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I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

Apples new Pro phones have a bunch of camera upgrades. I took over 600 photos with the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Take a look at some of my favorite ones.

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Patrick Holland
Patrick Holland has been a phone reviewer for CNET since 2016. He is a former theater director who occasionally makes short films. Patrick has an eye for photography and a passion for everything mobile. He is a colorful raconteur who will guide you through the ever-changing, fast-paced world of phones, especially the iPhone and iOS. He used to co-host CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast and interviewed guests like Jeff Goldblum, Alfre Woodard, Stephen Merchant, Sam Jay, Edgar Wright and Roy Wood Jr.
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The Manhattan bridge
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iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max

The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are defined by their refinements. This pair of phones is one of the most compelling camera upgrades from Apple in years.

The 15 Pro has a tried and true 3x telephoto camera like previous models. But the 15 Pro Max has a new 5x telephoto camera that's made with multiple prisms and some clever engineering.

This was taken with the iPhone 15 Pro Max's 5x zoom camera.

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One nifty addition to both phones is the ability to change the focus after you take a portrait photo. Check out this '90s grunge band photo of me and my pal Beacham. I can change the focus from me to him after I take the picture. This is going to be a killer feature for parents.

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This was taken with the iPhone 15 Pro Max's 5x zoom camera which also has a 3D sensor-shift optical image stabilization system that helps with shaky hands.

Ferry boat
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I took this with the 5x zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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A night mode snap from the iPhone 15 Pro at 2x.

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The main camera's sensor on both phones is larger helping it capture brighter photos in low light with less image noise, like this one of a Boring Clam.

A man filming video
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Just CNET's Celso Bulgatti filming footage for our iPhone review. I took this with the 15 Pro's main camera.

sunset at airport
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I took this with the 5x zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Lens flares and haloes are improved but still show up in some photos.

black cat
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This was taken with the iPhone 15 Pro's main camera.

People dining outdoors
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A 5x zoom photo from the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Salesforce Tower on the horizon
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Another 5x zoom photo from the 15 Pro Max of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Old building in San Francisco
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I took this with the 5x zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Chocolate croissants
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Chocolate croissants captured with the iPhone 15 Pro's main camera.

Katz's Deli
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Here's New York's Katz's Deli taken with the iPhone 15 Pro at 1x.

Katz's Deli even closer
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And here it is at 2x.

Gray cat sleeping on chair
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A lazy cat caught in the act of being lazy with the iPhone 15 Pro Max at 5x.

San Francisco city hall
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I used 2x on the 15 Pro's main camera to take this photo.

People walking at sunset
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An iPhone 15 Pro Max photo at 5x at taken at sunset.

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Here's a photo from the 15 Pro's main camera.

Statue of Liberty
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I snagged this shot of the Statue of Liberty with the 15 Pro Max at 7x digital zoom.

Early morning bridge
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I took this with the 5x zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

the top of Salesforce tower
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Another 5x zoom from the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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A 1x photo of a comfy cat from the 15 Pro Max's main camera.

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An ultra wide photo from the the 15 Pro.

Empire State building
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A night mode snap from the 15 Pro.

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Another night mode photo from the 15 Pro.

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The 15 Pro's main camera expertly grabbed this photo of a penguin.

A lady smiling
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Here's another 15 Pro main camera image, this time of CNET's Mariel Meyers.

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Sneaker snap courtesy of the iPhone 15 Pro's main camera.

Water tower on roof
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I took this with 8x digital zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

yellow jeep
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Here's a photo from the 15 Pro max's 5x camera.

Man rolling sleeves up
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And here's another photo from the 15 Pro max's 5x camera.

Nike sneaker
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Look at the denim texture in this 15 Pro pic from the main camera.

Street art
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I took this with the 5x zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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