"The telephoto camera on the iPhone XS is the same as on the X."
Gsmarena, did Apple confirm this? I don't think so, so don't say that! They always can improve the quality of the lens. Same specs don't mean same camera!
Gsmarena, you didn't explain Smart HDR correctly. When you enable the option that an additional non-HDR photo is saved, you'll see that sometimes you just get a single photo and not two. These are the cases when the photos are not labeled with "HDR" despite having "Smart HDR" enabled. This means that Smart HDR doesn't always use multiple exposures for every photo. Sometimes it just uses a single photo that has been exposed for the highlights. This isn't that different to Google's HDR+ as sometimes HDR+ only uses 2 frames (instead of 8).
And there is no HDR On option anymore. When "Smart HDR" is enabled, it won't combine multiple exposures for EVERY photo. When you disable "Smart HDR", you get manual HDR settings: HDR off and "HDR". When you choose "HDR" manually, this is identical to Smart HDR, so it won't combine multiple exposures for every photo. I have tested that.
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2018It's interesting that GSMArena are finally acknowledging that Android isn't a viable competito... moreYou got it completely wrong. They said Apple does not regard Android as competition. And this is only due to the fact that Apple users are addicted to Apple gear and will not go anywhere, while Android users have an open mind and are not stuck in an ecosystem, they need customization, great battery life, always-on screens to reduce dependence of smartphone, great cameras and great prices. All of these to be more productive and efficient instead of just owning a cool gadget as a status symbol.
This phone has worse battery life than Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, a 3 years old phone, I will never choose a phone with that horrendous battery life.
Camera is OK at best. Oversharpening halos, no detail (usual for 12 mp snapper) and visible noise in shadows.
"Apple is known for the meticulous attention to detail for its software, the extended iOS support (the 2013 iPhone 5s was just updated and made faster!)" .... ROFL ... if you call ios 11 as attention to detail and meticulous software update then God save you !!!!
And 5S got updated because those owners spent one year using buggy phone with ios 11. It was more of a payback time for apple. Otherwise why wouldn't they do the same in all previous years where they just supported 4 years of updates ????? ... lol people just go behind apple
The fact that Pixel 2 is still better than this camera only makes me wonder how incredible the Pixel 3 camera will be. O.o
Duck of death, 25 Sep 2018What I don't get is, why isn't the big one called XL when the small one is XS?They had 6 and 6s. Now X and Xs.
Xs Max should have been named Xs+, but Apple believes it has amazing battery life to be called Max like Asus does
Low light shots are awful.
The bricks of the buildings are completely obliterated by Noise Reduction.
You can not see where one brick limits.
Too bad for only 500 of ISO.
Note 9, Xz3, U12+, Xz2 Premium can do much better.
The battery life has dropped since the last gen? Maybe this was a dodgy unit?
What I don't get is, why isn't the big one called XL when the small one is XS?
It's interesting that GSMArena are finally acknowledging that Android isn't a viable competitor to iOS. How long have we been saying this for?!
[deleted post]Not really, but it's mainly because of lower screen brightness.
Still, at 400nits, the sunlight legibility is great, and we can only safely say that it could be on par with the iPhone Xs if it was as bright at 650nits max brightness level.
Tsk tsk. Another confirmation that the iPhone XS loses to the Pixel 2 in still photos.