All iPhone 13s would benefit from a new ultra-wide angle sensor without any compromise on quality. The sensor would in particular be better suited to night photos. It was initially thought that the new mod would be exclusive to Pro models, but a new report says the component will be present on all variants.
High-end smartphones are now generally excellent in photography. This is so true that their shots are often difficult to identify when mixed with other images taken from professional cameras. However, when we talk about the photo quality of smartphones, we often think more of photos from the main sensor than photos from the ultra-wide angle or even those from the telephoto lens after a certain magnification threshold.
Fact creating really bright “ultra-wide angles” and telephoto lenses for smartphones is very difficult. These components require more complex optics, all in very space-constrained devices – which limits the amount of light that reaches the sensor. This is why you will have noticed it on all high-end smartphones: the photos taken from the wide angle or the telephoto lens are much less balanced and precise than the others. And it’s even worse in low light.
iPhone 13: Apple would have found how to integrate an ultra-wide angle sensor without compromise
These sensors let in less light than the main sensor, and therefore the night images are prickly noise, and are on the whole less usable. This is true for both the sensors of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max as well as those of last year’s iPhone 11 or smartphones from leading competitors such as the Samsung S21 Ultra and the Huawei P40 Pro. Apple would nevertheless have planned an innovation in this area, programmed for the iPhone 13.
According to a report by Barclays, Apple would integrate a new ultra-wide angle with an aperture of f / 1.8 against f / 2.4 for the current generation. About what let in a lot more light which should allow it to deliver beautiful night photos, like the main sensor. As a bonus the new module will embed a additional lens and will have autofocus. Current smartphones have a module consisting of 5 lenses with fixed focal length.
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There has been talk for some time about the arrival of this improved sensor. It was initially rather expected on the Pro models, but according to Barclays, Apple finally decided to implement it on all variants. We note that other improvements are also expected on the telephoto Pro models. We would thus be entitled to an equivalent 65 mm lens with a larger f / 2.2 aperture.