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Apple announces the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max with 48MP main cameras, 4K/30 Cinematic mode

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Alongside its new iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, Apple launched its higher-end iPhone models, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In addition to more powerful internals, improved display technology and a new pill-shaped front-facing camera layout, Apple has also improved the imaging capabilities of its flagship iPhone models.

Like their non-pro counterparts, both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max use 6.1” and 6.7” displays, respectively, However, these new always-on displays have a new pill-shaped cutout for the front-facing camera Apple is calling Dynamic Island that works alongside the operating system to obscure the cutout as much as possible. The display has a typical brightness of 1600 nits and a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits.

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Apple has also revamped the camera modules on both models, adding a new 48MP sensor the the main camera that is 65% larger than the sensor inside the iPhone 13 Pro modules. It uses what Apple is calling a Quad Pixel design, which will still result in 12MP stills when binned, but offer 48MP capture when shooting with Apple’s ProRAW capture. The main camera has an optically-stabilized 24mm (full-frame equiv.) focal length with an F1.78 aperture. This camera module is also used for a 2x digital zoom mode that uses a 12MP section of the 48MP sensor. There’s also a 13mm (equiv.) ultrawide 0.5x module with an F2.2 aperture and a 77mm (equiv.) 3x telephoto module.

Focal length Pixel count Sensor size f/number Crop factor
24mm equiv. 48MP Type 1/1.28 (9.8×7.3mm) F1.78 ~3.5x
13mm equiv 12MP Type 1/2.55 (5.6×4.2mm) F2.2 ~6.2x
77mm equiv 12MP Type 1/3.5 (4x3mm) F2.8 ~8.7x

Each of the camera modules can capture uncompressed Apple ProRAW photographs, including the main camera at the full 48MP resolution. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are also using Apple’s Photonic Engine, which Apple says improves image quality of all the camera modules, including the 12MP front-facing camera with autofocus.

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For video, Apple has also bumped Cinematic mode up to 4K/30p (HDR), with the option to drop it to 24 frames per second, finally giving the Cinematic mode the matching framerate you most associate with traditional cinema work. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max also have Action Mode (2.8K/60p) digital stabilization for improved video image stabilization that uses digital cropping to account for movement. Dolby Vision HDR 4K/60 is standard across all of the rear camera modules, as well as ProRes 4K/30p (although the 128GB models are still limited to ProRes 1080/30p).

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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max start at $999 and $1099, respectively, with both phones starting with 128GB of internal storage. The devices come in black, silver, gold and a new ‘Deep Purple.’ Preorders begin at 5:00am PT on September 9th on the Apple Store website, and the devices will be available more broadly starting on September 16th.

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