iPhone 15 Pro Max photo previews: Seven cameras for the price of three – enough to beat Android? | Albiseyler

iPhone 15 Pro Max photo samples: Seven cameras for the price of three - enough to beat Android?

The iPhone 15 lineup is finally official, which means it’s time to talk about the second most exciting new iPhone feature (because the USB-C port stole the show) — the improved camera system on the iPhone 15 Pro and (mostly) iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Without a doubt, the more powerful camera system found in Apple’s Pro iPhones is the biggest reason why users choose the Pro models over the vanilla ones, and this year Apple has made sure that the different iPhone models are even more different when it comes to their camera systems.

Quote from Apple iPhone 15 Pro the presentation that really caught my eye was this one:

So Apple says that despite only having three real cameras on the back iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, they can use those cameras in a way that makes it feel like you have a whopping seven cameras at your disposal, which sounds impressive. But is it really true?

And it’s the most impressive part of the new web camera system iPhone 15 Pro series, or is it actually the seemingly minor upgrades that end up making all the difference?

That’s why Apple says iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max they have “seven camera lenses” but is it really true?

If I had to summarize the camera situation on the new one iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro MaxI would tell you that the much awaited 5x zoom camera found in the iPhone 15 Pro Max may be the last reason to upgrade this year.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as Apple has ‘brought it on’ in a variety of ways that could make a bigger real difference to how you take photos and how good they look. But more on that in a moment…

The big news surrounding the camera on the new Pro iPhones is that (in a clear push for users to buy the most expensive model), Apple’s Pro iPhones no longer share the same camera system. 6.7 inches iPhone 15 Pro Max now has a new, exclusive camera with 5x optical zoom, while the 6.1-in iPhone 15 Pro they’ll settle for a 3x optical zoom lens – just like last year.

iPhone 15 Pro optical/lossless zoom range (according to Apple):

  • Macro mode
  • 0.5x (13mm)
  • 1x (24mm)
  • 1.2x (28mm)
  • 1.5x (35mm)
  • 2x (48mm)
  • 3x (77mm)
  • 15x maximum digital zoom

iPhone 15 Pro Max optical/lossless zoom range (according to Apple):

  • Macro mode
  • 0.5x (13mm)
  • 1x (24mm)
  • 1.2x (28mm)
  • 1.5x (35mm)
  • 2x (48mm)
  • 5x (120mm)
  • 25x maximum digital zoom

Why does Apple say iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have “seven camera lenses”

As you can see from the “break the lens”, Apple’s seemingly ridiculous claim that it has iPhone 15 Pro/Max is like “having seven professional lenses in your pocket” is technically… true. But don’t be fooled because Apple likes to use fancy terms and expressions to impress customers and this is surely another great marketing by Tim Cook & Co.

Of course, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max they still only have three physical cameras to work with. That being said, Apple’s 2x sensor-crop zoom is perhaps the best on the market and delivers on the “optical quality” promise. More importantly, the lossless 2x zoom also works in video, which is not the case with any other 2x sensor crop zoom on the market (sorry, Android). Is Macro mode a different “focal length”? I think so – if you’re really into macro photography.

More interesting are the new focal lengths of 28 and 35 mm offered by the main camera iPhone 15 Pro. While Apple hasn’t specified whether this is an overly “optical quality” sensor crop, the fact that they’ll also come out as 24MP images (which is the primary camera’s new default resolution across iPhone 15 lineup), convinces me that these are not only digitally enlarged images from the 1x/24mm mode.

But even if Apple has somehow managed to pull the lossless zoom quality down to 28/35mm, the new 1.2x and 1.5x zoom options (which barely offer any magnification) are said to be two additional focal lengths, might be a bit too demanding even for Tim Cook & Co.

In short, it looks like Apple isn’t lying about the whole “seven lenses” thing. However, how useful these “seven lenses” are is another story, so I’ll let you decide whether you care or not.

Camera with 5x zoom iPhone 15 Pro Max it’s like nothing we’ve seen before, but it’s only special on the inside?

