Do You Need the Latest iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Camera?

by John Mortensen

Do You Need the Latest iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Camera?

Do You Need the Latest iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Camera?

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I had an iPhone 7 until recently and believe I started with Apple in the very beginning with an iPhone 4. For me personally, I like to wait until a phone is on the market for a while before switching and really don’t care if I have a new one.

After much frustration with Apple over the iPhone 7’s factory defect that affected it’s updating ability and you can see our article on that and is named “Beware of iPhone Updates” and almost switching to a Google Pixel because of it. 

Weighing My Options?

Weighing My Options

I weighed my options and thought I would give the Google Pixel some more catch up time and depending on who you talk to that is ridiculous. (Ok take it, easy Pixel People!!)

But because I am used to Apple iPhones and probably lazy on some levels and I don’t have the time right now to learn a new system and switch. So as I was analyzing the reason to drop another “paycheck” on a smartphone, I came up with the excellent excuse that I need it for work because I take a lot of pictures.

Now I am not a professional photographer nor do I play one on tv, but in my own humble opinion, I believe I have a pretty good eye. Plus living in Alaska, one of the most beautiful and amazing places on earth, this place makes it pretty easy to make your photographs look amazing when it’s not dark.

So I Looked at These Questions When I Was Making My Decision

  1. Is the iPhone 11 Camera Worth the Cost?
  2. Is the Camera on the iPhone 11 Pro Better than the iPhone 11 camera or the iPhone 7 for that matter?
  3. Is the iPhone 11 the Ideal Camera for a Photographer?
  4. Is it better than the Google Pixel’s camera?

Improvement’s to Smartphone Cameras

Improvement’s to Smartphone Cameras

As we all know improvements to a smartphone’s camera are one of the most anticipated features of any new phone. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras do have improved capabilities compared to prior iPhone models. However, are the improvements enough to justify upgrading to a new iPhone?

I ended up buying an iPhone 11 Pro which we will describe more in the article below and the reasons. Both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro have many of the same features but you decide for yourself what is most important for you.

What Are the Newest Camera Features on the iPhone 11?

iPhone 11

The most exciting camera update to the iPhone 11 is the lens. The iPhone 11 has a new dual-lens camera, which is an advancement when compared to prior single-lens iPhone models. Here is a breakdown of the latest camera features on the iPhone 11.

Dual-Lens Including an Ultra Wide-Angle

As mentioned, the new iPhone 11 comes with two lenses. This dual-lens system offers users the standard wide-angle camera users are used to plus a new ultra-wide-angle camera.

The ultra-wide-angle camera helps you capture four times more of a scene and is perfect for landscapes, group shots, large interiors, and more. This ultra-wide-angle lens is essentially a 13mm equivalent lens. This lens provides you with the ability to capture a larger field of view than the main camera lens and can result in interesting and different perspectives.

Dual-Lens Including an Ultra Wide-Angle

Faster Focusing

Thanks to a new sensor, the new iPhone 11 camera focuses faster and more accurately than previous models, including the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 takes less time to get the right focus, which can be a lifesaver when taking action shots or trying to capture your child or pet in action.

Improved Portrait Mode

Compared to earlier models like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 provides sharper portrait pictures with less image noise and better skin tones. Additionally, pictures of your pets may also look better than with earlier iPhone versions.

Deep Fusion

Many phone cameras have trouble taking quality pictures when in medium-low interior light settings. It’s hard for cameras when there isn’t any (or very little) natural light. That said, the iPhone 11’s deep fusion technology helps you take great pictures in these medium-low light situations.

This deep fusion function helps reduce the noise and improve the details of your photo when you’re inside in medium to low light. This feature can be a photo saver since many people take pictures of friends, family, and pets using only light from inside a room.

It works by essentially taking up to nine pictures and selecting the best pixels from the different photos to create the image. This process is thanks to the A13 bionic processor chip included in all iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro models.

Apple A13 Bionic

Fortunately, this process occurs without you having to do anything other than turning off the Outside the Frame Feature (discussed below) in your phone’s Settings. Unfortunately, the deep fusion and outside the frame features can’t work at the same time. The phone will automatically decide when the deep fusion feature is needed.

You also will need iOS version 13.2 or higher. Older iPhone models that are running iOS 13.2 or higher won’t be able to utilize the deep fusion technology since earlier iPhone models do not have the A13 bionic processor chip.

One drawback currently is that the deep fusion feature does not work with the ultra-wide-angle lens. Ultra-wide pictures default to the Smart HDR function if there is enough light.

Outside the Frame Feature

Outside the Frame Feature

If you’re taking a picture with the wide-angle lens on the iPhone 11, you can use the outside the frame feature. This feature automatically captures information on what is just outside the frame of your picture using one of your phone’s other lenses. This function is useful for those situations where you accidentally cut out something from the photo.

You need to activate this feature by going to the Camera section of your iPhone’s Settings. When you use this function, you can change the crop of the photo to include the missing information by editing the picture in the phone’s Photo app. You can add in the extra information on photos that have a square icon and a star.

The outside the frame feature doesn’t work on all the photos you take. Also, if you want to take advantage of the deep fusion feature, then you’ll want to turn the outside the frame feature off. Ultimately, you likely won’t have this feature enabled all the time. However, there could be times where it is useful.

