Taking hundreds of photos to find all major issues with new iPhone cameras; Android can help Apple!

It can be said that the iPhone camera has many problems…

Apple uses tiny sensors. There is no pro mode for better control over the image. The iPhone can make people look orange (or blue). The ultra-wide and zoom cameras are not as good as the main cameras, and so on…

But that aside, I would say that the problem I have with the iPhone camera is a bit more specific, or more “technical”, but at the same time simply related to “how pictures look”…

The way I see it, the iPhone camera “problem” goes back to the very reason I decided to take pictures. And then, well… the end result often doesn’t match the initial depiction of what you were seeing/exactly why we decided this was a moment worth capturing, preserving, and celebrating.

If this doesn’t make sense to you, I’ll be more specific (how I do it) by looking at some sample photos I took (and edited). So what is the “real” problem with the iPhone camera, and how can you hit the Edit button in the Photos app and fix it in seconds?

Here’s my take…

The real problem with the iPhone 13, iPhone 14 cameras is related to Apple’s general philosophy on photography

As alluded to, the real problem with the iPhone camera (at least in my view) is ultimately that Apple doesn’t give you much control over your photos (before you snap them)!

instead of, iPhone 13 mini and As an iPhone 14 Pro user (all of the photos you’ll see were taken with an iPhone 13 mini, and I like to carry my iPhone 13 mini around), I’ve gained an understanding of Apple’s “good photography” and am Ha… you have to deal with it. .

  • iPhone photos are often too bright, resulting in a washed-out appearance and an erroneous depiction of the scene.

  • With aggressive HDR, iPhone photos look very flat and lifeless, lacking the “drama” that “real” cameras often provide. Technically, this is due to the fact that the iPhone wants the highlights (the bright parts of the image) and the shadows (the dark parts of the photo) to be close together, rather than trying to separate them in a genuine way.

  • Related to the last point, and on the other side of the spectrum, the iPhone’s HDR often fails to stack images properly.

  • Over-sharpness – Perhaps the most recognizable problem with the iPhone’s camera has been around for a couple of generations. Unless you’re shooting in RAW/48MP mode (if you can afford it), trees, branches, buildings (or anything with distinct textures) look much sharper than you’d expect.

Take “real” photos with iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14! Editing takes 30 seconds.I took hundreds of photos to confirm

How to take DSLR-like photos with your iPhone? It’s easy! After pressing the edit button in the photo app, take a photo and play around with the settings. Here’s what usually makes my photos look more realistic and “real”.

  • dial back brilliance About 30-60% (highly recommended)
  • dial down Luminance About 20-40% (highly recommended)
  • reduce noise About 15-25% (recommended for photos that have a lot of texture and can look overly sharp)
  • addition vignette Stylistic look (recommended for a more authentic ‘camera’ look and where you need to recapture the ‘drama’ of a scene)

I took hundreds of photos and edited them to make them look better and more authentic (original photo on the left, edited on the right)

Apple, please provide more serious shooting modes. Let’s turn off HDR and change the iPhone 15 lens supplier

As you can see, the iPhone photo features live up to the promise. High brightness, added sharpness, and inconsistent HDR. As I said at the beginning, this usually leads to pictures that are more “lifeless” than they look. Wrong Not only from reality it often looks…worse.

There was little need to add vibrancy to the photos on my iPhone like the edits I originally suggested. In 95% of cases, simply lowering the brightness and brilliance of a photo automatically restored some of the colors in the photo. What’s interesting is that there are actually smartphones on the market right now that can take pictures the way I like or just like the iPhone. This phone Xiaomi 13 Pro (also Xiaomi 12S Ultra which offers the same experience). This is not a Xiaomi 13 Pro, so I won’t go into too much detail, but his Leica Authentic Mode inside the camera app of this device is what sets it apart from other packs (pixel 7, Galaxy S22, iPhone 14).

What Xiaomi is doing now is exactly what I envision for the future of smartphone cameras. Provides users with several options for photo styles. This is very different from filters as they are not placed on top of the photo. photos you take.

New iPhone 15 Camera Rumors and Photo Styles – Right Direction

But wait, the iPhone doesn’t have… photo styles?

Yes, and yes, they help! However, they are far from making the photo look natural. For example, Photo Styles don’t let you tweak highlights and shadows separately or reduce the artificial sharpness of a photo.

anyway the rumor According to the iPhone 15, Apple is switching to using a new/better Sony sensor that can improve HDR.

Better hardware and Photographic Styles are certainly the right direction, but I think Apple should double down and make Photographic Styles the centerpiece of the new generation of iPhone cameras. Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo have partnerships with Leica, Zeiss and Hasselblad.

Giving people the option to take vivid photos or more natural and authentic photos could take the iPhone camera from really good to outstanding. for more people. do you agree? And would you like to apply these editing tips to your own photos? Let us know!

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