It’s Black Friday! May the shopping commence!
Many of us will be contemplating purchasing a new iPhone either as a present for ourselves or as a lovely gift for someone else. But…which one to buy? A 7, an 8, or X or 11? So many choices.
For many it comes down to the features of the camera app.
Recently in my adult ed class we were exploring the iPhone camera app. In the room, we had a 7, an 8, an 8 Plus, an 11, and an 11Pro. I have a X. Projecting my camera app using Apple TV screen share, I began to go over the different features. Immediately consternation was visible on the faces of the participants.
“Mine doesn’t look like that.”
“That function is definitely not on my camera.”
“I have something on my screen that is not on yours.”
Even though everyone had a fairly recent iPhone, there were major differences among them, especially in the camera app.
The images below show you the difference between the iPhone Xr and iPhone 11 camera screens.
iPhone 11—as you can see the 11 has icons like the half moon that are not on the Xr
The next day, a friend asked whether she should upgrade to an iPhone 11. She said, “I heard you can get a really good deal if you trade in your 7.” I asked her if she was going to use the camera for anything other than snapping quick pictures?
“Well,” I explained, “the big difference you would see is in the camera. Do you want to spend extra money for additional features you may not use? Both phones use iOS 13 with its many improvements.”
For me, the camera is the major reason to upgrade my iPhone. But, that’s not true for everyone. So let’s take a look at what functions do all recent iPhone cameras share and which iPhone camera apps have unique features.
Every iPhone camera has some very cool features such as pano. It’s the holiday season and a rare opportunity to capture a large family and friends group in one place. With pano, you can get the entire dining room table in one shot. No folks in the image below because I don’t have everyone’s permission from last Thanksgiving to publish their photo. However, the image below gives you the idea.
Here is a table that outlines the common features and functions of all recent iPhone camera apps. You can download your own copy by clicking here: Camerachart2
The newest camera features include portrait mode, multiple lenses, and night mode.
- Portrait mode provides four different lighting settings. You can also change these settings in the Photos app.
- Multiple lenses include ultra wide angle, wide angle, and telephoto. All of the cameras have the wide angle feature,
- Night mode provides extra illumination when you are shooting in very low light. Below are two images that demonstrate the use of Night Mode.
Low Light—not using Night Mode
Low Light—Using Night Mode
This table shows which iPhone cameras have the newest features. Hopefully it will help you make an informed decision.
You can download your own copy of this table here: camera chart
There are a tremendous number of things to think about when buying a new iPhone. Do your research and go to a store where you can physically handle the different models to see which one is best for you! Happy shopping!
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