iPhone 11 X vs XS vs 11 camera zoom question

Stugots 0710

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Nov 17, 2011
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Hello,

I can't seem to find a clear answer to this but does the iPhone 11 have the same optical zoom as the iPhone X and XS?

For example my work phone is an iPhone X. I can open my camera app and click the little (1x) circle above the picture button and it will zoom to (2x) optical. This is great for recording things at a slight distance away.

My personal phone is a iPhone 7 that does not have that feature so I planned to upgrade to the iPhone 11. Not the pro just the regular $699 iPhone 11 to be clear.

After researching the specs on the 11 apple lists the zoom feature as a zoom out (not a zoom in). To make things more confusing some of the hands on videos I have been watching reference this as it looks like by default it's already zoomed in and that button that normally zooms in on the iPhone X will actually just zoom out on the iPhone 11.

I guess my question is does anybody know by default on the iPhone 11 is it already zoomed in to a 2x by default and they just replaced that button to zoom out to a normal 1x view?

Hopefully I'm explaining this well enough but any help from you all would be appreciated. This is a make or break decision for me because I have kids that play sports. I will just continue using my work phone and carry 2 phones with me to sporting events if the 11 can't zoom in with an optical view like the X and XS.
 
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maerz001

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Nope. The 11 has 0.5 (aka super wide angle) and 1x zoom.
The pro has 0.5 and 1x and 2x (aka tele lens) as the 7+, 8+, X, XS
 

Stugots 0710

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Nov 17, 2011
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Ah ok the tele lens that makes sense now. Thanks for the explanation guys!

Knowing that maybe I can find a discounted X or XS.
 

AppleHaterLover

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Just a heads-up: the 2x camera on X and XS is garbage. In everything less than perfect lighting (i.e. broad sunlight) it reverts to digital zoom on the main camera because the end result will be better.
 

Elitegate

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Hello,

I can't seem to find a clear answer to this but does the iPhone 11 have the same optical zoom as the iPhone X and XS?

For example my work phone is an iPhone X. I can open my camera app and click the little (1x) circle above the picture button and it will zoom to (2x) optical. This is great for recording things at a slight distance away.

My personal phone is a iPhone 7 that does not have that feature so I planned to upgrade to the iPhone 11. Not the pro just the regular $699 iPhone 11 to be clear.

After researching the specs on the 11 apple lists the zoom feature as a zoom out (not a zoom in). To make things more confusing some of the hands on videos I have been watching reference this as it looks like by default it's already zoomed in and that button that normally zooms in on the iPhone X will actually just zoom out on the iPhone 11.

I guess my question is does anybody know by default on the iPhone 11 is it already zoomed in to a 2x by default and they just replaced that button to zoom out to a normal 1x view?

Hopefully I'm explaining this well enough but any help from you all would be appreciated. This is a make or break decision for me because I have kids that play sports. I will just continue using my work phone and carry 2 phones with me to sporting events if the 11 can't zoom in with an optical view like the X and XS.
iPhone 7 and 8 have only one camera as you know.
iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus have a 2x optical zoom, so does iPhone X and Xs / Xs Max.
iPhone 11 has a ultra wide angle (0.5x) and the regular camera. NO optical zoom except for the ultra wide angle
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have both telephoto and ultra wide angle
 

MacDevil7334

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Oct 15, 2011
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Just a heads-up: the 2x camera on X and XS is garbage. In everything less than perfect lighting (i.e. broad sunlight) it reverts to digital zoom on the main camera because the end result will be better.
He one caveat to this is that the 2x camera on the 11 has a wider aperture (f/2.0 vs f/2.4 on the X/XS). It will let in more light, meaning the phone should use the 2x camera instead of digital zoom in more situations. However, I’m betting it will still revert to the digital zoom in true low light situations. At the end of the day, a small smartphone sensor still has its limitations.