Other If the iPhone 11’s camera sensor is 200% bigger what do you think will change?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 30, 2011
In terms of quality for everything picture related ?
Besides it being 3 in 1 casing.


macrumors 603
Mar 27, 2017
P30 Pro sensor is 125% larger than Xs Max. You can check sample photos to see the results.

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
It all depends on what Apple does with the extra space. If they choose to cram the sensor with more and more pixels, quality will not be as good as a larger sensor with larger or less pixels.

More pixels will give you higher resolution but larger pixels will give much better low light quality with less "noise". If you hate that "noise" in lower light images then larger pixels is the way to go!

There is a compromise no matter which way Apple goes.
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macrumors 68040
Dec 22, 2016
I’m hoping we’ll be able to print larger sized photos for wall mounting without loss of quality?


macrumors 68040
Sep 16, 2014
Oh dear, I sense something akin to the old megapixel debate rearing it’s ugly head ;)

This is actually a hugely complex matter. Bigger sensors, should mean better quality, but only if the sensor is designed for it.

Smartphone sensors are ridiculously tiny in the grand scheme of things. So quality is incredibly important. As has been mentioned, simply stuffing more pixels in isn’t necessarily the best way to go.

Light is one of the most important aspects of photography, specifically, capturing light.

With the tiny sensors in smartphones, which can sometimes be as small as around 5mm x 4mm. Having bigger pixels to capture more light makes much more sense. If that is, you want to place quality over resolution.

If Apple use a larger sensor, I hope they go for larger pixels. It’ll produce better images, especially in low light situations.

Of course there’s all kinds of trickery that can be used these days, some of which Apple already do. Capturing multiple images and combining the best of them. Capturing the image simultaneously in true black & white, then using those captures to improve light balance without noise and so on and so on.

Just look at what Google can do with one camera to see what’s possible with intelligent image manipulation. AI like that with bigger sensors and more cameras, could produce really good results.

Last but by no means least, the single most important aspect of a camera - the person holding it. Good photographers can produce amazing results with even the most basic of cameras.