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ACE_350

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So I will admit here that I almost know nothing about cameras. Of all the past iPhones I owned, it was the thing I least used on them, I’m just someone that never took a lot of pictures, but that’s been slowly changing over time.

However one thing I do a lot is online sales for some things I make and I take pictures of them for sales posts.

I notice on the 14 Pro, the camera mode switches a lot when you put the lenses up close to an object, I later found out this is “macro mode” and it’s on by default. I went to the settings to turn on macro control, for no particular reason other than toying around with the settings and learning them.

Now I can toggle this mode. However, it seems when I have the mode off, the iPhone can’t focus up close. It’s extremely blurry. If I turn on macro mode, it will immediately focus up and become very sharp, but the lighting of the photo changes and sometimes I don’t like the way it looks.

Is this working as intended? I did some light googling around and from my understanding the large sensor will make it tough to focus on objects up close. Is that way macro mode is there to begin with?

basically, I’m trying to take photos of products to sell. The photos in nature are to showcase what I’m selling, not necessarily to make them look as pretty as possible. Should I just leave macro mode on auto and let the camera decide or move the camera away from the object further to take a “normal” picture?
 

1096bimu

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Now I can toggle this mode. However, it seems when I have the mode off, the iPhone can’t focus up close
Obviously? why do you think the mode is there? to annoy you for no reason?
the large sensor will make it tough to focus on objects up close
It's no the sensor is the lens, but in any case, main camera can't focus close, hence there's a macro mode, where it crops in on the ultra wide camera, quality is much worse but at least you can focus.
 

ACE_350

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Obviously? why do you think the mode is there? to annoy you for no reason?

It's no the sensor is the lens, but in any case, main camera can't focus close, hence there's a macro mode, where it crops in on the ultra wide camera, quality is much worse but at least you can focus.

I see. So earlier iPhones could focus up close because the lens was smaller? I'm coming from a 11 PM, so that would make sense. Is that why the macro mode is a feature now?
 
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