The iPhone 13 Pro has landed – and, as we expect from new iPhones, the camera modules on the rear include some of its most exciting features.
The iPhone 13 Pro Singapore has, of course, been fitted with upgraded camera technology, which receives the largest sensors to date on Apple’s smartphone. These days, though, it’s computer software features that drive major advances in our pocket cameras, and Apple has made new ones for us to take the spin again.
In rough order of our excitement about them, we listed below the most fascinating camera features and gave our thoughts about whether they are as exciting as Apple says they are or whether it spins again the famous reality distortion field.
Apple says the new ultra-wide camera, with a brilliant f/1,8 aperture and 120-degree view, features a new lens design and autofocus mechanism that allows it to focus on subjects from a distance of just 2cm (and to enlarge them).
Interestingly, Apple also adds that the increased macro power includes video, the time-lapse and the solo mode. The early examples taken by its pro photographers are undoubtedly amazing, but we look forward to watching how it falls in the natural light using simple dot-and-shooting.
Support for Apple ProRes:
As reports have forecast, Apple would introduce its ProRes video format to “later this year” the iPhone 13 Pro Singapore.
If you want to go deep into what that entails, go check our explainer for Apple ProRes. In short, though, it is a compressed video format, which is easy to edit in programmes such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro without losing any significant details or dynamic range.
Apple has not yet found out what one of six existing ProRes formats on its iPhone 13 Pro models would be supported, but it said that users can record 4K/30p ProRes files. If you do not purchase the lower capacity 128GB model, you will be demoted mischievously to 1080p/30p video.
It is not yet obvious why, but it’s a strange footnote in what is another somewhat large improvement to more sophisticated video shooters who want to utilise their iPhone as a handy B-cam.
Night mode on all the cameras:
This could really be the largest camera enhancement of the iPhone 13 Pro Singapore for many folks on the new iPhone Pros because of the adaptable night mode. In our guide to good portrait shots with your mobile phone, expert photographer Damien Demolder remarked “occasionally a night mode is useful to lower the contrast with the increased dynamic range in regular conditions.”
We’ve already seen the Samsung Galaxy series on their photos and selfie cameras offering night mode, so it’s not a new concept. However, we are looking forward to trying out Apple’s night mode with the new 77mm equivalent Telephoto camera on the iPhone 13 Pro, in particular for low-light pictures.
Longer telephoto lens:
The folded optics seen on other phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, have yet to be used by Apple to zooms in 10x optical. However, the telephoto cameras in iPhone 13 Pro Singapore and Pro Max at least offer a 3x zoom.
This raises its corresponding focal length to 77mm, which is handy for portraits and for travel snaps. But there is a tiny catch – the maximum aperture has decreased from f/2.2 to f/2.8 in order to achieve that. This means that the sensor gets less light, therefore does it indicate lower image quality?
Not necessarily because computer processing (and the Night Mode available on all lenses) could even make a difference from the telephoto lens of last year. It’s something we’re going to test and it’s a detail that Apple didn’t want to spotlight, rightly.