Apple iPhone XS Max

Обзор камеры Apple iPhone Xs Max

The new Apple iPhone XS Max is the largest iPhone in the entire existence of the entire series, which is equipped with an 6,5-inch Super AMOLED screen. Otherwise, the changes are not so noticeable that the new camera also applies. A more detailed review of the characteristics of the camera of the smartphone becomes noticeable differences. So, the 12 MP sensor of the wide-angle module is increased from the iPhone 1,22 μm to the iPhone X y to 1,4 μm (the more, the better) for the new generation. As with the previous model, the image gets to the sensor via 6-lens optics with f / 1.8 aperture (the smaller, the better). The second camera with a telephoto lens, which has a sensor with a pixel size of 1,0 μm and 6 lens optics with a f / 2.4 aperture, did not undergo changes either. Both lenses have optical stabilization.

More noticeable software changes. In HDR mode when shooting a still image, the camera creates a variety of images in a buffer with different exposures, which ensures that there is no delay in this shooting mode. Moreover, thanks to this technology, iPhone XS Max is capable of displaying HDR images in real time when previewing. At the moment, this feature is not available to any of the competitors of the iPhone.

iPhone XS Max can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and Full-HD at up to 240 frames per second. In addition, the camera can shoot frames with an extended dynamic range, in which case the frame rate is limited to 30 frames per second.

It's important: The more compact iPhone XS has the same software as the iPhone XS Max, which means the conclusions of this article are also relevant for the iPhone XS.

  • Wide Angle Camera
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Aperture: f / 1.8
  • Image Resolution: 12 MP (4032x3024 pixels)
  • Video resolution: 8 MP (3840х2160)
  • Video frame rate: 60 frames / sec with 4 K, 240 frames / sec with FHD
  • Pixel size: 1,4 μm
  • Optical stabilization: yes
  • Camera with telephoto lens
  • Image Resolution: 12 MP (4032x3024 pixels)
  • Pixel size: 1 μm
  • Aperture: f / 2.4
  • Optical stabilization: yes

Обзор камеры Apple iPhone Xs Max Apple iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max smartphone received 105 points in the DxOMark Mobile tests. The device ranks second in the ranking of smartphones, second only to Huawei P20 Pro with a triple camera. The strongest side of this iPhone's cameras was shooting video during the day. On a bright day, it shows a wide dynamic range, rich colors and excellent detail. Stabilization minimizes shaking, making the iPhone even more attractive for mobile videographers.

Also pleased with the quality of shooting photos in daylight. The outdoor exposure is almost perfect, the level of detail is high, the colors are pleasant.

If one had to choose one flaw in these cameras, one would note the zoom. It was slightly improved compared to the iPhone X, but still shows luminance noise and less detail compared to better competitors, such as the Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9. PHOTO2, 3

Sample Photos of Apple iPhone XS Max
Photo captured in the medium approximation mode
Apple iPhone XS Max
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In general, the quality of photos can be rated as very good, resulting in an estimate of 110 balls. In addition to high quality in daylight, the camera shows a high stability of images one after another. Autofocus is among the best on smartphones, portrait mode is very good at highlighting the subject.

In addition to the zoom, you can count on the improvement of underexposed photos with flash, a noticeable brightness noise in low light and in dark areas in images with high contrast.

Score for the video is 96 balls. As you can see, it is lower compared to the rating for the photo, but the result is still very good. The video offers a very wide dynamic range, excellent image stabilization, fast and accurate autofocus. Detailing is good in bright light, but it drops noticeably in the dark and noise grows.

Photo Evaluation Analysis

The result for the photo test in 110 balls consists of the results of a series of tests for analyzing various indicators in different lighting conditions. Let's see what these tests are and what they showed.

Exposure and contrast (93)

New Smart HDR function copes with its task. As a result, the iPhone XS Max has excellent exposure and dynamic range in bright light and indoors. Thanks to a more powerful processor, the device is capable of displaying an HDR image in real time in previews. So you see in the viewfinder the same thing that you get in the photo. As far as we know, there is no such possibility on the smartphones of other manufacturers.

