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Apple iPhone 13 Professional Assessment



Introduction

On this yr’s new iPhone vary there are 4 fashions, two of which bear the “Professional” moniker, the iPhone 13 Professional and the iPhone 13 Professional Max. Not like with the 12 Professional collection, the digital camera arrange in each the iPhone 13 Professional and the bigger Max model is identical, so most of what’s stated in our evaluation will also be utilized to the larger mannequin.

The iPhone 13 Professional encompasses a triple lens arrange, with a large, super-wide and telephoto choice on board. The large angle lens is equal to 26mm and has an f/1.5 aperture, whereas the ultra-wide angle is an enchancment from the iPhone 12 Professional mannequin and now options an f/1.8 aperture (it stays at 13mm equal). The telephoto lens can also be longer than its predecessor, now being a 3x optic (78mm equal), with an f/2.8 aperture. Apple is all the time reluctant to disclose the precise specification of its sensor sizes, but it surely has claimed that the brand new fashions function bigger sensors than the predecessor.

There are another new specs for the iPhone 13 Professional collection, together with sensor-shift optical picture stabilisation, one thing which beforehand was solely obtainable for the 12 Professional Max model, Cinematic Mode for video, Photographic Kinds for stills, plus the brand new A15 Bionic Chip with 5-core GPU which Apple claims is the quickest chip ever present in a smartphone.

A set of different specs have been introduced over from the iPhone 12 Professional, together with Night time mode, the flexibility to shoot in uncooked format, Portrait mode and 4K video recording at as much as 60p. ProRes video recording will probably be obtainable through a later firmware improve, however you will want the iPhone with not less than 256GB of storage. When it comes to the specs indirectly referring to pictures, there’s a 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR display screen, compatibility with MagSafe equipment (reminiscent of wi-fi chargers), and 5G connectivity.

On the time of writing, the iPhone 13 Professional retails for £949 for the iPhone 13 Professional 128GB, with as much as 1TB of space for storing obtainable, which can set you again £1,449. If you wish to go for the Max model, costs vary between £1,049 and £1,549. There are 4 completely different colors obtainable for the iPhone 13 Professional collection, that are Sierra Blue (which we’ve been utilizing for this evaluation), Silver, Gold and Graphite (black).

Simply as we noticed final yr, Apple don’t bundle a charging adapter with the iPhone 13 Professional (simply the Lightning cable is included). It’s cited that that is for environmental causes, with the idea that the majority customers have already got one they will use – however if you happen to don’t you’ll have to finances for a kind of too.

Ease of Use




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The design of the iPhone 13 Professional is sort of similar to the iPhone 12 Professional. Protecting to the identical squared off edge aesthetic as its predecessor, the 13 Professional is sort of the identical dimension as earlier than, being simply 0.25mm thicker than earlier than. It’s a bit bit heavier at 203g (vs 187g), however the distinction in real-world use isn’t instantly apparent.

As earlier than, we’ve acquired a 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR Show for the display screen, which makes use of a Ceramic Protect designed for toughness, alongside Surgical-grade chrome steel. Each of those specs collectively ought to make the iPhone 13 Professional fairly adept at withstanding the odd knock or scrape, although we’d nonetheless advocate investing in a case for the cellphone. Regardless of being nearly the identical dimension as its predecessor, if you happen to’ve already acquired an iPhone 12 Professional, you’re going to want to put money into a brand new case because the lens models on the rear take up rather more house than earlier than.

On the again of the cellphone you’ll see the three lenses are gathered collectively on the highest left hand facet, whereas there’s additionally a flash unit and what appears like a big black gap, which is the “LiDAR Scanner”, used for measuring depth and designed to make autofocusing quicker in sure situations, reminiscent of low mild.




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Similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Professional has angular edges, one thing which was a design departure from the iPhone 11 Professional and earlier than. There’s 4 completely different colors to select from, with them being a bit bit extra muted in comparison with the choices obtainable for the iPhone 13 (normal). A brand new choice for the 13 Professional collection is Sierra Blue, which we’ve been utilizing for this evaluation.

