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Every year, Apple fans look forward to the new iPhone cameras, which Apple never fails to improve. However, with the iPhone 13 camera boasting a new diagonal layout, this year was a bit different. Many were skeptical of just how much better the camera would be, but DxOMark’s review suggests the cameras are significantly improved, scoring it higher than last year’s iPhone 12 Pro triple camera design.
Since the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini models share most specs, including the camera, DxOMark’s review gave both the same overall score of 130 points.
They received 138 points for Photo, 117 points for Video, and only 55 points for Zoom, putting the iPhone 13 a whole ten points ahead of last year’s iPhone 12 Pro, which scored 128 points.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which had a better main camera sensor and telephoto camera, scored 130 points.
What Makes the Camera Better?
Now, you’re probably wondering how they decided on the score. On the DxOMark website, there is a list of the iPhone 13 camera’s pros and cons. Some features that make the iPhone 13 camera so great, according to DxOMark include:
- Accurate and repeatable target exposure.
- Generally nice colors and white balance.
- Good detail in daylight and under indoor lighting.
- Fast, accurate, and repeatable autofocus.
- Good texture/noise trade-off in video.
- Mostly accurate and smooth video autofocus.
- Accurate and stable exposure, wide dynamic range in video.
- Accurate white balance in video, smooth transition on scene changes
Although the camera has many great features, there is still room for improvement. On the list of cons, DxOMark made some good points criticizing the iPhone 13 camera. For one, they noticed luminance noise on primary and ultra-wide cameras, more prominently in low light. In addition, the camera lacks dynamic range in high contrast scenes and has limited detail when using medium to long-range zoom.
What makes the iPhone 13 comparable to the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the same size 12 MP sensor, giving it 1.7-micron pixels, sensor-shift OIS, and Dial-Pixeled autofocus. Because of this setup, photos and videos shot in low light come out with much better clarity. Also, this year’s primary model has an Ultra Wide camera that provides a 120-degree field of view.
The iPhone 13 is truly unlike any other primary model in an iPhone lineup, considering it can shoot 4K videos which include HDR video with Dolby vision up to 4K at 60fps. And, we mustn’t forget the new Photographic Styles and Cinematic Mode.
As for the global ranking, Chinese smartphone brands take the top spots with Huawei P50 Pro in the first position with 144 points. iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are tied in the fourth position with 137 points, while the iPhone 13 and 13 mini rank in the tenth position, tied with the older iPhone 12 Pro Max.