iPhone 14 Camera and Video Recording
Smartphone photographers flock to Apple for its stellar camera systems, and the tech giant carried on the tradition with the iPhone 14 lineup. This year's biggest upgrades include the new Photonic Engine and upgraded sensors. The Photonic Engine is a powerful new piece of tech that uses machine learning to improve photos, especially those shot in low lighting. It can increase detail while preserving textures and colors.
Other new iPhone 14 features in both standard and Pro models include autofocus on the front-facing cameras and Action mode, which stabilizes shaky shots for ultra smooth video.
In all iPhone 14 models, you'll also get attractive features from earlier iPhones, like:
- Portrait mode
- Night mode
- Photographic Styles
- Slo-mo and time-lapse video recording
- Cinematic mode
- 4K, 1080p and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision for up to 60 frames per second (fps)
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models have dual camera systems with 12-megapixel (MP) Main and Ultra Wide lenses. They offer optical zoom at .5x and 1x. This system is similar to the one in the iPhone 13, although the newer phones have an improved sensor to let in more light in dim environments.
If you move to the Pro, you'll get a much more sophisticated camera, ideal for casual and experienced smartphone photographers and videographers. Apple has traditionally avoided high-megapixel sensors, instead opting for 12MP cameras and capable processing technology. With the 14 Pro, the company made its first jump to a 48MP camera, with a sensor 65% larger than the one on the 13 Pro. It uses smart pixel-binning technology that behaves more like a 12MP sensor in certain situations but uses the full 48MP resolution when it makes sense.
Advanced photographers can use Apple's ProRAW capabilities to shoot with the full 48MP resolution. This bigger lens is used in the Main camera, but you'll also get 12MP Ultra Wide and 12MP Telephoto cameras that offer .5, 1x, 2x and 3x optical zoom.
The Pro models have some additional features that make them stand out from the standard phones, including:
- More advanced optical image stabilization
- Night mode portraits
- Macro photography and video
- ProRes video recording
- Larger sensors on the Wide and Ultra Wide lenses
You'll also find a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) scanner in the iPhone 14 Pros. LiDAR scanners help your phone map out the environment. They support various features, like augmented reality and Night mode portraits.
Whichever model you choose, you can expect Apple's beloved camera systems to offer stunning photos and videos.