Should you’ve used an iPhone earlier than then you definately’ll be very accustomed to the native digital camera app, which you’ll launch immediately from the lock display screen by performing a “lengthy press” on the digital camera icon. In case your cellphone isn’t locked, it’s also possible to entry the digital camera by tapping the suitable icon on your private home display screen. Putting the digital camera in your iPhone’s “dock” generally is a good solution to entry it shortly, irrespective of which web page of the menu/app display screen you’re on.

As anybody who has used an iPhone earlier than will probably be conscious, the native app could be very easy and simple to make use of. Whereas there’s an argument to be made for this sort of simplicity, it will be good for the “Professional” mannequin on the very least to incorporate some kind of extra superior or professional mode, identical to we see on Android telephones. That stated, there are after all loads of apps you’ll be able to obtain to offer you that performance, and increasingly settings adjustments are beginning to creep into even the straightforward iPhone’s native digital camera app.




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The native digital camera app will launch by default in “Picture” mode, which is what you’re more likely to spend most of your time utilizing. When on this mode, you’ll be able to faucet across the display screen to vary the main target level – metering may even take its cue from the energetic AF level. You may as well faucet on the display screen and see a small solar icon seem – transfer your finger up and down on the display screen and also you’ll have the ability to regulate brightness. Should you maintain down your finger when choosing the AF level, then AE/AF lock may even have interaction, supplying you with the chance to focus and recompose with out the native app attempting to regulate focus or publicity.

In the direction of the underside of the display screen (or to the left if you happen to’re taking pictures in panorama format), you’ll see the place you’ll be able to swap between the iPhone 13 Professional’s three completely different lenses. These are represented by three circles studying 0.5x, 1x and 3x. You may as well pinch to zoom to have interaction the digital zoom past 3x – however that is one thing we’d in all probability advise reserving for once you’re determined to get nearer to the topic.

On the prime of the display screen there are a variety of different choices. You possibly can swap the flash on or off, swap off Stay Photographs (whereby a brief video clip can also be recorded along with your photographs). With this mannequin, you additionally get the choice to have interaction uncooked format taking pictures – photographs will probably be seize within the common DNG format which may be learn by a number of programmes. There’s no choice to file in each DNG and JPEG/HEIF, however, it’s comparatively straightforward to transform – even within the cellphone itself – to the extra common format if you happen to want an image for one thing reminiscent of attaching to an electronic mail. While you use apps reminiscent of Instagram, the uncooked recordsdata will probably be recognised as regular, so there’s no have to covert the recordsdata at this level both.




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Additionally on the prime of the display screen is a small arrow. Should you faucet this, you’ll reveal a set of additional settings you’ll be able to change. These are the flexibility not solely to modify the flash from Auto to Off, but additionally to At all times On as properly, plus the identical performance for Stay Photographs. There’s additionally the chance to decide on a distinct side ratio (4:3 is the default, however you’ve additionally acquired Sq. – 1:1 or 16:9 to pick out from), regulate publicity compensation, swap on a Timer and add some digital filters.

A brand new addition right here is the Photographic Kinds, which may be activated on the level of seize and are subtly completely different from the digital filters. The choices listed below are Normal (no Type utilized), Wealthy Distinction, Vibrant, Heat and Cool. Every of the kinds will also be modified by adjusting Tone and Heat. As soon as a Photographic Type has been chosen, an icon will seem within the prime proper hand nook of the display screen to point one is getting used. It is a useful reminder to avoid wasting you from taking pictures all of your photos in a single explicit Type – particularly as these can’t be eliminated submit seize. It’s additionally value noting that these can’t be used when taking pictures in uncooked format.

Night time mode is one thing we’ve seen on iPhones for a few generations now, however as earlier than, it’s not a selectable mode. Somewhat, it is going to routinely activate if the sunshine is low in a scene. You’ll know if it has been activated by the presence of a small moon icon within the prime left hand nook of the display screen. The mode works by taking pictures a collection of small exposures and merging them collectively. The size of time the cellphone shoots for will usually depend upon how darkish the scene is, however it’s also possible to take management over it by urgent the small icon on the prime of the display screen and urgent the notice mode icon. Should you’re going to shoot for an extended time frame, it’s value utilizing one thing to stabilise the cellphone, reminiscent of a mini tripod or related. Word that this icon won’t seem if mild is vivid.




