Apple took to the stage for the first time at the Steve Jobs Theater yesterday, showing off its 10th anniversary iPhone. The much-hyped iPhone X brings a number of interesting features and specifications, but nothing more exciting than the wonders its cameras are capable of.
The TrueDepth camera system of the iPhone X houses sophisticated cameras and sensors for new capabilities, like Face ID. This front facing camera enables you to shoot selfies with a depth-of-field effect. "The TrueDepth camera, along with the A11 Bionic chip, captures the photo and creates this effect with the tap of a finger," Apple claims.
Coming to the camera on the back, Apple has fitted not one but two 12MP sensors with a new color filter and deeper pixels. Not to forget the new optical image stabilization module. Both of these rear cameras have optical image stabilization and fast lenses for outstanding photos and videos even in low light. "We integrated faster, optically image-stabilized cameras with the advanced machine learning of the A11 Bionic chip," Apple said. "The result is a photography system that sees more, understands more, and does more."
Apple iPhone X camera samples (dual 12MP back camera setup)
But, does it really see more, understand more and do more? To be honest, we won't get to know until the Apple iPhone X starts shipping in November. But until then, we have some official iPhone X camera samples to give us an early look into these cameras. While we are impressed, we will try not to get too infatuated with these beautiful shots until we get to see some real-world photography post-shipping.
Official Apple iPhone X camera samples (TrueDepth, front-facing)
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple's iPhone X may have stolen all the thunder yesterday, but the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are not to be taken lightly, either. When it comes to the camera, the iPhone 8 Plus is super close to the specifications of the iPhone X. The phone comes equipped with a dual camera setup and optical image stabilization. More on the differences between these three cameras can be checked out in this nifty little chart.
For some actual comparison, here are the official iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus camera samples shared by Apple itself.
Whether Apple's latest iPhone X is an overhyped product or a true evolution in the industry, we will know once the product is available in the consumer market. But, one thing is for sure. With its portrait mode enabled on the front facing camera, its capability of shooting 4K videos at 60fps, and technologies like Portrait Lighting that combines complex software and hardware like depth‑sensing cameras and facial mapping, the latest iPhone will certainly become one favorite product among the amateur photographers and instagrammers.
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