iPhone 11 Pro Camera images are still too warm

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I have been looking at a lot of images taken from reviewers with the iPhone 11 and I find many of them to be too warm/yellowish. I have noticed this since the iPhone X and I dislike the look of it. Skin tones on white people looks inaccurate (people either look like they have a tan even though they dont, or the skin tones gets too red). There is also a yellowish tint to the whole image. Is there a setting in iOS13 to correct for this? Why are color accurate images not an option?
 
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shaun3000

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You can adjust the color temperature after the fact or use a third-party app that lets you adjust it before capture.
 

ToddH

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For casual shooting that’s probably ok. It’s an easy fix afterwards... for fine art or planned shots like portraits or landscapes, you can use an 18% gray card for proper white balance when processing the image with Polarr or Snapseed or photoshop express. These all have white balance eye dropper tools. It just depends on how advanced of a photographer you are and how much time and effort you spend on your shots.

I did not hear on the keynote or have I read about the camera sensors. Since they didn’t mention it, I’m willing to bet the iPhone 11 pro uses the same sensor as the Xs Max.



I have been looking at a lot of images taken from reviewers with the iPhone 11 and I find many of them to be too warm/yellowish. I have noticed this since the iPhone X and I dislike the look of it. Skin tones on white people looks inaccurate (people either look like they have a tan even though they dont, or the skin tones gets too red). There is also a yellowish tint too the whole image. Is there a setting in iOS13 to correct for this? Why is color accurate images not an option?
 

Coffee_Time

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I have been looking at a lot of images taken from reviewers with the iPhone 11 and I find many of them to be too warm/yellowish. I have noticed this since the iPhone X and I dislike the look of it. Skin tones on white people looks inaccurate (people either look like they have a tan even though they dont, or the skin tones gets too red). There is also a yellowish tint too the whole image. Is there a setting in iOS13 to correct for this? Why is color accurate images not an option?
It has to do with hdr10. I've noticed this also with my phone.
Another thing I've noticed is that it looks different on a LCD screen compared with OLED hdr10 capable one. On the oled it looks waaay better.
It's the new trend.
 

iPhone2019

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It’s probably the Smart HDR feature.
I dont think dynamic range has anything to do with inaccurate color or color temperature. The warmer colors started when Apple introduced their new color filter for the X/8. I hope they will switch back to an ordinary bayer rgb color filter next year!
 
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phillytim

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Could the iPhone's TrueTone, which makes the screen warmer, be part of the OP's problem?

I'm about to go from my 6s+ to an 11 Pro, and will turn off TrueTone right away; I'm a photo enthusiast, and I don't want TrueTone skewing my edits.
 

iPhone2019

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Could the iPhone's TrueTone, which makes the screen warmer, be part of the OP's problem?

I'm about to go from my 6s+ to an 11 Pro, and will turn off TrueTone right away; I'm a photo enthusiast, and I don't want TrueTone skewing my edits.
No.
 

alpi123

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I dont think dynamic range has anything to do with inaccurate color or color temperature. The warmer colors started when Apple introduced their new color filter for the X/8. I hope they will switch back to an ordinary bayer rgb color filter next year!
Well, just compare iPhone X and Xs pictures? You'll see the Xs indeed has got a warmer temperature and it's not a coincidence they added Smart HDR. Look at face tones too, due to the less dynamic range of the X, the faces look colder.
 

Coffee_Time

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It's the new trend. It's HDR10 colors. Look at note 10 and other phones.
Do this test: load the same image on a LCD and AMOLED and compare them.
 

mi7chy

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I tell people not to smile since their teeth turn out yellow/yellower. It does tend to prefer warmer temperature.
 

iPhone2019

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I tell people not to smile since their teeth turn out yellow/yellower. It does tend to prefer warmer temperature.
Are warmer colors something that photographers prefer, or what is the reason for Apple to implement that? It would be so easy for Apple to implement a mode which takes pictures with accurate colors. Maybe in iOS 14?
 
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mrex

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iphone has always had a problem of people suffering of a liver disease - people skin always looks yellowish.