Night Mode

Night Mode

When taking pictures in low light, they often turn out grainy and have poor quality. However, the addition of night mode with the iPhone 11 changes that. Night mode brightens photos and results in pictures with less image noise. The result is a crisper, more detailed night-time photo. Plus, this all happens automatically.

The iPhone will automatically determine when night mode is needed allowing you to take photos without having to worry as much about the light. You can tell night mode is activated when you see a yellow icon at the top of the screen with a moon image and a number.

To get the best night-time photos, you will need to hold your phone steady for a few more seconds than normal, so your phone can capture all the information it needs. The number you see in the yellow icon tells you how long the phone needs to get the best picture in the current setting.

While the iPhone will automatically select what it considers the best exposure for the current light situation, you can change the exposure settings. When the yellow icon with the moon and number appear, tap the moon. A slider will appear at the bottom of your screen. If you want to turn off night mode for the picture, turn the slider all the way to the left. If you want more exposure than the iPhone is selecting, you can adjust the slider to the right.

Better Selfies

Better Selfies

If you take lots of selfies, then the new iPhone 11 camera has you covered. All iPhone 11 phones come with an improved front-facing camera that is 12 megapixels, just like the back camera. Now, this front-facing camera has a higher resolution than previous iPhone models and True Depth functioning, resulting in better quality selfies.

What Additional Camera Features are on the iPhone 11 Pro Models?

The iPhone 11 Pro models have all of the same camera features as the iPhone 11 base model. The primary difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max is the addition of the triple-lens, which is available on both of the pro models.

Triple-Lens That Includes the Telephoto Lens

Triple-Lens That Includes the Telephoto Lens

The cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the same. The only difference between these two models is the size of the screen. The Pro Max screen is bigger than the Pro.

The triple-lens feature has the same lens as the iPhone 11 plus an additional telephoto lens. The telephoto lens helps you zoom in closer to distant objects.

The outside of the frame function also works with pictures taken with the wide-angle or telephoto features on the iPhone 11 Pro models.

Additional Portrait Mode Features

The telephoto and wide-angle lens work with the portrait mode on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras. The telephoto lens can help you capture amazing portrait photos since you won’t get the distortion you sometimes can get with a wide-angle lens.

To use it, swipe over to the portrait mode and tap either the 1x or 2x icons to zoom in or out. This improved feature can work great even for shots where you have more than one person in the scene.

So Why Did I Change From an iPhone 7 Red to an iPhone 11 Pro?

My first hands-on experience was when I was in the Apple Store in Anchorage Alaska and they were looking at my iPhone 7 IOS 13 update problem. Just a short 41/2 hour drive from Homer Alaska to get your iPhone serviced in rural Alaska but that is another story and no hard feelings.

The very Nice Apple Genius was showing me his new iPhone 11 Pro and how it was better than my iPhone 7 and especially the camera he said. He showed me a picture of his brother who he casually had snapped a picture of in the front seat of his car when they were going somewhere together.

I can tell you that it was the clearest amazing picture I had ever seen from any kind of camera.

Have You Seen the Camera?

Have You Seen the Camera?

Geek Alert - Have you actually seen the camera on the back of the iPhone 11? This is actually a true biological event when one of your geek genetic alleles kicks in. The alternative form of a gene that arises by mutation. This happens when geeks see something so new, cool, and amazing that they mortgage the farm to get one. That’s what happened to me.

Plus it comes in Midnight Green and I know that is the color under my phone case and even though no one can see it, “feels” environmental.

Will the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Camera Replace Your Digital Camera?

In all seriousness, it depends. If you’re a professional photographer who is used to the latest in digital camera technology, then it’s unlikely the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro camera will do everything at the level you are used to having.

 Will the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Camera Replace Your Digital Camera

That said, if you are an amateur photographer or simply someone who takes lots of pictures—whether for your small business, social media feeds, or for your family—then the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras may be the perfect solution for you.

These new cameras take better pictures than previous iPhone models and compare to many digital cameras on the market and are better than many of them. They allow for better night time pictures, wider angles, and more.

Additionally, since most people always have their phones with them, you can be assured you’ll get a quality picture anytime you want and when that perfect sunset shot shows up.

Is the iPhone 11 Camera Worth Upgrading?

If you enjoy the ability to take great photos conveniently with your phone, then upgrading to the iPhone 11 camera system may make sense for you. The iPhone 11 cameras can be great for small business owners who take their own pictures for websites like I did with all of the pictures in this article or social media as well as for people who take frequent photos of family, friends, or pets.

Is the iPhone 11 Camera Worth Upgrading

If you are upgrading, the hardest part may be deciding which iPhone 11 model is best for you. If you want the very best camera with all the features, then choosing either of the iPhone Pro models is the best choice for you. However, if you don’t need all the extras, then the iPhone 11 will still provide you with a quality, improved camera for less money than the iPhone Pro.

You’ll also need to consider how important the size of the phone is to you. Some people prefer the slightly smaller size of the iPhone 11 compared to the Pro models. For some, it’s easier to hold and easier to carry with them. However, others prefer to have the largest screen and battery life possible. In that case, the iPhone 11 Pro Max may be the best option for you.

The Story of The Smartphone

The story of the Smartphone is so amazing and interesting it would be hard to make this entire narrative up. It is so intricately entwined in the ingenuity of humanity and the necessity to continue to discover and grow as a species. There is always hope!

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