This year Apple released quite a fleet of devices ranging from the annual iPhones to the new upgraded MacBook Air. One of the devices which turned a lot of heads was the iPhone XR offering the pure iOS experience at a slightly lower price point. This wasn’t the first time Apple tried to bring in a budget option but it is safe to say that they learnt from their mistakes.
The iPhone XR with slightly less beefy specs offered the almost the same software experience but it is in the camera department where the iPhone XS shines. Photography has always been a key feature in all the iPhones with Apple doing extra work to bring in the most high octane product to its users. The iPhone XR instead of the traditional dual rear-facing cameras offers a single lens identical to what is used as a primary shooter in the XS and XS Max.
DxOMark, a well-known benchmark organization for smartphone cameras stated that the iPhone XR has undoubtedly the best camera out of all single lens phones. Now, the iPhone XR definitely provides quality results thanks to the A12X Bionic chip which allows top-notch image processing. But do keep in mind that given the fact that only a handful of phones have a single camera. This makes the competition quite easy for the XR since most smartphones would have last generation technology and most 2018 smartphones have dual rear-facing cameras or even more.
Give credit to whom credit due and Apple has undoubtedly done an amazing job with the camera with on-point AI integration. Moreover, the image produced is much sharper, saturated and overall natural when compared to the Pixel 2. When it comes to portraits the iPhone despite the “beauty mode allegation” manages to bring out a balanced image even with a random shot. As far as video recording is concerned, the iPhone XR thanks to the A12X Bionic manages to squeeze 4K@60 fps while maintaining quality even in low light situations. The complete specifications of the sensor are as follows.
|Sensor||12Mp 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4µm pixels)|
|Focal Length||26mm equivalent focal length|
|Stabilization||Optical image stabilization|
|Flash||Quad-LED dual-tone flash|
|Video||4K video at 24/30/60 fps (1080p at 30 fps at default settings)|