iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro new camera features explored!

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro new camera features explored!
Apple just announced the new iPhones – the iPhone 11, which has two cameras, and the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, both of which are stacked with three main cameras. But in this day and age, the number of lenses on a phone's back alone is not something that will impress the masses (unless there's four or more of them), and that's why Apple is betting heavily on delivering amazing results through a myriad of software improvements. And if today's presentation is anything to go by, the iPhone 11 lineup is chock-full of new features that will enhance the photography experience.

So much new stuff was announced, that we couldn't possibly talk about every single bit. That said, we wanted to go over the most important things that were revealed today, including what the differences between the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, and what they are capable of, in terms of shooting photos and videos.

First thing's first – what separates the three models? The biggest difference between the new iPhones, as far as the camera is concerned, is that the iPhone 11 has two main cameras, while the Pro models have three each. The iPhone 11 has a standard snapper and an ultra-wide angle lens on its back, while the Pro models also throw a telephoto camera into the mix. That's the big differentiating factor in terms of hardware, while everything else comes down to the new software features.

The iPhone 11 has Night Mode... finally!



The iPhone has been behind the competition, when it comes to taking pictures in the dark. The likes of Google and Huawei have gone to great lengths to allow users to snap pictures in extremely unfavorable lighting conditions, and though we don't think that anyone needs to be able to take pictures in complete darkness, being able to comfortably take photos around town after dark is a convenient thing. With the iPhone 11, Apple follows suit with its own take on Night Mode.

Apple's Night Mode uses next-generation Smart HDR that harnesses the power of machine learning to recognize subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural-looking images with greater detail. To deal with visual artifacts and excessive noise, which sometimes crop up when taking pictures in dimly lit environments, there's a new image processing system called Deep Fusion that does pixel-by-pixel processing to optimize the texture, details and noise in every part of the photo. Deep Fusion heavily relies on the Neural Engine of the A13 Bionic chip and is not yet ready for prime time, though what we've seen at the presentation was mighty impressive. Deep Fusion will roll out to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro later this fall.

Portrait Mode is getting even better



Portrait Mode samples from the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

When Apple introduced Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7, it was pretty much a beta test. Heck, it was literally a beta test! But Portrait Mode has grown and evolved a lot over the years. On the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Portrait Mode works both on the wide and telephoto camera, giving you greater freedom to choose the framing of your subject. What's more the actual depth-of-field simulation seems to have improved quite a bit, allowing for more accurate separation between subject and background, and for smoother "bokeh" rendering.

We've never been huge fans of wide-angle portraits, so we were pleased to learn that the telephoto camera on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max has been upgraded specifically for Portrait Mode. The new telephoto camera features a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture that allows it to capture 40 percent more light when compared to iPhone Xs. This is especially useful for taking portrait photos in more subtle lighting, but is also just a great improvement in general (for both stills and video).

With the more powerful A13 Bionic chip, the Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to tweak the intensity of light on a subject, while a new High-Key Mono effect creates a striking and stylized look for Portrait mode photos.

4K video with cinematic stabilization



With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple says that it has "set a new standard with the highest quality video ever in a smartphone."  That's a bold claim that we can't wait to put to the test, but until then, we only have the presentation to go off of. And what we saw was, indeed, very intriguing!

On the iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, each camera in the triple-camera system can record video in 4K resolution with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization. With its wider field of view and large focal plane, the ultra wide camera seems like a great choice for shooting action-packed videos. You can freely zoom between each of the three cameras, while a new Audio Zoom feature is employed to match the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound.

iOS 13 also introduces a set of new video editing tools that allow you to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly. These adjustments are easy to apply and review at a glance in the Photos app.

The great video recording capabilities extend to the front-facing camera as well. The new TrueDepth camera has a 12MP sensor and a lens with a wider field of view to capture selfies, while the same next-gen Smart HDR processing system that's used for the main camera enables the front-facing camera to record sharp 4K video with extended dynamic range at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo.

Redesigned camera interface



It was high time for Apple to tweak the way its Camera app looks and works. The changes are by no means groundbreaking, but the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro feature a subtly redesigned Camera app that makes better use of the tall display and bezel-less design.

The biggest and most meaningful change in this area, is arguably the new QuickTake feature, which allows you to record a video without switching out of Photo mode. To initiate the feature, simply hold the shutter button, and you'll automatically start recording a video.

