A deeper look at the iPhone 15 Pro Max camera

By Julie Clover

iPhone 15 Pro Max features Apple's most advanced camera system to date, with an updated 48-megapixel lens, an improved ultra-wide-angle lens, and a new 5x telephoto lens that delivers the highest optical zoom ever on iPhone. MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera took a closer look at the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max, paying special attention to the camera functions.

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Apple's main camera is always great in good light, but thanks to the A17 Pro's processor, colors are even more accurate than before. HDR has been improved with Smart HDR 5, so skin tones now look more realistic while other colors remain vibrant. This is especially noticeable in situations with bright backgrounds, where you may see some blur on the previous ‌iPhone‌ models.

The default photo has a resolution of 24 megapixels instead of 12 megapixels, which means that You'll get more detail and better quality in a reasonable file size, and with the A17 Pro you can choose a variety of focal lengths, including 24mm, 28mm and 35mm, to better emulate what you can do with variable lens cameras.

Night mode is more immersive, and shooting portrait images no longer requires switching modes. If there's a person or pet in the photo (or if you tap to focus), depth information is captured automatically and you can activate Portrait mode after taking the photo, which is very convenient. It's much easier to just open the camera, take a photo, and get exactly what you want.

The biggest change on the 15 Pro Max is the 5x optical zoom lens, which replaces the 3x one. optical zoom lens. The 5x optical zoom is equivalent to a 120mm telephoto lens, which is an excellent focal length for portraits and a lens that can be used in ways that just don't work with the 3x zoom. A 5x lens is more suitable for everyday photography, especially when it comes to people and pets. It has excellent background blur that pairs well with the portrait feature.

For most people, video is about the same, but there are some bells and whistles for professionals, including magazine color coding when shooting. ProRes video for improved HDR and easier post-processing.

We'll take a closer look at the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ There's a Max camera coming soon that will compare to the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, so stay tuned to MacRumors for updates.

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