Photographer Austin Mann Praises iPhone 11 Pro Camera

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Travel photographer Austin Mann typically goes hands-on with new iPhone models to test their camera performance in real world situations, and to test Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro, Mann traveled to China to take pictures.

Mann tested out the new three lens-camera system with telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra wide-angle lenses, the updated Smart HDR, and the new Night mode that's designed for super low light.


The wide-angle lens is the best lens of the bunch with the best shutter range, aperture, autofocus system, and ISO, but Mann says the ultra wide camera still "works really great in normal lighting conditions." It's not the ideal lens for low light, though.
The Ultra Wide works really great in normal lighting conditions and overall I'm thrilled to have it, but you will feel a difference when you move indoors or shoot into the evening. The images are softer than the Wide, and without Night mode you'll be tempted (or forced) to switch back to Wide depending on how limited your light is.
Night mode, says Mann, is "crazy powerful" and easy to use because it activates automatically in situations where lighting is poor. Mann praised Apple's efforts to balance Night mode, preventing night time shots from looking like daytime shots while still preserving detail.

One thing I love about Apple's approach to Night mode is the strategic balance of solving a technical problem while also caring deeply about artistic expression. When you look at the image above, it's clear their team didn't take the let's-make-night-look-like-day approach, as some of their competitors have. Instead, it feels more like an embrace of what it actually is (night) while asking, "How do we capture the feel of this scene in a beautiful way?"
According to Mann, Night mode is the "most dramatic leap forward" we've seen in an iPhone since panorama mode was introduced on the iPhone 5 in 2012. "It's the first time in a long time I've looked at an image and said to myself 'wow, I can't believe I shot this with my iPhone,'" he wrote.


The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have a new "Capture Outside the Frame" feature that allows more of the scene in front of you to be displayed when taking a photo. What hasn't been highlighted is that this mode also captures a photo.

So, for example, if you take a picture using the wide-angle lens of the iPhone, it also captures a photo with the ultra wide-angle lens, allowing users to decide later how to frame a photo.


Mann said that while he likes the feature, he didn't love the preview of what's outside the frame because it was sometimes distracting when composing an image. For the most part, though, he called it a "great feature" that invites new editing possibilities.

All in all, Mann said that serious photographers should consider getting an iPhone 11 Pro and that the extra cost over the iPhone 11 is worth it.
No matter what iPhone you are using now, if you are serious about shooting photos with your iPhone, this is a year to upgrade. Apple had some serious catching up to do and as a result, this year has brought a tremendous leap in camera capability. Night mode and the Ultra Wide lens will change how we tell stories and express ourselves as artists using our iPhones. Now is a really good time to jump in.
Mann's full iPhone 11 Pro, which has additional details on the technical capabilities of the new phone along with a selection of amazing images, can be read over on his website.

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Cosmosent

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My $0.02:

Everyone who currently has an iPhone with less than 2.9 GB should seriously consider upgrading to the NON-Pro, if they are NOT already considering one of the two Pro models.

Both the X & the XR, the two most-popular iPhones the past two years, each have ~2.8 GB of DRAM.

The NON-Pro iPhone 11 "appears" to have 3.7-3.8 GB of DRAM !

That will make an absolutely HUGE difference in what kinds of apps can be run on it (vs the X & XR) !

The XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, & 11 Pro Max are ALL in the same 3.7-3.8 GB DRAM ballpark.

High-Perf camera apps can be run efficiently & effectively ONLY on those five iPhones, plus a few select iPads.

IMO, the NON-Pro 11 "appears" to be very good value ! ... a rarity from Apple these days !!

BTW, the "appears" is there simply because the amount of DRAM has yet to be confirmed to my satisfaction.
 

Tofupunch

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I love the new dark mode MacRumors! Looks really good.

As per Austin’ s photos, call me impressed. Apple has clearly caught up and surpassed in many cases the best of Android’s cameras.
How do turn on dark mode?
 

Rojaaemon

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Wow! Amazingly beautiful photos and an incredibly in-depth positive technical review from a pro who happens to be traveling in super photogenic Guilin, China with international star YoYo Ma!

And the reviewer really had to bust his butt because the phone isn't released until tomorrow!

I mean, no matter how many hundreds of $$$billions you have in the shed, you can't buy this sort of organic, timely, positive promotional content.
 

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To be perfectly honest, all this praise for the new camera module sure as heck makes me want to order one... then I wake up to reality and realize the XS Max is already an incredible phone and as of right now I don't take too many pictures. Dang Apple marketing.
Welcome to the club! I have upgraded every year since I had the original iPhone in 2007, and there have been years I did not want to upgrade.

Perfect example for me was going from my X to the XS. At first I was thinking "not enough to upgrade," but then pre-order morning comes and I just have too pre-order! I should have went for the XS Max last year over the XS...coming from the X.

This year for me was an easy "yes" to upgrade from XS to 11 Pro Max, because of battery life increase, screen size/technology, and obviously the triple lens rear camera system. Other smaller things I considered like the better TrueDepth Camera System...faster (yes I know a lot of that has to do with iOS 13), better angles, and can use farther away.

So...on Friday I will have my iPhone 11 Pro Max in Space Gray (Unlocked) with an Apple Clear Case.

:apple:
 
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mi7chy

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Consensus so far is iPhone 11 flashless night shots are finally usable but they have a tendency to be blown out. A brighter shot doesn't necessarily mean a better shot if it ruins the mood like 6:24 in iJustine's video. Also, dark night sky and skin tone tend to be overly yellow. And, HDR isn't as good as Pixel Night Sight gen 1 (7:14) with gen 2 coming next month.

Amazing advancement though that blown out flashless night shot on mobile phone is a thing in 2019.

 

eulslix

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Consensus so far is iPhone 11 flashless night shots are finally usable but they have a tendency to be blown out. A brighter shot doesn't necessarily mean a better shot if it ruins the mood like 6:24 in iJustine's video. Also, dark night sky and skin tone tend to be overly yellow. And, HDR isn't as good as Pixel Night Sight gen 1 (7:14) with gen 2 coming next month.

Amazing advancement though that blown out flashless night shot on mobile phone is a thing in 2019.

I dont see any consensus on that? Most of the reviewers speak of a tendency to very natural results, only enhancing the scene. Why iJustines photos are so blown out I cant tell. But chances are, that there is a possibility to adjust brightness in this mode and as the Apple fanboy that she is she chose to show off how much stuff the night mode can uncover. None of the other pictures Ive seen show any craziness within her video.

I would say the pictures are oversaturated though. But at least thats fixable since no data has been lost at that point.
 
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bodonnell202

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Consensus so far is iPhone 11 flashless night shots are finally usable but they have a tendency to be blown out. A brighter shot doesn't necessarily mean a better shot if it ruins the mood like 6:24 in iJustine's video. Also, dark night sky and skin tone tend to be overly yellow. And, HDR isn't as good as Pixel Night Sight gen 1 (7:14) with gen 2 coming next month.

Amazing advancement though that blown out flashless night shot on mobile phone is a thing in 2019.

I think she was tending towards maximum exposure time just to see how much you could see with dark mode. It looks like you can play with exposure time a bit. In the comparison some iPhone photos looked better, some Pixel photos looked better and for many it was a wash and comes down to preference (warmers vs. cooler tones). What's amazing is a year ago we couldn't do this at all with any phone.
 

Internet Enzyme

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Honestly I am very critical of how over hyped smartphone cameras are but this is conceptually awesome, the idea of merging three prime lenses into one seamless system, emulating a zoom without any of the drawbacks that kind of lens normally entails.