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30 Comments

1. Isbaiden

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 20, 2019

Plenty of improvements in almost all aspects of the iPhone.. And at the end of the day who wins, ~ the consumer.. It's a good phone for those who like it . If you dislike it, go ahead and choose whatever other phones that you prefer. No comparison whatsoever

3. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

It’s hard to try being the mature one on PA. It won’t take long before trolls and fanboys here destroy your intellect. In the meantime I will appreciate comments like this from you.

2. Pcworld1976

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

a lot of marketing and nothing new

19. hamaidx

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

right... remember LTPO ... SMART XDR and .. oh yes... Deep Fusion... DAMN the jargons... Man.. Apple has screwed the idiots again by removing R from iphone11 ... and i don't know.. still not gonna buy it... !

4. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Night mode that makes night sky looks like sunset also leaving foreground completely dark. Cinematic video that still lacks HDR recording. LOL ...

23. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Though I agree with you a bit, the whole point of dark modes is to take a situation where its fairly dark and use whatever light available to enhance the photo, so that it isn't equally as dark or worse. Many phoen suse the flash or surround laight the sensor can pick up, to brighten a dark photo. The Galaxy S6 and every galaxy since then simply used a phone with a wider aperture, so that more light can hit the sensor, creating an artificail lighting effect that wasn't too fake looking. But night mode is something different. It is a more aggressive attempt to allow cameras to take a dark photo and not have it be dark. Any light in the photo is purely artificial, but no one is going to care. What they care about is, it is adrk outside and I want to take the best possible picture so people can see what my eyes are pretty much seeing. I don't have an issue aith that. I've taken photos at night and it sucks that many times you have to wait until you have enough light around you to do so. With larger aperture lenses, you don't need as much light.

28. QuantumRazer

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Are you judging its camera performance based on a few low resolution photo samples? Funny... let's see how well Pixel, Huawei, Samsung or Sony will fare against the new iPhone when the reviews come out.

5. midan

Posts: 2845; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No doubt, this is the best camera in any smartphone. They have done amazing things with the camera.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4195; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao, it's not even better than the Pixel OG.

9. midan

Posts: 2845; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Sure, show me that phone shooting 3 different videos sametime with normal, wide and extra wide Lens.

11. whatev

Posts: 2259; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Really? Have you tried it already? But one thing you can be sure about is that it will be better than the note 10 since the XS is already better, and that’s a consensus among all users including you who voted for it :)))))

24. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Don't feed the trolls. They try to use an BS phone camera comparison where people simply chose a photo they thought looked the best. We will see with SuperSaf does side-by-side tests with the Note/S 10's and the iPhone 11.

27. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That's what your idol saf does, he picks what to him looks best. You're still salty that you picked the iphone pics in the comparison.

29. QuantumRazer

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Welp, that's some huge BS... I'm not against you personally but what you just said is blatantly false. iPhone XS has been putting up a good fight against Pixel 3 in still photo quality and completely demolishing it in video, there's no way it's worse than the original Pixel.

7. alligator

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Pixel will beat it even with the older phones. Stop thinking that Apple is doing amazing things. They have just a few innovations in the last 3 years and all the others are copied by the competitors.

10. midan

Posts: 2845; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

How clueless one can be

13. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I know, right? Whoever typed the comment below is quite clueless. "...this is the best camera in any smartphone."

25. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Equally as clueless as you always are?

8. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Review scores : i11 = 9.1 i11 pro = 9.3 i11 pro max = 9.4 Curious to see who's gonna write HD screen (same screen area of 5.7" 16:9 ) is not an issue.

12. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

There's nothing innovative at all about it. Really they've copied several other manufacturers' phones from a year ago. But hey it's Apple, should we expect anything else?

30. QuantumRazer

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Tell me who has done Deep Fusion or achieved similar techniques to it before Apple did.

14. gadgetpower

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Any android phone that can record 4k unlimited video?

15. Obie-Wan

Posts: 112; Member since: May 24, 2012

Gonna have to wait for the the reviews, in the mean time i gotta gave apple the credits for improving the already good iPhone.

16. mohsin845

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Apple might be slowing down like Nokia...No Innovation. No Interest

17. gadgetpower

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

What kind of innovations do you really want on a phone? Foldable? Then get ipad pro for that

18. phonyuser

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

Back camera looks hideous

20. JCDK1984

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 11, 2019

and High-Key Mono effect is an iOS 13 update, so the X and XS gets it too.

22. riteshrkm

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

999$ for 64 gb base storage n same old slow charging. No thanks!

26. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

There is a 18W charger in the box now. Still lower than Samsung who now includes a 25W charger, and who for the past 5 years had a 15W charger.

31. Deadeye

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

A couple of new fancy marketing words, but in reality, nothing new. Even iOS is not worth it anymore.

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