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maverick786us

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After impatiently waiting for 2 weeks I finally got my iPhone 15 Pro Max. I bought Titanium blue color. I love this device. Moments after buying it, I got a TPU soft case and tempered glass protection, I believe something premium like an iPhone 15 Pro Max without a case and tempered glass protection is like a motorcycle raider without helmet and gears :D. It came with iOS 17.03 so while doing intense sync with cloud. I didn't face any heat issue. I will keep you updated
 

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I’m sorry but you are not allowed to post any positive experiences regarding the 15pro/pro max. We only want to hear your phone is overheating because of the terrible a17 and the titanium scratched up in an hour and your battery dies in 19 mins and the glass cracked from swiping too hard.
Im enjoying my 15 pro but I’ll do it in silence so people can shout how terrible the new pros are and they will never get rid of their 6s.
On a serious note, glad you are enjoying your new phone. Coming from the 13pro I am loving the lighter and more comfortable feel of the 15pro. I was at an aquarium this weekend and me and my wife both got some outstanding pictures (she has the standard 15).
 

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After impatiently waiting for 2 weeks I finally got my iPhone 15 Pro Max. I bought Titanium blue color. I love this device. Moments after buying it, I got a TPU soft case and tempered glass protection, I believe something premium like an iPhone 15 Pro Max without a case and tempered glass protection is like a motorcycle raider without helmet and gears :D. It came with iOS 17.03 so while doing intense sync with cloud. I didn't face any heat issue. I will keep you updated
See you back here this time next year, when you like the 16 PM even more.
 

maverick786us

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With the camera there are few things that I am puzzled.

1. Focal Length: I am not a professional photographer, iPhone 15 PM provides 3 different focal length. Can someone guide if I am taking photographs of landscapes, and mostly outdoor, which focal length settings will be best for me? and for Indoor photography, which focal length should I use?

2. Cinematic Video: 15PM has up to 5X Optical zoom. However, while taking Cinematic Videos, I can only zoom up to 2X. Cinematic Video quality is the best, if I am shooting a video in an auditorium and the stage is too far, I will need 5X zoom to take close up look. How can I unlock 5X optical zoom while taking videos at cinematic mode? I also noticed, that in Cinematic mode, I cannot take 4K video beyond 30 FPS. I am sure that A17 Pro is capable of taking 4k Cinematic videos at 60 FPS. How can I unlock it? Is this a limitation provided by stock camera app?
 
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With the camera there are few things that I am puzzled.

1. Focal Length: I am not a professional photographer, iPhone 15 PM provides 3 different focal length. Can someone guide if I am taking photographs of landscapes, and mostly outdoor, which focal length settings will be best for me? and for Indoor photography, which focal length should I use?

2. Cinematic Video: 15PM has up to 5X Optical zoom. However, while taking Cinematic Videos, I can only zoom up to. Cinematic Video quality is the best, if I am shooting a video in an auditorium and the stage is too far, I will need 5X zoom to take close up look. How can I unlock 5X optical zoom while taking videos at cinematic mode? I also noticed, that in Cinematic mode, I cannot take 4K video beyond 30 FPS. I am sure that A17 Pro is capable of taking 4k Cinematic videos at 60 FPS. How can I unlock it? Is this a limitation provided by stock camera app?
1. Focal Length: depends largely on your composition and intention of what you're capturing. Quality wise, the main camera (1x) is the best. For indoor, because of the limited space, 0.5x and 1x will usually be your best bet but you do need to take closeup photos every once in a while so 3x or 5x is usefull too. Just keep in mind that the default camera will not always use the 3x or 5x lens when there is not enough light; it will resort to the normal lens and crop in instead (digital zoom)
2. Video: AFAIK, cinematic video is about portrait mode in video, not about quality. It's limited to 4k30 because of the processing power of the chip is not capable of artificially blur the background at 40k60. For your use case, just zoom in 5x and record the video in 4k60 normally. You'll get highest quality with the 5x lens without the fake background blur.
 
