“Music” Hey guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and here is my camera review of the iPhone XS Max. In the past 2 and half weeks that I have had this phone, I travelled to some of my favourite locations in and around Pune, to shot a lot of images and videos samples. I have also shot a many images with the Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 6, which means there is going to be a comparison videos in the coming days. So make sure you hit that subscribe button, if you don’t want to miss out the camera comparison between the iPhone XS Max, Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 6.Now, before we get to the Image and video samples from the iPhone XS Max, let us first get its camera specifications out of the way. The camera module is more or less similar to that of the iPhone X, and it still sticks out of the back. But Apple tells us, that the primary camera in this module has an all new bigger sensor, with deeper pixels. It has a 26mm wide lens, and the same resolution of 12 megapixel, with a wide aperture of f/1.8 as we saw on the iPhone X. But the actual sensor is now bigger and each individual pixel has a size of 1.4micron, so it captures much more light. Secondary camera has a telephoto lens of 52mm and again has a similar resolution of 12 megapixel with an aperture of f/2.4.Both the cameras are optically stabilised, and now they have twice the number of autofocus pixels, so the focusing speed is even faster than before. There is also a quad led true tone flash, to assist while taking images in very low lighting situations. You still get Portrait lighting modes, which lets you add various professional lighting effects to your shots. And now you can also change the amount of blur in the background of the portrait images, while editing.You can shoot 4k videos at 24,30 and 60fps and 1080p videos at 30,60,120 or 240fps, and all these videos can now record stereo audio. At the front you have a 7 megapixel True Depth camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and it can now shoot 1080p 60fps videos. Apple is embracing computational photography. So the camera hardware combined with some smart software, is capable of delivering amazing results. Apple is still burring the options to change any of the video resolutions, deep in the settings app.So every time you need to shoot at different resolution, you gave to go to settings, scroll down to camera settings, and then make the desired changes. I think, they should simplify things, and let us
make these changes, right from within the camera app. Now lets take a look at the image and video samples from this phone. All the images are shot in the auto mode, with Smart HDR turned on. I saw the sample images that Apple showed in their keynote, and that had me really exited for these new iPhones, and looking at these image samples, I have to say I am pretty impressed. Thanks to a larger sensor, there are much more details in these images. Everything is crisp and sharp, when capturing images in bright day light. Colours also look very good but they are a bit warmer and slightly saturated, compared to the actual scene. From last year, Apple has made some changes to its image processing. Colours are a bit vibrant and saturated and the overall images are slightly warmer.Depending on your colour preference, you may or may not like it. The secondary lens allows you to take 2x zoomed images like these. The secondary lens does not have a larger sensor, but it does have OIS, so the sensor can capture more light, resulting in detailed images. These optically zoomed images have so much more details compared to 2x digitally zoomed images. Now Smart HDR is one of the best addition to these new iPhones. It offers an amazing dynamic range. Without this feature, the tree in this image would have been completely black, and due to the bright sun in the background, the sky would have also be completely blown out. Here is an example of 2 images with and without Smart HDR turned on. Look at the amount of details being brought back from the shadows, and the colours being preserved, thanks to Smart HDR. Normal HDR feature on the iPhone X last year was also pretty good, but it was nowhere close to the HDR enhanced feature found on the Pixel 2.With Smart HDR, that gap has been reduced by quite a lot. I have shot these same images with the Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 6 , so in my next video, we will see if the Smart HDR on the iPhone XS Max can take on the enhanced HDR mode of Pixel 2. In these overcast conditions, when there wasn’t enough sunlight, XS Max was still able to capture good looking images with lot of details. Usually in these situations, there is lot of noise in the darker parts of the images, but image processing on the XS Max is doing a good job of keeping the noise down. Now there are twice the amount of focus pixels, and as you can see, it can switch the focus from a near to far object very quickly. Quick
