IPhone 13 Camera Rumors: The Specs And Upgrades We’ll Likely To See

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Apples iPhone 12 Pro Max has an amazing multiple camera setup capable of taking stunning professional quality photos. with a superb night mode and a new one ProRaw image format for great editing opportunities. Even the most affordable iPhone 12 can take great shots and shows Apple’s commitment to providing excellent imaging capabilities in its phones. The longer zoom and the addition of ProRaw on the Pro Max means this camera can take photos that give traditional DSLRs a run for their money. So what can we expect from the cameras on Apple’s next phone, iPhone 13?

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Improved wide angle

The biggest rumor at the moment is an improvement to the super wide angle lens. At the moment, the super wide aperture on the iPhone 12 is f2.4, but a report seen by MacRumors suggests that the aperture will be f1.8 on the following model. The smaller the aperture number, the more light the lens lets in, resulting in better quality images, especially in low light conditions. The report also suggests that this upgrade will be common across all iPhone 13 models, not just the more expensive Pro line.

Night mode already looks great on the iPhone 12 with its normal lens, but as we found out in our test against the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Pixel 5, the iPhone 12 Pro Max does not do well at taking super-wide night photos. Hopefully this boost would allow this broad goal to keep pace with the others.


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12 Pro Max specs on cheaper phones

The above report also suggested that some of the specs of the current high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max would be moved down the range on the standard iPhone 13 and Pro. In particular, the 2.5x longer telephoto zoom.

It is also possible that the lidar function for improved depth detection – currently only available on 12 Pro models – will be available on the entire iPhone 13 range.

A bigger camera bump

Diagrams seen by MacRumors suggest that the camera “bump” that surrounds the current iPhone 12 lineup lenses will be thicker. This would allow the lenses to sit flush with the surface, rather than protruding like they currently do. While this may be purely for aesthetic reasons, it may be in part to allow the wider aperture and sensor offset stabilization that can be added to the super-wide lens.


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The diagrams also suggest that the size increase will be common on both the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, which may indicate that both phones will feature an identical camera setup, delivering premier photography performance. order, whatever size you choose. It would be a welcome change for photographers – myself included – who want the best possible picture quality, but prefer to have a smaller phone in their pocket.

No big surprises

There aren’t any credible rumors right now that speak of any drastic changes to the camera, so it’s safe to assume that the overall triple-lens setup will stay pretty much the same. It’s really no surprise; Apple has just fine-tuned its telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max, so it’s unlikely to replace it right away with, say, a 10x zoom (despite Samsung S21 Ultra kick iPhone ass while zooming). That said, an early rumor suggested we might see a longer “periscope zoom” on the iPhone, but that might not, if at all, show up until 2022.

But we’ll keep an eye out for the rumor and update this article with the most credible reports as they arise.

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