When it comes to a new iPhone, there are specific rumors from some analysts like Ming-Ci Quo. But when it comes to photography, above all there are fantasies of dreams, dreams or technological combinations. The words “dream” or “fantasy” are not exaggerations because we know that Apple is a moderate.
While some brands often do All-in, Apple is always concerned about its edges, measured in its progression, takes it step by step, improves one shot of the core volume, enhances another shot of telephoto. The telephoto lens seems to have a slightly larger sensor and brighter optics. This would be a welcome improvement. But what we want is a deluge of new features that will finally cover the Android competition. Small set of our hopes.
If the sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s core module is larger than the other iPhone 12, it is a much smaller sensor than that offered by Huawei, Xiaomi or Samsung. Will often be ahead of Apple in image quality.
A note that also applies to other camera modules. Huawei has shown the way by really burying the competition, especially with its super ultra-angle module. One area where the Chinese use sensors that are six times larger than other brands, thus producing more accurate and incredibly less noisy shots.
The iPhone 12 is not the MPIX brake because it is the target definition of our best illustrated sensors Top 10 best smartphones in photos. It has the ability to capture more photons and the granule that is not on the iPhone, 50 to 108 MPIS sensors provide very sharp images with very subtle and precise definitions.
Excellent digital noise processing
On one screen, photos of iPhones are always so beautiful, the colors are soothing, the subjects so well drawn. On the computer screen, the effect is always less famous. Defined by its optics and sensors, the size of its modules is inferior to that of many competitors. Forces its image processing crews to soften details.
Once 100% analyzed, a coloring delivers images with a deeper feel, like watercolor, with softer details without any pattern.
If part of the equation is within the dimensions of the sensor (our first preference for improvement), software processing also has a major impact on image rendering. The colors are nice, but we want more life in the pictures!
If Apple mastered the distortions and vignetting of its camera modules, it was mainly because these fixes are nowadays software. On the optical side, we have to face the facts: the “flat” nature of the iPhone displays is also in the optics. They are clean, the flaws are under control, but it doesn’t really have the punch, the punch and the character.
The Xiaomi Mi11 Pro, with its large and beautiful pieces of glass, is able to create perfect shots of leaves from the background, with branches peeled and depths exposed. Apple is a little less medical and a little (but not even) artistic.
High zoom power
Apple’s zoom was equivalent to 52mm, while Apple’s last one – hung tight – was 65mm. Not enough to eclipse or scare Huawei, Oppo, or Samsung, all of which are equivalent to 240mm. Although the 240mm is not desirable – at least it should not be the only telephoto lens – a boost on the zoom power side is welcome.
More camera modules
While telephoto zooms are starting to come slowly, the truth now is that more camera modules are needed to achieve continuous zoom power with good picture quality. With a maximum of three modules, Apple lacks the flexibility of some terminals. So I chose a small telephoto lens, which is not enough for travel, nature, etc.
Improved macro capabilities
When we compare the macro capabilities of the P30 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Mac a year and a half later, we can only be skeptical. How can Apple’s primary be so low? The main camera of millions of people, the iPhone has never benefited from the optical construction that provides remarkable proxyphotography capabilities. This can be solved with appropriate optical formulas.
Large selfie sensor
As Asian manufacturers pay more attention to the partition on the front camera module side by combining multiple modules or more limited and / or larger format sensors, Apple is more conservative. The 23mm f / 2.2 equivalent is enough, but its 12MPix definition is not very surprising and its small sensor in the 1 / 3.6 “format is really small, so not very efficient in low light.
4K exaggerated and original focal length is respected
In the camera world, the definition of 24 amp allows cameras to produce the highest quality 4K video footage. A camera like the Sony A6500 actually captures an array within 6K’s own definition and, using extra pixels, produces more detailed displays than the “native” 4K in the final release. Logical because there are still x3 pixels (refers to images of 4K 8Mpix, 6K 21 Mpix at 16/9e)
As a leader in smartphone video, especially with a much richer, more stable and functional ecosystem than Android, Apple will benefit from driving the point home by offering 6K to 4K oversampling. This is more effective than lame and it is difficult to exploit the 8K of some terminals.
Another thing Apple would like us to take a look at: preserving the original focal length in the video. If we can accept a small crop to take advantage of electronic stabilization, we want to fully capture the angle coverage of a good mechanical stabilization and optics. This crop caused by punching and sensor center capture can actually be detrimental to ultra-wide-angle shots. That is a shame.
Un Lightroom made by Apple
Last year, Apple introduced its Pro version with the iPhone 12. It not only integrates (almost) source data from the sensor, but also integrates improvements as a result of its Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, etc. algorithms. Enough to benefit from Apple’s image science and RAW information, especially useful for taking shadows and getting information in low light.
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If the photo app allows for more efficient development, we are far from lightroom. However, this is what we want: Apple software specializing in Pro is more complete than it is now. Further development templates, tool management a la Google Snapseed. And a Lightroom style interface.
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