Speaking of focal lengths in the new iPhone 15 Pro camera system, it’s only fair to take a moment to focus on the biggest difference between the cameras iPhone 15 Pro Max and the smaller iPhone 15 Pro model, which is Apple’s new 5x zoom camera.

In other news, the smartphone industry’s zoom competition continues, and Apple has finally joined the race with its own high-zoom camera solution. And in true Apple style, Cupertino had to do things a little differently…

For the nerds in our audience, Apple’s unorthodox 5x optical zoom solution also explains the circular look iPhone 15 Pro Max’s camera with 5x zoom. Traditional periscope cameras look square on the outside.

What stands out about the new 5x optical zoom camera? iPhone 15 Pro Max:

Apple fooled everyone (again) and despite rumors iPhone 15 Pro The Max’s 5x optical zoom camera doesn’t seem to use the traditional periscope zoom design we’ve seen for years on phones like the Huawei P30 Pro (the first modern phone with a periscope zoom), the Galaxy S23 Ultra or the Pixel 7 Pro.

As it turns out, Apple has developed a unique looking “Tetraprism” mirror that (unlike a traditional periscope solution) appears to be much more compact and allows the camera to use a noticeably larger image sensor (25% larger than 3x the sensor of iPhone 15 Pro) and capture more light.

  • The iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x zoom camera is the brightest 5x zoom camera on any phone (f/2.8), though not by a wide margin (Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s 5x periscope camera has f/3.0 aperture)

  • Apple promises that long-range zoom cameras can be very shaky iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x zoom shooter has “the most advanced stabilization yet”, where 3D OIS sensor shift and an autofocus module that moves in all three directions provide twice as many micro-adjustments as before. While the jargon Apple uses is a little unclear, this is the first time we’ve seen a sensor-shift OIS zoom camera that could actually help capture photos and videos with the 5x zoom camera on iPhone 15 Pro Max much easier

  • It’s important to note that we’re still talking about a 12MP camera here, which means you can forget about any sensor cropping magic that will give you 10x lossless zoom photos like a 48MP camera with 5x zoom. Pixel 7 Pro; while this seems like a missed opportunity on Apple’s part, don’t be surprised if Cupertino saves this upgrade for the coming years (iPhone 16 Pro Max, iPhone 17 Pro Max, etc.)

Despite iPhone 15 ‘Seven-lens camera system’, Pixel and Galaxy may still gain a zoom advantage: Did Apple miss a great opportunity to take on Samsung and Google, or is 5x zoom enough for most people?

Ultimately though Apple worked very hard to make it look like iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max they offer far more flexibility when it comes to cameras, the truth is that the camera system is smaller iPhone 15 Pro has hardly changed compared to last year. You get a 12MP ultra-wide, 48MP wide and 12MP 3x zoom cameras, just like the iPhone 14 Pro. And that’s… disappointing.

On the other hand, as impressive as the technology behind the 5x zoom v iPhone 15 Pro Max It still appears to be “only” a 5x zoom camera. We’ve seen them for years (Huawei did it in 2019).

So it looks like Android flagships Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 8 Pro and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra may still be ahead of the iPhone this year when it comes to focal length choices without having to claim that their phones come with “seven cameras.” Not to mention Galaxy S23 Ultra it will almost certainly remain the king of the long-range zoom thanks to the impressive 10-20x zooms and videos it takes.

5x optical zoom is enough for most people and iPhone 15 Pro Max users will be happy with it
To finish above, I completely understand Apple’s decision to use an advanced 5x zoom camera instead of a less capable 10x zoom sensor or, say, Sony’s clunky 3-5x variable zoom system. Most people stick with their primary camera. most of the time they’re shooting on their phone and rarely need 10-20x magnification when zooming in (unless they’re trying to read a sign or spy on someone). In other words, 5x is a very practical optical zoom that should be enough to get you pretty good photos and videos with 10x zoom, even if it’s not 100% “optical”, and I think 97% of people will be happy with it. Don’t ask me how I calculated it.

Anyway, believe it or not (and you better believe it), I don’t actually care about the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x zoom camera as much as the other camera features coming to iPhone 15 series. I feel like they could make a lot more of a difference to the average user, but I’ll discuss those in a separate story here on PhoneArena.

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