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iPhone 14 Pro camera is a huge leap, says Halide

iPhone 14 Pro camera

Lux, the makers of the popular camera app Halide, have published their annual review of the iPhone's camera, testing the iPhone 14 Pro and its new capabilities.

Sebastiaan de With examined every aspect of the front and rear cameras on Apple's new Pro iPhones. Each one comes with improvements to software processing, image quality, and sensors.

For the front camera, Apple hid the lens with a new Dynamic Island that replaces the notch on older iPhones. De With wrote that the iPhone 14 Pro's front camera captured sharp images with better dynamic range and detail than the iPhone 13 Pro.

Thanks to the Photonic Engine, Apple's term for its computational photography process, the camera delivers better results for mixed lighting or backlit subjects.

The sensor is larger and has a variable focus that applies a slight background blur behind the subject. It maintains focus at short distances to create a depth-of-field effect with a close-up subject against its background.

De With didn't expect significant changes to the ultra-wide camera on the rear of the iPhone 14 Pro but was pleasantly surprised during testing. It has a bigger sensor, a new lens design, and higher ISO sensitivity to capture better photos in dark environments.

The primary wide camera of the iPhone 14 Pro is equipped to capture 48-megapixel images using ProRAW. Thanks to the larger sensor, de With says the wide camera saw a 33% improvement in photography.

But what Apple has delivered in the iPhone 14 Pro is a camera that performs in all ways closer to a proper' camera than any phone ever has. At times, it can capture images that truly render unlike a phone camera — instead, they are what I would consider a real photo, not from a phone, but from a camera.
That's a huge leap for all of us with an iPhone in our pocket.

Readers can find the full writeup on Lux's website.

AppleInsider published a review of the iPhone 14 Pro in September, and concur that it has excellent camera capabilities. Sensors, "Quad Pixels," optical image stabilization, and more bring improvements to photography and videography.