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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to feature several important camera upgrades. Unlike color option rumors, reports about upcoming iPhone camera technology tend to be fairly accurate, with camera component supply chains often revealing specific information well ahead of the device's release date.

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iPhone 14 concept render by Ian Zelbo based on purported leaked information

In line with how Apple reserves its highest-end camera features for the "Pro" models, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to receive moderate camera improvements, with the more substantial changes being exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to push iPhone photography to the limit.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max

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iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13
  • 12-megapixel Wide camera with Focus Pixels
  • 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max
  • 12-megapixel Wide camera with Focus Pixels
  • 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and autofocus
  • Front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus


The iPhone 14's widely rumored new 48-megapixel Wide camera is expected to be exclusive to the Pro models, while the standard ‌iPhone 14‌ models will retain a 12-megapixel Wide camera like the iPhone 13 lineup.

Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that all four of the iPhone 14 models, including the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, will feature an upgraded front-facing camera with autofocus and a wider ƒ/1.9 aperture. The component is expected to cost Apple three times more.

A wider aperture would allow more light to pass through the lens and reach the front camera's sensor on the iPhone 14 models, resulting in enhanced image quality. Kuo said these camera upgrades could provide a better depth-of-field effect for Portrait mode photos and videos, while autofocus can improve focus during FaceTime and Zoom video calls. By comparison, the front camera on all of the iPhone 13 models has a fixed focus and a smaller ƒ/2.2 aperture.

Kuo correctly predicted that iPhone 13 Pro models would tout significantly upgraded Ultra Wide camera, increasing from ƒ/2.4 to ƒ/1.8 and from a five-element lens to a six-element lens, also gaining autofocus instead of the current fixed focus. In 2022, these upgrades to the Ultra Wide camera are expected to trickle down to the entire iPhone 14 lineup instead of being reserved for the Pro models.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

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iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • 12-megapixel Wide camera with Focus Pixels
  • 6-element Telephoto lens
  • Ultra Wide camera with 1.0µm pixels
  • 4K video recording
  • Front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • 48-megapixel Wide camera with Focus Pixels and pixel binning
  • 7-element Telephoto lens
  • Ultra Wide camera with larger 1.4µm pixels
  • 8K video recording
  • Front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus


The Ultra Wide camera's increased pixel size should result in improved light capture and decreased noise in low-light images, but the combined component costs – specifically the CMOS image (CIS) sensor, voice coil motor (VCM), and compact camera module (CCM) – will be up to 70 percent more expensive than those used in previous models.

The 48-megapixel camera is the most widely rumored iPhone 14 camera feature. As a result of the increased number of megapixels, the iPhone 14 Pro's Wide camera pixels will be smaller, purportedly measuring at 1.22µm, according to a detailed rumor coming out of Asia. This is a reduction of 0.68µm compared to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The new Wide sensor is believed to be a Sony unit, like the iPhone 13 Pro. Despite the change in pixel size, the iPhone 14 Pro will allegedly feature the same Dual Pixel Auto Focus (DPAF) system, marketed by Apple as "Focus Pixels," that the iPhone has offered since the iPhone 6 in 2014, and the same ability to record 16:9 HDR video at up to 60 fps.

The device's sensor is said to be 1/1.3-inches in width, a 21.2 percent increase over the 1/1.65-inch sensor width of the Wide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. This translates to an approximate sensor area increase of 57 percent compared to the iPhone 13 Pro.

This increase in sensor size requires a larger lens to capture more light, leading to a noticeably larger rear camera array. The 1/1.3-inch sensor size is the same as Samsung's 50MP GN1 sensor, which is used in the Google Pixel 6.

Overall, the information suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro will offer larger, higher-resolution images with finer details, but at the risk of poorer low-light performance and images that are more susceptible to noise.

To address this, the iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to support both 48-megapixel and 12-megapixel output, which would likely be achieved with a process known as pixel binning. Already in use on some Android smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, pixel binning merges data from multiple smaller pixels on the camera's image sensor into one "super-pixel" for improved low-light sensitivity.

Pixel binning is beneficial because simply increasing a smartphone camera's megapixels while maintaining the same camera sensor size results in smaller pixels, which generally capture less light, leading to lower-quality low-light photos. Pixel binning would allow iPhone 14 Pro models to shoot high-resolution 48-megapixel photos in bright conditions and 12-megapixel photos in low-light conditions that are still of high quality.

