There is a lot of movement in the cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro. This already starts with the front optics, which is still based on 12 MPix, but now works with a nominally more light-sensitive aperture of f/1.9 and can use an autofocus. Even in low light, you can take pretty good selfies. Even RAW recordings are possible with the front camera, and the lens also draws from the full when it comes to video properties. Conventional videos can be recorded in UltraHD with up to 60 fps including Dolby Vision, but ProRes videos (4k @30 fps, 1,080p @60 fps) or using cinema mode are also possible.
Android users find it old hat, but Apple is using a 48 MPix sensor in the main camera for the first time, which works with pixel binning, in which four pixels are combined into one large pixel. Experience has shown that this should ensure better images in less light, but also more details in the recordings. Apple only leaves the image size selection to a limited extent to the user and always outputs a 12 MPix image. An exception is possible when using the RAW mode, where an additional 48 MPix option can be selected. In addition, the main sensor has optical image stabilization with sensor shifting, which is now in its second generation.
The recording quality knows how to please in daylight and is characterized by a balanced image composition with fine details, a warm white balance and natural-looking colors. Different levels of light are captured well in the dark, but the image processing algorithms overdo it a bit with the contrast under the noise reduction. In general, however, the iPhone still manages to capture many details in low-light scenarios, as long as the automatic function is allowed to extend the exposure time a little. Some users also report deficiencies in HDR recordings, but we have not been able to reproduce this so far.
The basis for zooming is triple optical magnification, which can use conventional optical image stabilization (OIS). With the double zoom, however, Apple uses the digital zoom of the main sensor, which in fact provides significantly better results at this zoom level than with the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 14 Pro also achieves decent results at higher magnifications, but the quality drops sharply beyond that, and at a digital magnification of 15x it is over.
The ultra wide-angle sensor still only delivers 12 MPix, so the competition often has more to offer, which can also be seen in the pictures in comparison. The automatic switching to the integrated macro mode, which can also be controlled via an optional switch, is also practical. With the iPhone 13 Pro, the colors were very different depending on the light situation between the main and macro sensors, and Apple now wants to have improved this. Which is true, but differences are still noticeable.
Video mode is said to benefit from improved image stabilization, and Cinema mode is finally available in UltraHD, albeit at a maximum of 30 fps. The mode works a little better, but small push movements of the autofocus and a shift in the focal plane can occur, especially in quiet image sequences with little movement or a clearly visible subject. In general, the camera of the iPhone 14 Pro is again characterized by a high degree of flexibility in video formats and frame rates, and Dolby Vision is always available on request. Apple still does without 8k, and an aspect ratio other than 16:9 cannot be selected either.
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