In these examples, you can see a significantly improved range compared to the iPhone X on bright and dark areas of the frame. Huawei P20 Pro provides slightly higher detail in bright areas, but overall the image is flatter and the contrast is lower.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Huawei P20 Pro

Dynamic range enhancements are even more evident in backlit portrait scenes. The iPhone XS Max delivers greater detail to the brighter background than the iPhone X. The current leader, Huawei P20 Pro, provides the same wide dynamic range.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Huawei P20 Pro

In scenes with high contrast, the iPhone perfectly minimizes the clipping of bright areas of the frame and provides highly detailed shadows. Exposure during studio shooting at a very low light level (1 Suite) produced slightly underexposed, but quite suitable photos. In this test, the iPhone manifests itself at the level of leaders.

High contrast scene
1 lux illumination

Color (84)

In terms of color rendition, the iPhone XS Max performs well, producing rich and pleasant colors during the day in the air or under artificial light indoors.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Huawei P20 Pro

However, there is a slight unsaturation when shooting in low light. This is noticeable in the night scenes. Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 give more vivid colors compared to the iPhone.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone XS Max
Huawei P20 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Apple iPhone XS Max - 100% Image
Huawei P20 Pro - 100% Image
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - 100% Image

A yellowish tint is periodically observed when shooting outdoors in bright light or with artificial lighting in rooms. Before this effect was observed on the iPhone X, but in this case it is more pronounced. This shade usually does not cause problems and is within acceptable limits.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Huawei P20 Pro

Autofocus (100)

Autofocus on the iPhone XS Max works very well, receiving a high rating. It acts quickly and accurately in any light and is stable. Focus allows you to get clear images with a minimum delay in 500 ms after defocusing the camera.

Textures (74) and noise (68)

In this section, the iPhone XS Max also achieved good results by applying a balanced approach to these two interdependent parameters of photo quality. This approach works particularly well in bright light. As you can see in the examples, the iPhone perfectly conveys the detail of the hair and the texture of the wall, coping well with digital noise. In this regard, it slightly exceeds the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL.

Apple iPhone XS Max - bright light textures
Apple iPhone X - texture in bright light
Google Pixel 2 - texture in bright light
100% Image: Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2

Detailing in a typical indoor lighting is good enough, but not as clear as that of the Huawei P20 Pro. Noise begins to appear, the detail drops. Google Pixel 2 also produces clearer images in this light.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Huawei P20 Pro
Google Pixel 2
100% Image: Apple iPhone XS Max, Huawei P20 Pro, Google Pixel 2

The difference between devices is even more obvious in low light. If you look at the pictures, the level of detail on all three devices is similar, but the Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy Note 9 do better with digital noise. On the iPhone, its more.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Huawei P20 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
100% Image: Apple iPhone XS Max, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 9

In real-life application scenarios, the results are the same as in the DxOMark lab. With the dedication of the 1000 suite, the iPhone is able to provide the same detail as the best competitors. In low-light 20 deluxe detail is also good, but the noise becomes more compared to competitors.

100% Image with 1000 Suite: Apple iPhone XS Max, Huawei P20 Pro, Google Pixel 2
100% image with 20 suites: Apple iPhone XS Max, Huawei P20 Pro, Google Pixel 2

Artifacts (86)

Артефакты на камере iPhone XS Max обычно находятся под хорошим контролем, в результате чего оценка высокая. Недостатком являются блики в объективе, которые периодически появляются на фотографиях с сильным источником освещения внутри или близко к краю кадра. Эффекты обычно не очень ярко выраженные и ненавязчивые. Также можно заметить искажения и муаровые узоры при ярком освещении, но нужно сильно вглядываться, чтобы увидеть их.

Flash (74)

Flash performance is not the strength of the iPhone. Exposure when testing in the studio is very low, as a result of the objects obtained underexposed. If you enlarge the image, you can notice the discretization of the skin color on the face of the subject and a rather pronounced red-eye effect. PHOTO 49-50

Apple iPhone XS Max - flash photography with 5 suite lighting
Apple iPhone XS Max - 100% image when shooting with flash when illuminated 5 Suite

За пределами студии iPhone способен предложить более качественные результаты работы вспышки. На изображении она обеспечивает хорошую экспозицию оттенков кожи объекта съёмки, при этом сохраняя детализацию фона.

