There will be a full review of the new iPhones soon. They are fantastic, but I’m not entirely sure you need to upgrade if you have an iPhone or Android phone from 2018 or 2019. Still, as many reviews have suggested, the camera really is the biggest camera upgrade in years for the iPhone.
The specs, at least on paper, don’t seem like a huge upgrade from last year’s flagship models. The main lens and telephoto lenses have the same 12 megapixels, but Apple adds an extra 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens that appears to work perfectly. You can check out some of the ultra-wide angle pictures taken on CNET. Even though the angles on the pictures are large, you can still see the details.
However, the biggest difference between previous iPhones (and most competing phones) is Night Mode. Tom’s Guide says the iPhone 11 Pro models set the new standard for night shots, and they’re not lying. The iPhone lens takes things your eyes can barely see and lights them up. This video shows just how well Night Mode works.
Samsung has produced their own Night Mode on the Galaxy Note 10 models, and the software has recently been transferred to the Galaxy S10 models. However, the pictures aren’t quite as clear as they are with the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode; Samsung’s pictures have more noise and look somewhat digitally distorted.
As 9To5Mac notes, filmmaker Mateo Bertoli took his iPhone 11 Pro to Sequoia National Park to test out his new camera. He noted that not only were the still photos stellar, but there was an improvement in capturing videos when compared to previous iPhones.
“In terms of videos I noticed a slight improvement in terms of noise (on the wide and telephoto lens) and mainly bug fixes from previous model. For example the extended dynamic range was working very bad for me on the iPhone X/XR/Xs; the skin tones used to look very weird and when I was filming sunset/sunrise there was something off in the way the iPhone was managing the highlights.”
Bertoli also noticed an improvement in the stabilization of the videos he took, noting that even though he brought his tripod along, it was unnecessary. It’s important to note that the 11 Pro’s ultra-wide camera has software based (rather than optical) image stabilization.
There are some who think of a smartphone camera as something “extra” on a device that can do just about everything. However, many people want to be able to use their smartphone camera as their main shooting device without having to lug around a digital camera. It looks like the iPhone 11 Pro models have granted their wishes.