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A helpful function which we first noticed within the iPhone 11 collection is the flexibility to see exterior of the body once you’re taking pictures in the usual Picture mode and utilizing both the 1x or the 3x lens. The native digital camera app makes use of knowledge captured by the opposite lenses to show exterior the body on the edges of the composition window – this may be very helpful for ensuring you all the time seize the decisive second.

Different taking pictures modes can be found in addition to Picture mode, which may be accessed by swiping left or proper from the primary Picture mode, or it’s also possible to faucet the phrases as they seem on the backside of the display screen. The modes are divided into stills modes and video modes, with video modes discovered on the left, and picture modes on the precise. That leaves you with Video, a brand new Cinematic mode, Slo-Mo and Time-Lapse for transferring photographs, and Portrait and Pano for stills.

With video mode, you get the choice to file in 4K or HD at body charges between 24 and 60fps. You possibly can select completely different resolutions and body charges by a easy faucet within the prime proper hand nook of the display screen. You may as well file video whereas in Picture mode by holding down the shutter launch button, however it is going to merely file in no matter settings you have been beforehand utilizing.




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In Video mode, you should utilize all three of the lenses, and as with the Picture mode, you’ll be able to faucet across the display screen to regulate AF level and publicity. You may as well swap the flash to on, off or Auto (when it use it is going to activate as a steady mild).

You even have the choice to file in Dolby HDR, which produces extra vibrant imagery, but it surely’s value noting that this may solely be displayed as it’s captured on a suitable gadget (such because the iPhone itself). You possibly can select to modify off Dolby HDR if you happen to choose from the primary settings menu, which may be useful if you happen to’re attempting to avoid wasting house.

A brand new mode for the iPhone 13 collection is Cinematic. This mode permits the creation of shallow depth of subject impact movies, which is one thing we’ve seen on Android telephones for some time however it’s new for iPhone. The cellphone will routinely choose an “aperture” to file at (or a simulation thereof), however it’s also possible to regulate this your self manually. Any such video works properly for topics with very apparent outlines, reminiscent of folks or pets, and it does properly to modify between topics the place there are a number of topics within the scene. Cinematic mode is simply able to recording in Full HD, slightly than 4K.




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There would be the choice to file in Apple’s ProRes format for video, however on the time of writing, this has not been made obtainable but. It would additionally solely be obtainable to fashions with not less than 256GB storage, for the reason that recordsdata created by it will likely be so giant.

Slo-Mo mode is fairly self-explanatory – you should utilize it to create gradual movement movies at both 240fps (full HD) or 120fps (720p). You need to use any of the three lenses in slow-mo mode, and activate the flash if you happen to’re in a darkish space, in addition to regulate publicity compensation.

Time-Lapse is one other pretty simple mode, supplying you with the choice to file a number of stills in succession and merge them collectively in a time-lapse film. Once more, any of the three lenses can be utilized, and publicity may be adjusted. To make use of the mode, faucet the file button, tapping it once more once you’ve recorded as many photographs as you’d like to make use of. You possibly can go away the mode working for so long as you want, however a gradual floor or a tripod will end in the most effective completed video.

Going again to the Stills modes, there’s Portrait mode, which you should utilize to create shallow depth of subject results. It is a mode that’s been round for some time, and it may be used with quite a few completely different topics – not only for folks. Once more although, it is going to work finest – or most convincingly – for topics with a really outlined define. On this mode you’ll be able to regulate the simulated aperture, whereas there are additionally quite a few completely different lighting choices which may be chosen on the backside of the display screen.




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These are Pure Mild (the default choice), Studio Mild, Contour Mild, Stage Mild, Stage Mild Mono and Excessive Key Mild Mono. Though these lighting results are created on the level of seize, it’s also possible to add or take away them after the actual fact in playback too if you need. In Portrait mode it’s also possible to regulate publicity, add a timer, add a digital filter and swap on the flash. With the iPhone 13 Professional – versus the iPhone 13 – you’ve additionally acquired the choice to create environmental photographs (the place extra of the encircling scene is in view), or to faucet the 3x button to create nearer, extra conventional fashion portraits.