The 48MP camera system is expected to be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro models and allow for 8K video recording, offering a significant upgrade over the iPhone 13 Pro's 12MP camera and 4K video recording capabilities. High-resolution 8K videos recorded with the iPhone 14 Pro are also said to be be suitable for viewing on Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset.

Kuo has previously said that he believes that the camera quality of the iPhone 14 Pro models will "elevate mobile phone camera photography to a new level."

Article Link: Camera Upgrades for All iPhone 14 Models: Everything We Know
 
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LoveTo

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I have reached a point where the camera improvements are not even noticeable anymore. I just want a flat-back iPhone, without a camera bump. That way I can finally use it without a case and it would still be flat on the desk. Early rumors of iPhone 14 hinted that design and I was so looking forward to it. Alas! The wait continue..
 

winxmac

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Is it true that the camera on iPhone XR is the main camera from iPhone X, that the cameras on iPhone 11 are the cameras from iPhone XS Max, that the cameras on iPhone 12/12 mini are 2 of the cameras from iPhone 11 Pro Max [except telephoto], that the cameras on iPhone 13/13 mini are 2 of the cameras from iPhone 12 Pro Max [except telephoto]?

If that's how it is, if you want flagship camera for a lower price, then get the base/non-Pro model, I guess? Although it will be from the previous release and not the latest and greatest...
 

flofixer

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I have reached a point where the camera improvements are not even noticeable anymore. I just want a flat-back iPhone, without a camera bump. That way I can finally use it without a case and it would still be flat on the desk. Early rumors of iPhone 14 hinted that design and I was so looking forward to it. Alas! The wait continue..
Enlarge the images a little bit. You will see the improvement over generations.
 

citysnaps

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I always look forward to and appreciate improvements in iPhone cameras. I've been using them in my photography going back to the iPhone 4, and remembering a huge step up in the iPhone 6.

I hope the new cameras improve on lens flare resistance. With relatively recent cameras (iPhone X and 12) lens flare has been a significant and annoying issue for me. It's an easy problem to solve - hope Apple finally addresses and puts it to rest.
 
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Jensend

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High-resolution 8K videos recorded with the iPhone 14 Pro are also said to be be suitable for viewing on Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset.
Just about the only reason to have super high resolution video for VR is if the field of view of the camera is wider than the FOV of the headset and you have to look around to take it all in. Since the ultrawide camera sensor will still be 12MP, I don't buy the VR explanation.

Edit: Unless they had a 180° fisheye lens adapter accessory, that could be cool.
 
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pheonix320

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My wife’s phone is due for upgrade now. Trying to weigh up getting a cheap 13pro contract vs the 14 (sounds like the 14pro will be too expensive for us especially at launch).

Sounds like the cameras in both phones will be similar, apart from the 13 pro with a telephoto and the upgraded front camera on the 14th. Weighing towards the 13pro currently
 

macjaffa

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My wife’s phone is due for upgrade now. Trying to weigh up getting a cheap 13pro contract vs the 14 (sounds like the 14pro will be too expensive for us especially at launch).

Sounds like the cameras in both phones will be similar, apart from the 13 pro with a telephoto and the upgraded front camera on the 14th. Weighing towards the 13pro currently
It doesn’t matter. Get the 13pro
 

WiiDSmoker

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I don’t understand why they don’t just make the back casing and internal battery larger to remove the bump. Everyone here would be making fun of and trashing an android phone if they did that. How can someone sit here and say that Apple makes elegant products with a humpback sticking out making the product wobble?
 

macjaffa

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I don’t understand why they don’t just make the back casing and internal battery larger to remove the bump. Everyone here would be making fun of and trashing an android phone if they did that. How can someone sit here and say that Apple makes elegant products with a humpback sticking out making the product wobble?
Apple should hire you to design them next phone. Clearly they missed a trick.


I read it was exactly to do the Lens laying flat. Its like the so the Len’s is protected without a case
 

hoorayforhollywood

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Not with this generation, but as future iPhones will presumably all have 8k video as standard do you think that will make the 8k monitor/TV more mainstream? How are we supposed to watch our work in all its glory?
 

Jim Lahey

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I’d settle for any camera that isn’t permanently accessible from the lock screen by those without login credentials. Yes it’s a tenuous link to the article but I’ll mention it at any possible opportunity since Apple’s total silence on this issue is becoming highly suspicious.
 
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