All of the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Camera Features

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR were all announced today. The new models have some great new camera features.

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iPhone XS Camera Features

The iPhone XS camera features are great, and it’s nice to see that the iPhone XR have the exact same features.

Phil Schiller showing iPhone Xs camera features

  • 12MP wide-angle camera: Optical image stabilization, new sensor, 1.4um pixels, Focus pixels, f/1.8, 6-element lens
  • 12MP telephoto camera:¬†Optical image stabilization, f/2.4, 6-element lens, 2x optical zoom
  • True Tone Flash: improved flicker-detect system
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera: new sensor, improved lens
  • Smart HDR
  • Improved bokeh that is adjustable

Two of my favorite features are the adjustable bokeh when you take a Portrait Mode photo. This is a powerful feature that I don’t think I’ve seen in a smartphone camera before.

The other cool feature is that the iPhone XR camera can also take Portrait Mode photos, even though it doesn’t have a dual-lens camera. Apple has definitely improved its photography algorithms.

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Lee Dronick

Did they fix the design flaw that only allows landscape mode when the camera held in landscape mode and vice versa for portrait. It should be a user setting as it is easier to take a video in portrait mode when you can only hold the camera in one hand.


One thing that has always bothered me about their (and others’) Depth of Field feature (by the way they are totally confusing the idea of Bokeh and Depth of field)*, is that it’s not really Depth of field. They are taking a 100% crisp photo with a very large depth of field, applying a mask to what they think is the foreground image and blurring the background to the same value no matter how far away it is (Because they don’t know how far away it is). It looks good most times, but even in their “amazing” example of the… Read more »