Pano mode can be utilized by sweeping the digital camera throughout a scene after urgent the shutter launch button, the ensuing picture will probably be merged collectively by the cellphone routinely.

Though many of the changes it’s worthwhile to make will probably be carried out through the native digital camera app, there are another settings which might solely be made in the primary / general settings part of the cellphone. Choices right here embrace the flexibility to modify on a grid for composition, the flexibility to protect the final settings you employ – slightly than have them reset each time you shut the app – and making use of lens correction.

After you’ve taken your shot, you’ll be able to carry out quite a few modifying choices immediately within the cellphone itself. That ranges from easy edits reminiscent of cropping or rotating, in addition to extra intensive edits reminiscent of adjusting Distinction, Shadows, Highlights, Saturations and extra. While you’ve been recording Stay Photographs, you’ll discover that there are further modifying choices together with the flexibility to decide on a distinct body from the accompanying video or create long-exposure sort results by merging collectively numerous photographs from the video.

Picture High quality

We’ve lengthy been impressed by the standard of images from the iPhone collection, and the iPhone 13 Professional builds on the corporate’s heritage to supply its finest ever performer but. Having used each the cheaper iPhone 13 on the identical time, it’s additionally clear that there are noticeable variations in picture high quality, notably when taking pictures in low mild.

That stated, the iPhone 13 Professional’s finest efficiency nonetheless is available in good mild, with vivid, vibrant photographs which include a very good stage of element. Night time mode places in an admirably good job, and it’s good to see the enhancements to the ultra-wide angle lens. Usually talking, if you happen to’re solely photographs in your cellphone (or at small sizes reminiscent of through Instagram / Fb, then you definately’ll be more than happy with the outcomes), and it’s solely when inspecting photographs very intently at giant sizes {that a} lack of element / smudginess turns into extraordinarily obvious.

There are three lenses to select from with the iPhone 13 Professional, and once more, it’s good to see an enchancment right here within the type of the 3x lens, versus the 2x discovered on the iPhone 12 Professional. That is rather more sensible in most eventualities, and it performs properly too. As already talked about, the ultra-wide angle has improved in low mild, but it surely additionally places in a very good efficiency in good mild when it’s not potential to take an additional step again.

Portrait Mode as soon as once more places in a very good efficiency, and with the flexibility to create both environmental photographs or nearer, extra conventional fashion portraits, you’ve acquired good flexibility right here. We usually choose these made with the 1x lens, however the nearer photographs are fairly convincing too.

Including Photographic Kinds is an attention-grabbing transfer from Apple, supplying you with the choice to shoot in several methods, or with a distinct look. You could possibly select to make use of completely different ones every time, however if you happen to discover that you just notably like one Type, this might turn into your signature look.

Having the ability to shoot in uncooked format is an efficient advantage of the iPhone 13 Professional over its cheaper sibling, the iPhone 13. With this, you can also make a very good array of changes in submit manufacturing, and it’s value switching on if you happen to’re an fanatic photographer who makes use of modifying as a part of their workflow. It might be good to have the ability to shoot in uncooked and JPEG / HEIF on the identical time, although.

Video seize can also be properly spectacular, as we’d anticipate from the iPhone collection. Movies shot in Dolby HDR actually pop from the display screen, which is one thing you’ll be able to make the most of if you happen to’re primarily going to look at your movies on the gadget itself. Cinematic Mode introduces a brand new enjoyable choice that works properly in most eventualities and we will see being standard.

Focal Vary

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Macro

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Flash

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Selfie – Flash On

Portrait Mode

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Picture Kinds

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Pattern Photographs

It is a collection of pattern photographs from the Apple iPhone 13 Professional digital camera, which have been all taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting. The thumbnails beneath hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any approach.

Pattern RAW Photographs

The Apple iPhone 13 Professional permits customers to seize RAW and JPEG format recordsdata. We have supplied some Apple RAW (DNG) samples so that you can obtain (thumbnail photographs proven beneath are usually not 100% consultant).

Pattern Films & Video

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please notice that this 22 second film is 145.7Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 17 second film is 54.1Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please notice that this 18 second film is 46.1Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please notice that this 16 second film is 26.2Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 18 second film is 20.5Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern Cinematic Mode film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 24 second film is 37.5Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern Slowmotion film on the high quality setting of 1280×720 pixels at 240 frames per second. Please notice that this 30 second film is 39.5Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern Slowmotion film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please notice that this 20 second film is 37.2Mb in dimension.

