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Camera Comparison: iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XR and iPhone XS models share many similarities, but a big difference is the rear camera setting. While…

The iPhone XR and iPhone XS models share many similarities, but a big difference is the rear camera setting. While iPhone XS has a dual lens camera system with wide-angle and telephoto lens, iPhone XR has a single wide-angle camera.

In our latest YouTube video, we compared the cameras to iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max to see how much of a difference you’ll really see with single camera vs. double lens camera.


Although iPhone XR does not have two lenses to work with, it still has many of the same features available in iPhone XS enabled by some software.
Smart HDR, the multi-image feature for more detail in the shadows and highlights of photographs, is featured on both iPhone XS and iPhone XR as well as Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting and Depth Control, which is an option that allows you to adjust the amount of background prints in an image.
iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS Portrait Mode

On iPhone XR Portrait mode, which disappears the background of an image while the foreground is sharp, only works when a person is in the frame. This means that you can not get portrait modes of pets, flowers, food or other objects.

You can make non-personal portrait mode images on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max because two cameras are used together to compute deep information. The only camera on iPhone XR gives less detailed depth information for photographs, so it must be used to detect a person to separate the foreground from the background.

On the plus side, because the iPhone XR exclusively uses the f / 1

.8 wide-angle lens for portrait mode photographs and does not need to rely on the f / 2.4 telephoto lens aperture found in iPhone XS Portrait Mode Images taken in low light may show better than XS portrait modes because the wider lens gives more ambient light.


iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS Poor Light Portrait

With Portrait Mode Photos iPhone XR fights a bit with edge detection and the images can be softer than those captured with iPhone XS due to the lack of telelins and less deep information to work with. Portrait mode photos on both devices can be edited with different depth controls and standing lighting features, but there are two smaller portrait lighting options on XR.

When you take common pictures without portrait mode, there are few differences between the models iPhone XS and iPhone XR because both smartphones use the same f / 1.8 width angular lens. For example, images taken in the default zoom mode look like the same.

However, you will see some differences using iPhone XS 2x optical zoom telephoto lens under conditions where the lighting is good because this feature is not available on iPhone XR ]. With no other lens, iPhone XR is limited to digital zoom that maximizes at 5x. iPhone XS can make 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom, but it will only use the optical zoom under ideal lighting conditions.

If you take a 2x photo in a low-light situation on iPhone XS it’s a good chance it will look like it was taken on iPhone XR because iPhone XS default settings for digital zoom on optical zoom when wider lens provides a better image. If you take a 2x image with light illumination on iPhone XS it will be sharper than the same 2x image on iPhone XR due to the difference between true optical zoom and digital zoom.

4K video using wide-angle lens is identical to both iPhone XS and iPhone XR and both phones have the same video features as 1080p 240fps slomo, optical image stabilization and stereo audio recording. However, you are limited to 3x digital zoom on iPhone XR vs 2x optical zoom or 6x digital zoom on iPhone XS .

With regard to the forward facing camera, you will not see any differences between the iPhone XR and iPhone XS models because all three of the smartphones use the same TrueDepth camera system with a 7 megapixel forward facing camera and full support for portrait modes, portrait lighting, deep control, memoji and animoji.

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