Every new camera feature in iPhone 13: ProRes support, Cinematic Mode, Macro, more

With the launch of iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple introduced improved camera hardware and several new software-based camera features for the lineup. Here is a list of every new feature the Cupertino tech giant introduced for its flagship iPhone lineup.

iPhone 13 Pro camera

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro camera specs

‌iPhone 13‌ and 13 mini feature a dual-lens camera system. The Wide lens features an f/1.6 aperture, while the Ultra Wide features an f/2.4 aperture. Apple says the updated camera sensors will capture 47 percent more light than iPhone 12. The tech giant also added sensor-shift optical image stabilization to the whole iPhone 13 lineup.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature a three-lens camera system with an f/2.8 Telephoto lens, an f/1.5 Wide lens, and an f/1.8 Ultra Wide lens. The upgrades to the Wide and Ultra Wide lenses should reveal more detail in the dark areas of photos. The increased aperture in the Wide lens allows for a 92 percent improvement in light-gathering capability.

iPhone 13 Pro

The 77mm Telephoto lens, which remains exclusive to the Pro lineup, features 3x optical zoom in, up from 2.5x in iPhone 12 Pro Max. There is a 6x optical zoom range and support for 15x digital zoom with the help of the Ultra Wide Lens

The camera arrangement on the rear end of the Pro models also features a LiDAR scanner, which is not available for iPhone 13 and 13 mini.

All the new software features introduced in iPhone 13

The tech giant introduced several new software-based camera features that use the A15 Bionic chip’s advanced image signal processor to offer the best results.

  • Cinematic Mode – Cinematic Mode allows video with beautiful bokeh and automatic focus changes to be captured from the smartphone using rack focus. Focus can be changed during capture or as part of post-editing in Photos and iMovie apps. iPhone 13 can also smartly detect when users are coming into the frame to put them into focus, or move focus away from them when the subject changes. Cinematic mode captures video in Dolby Vision HDR.
  • Smart HDR 4 – Smart HDR 4 provides improved colors, contrast, and lighting for up to 4 people in a group photo while preserving skin tones.
  • Photographic Styles – Photographic Styles allow users to personalize their own look for all the photos they take. Unlike filters, Photographic Styles are smartly applied as effects on different parts of an image. Photographic Styles include Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm or Cool. Tone and Warmth are customizable for each style.

iPhone 13 Cinematic Mode

New camera features for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

There are a few new camera features that are exclusive to the Pro models in the iPhone 13 lineup.

  • Macro Photography – The new Ultra Wide camera, which has an f/1.8 aperture and 120-degree field of view, can focus on subjects from as little as 2cm away. Macro also extends to video including Slo-mo and Time-lapse.
  • Telephoto Night Mode and Night Mode Portraits – ‌Night Mode‌ can be used across all three cameras of iPhone 13 Pro for the first time. Users can also capture Night Mode portraits thanks to the LiDAR Scanner.
  • Telephoto Cinematic Mode – Cinematic Mode can be used with a Telephone lens.
  • ProRes – The Pro models also support ProRes, an advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, to offer higher color fidelity and less compression. Users will be able to capture, edit, and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes later this fall.

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