by Erik Apple
The iPhone XS and XS Max by many reviews across the internet have been dubbed as the best iPhones ever made. Many are touting to not be fooled by the “S” label pointing out the monstrous performance and cameras that will blow you away. The iPhone XS Max specifically is known for its larger and brilliant display, the increase in battery life, faster speeds, durability, and water resistance, dual-SIM support, and most importantly the better camera.
With smartphones acting as the primary cameras for the majority of users nowadays it can play a large factor when deciding to choose a smartphone to use. With the iPhone XS Max, at surface level, it may seem that the camera is the same as last year’s iPhone X. The protruding module on the back of the handset houses two 12 MP cameras in a vertical stack that is separated by a Quad-LED True Tone Flash. Similar to before, one of the two cameras is telephoto and the other is the wide-angle, with the same f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. There is a key difference here though: Smart HDR.
The iPhone XS and XS Max both feature Smart HDR, which is an improved mode over the standard “HDR” on the X. This feature improves shots with high contrast, ensuring that all areas of the photo are both well lit and detailed. Another key feature here is the fact that Apple has increased the size of the pixels in the latest dual-camera setup. This allows the iPhone XS Max to pull in more light, which results in improved low-light performance.
Apple’s camera app, much like most of its other software continues to remain easy to use with settings being kept to a minimum for both an intuitive and more straightforward photography experience. There are sudden nuances and features which Android users may be used to but for Apple users, it’ll be a first. One of the said examples of such features would be the slider at the bottom of the image for portrait shots. The slider will allow you to quickly adjust the level of background blur.
The front-side of the device is also touting an upgraded camera — up to 7MP now, compared to last year’s iPhone X. The front-facing camera also benefits from the Smart HDR feature and gets the addition of portrait mode. It should be noted that the rear camera tends to capture the depth in a shot for a more natural blur effect whereas the front camera works out that bokeh effect digitally instead.
All-in-all, the iPhone XS Max is an improvement over the iPhone X. If you’re into photography, you’ll notice the differences when you look at similar scenes using the iPhone XS Max compared to other iPhones (be it the XS or last year’s X). The iPhone XS Max offers one of the most competitive smartphone cameras on the market if that is what you’re interested in.