The iPhone 13 has some of the best specs of any iPhone to date. Its camera has unquestionably received the biggest upgrade and comes with some exciting new features like cinematic mode and macro mode.
Read on to learn about the various iPhone 13 camera features that will boost your photography and videography game.
What does the iPhone 13 camera look like?
When it comes to camera hardware, we can divide the differences into two categories: iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 category would include the iPhone mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro would include the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 models sport two camera lenses: a 12MP wide lens and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. The cameras are placed diagonally, while the iPhone 12 had both cameras aligned vertically. The wide-angle lens has an aperture of f/1.6, while the ultra-wide has an aperture of f/2.4.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have three lenses instead: the two original ones, plus an f/2.8 telephoto lens. The telephoto lens has 3x optical zoom, not available on the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13. The wide and ultra-wide lens apertures are also different, with an f/1.5 wide lens and an ultra-wide lens wide f/1.8.
With that in mind, there are some notable differences in the camera software for all models in the iPhone 13 series, with some features only found in the Pro versions. Below is a list of new features not found in iPhones before Series 13 and a brief description of each.
4. Cinematic mode
Probably the most popular feature since the launch of the iPhone 13, Cinematic Mode is available on all iPhone 13 models. If you’re a videographer, this one will be a game-changer for you.
Cinematic Mode is a great feature that allows you to seamlessly shift focus from subject to subject while moving your camera. You can instantly switch focus from a subject close to the camera to one in the background, or vice versa.
The iPhone will do this automatically for you while you record, or you can manually jump from point to point yourself. You can also lock focus on a subject, allowing you to move around and record from different angles without the focus changing.
The cinematic mode of iPhone 13 is quite professional, allowing you to experiment with your videography skills. Moreover, you can easily learn how to use cinematic mode on your iPhone. It’s still relatively new and doesn’t yet compete with professional filmmaking, but it’s on its way.
Macro photography is only found on the iPhone 13 Pro models, so iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 users won’t get this feature. This is due to the better sensors and wider apertures of the ultra-wide lens of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
Macro mode lets you take close-up shots from less than 2cm, with sharp focus. And what’s more, this feature goes beyond photography as you can also use the macro mode to shoot videos.
There’s no specific option you need to select for macro photography, so it’s pretty easy to learn how to take macro shots. Your iPhone will automatically switch to the ultra-wide lens when you get close enough to a subject. However, when recording video, you can manually select the ultra-wide camera and focus on a closer subject.
You can toggle automatic macro switching in your iPhone settings. This way, you can get close to a subject and press a button in the Camera app to control whether or not you want to enable macro mode.
2. Photographic Styles
This feature allows you to customize and edit your photos without much hassle. It is found on all iPhone 13 models. Photographic Styles allow you to choose a preset filter or tone according to your preferences. Options like Rich contrast, Vibrant, Warmand Cool exist to choose. You can also set the Your and Heat settings to see what the intensity looks like
better. When you’re done, give your photography style a name and use it. You can configure multiple photography styles and test which one works best with which scenario. It’s like creating your own set of filters that you can use in place of the existing ones.
However, you must set your photography style before taking a photo, as you cannot apply the exact style after taking it.
ProRes is only available for iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models and is only available with Video mode in the Camera app. You cannot use it with Cinematic, Time-Lapse or Slo-Mo mode. You can record ProRes videos on your iPhone 13 Pro by selecting it in Settings.
Apple introduced ProRes in 2007, but this is the first time you’ll see it on an iPhone. The inner workings of the ProRes video format is a bit difficult to understand. However, in the simplest terms, ProRes will let you shoot high-resolution video in a compressed format that allows for flexible editing in Photos, iMovie, and professional software.
It is mainly beneficial for filmmakers, video makers, and videographers who use industry-grade software to edit their videos. While this format already existed for editors and videographers, the addition of ProRes to iPhone 13 will make editing and recording high-quality videos much easier and more accessible to regular users.
It’s the best camera on an iPhone yet
You may not have seen many significant differences on the surface, but the iPhone 13 series has some major camera upgrades over its predecessors. Better quality, better resolution, wider apertures, the best sensors in an iPhone to date, and multiple videography features make this a smartphone camera to be reckoned with.