We all already know that Apple has announced its newest iPhone line, the iPhone 11 which consists of three series with controversial rear camera design, squirrel-shaped, and large bulges.
The camera in the regular version consists of two rear cameras, while for the two Pro versions, they consist of three rear cameras. Then how about the specifications of each of these cameras and their functions? The following explanation is quoted from The Verge.
On the regular version of the iPhone 11, there are two rear cameras and one front camera with the following specifications:
- 12MP ordinary camera | 26mm f / 1.8 | As optical image stabilization: The iPhone camera is now getting an improvement in Night mode which is claimed to match the Night sight feature on Google Pixels. This is very important for low-light environments. Image processing is also increasing by optimizing the highlight and detail in each shot.
- 12MP ultra-wide camera | 13mm f / 2.4 | with a 120-degree field of view: In this aspect, Apple gave a little surprise by applying an ultra-wide camera, not as usual which is consistent with portrait lenses. This allows users to capture more images around them with each shot. So when the camera highlights the object, the viewfinder will show the user what is seen in the main camera and provide a preview seen by an ultra-wide shot.
- The front camera of 12MP TrueDepth camera with slo-mo video and 4K60 recording: The front camera on Apple is now updated to capture wider angle shots when rotated to landscape mode, as well as providing the slow-motion video recording feature.
While on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, two rear cameras and one front camera are made exactly the same as the regular version, but only for this Pro version is equipped with a telephoto lens, with details as follows:
- 12MP ordinary camera | 26mm f / 1.8 | Optical image stabilization
- 12MP ultra-wide camera | 13mm f / 2.4 | Field of view of 120 degrees
- 12MP telephoto / portrait lens | 52mm f / 2.0 | Optical image stabilization: Apple’s newest camera designed for portrait photos.
Apple said that they have made a considerable increase in processing photos and videos on this latest iPhone camera. All three series retain the spotlight and make more details for shooting still objects, as well as optimizing the lighting settings in night mode.
It is hoped that the iPhone model that follows the current smartphone industry trend will prevent Apple camera from changing color tones and exposure, especially when recording video. Reported by The Verge, the iPhone 11 Pro series even allows application developers to be able to record using more than one camera at the same time. Coupled with an audio zoom feature that can sharpen the sound of objects on the camera! Complete, right?
The Verge quotes Phil Schiller’s opinion for the Deep Fusion feature on the iPhone 11 Pro series by analyzing 9 photos taken in sequence. The neural engine on the iPhone then analyzes it until the last photo looks more optimal with all the elements releasing their best results there.
For information, Apple has indeed moved to a dual-camera system starting with the iPhone 7 Plus by adding a telephoto/portrait lens with a closer perspective to complement a standard angle camera. These portrait lenses have survived for the Plus model until the iPhone X in 2017. Since then, X, XS, and XS Max all have two cameras, only the iPhone XR is still with one camera.