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Everything new with the iPhone 13’s cameras

Apple announced the iPhone 13 series of flagship devices last night. While there weren’t any jaw-dropping updates from the iPhone 12, Apple used the event as an attempt to convince people that the new devices had much better cameras.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in iPhone 13 cameras.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

While the specifications of the main lens remain the same, Apple has adopted the new 1.7µm pixel size as compared to 1.4µm in the iPhone 12 camera. This will result in photos with better details and texture.

Apple claims that the new pixel size will allow the sensors to capture 47% more light. That means you could take better photos in low-light conditions.

The company is also bringing sensor-shift optical image stabilization — introduced first in last year’s Pro Max model — to the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini. This tech works on stabilizing the actual sensor rather than the lens, so effectively resulting in smoother videos. This is handy if you have kids or pets, and have to run around the house trying to capture some footage.

Apple spent a good part of the presentation talking about the new Cinematic mode on the new iPhones. The gist of this mode is allowing you to change focus during and after shooting, while applying dramatic depth effects on people, objects, and pets in the frame.

You can read more about the new Cinematic mode in my colleague Napier’s story.