The iPhone 13 and 13 mini received several significant updates, including new cameras, a bigger
battery, more storage, and a brighter display. The iPhone 13 takes all the strengths of last year's
excellent iPhone 12 lineup. Some will be disappointed because it is not drastically different from the
previous models, but that is part of its charm. Familiarity is one of the keys to iPhone success.
The iPhone 13 is offered from 909 euros and the 13 mini at 809 euros with 128 GB of storage.
We find the flat-edged design of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini. Both models come in five colors: blue,
starlight, red, midnight and pink.
The iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch screen and the 13 mini has a 5.4-inch display. It is an OLED panel, like on
the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.
Apart from the colors, there are two notable design changes. The rear photo module houses the two
lenses arranged diagonally. The other difference is that the notch is thinner. But it is still there.
Apart from that, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini have a ceramic coating (Ceramic Shield) that covers the
screen and are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, which means they can survive an
immersion of 6 meters for 30 minutes.
Both phones are heavier, but we didn't notice this until reading the spec sheet. The extra 7-10 grams
come from the larger battery. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini had no trouble holding up for a day on a
single charge in our testing.
The iPhone 13 benefits from several important camera improvements. The wide-angle lens has a
larger sensor and an optical stabilization system. To give you an idea, the iPhone 13's main camera
sensor has the same pixel size as that of last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max, which had the largest sensor
at the time. on an iPhone. The ultra-wide-angle lens, for its part, has a new sensor that allows it to
collect more light. In use, these updates didn't change our experience, but we did notice the
improvements. There is less noise in photos taken in average lighting. And the ultra wide angle is
better in low light conditions.
The Cinematic mode of the iPhone 13 is a real treat
One of the most anticipated new features is Cinematic Mode. It's a bit like Portrait mode for video.
But while Portrait mode applies out-of-focus artistic blur only to the background, Cinematic mode
can focus from one subject to another. The effect is spectacular. To achieve this, Cinematic Mode
uses both rear cameras stereoscopically to capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The iPhone
can choose who to focus on and when to switch it to someone else, and you can also change the
focus while recording. Best of all, after recording a video, it is possible to change the focus, change
the time of focus from person to person, and adjust the aperture to increase or decrease the depth
of field. .
There are a few limits to be aware of. First of all, you can't use Cinematic mode when it's dark. Then,
editing a cinematic video is fairly straightforward, but the keyframe controls where you can intervene
in focus are small.
IPhone 13 lets you customize the way it takes photos
Another cool addition is Photography Styles, which allows you to change the way the camera
processes shots to suit your preferences. There are four styles: Vivid, Intense Contrast, Hot, and Cool.
These are not filters added after the fact, they apply directly to the settings level.
“Choose the Vivid style for bright, vibrant photos. Intense contrast for deeper shadows and richer
colors. Hot or Cold to accentuate the golden or bluish tones, ”explains Apple.
For example, if you are used to editing your photos to add contrast after taking them, go for the High
Contrast style. The phone will not just increase the contrast over the entire photo, it will analyze the
subject and apply the style selectively. If you use the Warm style, the subject's skin will not be
orange. IPhone will add warm tones to other parts of the photo. Of course, you can also do without
these styles and use the standard photo mode.
The new A15 Bionic chip
The A15 B chipionic is at the origin of all these feats of the camera and everything that can be done
with the iPhone 13. During our test, it was very efficient for games, video editing and photo,
FaceTime calls and augmented reality apps. The A15 SoC on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini has a four-
core GPU while the A15 on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max has a five-core GPU. In use, we could not tell
the difference. On the other hand, this is the case on the test benches. All four models scored the
same on GeekBench 5, but the Pro models scored higher on the 3D Mark performance test.
We still need to deepen our battery life tests and camera reviews. But we can already say that the
iPhone 13 is a very good smartphone that most people will be happy to use for the next few years.