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iPhone X camera aims to dethrone Google Pixel 2

iPhone X models
The Apple iPhone X

It’s been a mouth-watering few months for advancing camera technology with releases from Sony, Google, Nikon, Samsung and Huawei, just to name a few. Now it’s time to turn our attention to Apple’s latest venture, the iPhone X.

In early October, Google’s Pixel 2 camera topped the rankings for mobile devices in DxOMark’s mobile testing. And it won’t be an easy task for the iPhone X to topple Google’s remarkable camera technology.

SEE MORE Google Pixel 2: A Seriously Good Camera

iPhone X camera features

  • 12MP dual Wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture) and Telephoto (f/2.4 aperture) rear camera lenses
  • 7MP front-facing camera with depth sensory
  • Improved dual OIS (optical image stabilisation)
  • Portrait mode for rear and front cameras
  • Advanced ISP (image signal processor)
  • Optical zoom of up to 10x for photos of 6x for video
  • 4K up to 60fps video recording
  • Time-lapse and slow-motion 1080p up to 240fps
  • 1080p HD video recording on front camera

iPhone X photo capabilities

Apple's iPhone x camera sample
Apple’s iPhone X camera sample

Following on from the latest release of iPhone 8 models, Apple has pretty much kept the same camera inside it’s ground-breaking new iPhone X – albeit with a few improvements.

The iPhone X features the same dual Wide-angle and telephoto camera that can be found in the iPhone 8 Plus, but with an improvement in aperture to the telephoto lens and a new dual optical image stabilisation making it “effortless” when capturing photos and videos in low-light.

Apple's iPhone x camera sample
Apple’s iPhone X camera sample

The larger and faster 12MP sensor paths the way for an advanced ISP (image signal processor) that can detect elements in a scene like people, motion and lighting to optimise photos before they’re taken.

An improved Portrait Mode also features in the iPhone X, along with the new Portrait Lighting Mode (currently in BETA), to improve photography in low-light situations and to produce a better natural-looking bokeh effect.

iPhone X front-facing portrait mode apple sample
iPhone X front-facing Portrait Lighting mode sample

Like in the Google Pixel 2, portrait mode will also be available for selfies due to Apple’s new depth sensors in it’s 7MP front-facing camera. Early reviewers, CNET, have already expressed their joy by claiming “the front-facing camera is reborn”.

iPhone X video capabilities

The videoing capabilities of the iPhone X are, as many predicted, highly impressive. Not only does the new 5.8″ Super Retina OLED screen visually improve videos, but according to Apple the improved “Apple-designed video encoder performs real-time image processing for optimal quality”.

The larger sensor and advanced ISP will produce much steadier and smoother videos, with the OIS also designed to reduce motion blur and handshake in low-light shoots.

Although video recording remains the same as the iPhone 8 Plus, it’s important to see the improvement made against Apple’s iPhone 7. Rear-camera recording is now 4K up to 60fps from the 7’s 4K at 30fps.

Also comparable to the latest professional camera releases, with recording of 4K up to 30fps for Sony’s A7r iii and Nikon’s D850.

SEE MORE Nikon D850 Scores 100 in DxOMark Test

“Whether you’re a proud parent, a film student or a working director, iPhone X lets you shoot phenomenal movies.” Apple.

Other iPhone X features

  • Edge-to-edge 5.8″ Super Retina OLED screen with 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • A11 Bionic Chip with 70% faster performance than Apple’s A10 chip
  • Glass backing and polished steel casing
  • Longer lasting battery (2 hours more than iPhone 7)
  • Wireless charging
  • FaceID and Animoji
  • Water, splash and dust resistant
  • Price: from £999
  • Available: 3rd November 2017

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