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iPhone 13 camera: Everything you need to know

iPhone 13 camera explained
The wildly anticipated iPhone 13 generation is already here with a hefty amount of improvements. Smaller notch, speedier chipset, high refresh displays, and most importantly, a more capable camera are all part of the new package, making the iPhone 13-series an important evolutionary step for the iPhone family.
And that's only natural, given how big of a pillar of modern smartphone technology the camera setup is. As the market is already established and quite mature, we are past the era of drastically different flagships with each and every new generation; instead, we are faced with gradual improvements in all key areas that make up the essential smartphone experience. Among these, camera performance and image quality are undoubtedly chief in importance, and we've grown accustomed to expect camera improvements each and every year.

Now with the anticipated arrival of the iPhone 14 in September 2022, we are bound to see some very big improvements in the iPhone photography space. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are extremely likely to score large new sensors in one of the biggest upgrades of an iPhone camera ever, and we're all for it! Granted, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max that are also coming this September are unlikely to get new hardware, but might still score some important image quality updates.  

iPhone 13 camera summary:

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max camera

The much wider apertures of the lenses will naturally let much more light inside for exceptional low-light prowess, but what's even more impressive here is the main camera's large new sensor, equipped with big 1.9 µm pixels, which are the largest ever fitted on an iPhone.

Pair those with the exceptionally wide F1.5 aperture, and the promise for exceptional low-light camera performance is more than exciting. The camera's Night mode now also extends to the ultra wide-angle and telephoto cameras, where it will automatically take long exposure shots with the help of artificial intelligence.

There's sensor-shift optical image stabilization on both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, similar to their predecessors, and this exclusive hardware feature also helps greatly here: it eliminates jitter and enhances low-light details by keeping the camera sensor steady, even when your hands aren't at their steadiest.

Hardware is just part of the full picture. The fast new A15 Bionic chipset, thanks to its advanced computational prowess and much faster Neural Engine, is the main culprit behind the much better overall camera performance, says Apple. Indeed, camera processing algorithms are as important as the hardware parts that capture light itself, and the iPhone 13 Pro-series seemingly takes this to heart. The so-called Photographic Styles allows iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max users to employ their own preferences while still benefitting from the camera's enhanced image processing.

For example, you can choose between filters with different vibrancy and contrast, as well as color temperatures, while still maintaining natural-looking skin tones. The new chipset also enables Smart HDR4, which enables enhanced contrast, color, and lighting, even in challenging and dynamic conditions. Deep Fusion, Apple ProRAW, and Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting are also on deck, now better than ever thanks to Apple A15 Bionic's prowess.

iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 camera

Although the majority of novel camera features are naturally concentrated into the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini have also scored tons of improvements. There's sensor-shift stabilization on the wide-angle camera, which should deliver smoother videos and sharper photos, while the ultra wide-angle camera has scored a new camera sensor, capable of capturing 47% more light than the iPhone 12.  

Thanks to the Apple A15, which powers both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the duo also supports the new Cinematic mode with rack focus and all the software bells and whistles also found on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max series.

You can check all of our beautiful samples right there in the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini review, but here is a representative sample.

And here's what the iPhone 13 camera is capable of during the night. It probably isn't on the level of the iPhone 13 Pro, Pro Max, or even Android's finest, but it's pretty good.

How many cameras does the new iPhone have?

The new iPhone 13 and 13 mini come with dual cameras, wide and ultra-wide, similar to their predecessors, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11. Of course, each new iPhone will also have a FaceTime selfie camera.

The iPhone 13 mini has ultra-wide and wide-angle cameras, both coming in at 12MP. The iPhone 13 also comes with dual 12MP cameras. There are 12MP ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto cameras on both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini follow the trends established by the iPhone 11 Pro Max and reiterated by the iPhone 12 family. Chances are that the same will apply to the iPhone 14-series in 2022 as well. 

iPhone 13 camera: Superior ultra-wide angle lens

The ultra-wide camera has also seen some great improvements. It now comes with an exceptionally large, F1.8 wide aperture that also holds the promise for exceptional low-light capabilities. Apple even puts that potential prowess against a number - the new camera is obviously 92% better than the one on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

But that's not all - the shooter has also scored a new autofocus system that not only produces sharper and more detailed images, but also unlocks a brand-new iPhone functionality: dedicated macro photography. While close-up shots weren't impossible on previous iPhone models, the ultra wide-angle camera of the Apple 13-Pro series now allows for a minimum focusing distance of just 2 centimeters.

Macro isn't limited to photos, but allows you to also capture videos, slo-mos, and timelapse videos. With enough inspiration in tow, the new iPhone 13 Pro-series could be the right tool for the creative mind.

iPhone 13 camera upgrades: Video

Video has rarely been the centerpiece of an iPhone announcement event, mostly because Apple hasn't introduced that many outstanding video-related features. That's changed with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which put cinematography on a pedestal.

One of the new features that will definitely be used extensively by videographers is Cinematic mode and its unique rack focus feature. What is rack focus? You've certainly seen it hundreds, if not thousands of times without ever realizing it, as rack focus is meant to subtly change the focal point in a continuous shot scene and draw the viewer's attention to a certain character or object.

If anything, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will allow anyone to achieve cinematic-looking videos without being well-versed in the field. Users will be able to change the focus in a captured video both during and after capture, as well as in the Photos app and iMovie for iOS, making the iPhone 13 Pro-series the only device to allow for such a functionality.

Cinematic mode records in Dolby Vision HDR, while iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max come with ProRes.2, a video codec that's widely used as a final delivery format for ton of content, like ads, short films, and broadcasts. ProRes.2 is supported on the iPhone 13 Pro-series thanks to the Apple A15 Bionic chipset. This makes the iPhone 13 Pro-series possibly the most complete video-capturing device so far.

iPhone 13 camera: How many megapixels is it?

We didn't expect a jump in the megapixel count and we didn't get any. The iPhone family all comes with 12MP cameras here, similarly to the iPhone 12-series. We don't expect an increase in the megapixel count this year, but rumor has it that the iPhone 14 will arrive with a 48MP camera that will allow for 8K video capture. Alas, this won't become a reality until late 2022 in the earliest.

iPhone 13 camera: Telephoto zoom

There's a new 3X 77mm telephoto camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, allowing for a combined zoom range of 6X. Aside from getting closer to your subject. the telephoto camera allows you to capture better portraits. Why better, you might ask...

Well, it compresses the image more and thus creates more natural-looking portraits, with less distortion and more pleasing facial proportions that simply look better than portraits taken with a wider lens. This has been a staple of portrait photography for ages, and it's finally great that Apple is making small steps in the right direction by offering longer and longer telephoto cameras with longer focal length.

iPhone 13 camera: When is it launching?

The iPhone 13-series was announced at a dedicated Apple event on September 14 and hit the shelves on September 24. Its successor, the iPhone 14 family, is coming September 2022, with a probable 
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