iPhone 14 Pro features 48MP camera with computational photography improvements
Apple has announced the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, featuring significant improvements to the camera system including an all-new 48MP Main camera with a quad-pixel sensor that adapts to the photo being captured, and features second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilisation.
In addition to the new hardware, Apple has improved computational photography — the use of computer processing capabilities in cameras to produce an enhanced image beyond what the lens and sensor pics up in a single shot — through deep integration of hardware and software.
Apple says with the improved computational photography combined with the 48MP Main camera, images will see a dramatic increase in quality, offering “extraordinary detail” that preserves subtle textures, provides better colour, and maintains more information in an image.
For most photos, the quad-pixel sensor combines every four pixels into one large quad pixel equivalent to 2.44 µm, resulting in amazing low-light capture and keeping photo size at a practical 12MP. The quad-pixel sensor also enables a 2x Telephoto option that uses the middle 12 megapixels of the sensor for full-resolution photos and 4K videos with no digital zoom. This delivers optical quality at a familiar focal length.
The quad-pixel sensor also brings benefits to pro workflows, optimising for detail in ProRAW. And with a new machine learning model designed specifically for the quad-pixel sensor, iPhone now shoots ProRAW at 48MP with “an unprecedented level of detail, enabling new creative workflows for pro users” says Apple.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in deep purple, silver, gold, and space black in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities. The two devices will be available to pre-order on Apple.com on Friday, September 9, with deliveries and in-store availability beginning Friday, September 16. Customers can get iPhone 14 Pro from $999 (US) and $1,099 (US).
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