Apple held a livestream event on Tuesday afternoon to introduce the iPhone 15, the latest model in its popular smartphone lineup. As always, the camera was a major focus of the event, with Apple touting a number of improvements over previous models.
The iPhone 15’s main rear camera features a 48-megapixel sensor, a significant upgrade over the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 14. This allows for more detail in photos and videos, as well as better low-light performance. The camera also has a wider aperture (ƒ/1.6) than the iPhone 14, which lets in more light.
In addition to the main camera, the iPhone 15 also has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. This camera is useful for taking wider shots, such as landscapes or group photos.
Both the main and ultra-wide cameras use Apple’s new “computational photography” features, which use software to improve image quality. These features include Smart HDR 4, which automatically adjusts the exposure and white balance of photos, and Night mode, which takes better photos in low-light conditions.
Apple also announced a number of new camera features for the iPhone 15, including:
- Portrait mode is now automatic. The iPhone’s machine learning will automatically detect when a person or pet is in the frame and apply portrait mode, which blurs the background and focuses on the subject.
- Focus and depth controls can now be adjusted after the fact. This allows you to change who is in focus in a photo, or to add or remove blur.
- Cinematic mode is a new feature that allows you to create shallow depth-of-field effects in videos. This is similar to portrait mode, but for videos.
Overall, the camera on the iPhone 15 is a significant upgrade over previous models. It takes better photos in all lighting conditions, and it has a number of new features that make it more versatile.
In addition to the camera, the iPhone 15 also has a number of other new features, including:
- A new A16 Bionic chip, which is said to be up to 40% faster than the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14.
- A new design with a flat-edge display.
- A new front-facing camera with autofocus.
- Support for 5G mmWave connectivity.
The iPhone 15 will be available for pre-order on September 16 and will start shipping on September 23. Prices start at $799.