It’s that time of year again. Time for Apple to announce the new model of the iPhone.
The iPhone 15 was announced yesterday at an Apple event and there’s a lot to take in with the new model.
The big headline is that the iPhone once again is getting a new charging cable. This time it’s the USB-C cable that is prevalent across many devices other than iPhones — including the MacBook. Aside from that there are a few of the updates that we’ve become accustomed to over the years including a longer battery life, a more powerful processor, and a better screen. Additionally, this year, the iPhone gets an update to its dynamic island display.
For us, though, what is most important is the update to the camera system on the device. Each year, without fail, the iPhone gets an update to its camera system and this year is no different. The system varies from the standard model to the pro model. The standard will run on the A16 Bionic Chip (which the iPhone 14 Pro models ran on) and now the Pro models will run on a new A17 chip. Both promise more power to the camera to capture professional-quality photos and videos.
Like previous models, the standard model comes with two back-facing lenses and a front-facing ‘selfie’ camera. On the back side camera system, the main lens gets a massive sensor improvement from 12MP to 48MP. This will give your images and videos a much more pristine image quality when paired with the updated processor in the device. This lens has a f/1.6 aperture with optical image stabilization. The rear camera also has a 12MP ultrawide lens with an f/2.4 aperture. With both lenses, you’ll be able to record video up to 4K resolution at 60fps.
The Pro model is where the camera system is taken to the next level. Sporting three rear lenses this is the best model for capturing really high-quality video. The Pro and Pro Max have a main 48MP lens with an f/1.78 aperture with second-generation optical image stabilization for even smoother video. Also on this system is a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view and an aperture of f/2.2. While both Pro and Pro Max have a dedicated third telephoto lens, they differ from model to model. The Pro has a 12MP 3x optical telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, while the Pro Max has a 12MP 5x lens with an f/2.8 aperture. This telephoto lens is really great for capturing things at a distance and giving that cinematic depth of field. Both the Pro and Pro Max have great ones but as you can see you get a lot more with the Max version. The Pro line allows for recording in 4K at 60fps and also allows for recording ProRes video to an external storage device via USB-C which is a serious game changer for those using the phone professionally to create high-quality video content.
The iPhone has always had one of the best camera systems on the market and continues to update it year after year. The video capabilities of these devices are one of the major selling points for them and are systematically carving their way into the professional camera market. More and more producers of video are using iPhones because of their incredible ease of use, quality, and accessibility. Gone are the days of renting expensive equipment and big cameras to make video, now it’s all right there in your pocket — and getting better and better every year.