iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr Cameras: What is new!

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr Cameras

Apple improved the iPhone cameras. But what do specifications look like on the three 2018 iPhones? All about the improvements of the iPhone 2018 camera and the new photo features that you can now use!

2018 iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr cameras: the biggest improvements


Apple improves the camera with every new iPhone. With the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, Apple even speaks of a ‘new era for photography’. What are the biggest improvements? In any case, it is not about more megapixels but the more intelligent use of technology and software. Everything is aimed at making you even more beautiful pictures than with previous iPhones.

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Smart HDR

Apple turns on the power of the new 7-nanometer A12 Bionic processor to make you get more beautiful pictures. Use is made here of machine learning and the improved Neural Engine. This is apparent, for example, from Smart HDR. Previously you could make HDR photos on the iPhone, where several photos were taken in a shorter time. The iPhone then combined it into a single image in which dark and light parts were nicely tuned to each other. With Smart HDR, the improved and faster Image Signal Processor (ISP) is used to shoot more images in a shorter time. Then the chip combines the elements of it into a better photo. The Smart HDR feature is available on all three new iPhone 2018 models. The delay of the shutter is negligible and the ISP needs less time to shoot more images. With better photos.

More control over your images

Apple already introduced photos with bokeh or depth effects for the iPhone 7 Plus. This has been further improved with the 2018 iPhones, with sharper details in the foreground and better blur of the background. What is special is that you can also adjust the bokeh effect afterward and that you can even change the depth of the shave. This was already possible on some Android devices from Samsung and Motorola, but the result was often disappointing. Apple is known for its excellent camera features, so we hope this works better.

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Depth effect from a single lens

The iPhone XR does not have a double lens at the back, but you can still take photos with depth. Apple has created a special software for this purpose, making it possible to create a depth segmentation with a single lens. Google did this earlier at the Pixel 2 and it appears to work very well. With the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 you could also get a depth effect with some effort, but the portrait function was officially still missing.

This goes a step further with the iPhone XR. You can also make portraits here and have access to portrait lighting. You can choose from the effects of Natural Light, Studio Light and Contour Light. The two options for Stage Light are missing. The most beautiful portraits you get with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which have all five options for portrait exposure and which, in addition to the 12-megapixel f / 1.8 wide angle lens, also have a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens. The iPhone XR does not have 2x optical zoom, the XS models do.

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Better photos in low light

Apple says every year that photography has improved in moderate light. Users often see it as a matter of course, but it can still have a major impact on the quality of your photos. With the 2018 iPhones, the 12-megapixel camera, the f / 1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and the larger image sensor ensure that you can take better quality photos when the lighting conditions are difficult.

Better videos

With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X you could make 4K videos and that goes even further with the latest iPhones. This is due to the larger image sensor for more light in moderate conditions. If you record videos at 30 frames per second instead of 60, the dynamic range increases. This ensures that more details are visible. This is reflected in the improved HDR display on the screens of the three 2018 iPhones. Also useful to know: you can now record stereo sound for videos on the XS models.

Faster Face ID with TrueDepth

A feature that has to do with the camera, but is not directly intended for taking photos and videos is Face ID. Thanks to a faster A12 chip and better algorithms, your face is recognized even faster by the TrueDepth camera. This applies to all 2018 iPhones. Unfortunately, it is not possible this year to use Face ID horizontally when you are in bed or your device in landscape mode.

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Portrait exposure on all iPhones

Because all three 2018 iPhones get TrueDepth, portrait exposure for selfies works on all of these devices. Portrait lighting was released last year as a beta on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus as a way to separate the person in the foreground from the background. This looks even more realistic on the new devices. That concludes the biggest improvement on the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr Cameras

2018 Phones

Does that all sound great if you want to buy the iPhone Xs or iPhone Xr? Note that the iPhone 2018 pre-order starts on September 14th. To prepare you it is good to study the iPhone 2018 prizes, because they are quite different this year!

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