While the new phone boasts numerous fresh features, including a new screen and facial recognition technology, one the most notable improvements is to the device’s camera.
The iPhone X is equipped with a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera, similar to its iPhone Plus predecessors. However, the X sports both an improved wide-angle and telephoto lens that allows for f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectfully. These upgrades provide several advantages such as higher performance in low light situations, which has limited the iPhone’s photo capturing abilities in the past.
The difference in photo quality, when compared to past iPhone iterations, is significant. Pictures display a greater range of color and saturation, and the dual optical image optimization works to reduce motion blur. Landscape photos show a degree of depth few other smartphones on the market can rival.
The phone’s telephoto lens also allows for some amazing portraits. The camera’s Portrait Mode allows you to focus on the foreground subject, blurring the background. These photos can be manipulated further through the Portrait Lightning feature.
There are five different lighting styles – Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, Studio Light and Contour Light. The Stage Light options may be the most notable, leaving the subject highlighted against a darkened background, although the result is not quite as impressive as you’d be made to believe. However, the mode is currently in beta and will likely see improvements over time. This feature is, of course, also available through the phone’s 7-megapixel front-facing camera as well.
It would be remiss to say that the iPhone X offers the best camera on the smartphone market, no question. Many of the iPhone’s contemporaries now sport cameras of comparable quality. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, for example, has a dual-lens 12-megapixel rear camera with almost the exact specifications as the iPhone X. In practice, however, the results can vary significantly. The Pixel 2 also possesses an extraordinary camera, able to produce sharp pictures that imitate the same shallow depth of field effect as the iPhone, despite using one lens. I myself feel the iPhone X’s camera edges out the competition, but it likely comes down to personal taste.