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Ravox

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What is the deal with the 5x telephoto camera, most of the photos taken with this camera are grainy and very lo quality? This camera requires a good amount of light to succeed? Impossible to use indoors?

Also why the main camera sometimes takes 24 mp and changes to 12 mp same location and same focal length?
 

ToddH

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Each of these camera lenses have a minimum focal link for distance that you have to keep in mind. The 5X has a minimum focus distance of 1350mm or 53.15 inches if you get closer than that, the 1x Camera takes over and zooms in to 5X equivalent for the photo. The 1x has an 200mm or 8 inch minimum focus distance. I think if you use your 5X camera with these guidelines, avoiding getting too close, then I think you’ll see that it will function a whole lot better.

The 5x maximum ISO is 8700 so it should do ok indoors. However, if it’s too dark, night mode will kick in, or the 1x Camera will take over.

The only time I’ve seen the camera change from 24 megapixels to 12 megapixels, is during portrait mode. If you change any settings in portrait mode, like the lighting by moving the little cube over (natural light to studio light etc) then it will switch over to 12 megapixels. Everything in portrait mode has to be left at default, you can change your settings later.

If you set your camera setting to HEIF Max, you’ll get 48 megapixels. If there’s a slash through HEIF Max, it will be 24 megapixels if you have that set in settings under the camera.
 
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Ravox

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Each of these camera lenses have a minimum focal link for distance that you have to keep in mind. The 5X has a minimum focus distance of 1350mm or 53.15 inches if you get closer than that, the 1x Camera takes over and zooms in to 5X equivalent for the photo. The 1x has an 200mm or 8 inch minimum focus distance. I think if you use your 5X camera with these guidelines, avoiding getting too close, then I think you’ll see that it will function a whole lot better.

The 5x maximum ISO is 8700 so it should do ok indoors. However, if it’s too dark, night mode will kick in, or the 1x Camera will take over.

The only time I’ve seen the camera change from 24 megapixels to 12 megapixels, is during portrait mode. If you change any settings in portrait mode, like the lighting by moving the little cube over (natural light to studio light etc) then it will switch over to 12 megapixels. Everything in portrait mode has to be left at default, you can change your settings later.

If you set your camera setting to HEIF Max, you’ll get 48 megapixels. If there’s a slash through HEIF Max, it will be 24 megapixels if you have that set in settings under the camera.
That is precious information Toddh.., as someone who is used shooting with Canons struggling with the iPhone is crazy but this makes a total lot of sense… I mainly use the iPhone for occasional photo nos thinking too much about settings, distance etc… will pay more attention to that definitely
 
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MacDevil7334

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On the main camera sometimes shooting 12 MP images, it also happens if you press the shutter repeatedly very fast. I have observed the camera can go ~5 images in rapid succession before the processing can’t keep up. At that point, it drops to 12 MP to reduce the processing time unless you have the Prioritize Faster Shooting option turned off in settings. If you have that option turned off, then you can’t take another picture until the camera catches up, but it will always give you 24 MP.

I suspect future A-series chips will give us a larger 24 MP “buffer” because it will process images faster.
 
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Ravox

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On the main camera sometimes shooting 12 MP images, it also happens if you press the shutter repeatedly very fast. I have observed the camera can go ~5 images in rapid succession before the processing can’t keep up. At that point, it drops to 12 MP to reduce the processing time unless you have the Prioritize Faster Shooting option turned off in settings. If you have that option turned off, then you can’t take another picture until the camera catches up, but it will always give you 24 MP.

I suspect future A-series chips will give us a larger 24 MP “buffer” because it will process images faster.
This is interesting… have a kid running around maybe is not a good ideia to shut this off… since it will slow down the camera… but good to know we have this option
 

MacDevil7334

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This is interesting… have a kid running around maybe is not a good ideia to shut this off… since it will slow down the camera… but good to know we have this option
I leave the option turned on for the same reason. I would rather have the lower quality 12 MP image than miss the moment. I just try to be mindful of how fast I’m pressing the shutter, especially whenever I don’t need rapid fire shots. The 24 MP images the main lens produces are just so nice that I want them whenever I can get them.

Edit: Also, turning off prioritize faster shooting doesn’t necessarily slow down the camera. The camera will behave the same way regardless of if that option is on right up to the point where you have taken too many pictures in rapid succession that the processing to give you 24 MP images can’t keep up any longer. It is only at that point that the camera will slow down if you have that option toggled off. If it is on, you get the same shooting speed but drop to 12 MP images.
 
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