Best for: best footage quality overall
Price: from $999
iPhone 13 Pro is a golden standard when it comes to phone cameras. Three 12 MP cameras at the back of the phone in combination with perfectly-tuned camera software make it the best smartphone for video recording in 2022 according to platforms like Tom’s Guide, TechRadar, and Mobile Motion.
iPhone 13 Pro can record video up to 4K in 60 FPS. The colorful Super Retina XDR display gives a fair representation of your footage.
Although it may seem that a set of 12 MP cameras is worse than what many Android cell phones have to offer. Also, Android phones may boast of having much more features than even the most recent iPhone. However, even the most expensive Android devices cannot match the quality of the final footage iPhones provide. The key to success consists of several factors:
The balance between cameras. Many smartphones are made with an excellent main camera and a few others with much lower resolution (e.g., 64 MP for the main camera and 2 MP for the accompanying ones). This influences the quality of the footage made in different non-default mods. Since all of the cameras of iPhone 13 Pro are equally good, all the features Apple provides work perfectly providing the best pictures and videos.
A larger lighting sensor. It lets the cameras pick up more light, which improves the footage taken in dim lighting conditions.
Optical image stabilization. The stabilization iPhones give is unmatched by most Android phone producers. It gives the final footage and pictures the crispiness that makes the image really pleasing.
Camera software. Many Android users point out that their default camera apps give worse quality than some apps found on Google Play. For iPhone users, it’s the opposite: the default camera application gives the best footage possible, unlike apps like Instagram or Snapchat. The reason is the amount of time, money, and effort Apple puts into its photo and video software. Since Apple is the only one producing iOS devices, they can craft software that works perfectly with the hardware they put in iPhones. Meanwhile, Apple devices are produced by many companies, so the default software cannot cater to all of them: some cameras will always be more adapt to the default software, others will be less.
As for the downsides, the front camera in iPhone 13 Pro is rather average for what the market has to offer. So, here’s a tip all the best vloggers use: try filming yourself with a rear camera. If you don’t move much, it’s easy to stay in the middle of the frame, and you’ll get the best footage quality the current market has to offer.
Concerning iPhone 13 Pro Max and the default version, the main difference between them is the screen size. Thus, it’s only worth investing if you prefer having a more sizeable phone with a bigger display. If all you’re concerned with is the camera, there’s no reason to spend more on the device.
Front camera: 12 MP wide camera, SL 3D depth/biometrics sensor
Rear cameras: three 12 MP cameras: telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide cameras; TOF 3D LiDAR depth scanner
3x optical zoom
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