and accurate focusing is important while taking these close up shots. thanks to a very wide F/1.8 aperture, the background in these shots is blurred out very nicely, leaving the subject in perfect sharp focus. Many people say that they don’t take a lot of images with the portrait mode, but I am not one of them.Whenever possible, I prefer taking images with the portrait mode turned on, specially when there is ample light. Portrait mode on the XS Max combined with the smart HDR feature, is simply amazing. It has been getting better with time, ever since it was announced with the iPhone 7 Plus, and now it is nearly perfect. Just look look at how well it differentiates the subject from the background, and now it is much better around the hair and glasses.It still struggles a bit at times, but if you take a few seconds to compose the shot, results are amazing. You still get various portrait lighting effects, but I don’t use the too often. And now you also have the ability to change the blur in the background of the portrait mode images, after you have clicked an image. Apple is definitely no the first one to implement this, but the way in which the blur is applied is definitely unique. Other manufacturers detect the subject that should be in focus, and then apply same amount of blur to the remaining background.Whereas these new iPhones, detect how far away various elements in the background are and then depending on the distance, they are blurred out more or less. You can play around with this aperture slider while editing portrait shots, but I found somewhere around 4 to 5.5 to be the sweet spot where the image looks most natural. Portrait mode on any smartphone is designed to take images of people, but I love to try this mode on objects, and here are the results. With time, iPhone cameras have got very good at detecting the edges of non human objects. It is definitely not perfect at detecting the edges of complex objects, or with things like straws or glasses of water, but it is much better than before. I have seen smartphones priced much lower than this, take better portrait mode images of objects, So I think Apple should work even harder to make this mode perfect. As we move to indoor and artificial lighting conditions, cameras on the XS Max still continue to impress.The dynamic range is still on point, and you can see lot of details inside and also out of the window. Colours are a
bit warm as I said before, but they look good for the most point. Thanks to a bigger sensor and optical image stabilisation, the camera can gather more details, and even be open for few extra milliseconds to let in more light, so the images are are detailed and and there is is less amount of noise in them. As we start moving to even lower lighting situations, you can still pull of some very good shots. Normally, there would be much more noise, in these images and the text in low light would be pretty much unreadable, but as you can see, these images are clear and the text is perfectly sharp. There is some noise when we click images in even lower light, but it doesn’t make the image distracting or unusable.If you like taking images with the front facing camera, the 7 megapixel true depth sensor delivered great results in ample light. Colours and the dynamic range from the front facing camera are also very good. The beauty gate issue has been blown out of proportion. It is just the new aggressive noise reduction at work, and it is not a big deal. There are plenty of details in these daylight selfies, and the dynamic range is much improved for this front camera as well. Here are some low light selfies, and you can see that even these are filled with details. They might be a bit softer when compared side by side to some of the other phones, but on their own, these images look pretty good. You can take portrait images with the true depth selfie camera, and the results are much better than any of the previous iPhones. It is much better at detecting the edges and separating the background, but it can still miss certain parts of your hair and blur it out.Again the dynamic range on the front facing camera is great improved. But it still has a problem if you have multiple people in the shot. It keeps the face closest to the camera in sharp focus, while it blurs out the other faces in the shot. I would say Portrait mode on the front facing camera is better than the iPhone X, but it is not as good as some of the other Android smartphones. Here is a video from the front facing camera of the iPhone XS Max.You can see how it handles the exposure of the scene, overall colours and the stabilisation when I walk with it. Coming to the video footage, the iPhone XS Max is one of the best in its class. It can shoot 4k 30fps videos with an amazing dynamic range. Stabilisation is really good, since both of its
cameras have optical image stabilisation. It can also shoot 4k 60fps videos. You can play these videos as they are, or even slow them down to have a nice cinematic video experience. For slow motion, you have the option to shoot at 120 or 240fps in 1080p resolution. And you get to choose the parts of the video that you want to slow down, later on.This is without a doubt, the best camera on an iPhone yet. Thanks to the larger sensor, wide aperture, telephoto lens, optical stabilisation on both the lenses and software features like smart HDR, you can take amazing images and videos. Its definitely an improvement over the iPhone X in the camera department. If you are using an iPhone 7 or any phone from before that, upgrading to the iPhone XS or XS Max will get you a much needed bump in the camera performance. But if you already have the iPhone X, then unless you absolutely want to spend the extra money, want that new gold colour, or need a bigger display, I would say you can skip this years iPhones and see what Apple has to offer next year. So after looking at over 90 image and video samples, what do you guys think about the cameras on this new iPhone XS Max, and with which phones do you want me to compare its camera with? let me know in the comments section. That is it for this video guys. Please hit the like button if you enjoyed this video, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this.You can also check out some of the other videos from the channel. This has been Sagar, and i’ll catch you guys in the next video. Take care. .