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1. Focal Length: depends largely on your composition and intention of what you're capturing. Quality wise, the main camera (1x) is the best. For indoor, because of the limited space, 0.5x and 1x will usually be your best bet but you do need to take closeup photos every once in a while so 3x or 5x is usefull too. Just keep in mind that the default camera will not always use the 3x or 5x lens when there is not enough light; it will resort to the normal lens and crop in instead (digital zoom)
2. Video: AFAIK, cinematic video is about portrait mode in video, not about quality. It's limited to 4k30 because of the processing power of the chip is not capable of artificially blur the background at 40k60. For your use case, just zoom in 5x and record the video in 4k60 normally. You'll get highest quality with the 5x lens without the fake background blur.

Talking, about its optical zoom capability. 15PM supports up to 5X optical zoom, no doubt 5X optical zoom is amazing. But I've seen that there is no option of 3X and 4X. There are occasions when 2X might be too less, and 5X optical zoom is too close. Is there a way I can unlock 3X, 3.5X and 4X zoom capability?
 

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Talking, about its optical zoom capability. 15PM supports up to 5X optical zoom, no doubt 5X optical zoom is amazing. But I've seen that there is no option of 3X and 4X. There are occasions when 2X might be too less, and 5X optical zoom is too close. Is there a way I can unlock 3X, 3.5X and 4X zoom capability?
Look at the back of your phone. There are 3 lenses: 13mm ultrawide for 0.5x, 24mm standard for 1x and 120mm telephoto for 5x (77mm on the Pro for 3x). That's it, 3 fixed lenses with 3 different focal lengths.

THERE IS NO OPTICAL ZOOM LENS ON ANY IPHONE. You change between the lenses, they don't zoom (they don't change focal length, hence, fixed lenses).

You can digital zoom by press and hold the 1x 5x or whatever icon and rotate the wheel. But keep in mind any focal length in between the lenses are digital crop of the wider lens. For example, 3x zoom on the Pro max is a digital crop of the standard carmera (24mm) lens to give a field of view similar to a 77mm lens.
 

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Look at the back of your phone. There are 3 lenses: 13mm ultrawide for 0.5x, 24mm standard for 1x and 120mm telephoto for 5x (77mm on the Pro for 3x). That's it, 3 fixed lenses with 3 different focal lengths.

THERE IS NO OPTICAL ZOOM LENS ON ANY IPHONE. You change between the lenses, they don't zoom (they don't change focal length, hence, fixed lenses).

You can digital zoom by press and hold the 1x 5x or whatever icon and rotate the wheel. But keep in mind any focal length in between the lenses are digital crop of the wider lens. For example, 3x zoom on the Pro max is a digital crop of the standard carmera (24mm) lens to give a field of view similar to a 77mm lens.

Thanks. For preserving the battery I use automatic shortcut in which it automatically changes to power saving mode, when battery drops to less than 50% power, and while charging when the battery power reaches above 50% low power mode is off. I tried these settings with my iPhone 12 PM too. I am not sure how much it helped preserve battery. What's your opinion?
 

hieubui

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Thanks. For preserving the battery I use automatic shortcut in which it automatically changes to power saving mode, when battery drops to less than 50% power, and while charging when the battery power reaches above 50% low power mode is off. I tried these settings with my iPhone 12 PM too. I am not sure how much it helped preserve battery. What's your opinion?
If you’re not sure how much it helped, then probably not worth effort. Ideally, you want to keep it battery between 50-80 percent but it is not always feasible. In the end, battery will degrade anyway so I just use it to my purposes and not worry too much.

My last phone was XS max, it plugged it in before bed, use it throughout the day and repeat. After 5 years, the battery was still at 83%
 

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If you’re not sure how much it helped, then probably not worth effort. Ideally, you want to keep it battery between 50-80 percent but it is not always feasible. In the end, battery will degrade anyway so I just use it to my purposes and not worry too much.

My last phone was XS max, it plugged it in before bed, use it throughout the day and repeat. After 5 years, the battery was still at 83%

You are lucky. With my iPhone 12 Pro Max for 1 year the battery had 100% health. After that, it went to 98% in a month, in less than 3 months it shockingly went all the way down to 94%, and then in 4 months 90%. When I traded it for iPhone 15 Pro Max, the battery health was 87%, 2 years 3 months.

