What is the result of thorough verification of the camera performance of the “iPhone 14 Pro” by professional camera app developers?
Sebastian de Wiz, developer of the camera app for iOS ' Halide ', has released detailed verification results of the camera performance of the ' iPhone 14 Pro ' released in September 2022. The iPhone 14 Pro is characterized by its appearance without a notch, but it seems that the camera performance has also been significantly updated.
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◆ Front camera
The front camera of the iPhone 14 Pro has the same number of pixels as the front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro, 12 megapixels. However, when comparing the photo taken with the front camera of the iPhone 14 Pro (left) and the photo taken with the front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro (right) below, the photo taken with the iPhone 14 Pro shows more facial wrinkles and hair. You can see that the background etc. are clearly reflected.
A major feature of the front camera installed in the iPhone 14 Pro is that it supports autofocus. In addition, the sensor is larger than the front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro, and the aperture value has changed from f2.2 to f1.9. As a result, the front camera of the iPhone 14 Pro can shoot ``focus on a nearby subject and blur the background''.
◆ Super wide-angle camera
The iPhone 14 Pro has three cameras on the back: a 48-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel 3x telephoto camera. Among them, the 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera has a focal length of 13mm (35mm equivalent), and can record an extremely wide range of subjects in a single photo.
The iPhone has been equipped with an ultra-wide-angle camera since the previous model, but the resolution of those cameras is lower than the main camera, and it was evaluated as a secondary camera when you wanted to take dynamic photos. . However, the resolution of the iPhone 14 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera has improved dramatically. The photo below is an enlarged photo taken with the iPhone 14 Pro ultra-wide-angle camera on the left, and an enlarged photo taken with the iPhone 13 Pro ultra-wide-angle camera on the right. Focusing on leaves and rock surfaces, you can see that the iPhone 14 Pro's ultra-wide-angle camera can shoot more clearly.
◆ Main camera
Like the ultra-wide-angle camera, the resolution of the main camera has been greatly improved. Comparing the following images, which are enlargements of the central part of the photos taken with the main cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro (left) and iPhone 13 Pro (right), the lines in the photos taken with the iPhone 13 Pro are rough, but the iPhone You can see that the photos taken with 14 Pro are natural.
The iPhone 14 Pro's main camera has a larger sensor than previous iPhones, and can express impressive bokeh. However, if you get too close to the subject, it will automatically switch to macro mode, so it was difficult to take a picture with a composition that includes front blur.
The specs of the telephoto camera installed in the iPhone 14 Pro seem to be the same as the iPhone 13 Pro in terms of lens and sensor size. However, when you actually compare the photos taken with the iPhone 14 Pro (left) and iPhone 13 Pro (right) telephoto cameras, you can see that the iPhone 14 Pro can shoot photos with less blur. ``Both have the same performance in terms of specs, but the image processing of the iPhone 14 Pro is much better. The new Photonic Engine is commendable,'' Wiz said.
◆ Night mode
The picture below is a starscape photograph taken with an exposure time of 30 seconds using the night mode of the iPhone 14 Pro. Mr. Wiz said, 'True astrophotography is dominated by dedicated cameras equipped with custom sensors, but it is completely insane to be able to take such pictures with an iPhone.' Emphasize height.
On the other hand, night mode is post-processed in software, which may result in unnatural shooting results. For example, if you focus on the building in the lower left of the photo below, you can see that all the windows have been painted over. Mr. Wiz, who develops camera applications, is also dissatisfied with the fact that the night mode API is not open to the public.