Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro was the first iOS device to feature three rear cameras. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro models followed the same design. But why does the iPhone have three cameras? What do the three cameras do? Head below to learn the answers.
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Why Do iPhones Have 3 Cameras?
The three cameras your iPhone is equipped with sport three different types of lenses: telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide. The telephoto lens captures zoomed-in images without losing image clarity. The wide-angle lens takes standard wide-angle photos. Then, the ultra-wide lens introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro captures ultra-wide 120-degree images.
When you’re zooming in, you’re not just looking closer at the pixels. You’re actually switching to a specialized camera equipped with a different piece of glass.
As you can see, each camera is equipped with a different lens that has a specific job do to. Together, they provide iPhone users with extra functionalities. The telephoto and wide-lens cameras allow the device to take better pictures using a wide variety of angles and options such as zoom mode, portrait mode, and so on. The ultra-wide camera captures more of the user’s surroundings. It’s the main camera your device uses for taking landscape photos.
Your iPhone’s cameras are not working separately, they work together and provide users with more options. For example, the wide and ultra-wide lenses capture the same image simultaneously. This allows you to quickly turn a standard wide-angle photo into an ultra-wide image.
Add AI Power Into the Mix
What is truly amazing is the way the software combines the images and frames taken with those cameras into a better image or video. That’s the magic of iOS. Deep Fusion (Apple’s neural image processing technology) uses artificial intelligence to merge images and frames of different exposures into a single image or video. The aim is to create the highest-quality image or video possible.
Also, if one of the lenses didn’t capture certain image parts properly, the other cameras kick in and solve the problem. Three cameras can capture more light than one which helps users take better pictures.
Apple pairs the three cameras at the factory. When you’re recording a video, you can actually record different angles and magnification at the same time. All the cameras are focused on the same point and use the exact same settings in terms of color, speed, exposure, and so on. That’s why switching from one focus mode to another is so easy.
All these capabilities make the iPhone an excellent choice for taking high-quality photos and recording really amazing videos.
iPhone Pro models feature three cameras. Each camera has a specific job do to. The telephoto lens is used for zooming in. The wide-angle lens takes standard wide-angle photos. The ultra-wide lens takes ultra-wide 120-degree photos. Apple’s Deep Fusion technology combines the images captured by these three cameras to create the highest-quality possible photos and videos.
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