Mobile phone cameras have come a long way in the past decade, to the point where they can certainly compete with dedicated cameras in certain areas. So how is the new flagship iPhone in a field it claims to dominate?
It was around 2016 that I started taking my phone camera seriously, if I recall. I bought a top-spec Google Pixel and I can finally see the threat it poses to point-and-shoot cameras. In 2018, I started using my phone to take wide-angle shots instead of changing lenses. Now, I use my phone to take most of the wide angle shots and most other snapshots – it continues to encroach on the territory that used to be my camera.
The extent to which the computational aspect of phone photography has improved is most responsible for its value to me. Even Portrait Mode, the equivalent of a meme when it was first released, is now good enough that even photographers can’t always tell. One area in particular that strikes me in the face of the latest phone cameras is low-light capabilities. You can often take pictures that 10 years ago might have completely wiped out.
In this video, you can take a behind-the-scenes look at a nighttime street shoot with the new iPhone 14 PRO and see how well it performs. What do you think?