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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max: new x3 zoom and new macro mode

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The other hardware innovation is the telephoto lens of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Apple goes
further than a "simple" x2.5 zoom and embeds … a x3 zoom, equivalent to 77mm, with an aperture
of f / 2.8.

We stay (very) far from the x5 or x10 zooms offered by the competition, but we still appreciate being
able to go further than with previous generations.

Some rumors were based on a "periscopic" lens, like the recent Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Xiaomi
Mi 11 Ultra (with the lenses placed perpendicular to the back of the smartphone). But obviously, we
will have to wait a little longer.

For its part, the ultra wide-angle (13 mm equivalent, opening at f / 1.8) offers a new macro position.
This will allow you to capture very close-up photos by placing the lens just 2 cm from the subject.

Finally, note that the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max share the same back photo module. Apple
therefore corrects the inequality introduced last year between the Pro and Pro Max versions.

Concretely, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini include:

A 12 Mpx main sensor with 1.7 µm photosites, topped by a wide-angle lens (26 mm equivalent) with
7 lenses, opening at f / 1.6, Dual Pixel AF and sensor stabilization (IBIS)
A second 12 Mpx sensor, equipped with an ultra wide-angle lens (13 mm equivalent) with 5 lenses,
opening at f / 2.4
For their part, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max include:

A 12 Mpx main sensor with 1.9 µm photosites, topped by a wide-angle lens (26 mm equivalent)
opening at f / 1.5, Dual Pixel AF and sensor stabilization (IBIS)
A 2nd 12 Mpx sensor with 1 µm photosites, equipped with a 77 mm equivalent telephoto lens
opening at f / 2.8 (3x optical zoom), with Dual Pixel AF and optical stabilization
A 3rd 12-megapixel sensor, equipped with an ultra-wide-angle lens (13mm equivalent) opening at f /
1.8 and phase detection AF
A LiDAR sensor, intended for measuring the depth of field.
New Cinematic mode: a small revolution for video on iPhone?

The real novelties introduced by Apple are at the software level. The iPhone 13 (and its 3 variants
Mini, Pro and Pro Max) benefit from a new "Cinematic" mode, available by filming with the main
sensor.

The latter creates an effect of depth of field around the subject, which can be adjusted to the envy
(similar to Portrait mode in a photo). By tapping the screen, you can choose the subject to adjust the
focus.

But Apple goes even further. Thus, the algorithms of the camera must be able to anticipate the entry
of a person in the field, and to adjust the focus in a "proactive" way – probably by using the
information acquired by the ultra wide angle. . Likewise, if the main subject turns its head towards
another subject, it automatically focuses in that direction.

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In practice, the iPhone maps the depth of space, and records this information within the video.
Therefore, it is possible to adjust the focus a posteriori, from iMovie for the iPhone. A real asset for
videographers, which we look forward to testing in the field.

Finally, note that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will soon be able to shoot in ProRes
format in 4K at 60 fps, in order to offer more latitude for video editing.

New "photographic styles" to customize the rendering of your photos as soon as they are taken
Apple is also taking the opportunity to unveil the 4th version of its Smart HDR system, which must
offer a more faithful rendering of colors and contrasts, even in the event of strong dynamics.

Beyond that, Apple unveils a new feature called “Photographic Styles”. This gives you several basic
styles (standard, vibrant colors, high contrasts, warm colors). You can then customize these different
styles as you wish, in order to model the rendering of the photos. The settings you apply are
automatically saved.

According to Apple, this function is very different from that of a filter, in that it "intelligently applies
the right settings to different parts of the photo, to preserve important elements like skin tones."
Translation: Saturation can be very pronounced for a person's clothing, but their face or hands will
not be affected.

Finally, note that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max now offer Night mode with all sensors –
including the telephoto zoom. Good thing, because the new 3x zoom's f / 2.8 aperture isn't the
brightest.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also retain the exclusivity of functions such as Deep
Fusion, capturing images in ProRAW format or even Portrait mode with advanced lighting options.

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