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Pro photographers Stephen Wilkes and Reuben Wu share their experiences shooting images on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, praising the upgrades.
The camera system is one of the most important updates to Apple's iPhone every year. In 2023, the iPhone 15 Pro Max received an upgraded telephoto lens with 5x zoom.
People's exclusive report features work by Steven Wilkes and Reuben Wu shot on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The images show off the strengths of Apple's latest camera systems.
“I think this is a really great upgrade in terms of image quality,” said Steven Wilkes. “To be able to have prints that look like they do at this scale [and] taken from a phone is an amazing thing.”
Wilkes created a series of photographs called “Endless Summer”, shot on Block Island in Rhode Island. Reuben Wu filmed a series called “Interior Landscape” in the deserts of southern Utah.
Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the exhibition showing off the images, praising the work in the X-post.
World-renowned photographers Stephen Wilkes and Reuben Wu show that creativity is limitless with iPhone 15 Pro Max. Their vibrant photographs capture breathtaking views, from the beauty of summer in Rhode Island to the otherworldly deserts of Utah. Thank you for showing me your work. pic.twitter.com/6kYnln7HYF
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 22, 2023
Apple says the iPhone 15 Pro Max features seven separate camera systems in one device. This is possible as the main camera has focal lengths of 24mm, 28mm and 35mm thanks to a 48MP sensor.
Other cameras include a macro mode, an ultra-wide-angle camera, 2x zoom with the main camera, and a 120mm telephoto lens (5x zoom).
“I liked the 120mm lens because I found it to be its own lens,” Wilkes adds. “I could see his brightness. I could see the clarity of it very quickly when you saw the image on the screen.”
The Pro camera system update in iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max focuses on user control and image quality. The Camera app has more options than ever, plus a new 24MP default HEIF.
The 24-megapixel HEIF camera is a new approach across the iPhone 15 lineup. It delivers higher-resolution images than the previous default 12-megapixel camera, but has greater contrast than the 48-megapixel one.
“I think this gives people the opportunity to create very scalable works of art in a very beautiful way, so that you're never short,” Wilkes concludes. “If you have your phone with you, you can take a photo and have a photo to hang on your wall. For a photographer and artist, it is very important to have a tool that will always be at hand. with you like this.”
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have begun shipping to customers around the world. Available in stores September 22.