Why should I care about the new iPhone 13 pro camera?
The obvious answer is cinematic mode.
Cinematic mode is a feature that makes an HD broadcast look like it was shot in glorious film. It’s impossible to have stereoscopic 3D on mobile devices, but with Cinematic Mode you get the next best thing. Cinematic Mode uses advanced processing and algorithms to use one camera’s depth information, combine it with your photo or video, and layer in different masking effects based on the focal point you select.
Filming scenes can require a lot of takes as you get ready for post-production. If you’re focused on one person in particular, for example, but another actor enters the room, your camera person must quickly adjust the focus of their lens to show the audience that someone new has entered the scene and not just an actor walking across screen. This element can also help to tell a story if certain people are important to telling it and need to be shown frequently.
Filming can be especially tricky if you find yourself hoping to capture the right person in your shot consistently without fail. For example, imagine that one day, while shooting at a party with important characters behind your main subject; however, someone new also enters that room. Your camera-person has to quickly adjust their focus by moving their lens away from the primary subject and putting it instead on the newcomer. This might not only serve a narrative purpose but could also ensure you’re keeping your audience’s attention! Of course, this isn’t possible on an iPhone since the f-stop is fixed.
Cinematic Mode (known as Live Photos) is amazing but it isn’t perfect and you may notice that the background turns blurry during moments when objects are distant from the camera. You can prevent this by taking two pictures at once: one in portrait mode, the other in landscape. Place the two images together on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device to make a moving Live Photo with vivid colors and stunning clarity!
Depth of field is an important concept for those interested in cinematography, but it’s fairly easy to master. It’s not real depth of field, but are you can edit the focus afterwards. Another cool feature is that you can immediately see what your shot will look like with certain filters or two, so if you’re unsure how best to apply a few filters, you know exactly what needs work before pressing record.
Other improvements to the camera system
The iPhone Pro 13 offers a higher resolution than the earlier model, the iPhone Pro 12. This serves to provide a higher quality display for photographs and videos allowing them to appear sharper on your mobile. The display is also eighteen percent larger than its predecessor in addition to it being produced with a thin bezel, making it easier for you to multitask when your phone is in landscape mode.
Comparing my new lens with my Mark II full frame DSLR, I was able to take photos in places where I would expect the scene to be too dark. In fact, the photos were perfectly fine without any visible noise or image degradation due to the improved low light performance over my other camera.
The iPhone pro 13 is launching at a point where photography enthusiasts are demanding even more from their phones. This way, the brand has given users the option of shooting macro without having to get too close to your subject and the ability to zoom 3x further out than they currently can.
Key camera specifications:
- Primary: 12 MP sensor, 1.9µm pixels, 26mm equivalent f/1.5 aperture lens
- Ultra-wide: 12MP sensor, 13mm equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF, 2cm macro
- Telephoto 12 MP sensor with ISO 77 mm equivalent f/2.8-aperture lens. Optical image stabilization found inside the smooth 1.1 x 77mm zoom lens.
- 4K video recording (3840×2160 at 24/25/30/60 fps), 1080p recording (1920×1080 at 25/30/60 fps) and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision
- Cinematic mode is ideal for recording videos with an eye-catching effect especially when there are multiple subjects in different layers of focus. Multiple subjects can be recorded individually at 1080p resolution in dramatic fashion due to the ability to zoom while recording and capture moments with depth and style.
I bought the iPhone Pro 13 to get the new camera, in particular the low-light improvements. It just depends on whether that’s something you feel will make sense for you.
Whether it is on an iPhone pro 13 or something else, happy shooting 🙂
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