Grinding for 7 years 12 megapixels Review of the iPhone camera

Ada AUG 19,2021

  I from the 2015 iPhone 6S launch is my first time to the United States site to attend the Apple launch, after each September will be on site to witness the release of the new generation of iPhone, will also be the first time to get hands on the new iPhone, and make a review of the newcomer's photo capabilities.

  If you pay a little attention to the new iPhones released by Apple every year, you will find that Apple is very cautious about upgrading the iPhone, and even left the name of "polishing maniac". Indeed, from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has polished four generations of products with an 8-megapixel sensor. From the iPhone 6S to the current iPhone 12 series, Apple's iPhone camera has been fixed at 12 megapixels, compared to the 50 megapixel or even 100 megapixel camera of domestic phones, Apple continues its "conservative" strategy and continues to polish the 12 megapixel camera.

  Well, this article will take you a brief review of what Apple has done with its 12-megapixel camera from the iPhone 6S to the current iPhone 12 series.

-iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus

  Since the iPhone 4S started to use 8 megapixels, the iPhone camera has been on the neck, but by the iPhone 6 generation, Apple was labeled as the "ancestor of 8 megapixels". Indeed, at that time, the domestic cell phone camera are in the era of rapid development in pixels, 8 megapixels also really seems to keep up with the times.

iPhone 6S Plus

  The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus finally brought the iPhone camera to megapixels, with a new 12-megapixel camera, 1/3-inch sensor, 1.22 microns per pixel area, and f/2.2 lens aperture. 4K resolution, although not very practical, but cell phone video into the era of high resolution, the significance is still quite big.

  12 megapixel iPhone6S in the imaging, especially the color level performance has been significantly improved, the first time to join the Live Photo function, but also directly through the dynamic photo record before and after the 3 seconds of the photo moment, very interesting. At that time, after getting the iPhone 6S, the 12-megapixel iPhone 6S evoked the fun of taking pictures with my iPhone again.

-iPhone7 & iPhone7 Plus

  Time came to 2016, I was once again there to witness the release of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus was the first iPhone with dual camera.

iPhone 7 Plus lens close-up

  Unlike the then popular configuration of one color camera plus one black and white camera, the dual camera of iPhone 7 Plus uses a wide-angle plus 2x telephoto mode, both lenses are 12 megapixels, and with the ISP built into the A10 Fusion processor, not only does the iPhone 7 series have the best imaging at the time, but the dual camera with portrait mode can This is the first time that a phone has a background bokeh effect similar to that of a DSLR camera.

iPhone 7 Plus

-iPhone8 & iPhone8 Plus & iPhone X

  iPhone 8 was released in 2017, the appearance of the continuation of the previous generation of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus design, is only a small change, the real attraction is the future-oriented iPhone X, full-screen design, the new Face ID face recognition, behind the dual-camera camera, in short, iPhone X is definitely the most attention that year The iPhone X was definitely the most popular product that year.

iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

  In terms of imaging features, compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, which continues the previous generation's camera configuration, the iPhone X has a 2x telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and both lenses support optical stabilization, which provides excellent performance in terms of imaging colors and levels.

-iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max

  A year later, Apple launched the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max based on the iPhone X. The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are two models of iPhone, continuing the tradition of "one big, one small" and big upgrades from the iPhone 6 era onwards. The iPhone Xs series camera is not much different from the iPhone X, except for the larger 1.44 micron sensor per pixel area. However, with the A12 bionic processor, it can provide better intelligent HDR and richer color levels and details in the picture.

iPhone Xs

-iPhone 11 series

  In 2019, after two years of polishing, the iPhone Xs has clearly fallen behind. After the multi-camera became mainstream, it is clear that the dual camera can no longer meet the needs of flagship phones. So, Apple refined the iPhone 11 series, launching the dual-camera iPhone 11 series and the iPhone 11 Pro series with three cameras.

iPhone 11

  Both the dual-camera iPhone 11 and the triple-camera iPhone 11 Pro series have a 12-megapixel main camera with an equivalent focal length of about 26mm and a lens aperture of f/1.8, supporting OIS stabilization; in the ultra-wide angle lens, both are equipped with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with an equivalent focal length of 13mm; the iPhone 11 Pro, on top of the ultra-wide angle and main camera The iPhone 11 Pro features a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an equivalent focal length of 52mm.

  The way the iPhone 11 Pro series of three cameras are designed, it can be seen that Apple is designing the camera in the same way as the camera in the production of this phone, almost indistinguishable from the color style of the three camera imaging, the switch between the three lenses is almost "seamless", not only a change in the multi-camera phone multi-camera switching experience, so that the photo operation It becomes more direct and intuitive.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  With the new wide-angle lens, Apple's camera interface is also immersive, with a translucent part of the camera visible beyond the original viewfinder, which actually adds the viewfinder of the wide-angle lens. In the interface, the iPhone also added "professional mode", which includes night mode, screen ratio, camera filters and other functions. Of course, as for the adjustment of parameters such as shutter speed and white balance when shooting, the new "professional mode" does not involve, to achieve these functions need to rely on third-party professional camera app to achieve.

-iPhone 12 series

  The 2020 iPhone 12 series continues the previous iPhone 11 series product planning, dual camera iPhone 12 continues the iPhone 11 camera configuration, iPhone 12 series are using dual 12 megapixel wide-angle + ultra-wide angle camera configuration, the main camera lens aperture upgrade to f/1.6, using 7 groups of lens design, the equivalent focal length is still 26mm, support optical stabilization. Apple claims that the wide-angle lens on the iPhone 12 series has a 37% increase in light intake, providing better dark-light shooting capabilities.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max continue the triple-camera design, and all feature LiDAR lenses. In terms of camera specifications, the three lenses on the iPhone 12 Pro remain at 12 megapixels, with the primary lens aperture upgraded to f/1.6 with a 7-lens design; the ultra-wide angle lens aperture is f/2.4 with an equivalent focal length of 13mm; the telephoto lens has an equivalent focal length of 52mm and a lens aperture of f/2.0.

  The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a large sensor with 1.7 microns per pixel, and the wide-angle lens is upgraded to sensor-shift OIS stabilization, and the telephoto lens focal length is increased to 65mm.

iPhone 12 Pro Max lens close-up

  In terms of shooting features, the iPhone 12 series all support 4K HDR Dolby Vision video shooting, which is the first time the phone supports Dolby Vision in video shooting. For the two Pro models, Apple added support for Apple Pro RAW format images in the subsequent iOS 14.3 firmware update, allowing those with more requirements for the iPhone to directly use the iPhone's native camera to shoot RAW files and process the RAW files as they see fit, naturally with more flexibility.

  As we all know, Apple already supported RAW in iOS 10, but if you want to use iPhone to shoot RAW files for post-processing, you can only rely on third-party camera programs, such as Halide Camera and Pro Camera, etc. With the addition of Apple ProRAW, iPhone finally supports RAW shooting natively. This is the last shortcoming of the iPhone's native camera.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  With less than a month to go, Apple's 2021 iPhone will debut soon. The new iPhone will probably still continue the 12-megapixel design, and will also continue to polish the 12-megapixel. As for what new features the 2021 iPhone will bring in the image, wait until the September launch, everything will be revealed.