle lens and the new "smarter" HDR mode that isolates facial feature for richer tones and emphasis, are also getting some "pro" analytical love:

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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. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I like Apple‘s approach to night mode. Of course it is more difficult to find the right balance between brightening up the scene and letting the night be dark.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No need to even go full screen to see the poor quality.

3. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I am getting my iPhone 11 pro tomorrow and I am very excited but being a real mirrorless camera user I want to clear a few things here, making a night pic look like day is more difficult than apple’s approach of correctly applying ISO and contrast settings under night mode. So the apple’s night mode is not really the night mode from high end cameras which actually makes the night look like day and something pixel and other android phones are trying. A good photographer can recreate Apple’s night mode pic without actually using night mode if he can set the ISO, exposure and brightness corrrctly. It’s like auto mode in night photos instead of being an actual night mode which can brighten up the night shots to daylight shots. “ He has been given early access to iPhone 11 pro” Well not just him, every youtuber also got early access. For the first time ever Apple is actually paying reviewers to praise the new phones before launch giving them free units. I would still say the new iPhones have the best camera ever but it lacks true night mode, people would actually love.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Pro takes pic with new iphone isn't new.

5. midan

Posts: 3001; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”One thing I love about Apple’s approach to Night mode is the strategic balance of solving a technical problem while also caring deeply about artistic expression. When you look at the image above, it’s clear their team didn’t take the let’s-make-night-look-like-day approach, as some of their competitors have. Instead, it feels more like an embrace of what it actually is (night) while asking, “How do we capture the feel of this scene in a beautiful way..?” This! Like i expected, if Apple adds this feature they will make it look lot better than current ones and that’s exactly what they did.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

But isn't the XS Max already better than the iPhone 11 since the pic will be more natural you ifans often claimed? Now all of a sudden processed pictures, AI and machine learning are good for photography.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

How predictable was that comment, LOL?

20. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Well said. Whatever apple does is right for these guys. That's how apple is able to keep them coming back for same but more.

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's like a cult of iZombies...I get liking a company's products, but to defend every single thing they do, and NEVER criticize is just weird to me.

22. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Samsung did that first they copied Samsung solution to not make the scene super bright

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Android night mode slayed 1000 times. Its funny that apple for the first time having this feature is almost perfect while android night mode has been a while and yet they don’t come close to this beautiful feature, maybe its right that android is full of gimmicky features. They have done first but for the sake of being first and not for usable and usefulness of the feat. Good job apple. This is how you do the night mode, making it dramatically beautiful.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31304; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Peaceboy is back.

14. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Peaceboy is on the roll! Lmao :)))) Thumbs up :)

7. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I’m an iPhone user but I think the hype is too much. This isn’t the best night mode pics I’ve seen from a smart phone. Just a little zoom in and the entire picture falls apart.

9. midan

Posts: 3001; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Where did you find the full res photo? Or what you were zooming?

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

You're upsetting midan.

8. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

so a few of those were terribly processed, agressive sharpening, a lot of over saturation, the wide angle didnt look overly bad, but the images didnt look that great, i will be more inclined to see the comparison to other devices when it is available, i expected better but not overly impressed at all, the only image that actually did look pretty nice was the fisherman and his lantern the first image, the rest were more like meh!

10. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

not even exaggerating...poco f1 with gcam takes better night mode photos. I'm not hating on iphone. it's a great piece of tech but the cameras are nothing special as it's being hyped

23. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You have no idea what you are talking about, and im huge iPhone hater.

12. Octane

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

If this images are true, heck!!! I’m up for the 11 pro.. these are beautiful, professional pictures

15. Jrod99

Posts: 759; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Wow PA. The spammers are really bad lately.

16. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Funny enough theatre night mode picture looks exactly the opposite they aim. It looks like any other night-like-a-day image.

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