We compare the cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS
The iPhone 11 Pro has triple rear cameras night mode and a brand new selfie camera.
But, how much better is it at taking photos and videos than last year's iPhone?
Let's find out.
Now this isn't your regular camera shoot out, largely because the iPhone 11 Pro has features that are well just not found on the iPhone XS.
The first thing you'll notice when you pick up the iPhone 11 Pro is that there are three cameras on the back.
Instead of the two cameras found on the iPhone 10S.
The newest camera is an ultra wide 13 millimeter lens equivalent and it's just a damn blast to use Now if the regular wide-angle camera on the iPhone is like a business suit, and the telephoto lens is kind of like a sports blazer, then the ultra-wide lens is the equivalent of a Hawaiian shirt.
It's obviously different Apart from the other cameras and it will definitely change the way you shoot.
Now this won't be your go to everyday lens but it can be both handy for small spaces as well as, well, make you feel it all artistic, kind of changing the drama of a mundane scene.
Apple did a great job at balancing the distortion of the lens.
There's a little which you want because, well, it's an ultra wide lens But it's not horrible.
I found myself finding different lines and angles to make my subjects look larger than life.
And best of all, you can use the ultra wide angle to film video.
I mean, just, here, take a look at these spinning trees.
In fact, during recording, you can switch lenses.
Seriously, try zooming in with a two times telephoto lens and the tapping the 0.5 ultra wide button and it just zoom you're right back out pretty amazing.
I should mention that you'd have to find a place for your fingers when you're using the ultra wide camera.
Several times my fingers make cameos on the edges and sides of my photos, so you don't wanna do that.
Obviously the iPhone Xs does not have an ultra wide camera.
So there's really nothing to compare it to the other phone.
And to be honest.
The only update this year was the addition of ultra wide camera I don't think it'd be worth upgrading from an iPhone XS to an iPhone 11 Pro.
And that brings me to my second favorite feature on the iPhone 11 Pro, Night Mode.
Now as strong as the iPhone has been at photography and shooting videos of the years, one weakness has always been low light photography.
So if I was out with friends at a bar, it was nice and cozy, dim lighting, and I went to take a photo, the iPhone's noise reduction would help a photo as much as it would hurt it.
Photo I took from the iPhone XS would sometimes look almost like a painting, especially if I cropped in.
But night mode changes everything.
It can brighten photos, reduce image noise, and best of all, it does it all automatically.
The way it works is when you open up the default camera app, the iPhone will determine if it's dark enough to go into night mode.
At this time, there's not a manual way to trigger the mode.
Night mode uses adaptive bracketing.
It takes a series of photos some of the longer shutter speeds and others are shorter ones.
The iPhone 11 Pro then fuses all the photos together to reduce motion blur and brighten shadows.
When I hand held the iPhone for night mode shots, the sequence would take about three to five seconds.
When I put the iPhone on a tripod I got a ten second time and I was even able to override that manually for a 28 second night mode shot.
I took photos of the tree of my backyard that was in complete darkness.
Now, here is the one I took with the Iphone 10s which does not have night mood.
And here is the one from the IPhone 11 pro with night mood.
[LAUGH] Yeah, in there lines you see in the bottom right Yeah, that was when an airplane flew over during the capture process while the iPhone is taking photos in night mode the viewfinder dims and slowly brightens as the capture sequence goes on the final photo always looks better than the live preview now as exciting as night mode or the ultra wide camera is the biggest change the iPhone 11 Pros camera.
Is also one of the most subtle.
The iPhone XS uses smart HDR to make photos look better.
However, in a lot of situations, colors and white balance were not accurate.
Blue skies would just look off, and sometimes smart HDR reduced the contrast so much that images looked flat.
The iPhone 11 Pro has the new version, which seems less aggressive.
Notice the difference in the yellow paint on the Jeep.
The photo from the Xs reduces the highlights on the truck and makes the yellow paint look almost like a matte finish.
And this photo of a donut you can see how the iPhone 10s image looks well a little flat.
The 11 Pro has a bit more pop.
Now notice that natural Boca of each of the lenses on the wide angle cameras The bokeh, with the blurred out background, on the 11 Pro is buttery and smooth, while on the XS it's a bit more crunchy.
Another kink on the 11 Pro is the telephoto camera.
Its 52-millimeter equivalent lens now has an F stop of F2, which lets in a little bit more light.
This compared to the 52-millimeter equivalent F2.4 camera On the iPhone XS.
Like the [INAUDIBLE] of Smart HDR, these are not always the most obvious.
Notice the shadows in the picture from the iPhone XS, and how they are darker than those on the 11 Pro?
Next, look at the colors of the sky.
The Smart HDR in the XS makes the sky this weird shade of blue.
While the smart HDR in the iPhone 11 pro renders the sky more true to life.
In terms of portrait mode on both iPhones they're about equal.
Portrait mode photos from the iPhone 10s seem to pull off the cut out and edge blending better than the iPhone 11 And Pro but a new feature that I'm enamored about is called high key motto, which stimulates a black and white studio photo taken against a white background.
what's crazy is you'd never know I was in my living room when I took these photos.
Media from the iPhone 11 Pro doesn't look drastically different than that from the iPhone XS.
If anything, the colors are a little less punchy and more true to life.
And I like that.
However, the iPhone XS introduced extended dynamic range, which helped keep highlights from blowing out to white, and shadows from turning black.
It worked in all resolutions and frame rates except 4K 60 frames per second.
The iPhone 11 Pro now includes extended dynamic range for 4K 60 frames per second.
I shot videos at that frame rate and resolution from both phones on a sunny day and the video from the iPhone 10S The sun is blown out to white and there's basically a large white blob where the sun would be the iPhone 11 pros video handled the sun much better.
And like photos.
My favorite new thing is that you can shoot videos with that ultra wide world.
Movements become much more dramatic when you pen across a bunch of trees in the Presidio, the iPhone 10 s had the best video capture on any phone and the iPhone 11 Pro just refines that further.
And then there's the selfie camera the iPhone 11pro marks the first time that all the cameras on the front and back are at the same level.
They all have 12 megapixel sensors and can record 4K video and slow motion.
Check out the Selfies.
I took the one from the iPhone 11 pro has better colors that are more true to life while the one from the iPhone 10s looks a bit dull.
Selfie videos are improved too, video from the iPhone 11 Pro selfie camera is sharper with better colors than the iPhone Xs.
And yes I did try the horribly named feature, slofies.
Okay they were fun but I can't imagine actually using this feature ever again, unless I was like a 12 year old.
At the end of the day I really enjoy the iPhone 11 Pro's ultra wide camera.
But it's actually a small improvements to smart HDR, the new selfie camera and night mode that I think make this the best camera system ever on an iPhone.
Now if you already have an iPhone 10S, and you're really into photos and videos, I do think you should consider upgrading to the iPhone 11 Pro
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