iPhone 13 Max (PICS & links) - I like what I see...

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iPhone 13 Max (PICS & links) - I like what I see...
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There seems to be a little bit of negativity (?!) towards the new Apple iPhone 13 models recently and I'm unsure as to why this is the case. I suppose if someone just bought one of the recent models over the last few years that there might be a few sour grapes although it was a post on DPreview from an iPhone 13 Pro user JT26 who uploaded several pictures from the Scottish Highlands that caught my eye recently.  You can find the link and see the samples posted here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/65515655 ... take a look at the second image he posted (at 100%, not just the thumbnails) and you can see the potential of this device for photography.
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It got me to reconsider the new model for my own use since I regularly carry a large and medium sized camera with me and I've often wished for something smaller and less susceptible to a rain storm.  I see some notable improvements on this new model of phone that exceed the models before it and the images it is capable of generating are surprisingly good, in my opinion. The recent iPhone 13 gallery here in DPreview seems a little "ordinary" to my eyes. So I though I might post a few links & images that others in the forum might find useful or perhaps worthy of consideration.
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I have placed an order for the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and am simply awaiting delivery to be fulfilled by Apple as there's recently been a delay of almost a month and a half in obtaining the 'Max' models with the larger storage capacity options (512GB + 1TB).  I suspect this is due to the computer chip shortage which now affects so many companies worldwide today.  With a minute of 4K video footage pushing several GB, you can see why a larger storage capacity may be practical. The smallest storage option wouldn't be ideal. And I think I remember reading that Apple's new "Cinematic Mode" won't activate with the lower storage capacity model (simply because of the storage requirements of the video codecs).
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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Camera specs

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I've been a photographer for at least four decades and have been riding with Digital photography for the last two. I bought my first Digital Camera back in 2001 although I was a Canon Dealer for a couple of years before that and then I moved into professional Film & Television visual effects where digital cameras became essential for my work.  Some years ago I was skeptical that smartphones would get to the level they're at today, although they've had plenty of practice. The iPhone 6s (released 2015) was considered by many to be the first smartphone cameras capable of producing "camera-level quality photographs". Some claimed the images were a match to DSLR cameras but that was certainly not the case in my opinion. But as a smartphone and a daylight camera it's great. For lowlight photography, well... not so much.  Take a look at this collage of images that people have taken with the new Apple iPhone 13 Pro smartphone....
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A selection of iPhone 13 Pro photographs - posted by the public online
(* posted here under fair use policy)

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iPhone 13 Pro: ProRAW setting:
Apple has introduced a new so-called "ProRAW" setting on their new iPhones and you can toggle between JPEG and RAW images as you take them - although I have heard that you need to select this setting each time you want to take pictures in RAW and that the setting may not remain locked on (presumably because most users wouldn't be familiar with RAW and therefore might full up their phone's hard drive with each image bring tens of MB instead of just one or two for JPEGs. The Safari guy below used ProRAW to take his African shots (scroll down for images and links). You can read about ProRaw here...
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https://backlightblog.com/raw-photos-on-iphone
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https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/iphone/iphae1e882a3/ios
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But the thing with ProRAW is that it's not quite the same as the RAW files from a camera.  It's something Apple cooked up to enable people to toy with their images as though they shot a RAW file with their DSLR so it's going to have some limitations.  The JPEGs can also be captured in the new HEIF file-type which Canon recently started adding to their newer Full Frame EOS R cameras and HEIF files offer far more dynamic range than a regular JPEG, so they have their uses.  But the ProRAW is obviously a little less processed than the JPEG images and that allows a lot more room for those wanting to manipulate and process their own images.  To me, an iPhone is just another photographic tool.  But I really do like what they've done with their latest incarnation.  The reviews are certainly coming in hot and positive.  The link directly below takes you to a webpage that covers the new Apple iPhone 'Cinematic Mode'...
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https://www.applemust.com/how-to-use-apples-cinematic-mode-iphone/
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I am not affiliated with any other the links/images above or below. The images and videos are by others. But I feel they warrant a closer look. I'm convinced that I could use this phone as a substitute for my compact cameras and even my APS-C cameras for general use. As a portable 4K video camera and as a (literal) pocket camera, this is going to make waves with its wide aperture lenses and features like Super (wide angle) Macro, "regular" Wide Angle, SuperWide and 70mm Telephoto abilities. Even the "lesser cameras" on the display side of the phone are top notch and the LIDAR technology allows the camera to detect a face or subject and accurately mask off the background to produce artificial bokeh that's now quite convincing.  This is going to make a dent in Camera and lens sales because anyone who owns an iPhone 13 Pro (or any other modern brand smartphone) won't be going out of their way to buy a camera or to borrow one. Ebay product sellers, Real Estate agents and pretty much anyone other than Event photographers and Wedding Photographers will simply use their phone. I'd say the next models will offer more than the current 12MP sensors but right now a 4000+ pixels image seems to meet most needs.
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https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania

.https://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-13-pro-camera-review-tanzania
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Above is a webpage that's worth a closer look at.  This is the iPhone 13 Pro "Tanzania" camera review by a somewhat experienced photographer - which took place at the Ruaha National Park.  The images are interesting because they show what the image quality can offer when shooting ProRAW and there's also some video on the page worth viewing.  I like the samples, even if I disagree with the editing methods used.
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Astrophotography:
I'm seeing more and more people with the iPhone 13 Pro dipping their toes into Astrophotography this month and some of the pictures, whilst not comparable to the images I might get from my Canon EOS Ra or other Full Frame cameras, are actually impressive when you consider the amount of light that needs to be gathered.  I'm seeing pilots taking shots of thunderstorms at night or the Milky Way outside the cabin windows that look like they should have come from a DSLR.  There's also appears to be an App called "Even Longer" which allows people to take Star Trail shots with their iPhones.  I think that another phone (Galaxy S21 Ultra) seems to offer similar results when I looked online although I'm stuck with Apple these days.
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I'm still several weeks away from getting my own iPhone 13 Pro Max although I'm quite keen to test it out as a substitute camera.  Most of my casual shots of pets, food or even an unexpected sunset would be ideal for this type of application (smartphone photography).  I hope these samples an links provide a little more material for discussion.
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There's a few budding Astrophotographers using this device now (see video below)

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Marco Nero.

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