Apple unveils the iPhone 15, the most ‘pro’ smartphone camera yet

Sep 12, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Apple unveils the iPhone 15, the most ‘pro’ smartphone camera yet

Sep 12, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Apple just announced the latest version of their smartphone, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, and you might just be tempted to part with a grand. According to the hype, they are the strongest, fastest, and most capable camera phones yet. Oh, and finally, they got rid of the lighting port in favour of a USB-C.

The two phones are made of an invincible-sounding titanium. The 15 Pro starts at $999 with 128GB of storage, and the Pro Max at $1,199 with 256GB of storage.

iPhone 15 pro camera

But enough about that, let’s look at what really matters: the camera. The 15 Pro and Pro Max supposedly have Apple’s best cameras yet. A 48-megapixel camera that can take perfect photos in low light with fewer lens flare issues.

Users can select three different lens focal lengths from the main camera: 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm. There is also an impressive 5x optical zoom which takes it to a whopping 120mm focal length, the most of any iPhone.

Other new camera features include:

  • Night mode gets better with sharper details and more vivid colours
  • New Smart HDR captures subjects and the background with more true-to-life renderings of skin tones while ensuring photos have brighter highlights, richer mid-tones, and deeper shadows when viewed in the Photos app.

iPhone 15 pro video features 

If you’re shooting video, you’ll be able to shoot 4K60 ProRes video directly onto the phone or shoot directly to an external drive through the USB-C port (so that’s why it’s useful!). Clearly, Apple is expecting content creators to be using this device professionally. It’s also available with up to 1TB capacity if you are planning to shoot a lot of video, and of course, it still features the cinematic mode from the previous two versions up to 4K.

iPhone 15 Pro is moving to USB-C

And coupled with the 10Gbps transfer speeds via the USB-C port, it certainly seems like this phone could be useful. It also boasts the fastest performance of any smartphone, according to Apple, and could even give some lower-end PCs a run for their money. That’s not really a surprise considering the 6-core CPU and GPU. Let’s face it, though, these phones probably cost more than a low-end PC!

So will it be worth it to upgrade? Honestly, if you have one of Samsung’s latest and greatest phones, probably not. Likewise, if you already have the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro, then again, the camera and video specs probably aren’t going to be enough of an upgrade to make it worth it.

But you know, this is Apple, and they’ve marketed perfectly with pretty shiny colours and beautiful packaging, so of course we all want one!

The 15 Pro and the Pro Max will be available for preorder this Friday and on sale September 22nd. Buy the 15 Pro from $999 with 128GB of storage and the Pro Max from $1,199 with 256GB of storage.

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4 responses to “Apple unveils the iPhone 15, the most ‘pro’ smartphone camera yet”

  1. Carter Tune Avatar
    Carter Tune

    Keep it

  2. Bart Ros Fotografie - Fotograaf Deventer & Overijssel Avatar
    Bart Ros Fotografie – Fotograaf Deventer & Overijssel

    For the first time ill skip. The innovation seems to have stopped for a while now. My 14 pro max is good enough.

  3. Stephen Jenner Avatar
    Stephen Jenner

    No thanks, I will stick to my Rolleiflex for now.

    I will keep the Leica Q2 as a backup, but film leaves digital standing.

    Imagine, a new 2 1/4 inch sensor for every snap.

  4. Dan Watson Avatar
    Dan Watson

    It’s 3 cameras with 7 features maybe…calling it 7 cameras is a joke. My A7RV isn’t 2 cameras because it has an APSC crop mode. All the 28, 35, and 2x cameras are is sensor crops…35mm is just a 1.5x crop of the 24mm sensor and without question it comes at a quality loss.

    My big gripe is with the Max…in order to get that new 5x 120mm lens you have to sacrifice the 77mm 3x lens which I would probably use 10x more often. Unlike Samsung that added a 4th zoom camera, Apple pulled the 3x and that’s a massive loss. I’m typically a max user but to me, that’s a big hit. Guarantee if Apple had ADDED an extra 5x camera instead of traded, that new 120mm shot would be the one I used the least, even if it is awesome to have. So yeah, having 120mm is awesome but it’s not awesome when it comes at the cost of a way more useful lens. Having nothing native between 24mm and 120mm is a BIG loss

    Also, no fast charging??? Has to be the only USB C phone without it and I noticed on their website, they are comparing battery life with the iphone 12…it can’t be good when to show improvement you have to compare it to 2020 tech haha.

    The only good news is the 24mm main camera is getting better, usb c is overall a win, lighter never hurts, and I’m sure the new processor will allow better performance…definitely a 2 steps forward, 1 step back slight update year. Tim Cook is milking these profit margins for as long as he can get away with it!