From my 15 PM I expect the battery health to stay 100% for more than a year. I don't heavily use my iPhone except YT Music while connecting to my Car infotainment and Air Pods. On an average I don't watch YouTube in my iPhone for more than 20 minutes a day
 

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After impatiently waiting for 2 weeks I finally got my iPhone 15 Pro Max. I bought Titanium blue color. I love this device. Moments after buying it, I got a TPU soft case and tempered glass protection, I believe something premium like an iPhone 15 Pro Max without a case and tempered glass protection is like a motorcycle raider without helmet and gears :D. It came with iOS 17.03 so while doing intense sync with cloud. I didn't face any heat issue. I will keep you updated
Congrats on the new phone!🎉 Enjoy it. It is a great phone!😊 a great call to put it in a case for protection! 👍
 
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I’m on the latest update and my 15 Pro Max is getting crazy hot after taking like 3 pics. Go figure.
 

maverick786us

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I’m on the latest update and my 15 Pro Max is getting crazy hot after taking like 3 pics. Go figure.

The only occasion my 15 PM got bit warm was when in my office when I took it out of the building, and played some songs in YT music and accessed OF in Safari. The signals were weak there. I could feel how warm it was inside that TPU gel case.
 

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No issues at all on my 15 Pro Max either (except the spontaneous reboot in the middle of the night last night) , But I still wont put it on the wireless charger on my BMW
 
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The only occasion my 15 PM got bit warm was when in my office when I took it out of the building, and played some songs in YT music and accessed OF in Safari. The signals were weak there. I could feel how warm it was inside that TPU gel case.
Interesting. The place I took the pictures had very bad reception. Looks like the overheating comes from the modem then?
 

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From my 15 PM I expect the battery health to stay 100% for more than a year.
TBH, I don't think it's realistic thing to expect. Even if the phone says it's 100%, it's not. I'm not that optimistic about the 83% on my last phone either, it lasted like 3hrs of screen on time. Life expectancy of a typical lithium battery is around 300 - 500 cycles. If you use 100% per day, swapping the battery after 1.5 - 2 yrs is reasonable.
 
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Interesting. The place I took the pictures had very bad reception. Looks like the overheating comes from the modem then?
5G Modem is a battery hog, and if you are in a place where the signals are weak, that 5G modem will put a lot of pressure on your battery to get better reception and that process can make your device hot and drain battery fast. In your case I don't think it was camera that caused overheating. It must be some background or app update that might have caused heat
 
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For all the professional Photographer out here, I have a question, if I am shooting Pro Res at 4k 60FPS, and compare it with normal 4K 60FPS, will it there be a significant difference between the quality of both the videos, which clearly noticeable when I watch both the videos in 16 inch MacBook Pro, or the purpose of Pro Res is only for post processing or editing?
 

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For all the professional Photographer out here, I have a question, if I am shooting Pro Res at 4k 60FPS, and compare it with normal 4K 60FPS, will it there be a significant difference between the quality of both the videos, which clearly noticeable when I watch both the videos in 16 inch MacBook Pro, or the purpose of Pro Res is only for post processing or editing?
It's like ProRaw for image capturing; you'll have a lot more options and possibilities in post and the option to shoot in LOG where there's none of that pesky (over)sharpening going on...
 
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5G Modem is a battery hog, and if you are in a place where the signals are weak, that 5G modem will put a lot of pressure on your battery to get better reception and that process can make your device hot and drain battery fast. In your case I don't think it was camera that caused overheating. It must be some background or app update that might have caused heat
True. And I had just restored from iCloud an hour before.
 
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What's your opinion on this case? I bought it for 30$ I know its not Apple's Fine Woven case.


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maverick786us

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Look at the back of your phone. There are 3 lenses: 13mm ultrawide for 0.5x, 24mm standard for 1x and 120mm telephoto for 5x (77mm on the Pro for 3x). That's it, 3 fixed lenses with 3 different focal lengths.

THERE IS NO OPTICAL ZOOM LENS ON ANY IPHONE. You change between the lenses, they don't zoom (they don't change focal length, hence, fixed lenses).

You can digital zoom by press and hold the 1x 5x or whatever icon and rotate the wheel. But keep in mind any focal length in between the lenses are digital crop of the wider lens. For example, 3x zoom on the Pro max is a digital crop of the standard carmera (24mm) lens to give a field of view similar to a 77mm lens.
OK, so when I am zooming with this rotating wheel, it utilizes the potential of 48 Mega Pixel sensor, out of that 48 MP it zooms, captures the photo in the viewport and crop it to produce the final output, which can be on par with the photo taken with a zoom lens?
 

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