Zoom (59)

Like direct competitors, the iPhone XS Max has a dual camera with a telephoto lens with an 2 multiple image magnification. Despite the optical zoom, results are inferior to competitors. In bright light, the quality increased slightly when compared to the iPhone X, but there was a slight decrease in detail in low light.

With an increase of about 8, you can see that the iPhone has less detail and more light noise than the Galaxy Note 9. You can also see the unsaturation of some textures and details as you zoom in on the image.

Apple iPhone XS Max - Maximum Zoom
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - maximum zoom
100% image at maximum magnification: Apple iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The scene being shown was zoomed around 5x and confirms the above results. The iPhone XS Max is capable of offering more detail than the iPhone X, but cannot compete with the Huawei P20 Pro triple camera. The Chinese device produces clearer images with less noise and higher detail.

Apple iPhone XS Max - 5 multiples
Apple iPhone X - 5 multiple increase
Huawei P20 Pro - 5-fold increase
100% image at 5 times magnification: Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro

The Bokeh effect (60)

iPhone XS Max offers one of the best bokeh effect simulations among smartphones. On closer inspection, some errors are seen in the assessment of the depth of field of the image, but the segmentation of the object and background is improved compared to the iPhone X. The images from the new smartphone have been improved compared to the iPhone X, as can be seen in the examples. Detailing the face and hair has grown compared to competing devices such as the Huawei P20 Pro. Also liked the processing of light in the background.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone X
100% Image: Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone X

In more complex scenes, errors in estimating the depth of the image may be more obvious. As with the Smart HDR, the bokeh effect simulation is displayed in the lens in real time. This is quite a useful feature for portrait photography when creating a photo composition.

Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone XS Max - 100% Image

In low light, the device also produces a good blur, which allows it to be used in places like bars and restaurants. The separation of the object from the background at a high level, the light sources at the rear are processed well.

Apple iPhone XS Max - bokeh effect in low light

Video Rating Analysis

Apple iPhone XS Max received for video 96 points due to the quality of recording in good light. The result for the exposure was 88, 88 color, 91 autofocus, 58 textures, 75 noise, 84 artifacts and 94 stabilization.

With the default 1080p 30 fps settings, the results are excellent with good lighting. It offers a wide dynamic range, rich colors, accurate white balance, high level of detail. The image stabilization system works very effectively, autofocus is fast and accurate.

With dim light in some places, the results are worse. White balance ceases to be stable in rooms, there are problems with exposure, for example, when panning. Detailing deteriorates, light noise becomes more noticeable indoors or in low light. There is a deterioration in clarity when using tracking autofocus. Stabilization works well in any light, especially helping with high-frequency movement, such as a handshake.

There is another advantage that has not been tested in this case, but which can be seen. Due to the increased reading speed of the sensor, the effect of a sliding shutter when panning is not as intrusive as on some competing smartphones. You can see that the vertical lines on the Pixel 2 and Galaxy Note 9 devices are much more slanted.

When shooting at a speed of 30 frames / sec, the dynamic range is noticeably better than the iPhone X. This reduces blue shift artifacts. As with taking photos, flashes of different colors are sometimes observed.

At 60 frame / s, stabilization is as effective as 30 frame / s. But there is no extended dynamic range, and you also have to put up with a blue offset. For example, it can be seen on the 6 second.

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iPhone XS Max has some of the best mobile cameras. In many ways, they have been improved compared to the cameras of the iPhone X. Photos and videos with excellent lighting are excellent, they have a wide dynamic range and high detail. Autofocus and image stabilization work quickly and efficiently. The cameras as a whole are very reliable, consistently delivering good results.

In low light, light noise becomes more intrusive than on other flagship smartphones. When the image is enlarged, the iPhone lags behind its competitors, especially from the Huawei P20 Pro. If this doesn’t bother you much, new Apple devices will be an excellent choice for mobile photographers and occupy the leading position in Smartphone cameras rating.

Prepared using materials DxOMark.

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