“iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max make up our most pro iPhone lineup ever with the biggest advancement for our camera system, the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and the fastest performance of any smartphone, setting a new standard for iPhone and enabling incredible experiences never before possible,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new pro camera system offers even more pro photography capabilities like improved telephoto zoom, macro photography, Photographic Styles, Cinematic mode, as well as ProRes and Dolby Vision video. The Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion is our best display ever; it intelligently responds to the content on your screen, offers fantastic graphics performance, and is perfect for any viewing experience.”
iPhone 13 Pro-series camera hardware and software
Here are the raw specs of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max:
- Wide (main) camera: 1X, 26mm, f/1.5 aperture, 1.9µm pixels
- Ultra-wide camera: 0.5X, 13mm, f/1.8 aperture
- Zoom camera: 3X zoom (77mm)
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. Couple 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.
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 Pro-series ultra-wide angle camera and macro
iPhone 13 Pro-series telephoto camera
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 Pro-series video
Video has rarely been the certerpiece 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.