The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can take sharper photos and videos with several camera upgrades, according to new rumors – but the improvements might not come from the low-end iPhone 13 handsets.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max cameras would improve their ultra-wide cameras by adding optical image stabilization (OIS) and sensor-shift autofocus, sources said. Digitimes.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max was the first iPhone to pair its main camera with the Sensor-Shift OIS, which moves the sensor instead of the lens, resulting in sharper photos, such as MacRumors points out. It’s unclear if the same upgrade will be made to the iPhone 13 Pro’s main camera, but increasing the 13 Pro and Pro Max ultra-wide cameras with sensor-shift OIS should result in sharper photos. when using this lens.
Let’s go through all the iPhone 13 camera rumors, okay?
You’ve probably read several stories about the best iPhone 13 cameras, but here’s a review in case they seem so incremental and / or technical you can’t remember them.
There are rumors that apply to all iPhone 13 models, such as the one suggesting that the front sensor suite combine infrared camera and dot projector in one module, resulting in a smaller notch. Two different reports suggest that ultra-wide cameras will go from f / 2.4 apertures in the iPhone 12 range to f / 1.8 in the iPhone 13 handsets, allowing for better low-light performance – although a rumor suggests it’s coming to all four 2021 phones, and the other says it’s just heading for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
Some of the upgrades we’ve heard are only for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models. These include the ultra-wide rumor above, as well as those suggesting that their primary targets will be increased in size. Another suggests iPhone 13 Pro will get better telephoto, improving on the f / 2.0 equivalent, 52mm focal length shooter of its predecessor by replacing it with the f / 2.2 equivalent, 65mm focal length camera that came in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In simpler terms: extend optical zoom from 2x to 2.5x.
Other rumors suggest that perks currently in the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are coming to the low-end iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Of them rumors to suggest LiDar will be added to more affordable phones, along with the extension of sensor-displacement OIS to cameras (likely only the main camera) in all four iPhone 13 models.
And there are the pie-in-the-sky rumors, like the one that came out in May 2020 (before the iPhone 12 was released) affirming the iPhone 13 will carry a 64MP primary lens, a 40MP telephoto lens with 3x-5x optical zoom and 15x-20x digital zoom, a 40MP ultra-wide lens and even a 64MP anamorphic lens for shooting in 2.1: 1 format. Compare that to the ‘iPhone 12, which packs a 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide, no telephoto and certainly no anamorphic lens. Yeah.
These are the biggest rumors, but as you can see they suggest very gradual improvements that could result in better photos. Even if implemented, it would likely be difficult for consumers to see the difference – but if we get enough upgrades in the iPhone 13, its photo capabilities just might be better.