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Conclusion

As per our expectations, the iPhone 13 Professional produces some wonderful outcomes, and is the most effective iPhone to this point for these whose main concern is the standard of the on-board digital camera.

Should you’ve already acquired an iPhone 12 Professional, the replace isn’t monumental right here, however there’s sufficient small upgrades to make the general proposition fairly tempting. That stated, selecting to skip this mannequin and make extra of a bounce to the iPhone 14 can also be a reasonably prudent judgement too.

You may also be questioning whether or not it’s value going for the cheaper iPhone 13, saving a bit of money. The reply there’s usually a private one, however the value distinction isn’t that massive – so except your finances is extremely tight, photographers and people with an enthusiasm for pictures will undoubtedly higher served by the iPhone 13 Professional.

For the additional £170 it is going to set you again, you get the flexibility to shoot in uncooked format, an additional telephoto lens, higher low mild functionality and a greater processor. You’ll additionally get the ProRes video format if you happen to put money into the 256GB model, which if you happen to’re closely into videography could be the factor that swings it for you as properly.

General, photos and video immediately from the iPhone 13 Professional are as wonderful as we’ve come to anticipate from the iPhone collection, with some noticeable enhancements made most noticeably to the ultra-wide angle lens, however small enhancements being seen throughout the board.

There’s no denying that the iPhone 13 Professional is an costly smartphone – however then the identical is true of different flagship fashions from Android, and not less than with each the 13 Professional and Professional Max providing the identical specs when it comes to the digital camera, you don’t should shell out further to get the most effective digital camera.

Should you’re strongly within the iPhone / iOS / Apple system then there’s each chance that you just’ll go for the iPhone 13 Professional by default, however even these exterior it is going to seemingly discover that it’s a wonderful, simple performer.

4.5 stars

Rankings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Options 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Picture high quality 4.5
Worth for cash 4

Foremost Rivals

Listed beneath are a few of the rivals of the Apple iPhone 13 Professional.

The Apple iPhone 12 Professional Max is billed as the last word iPhone for photographers, boasting a bigger sensor for the primary digital camera, a 2.5x zoom lens and a a lot greater display screen and general dimension than the usual Professional model. With costs beginning at round £$1099, is that this actually the most effective iPhone for pictures? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional Max evaluation now, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies…

The Apple iPhone 12 Professional is considered one of 4 new iPhones launched for 2020, becoming a member of the Mini, Professional Max, and the usual mannequin. With costs beginning at round £$999, is that this the most effective iPhone for photographers? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional evaluation now, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies…

The Apple iPhone 13 is considered one of 4 new iPhones launched for 2021, launched concurrently the Mini, Professional and Professional Max fashions. With costs beginning at round £$779, is that this a very good match for eager photographers? Learn our in-depth iPhone 13 evaluation now, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies…

The OnePlus 9 Professional is the most recent flagship smartphone for 2021 from OnePlus. Discover out if that is the most effective smartphone for photographers and videographers by studying our in-depth OnePlus 9 Professional evaluation, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies.

The Galaxy S21 Extremely is Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for 2021. That includes a quad-camera setup with 108 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom, 8K video recording, a 5000mAH battery and 5G connectivity, is that this the last word smartphone for eager photographers? Discover out now by studying our skilled Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely evaluation, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies…

The Sony Xperia 1 III is a brand new flagship smartphone for 2021 that has quite a bit to supply eager photographers and videographers. This consists of 20fps burst taking pictures, real-time AF monitoring and actual time eye AF for people and animals, 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm focal lengths, and superior Picture Professional and Cinema Professional apps. Learn our in-depth Sony Xperia 1 III evaluation, full with full-size pattern photographs and movies, to seek out out if this new smartphone can justify its £1199 / $1299 price-tag…

Assessment Roundup

Evaluations of the Apple iPhone 13 Professional from across the internet.

The iPhone 13 Professional is a strong improve on final yr’s mannequin with a quicker and slicker display screen, a greater digital camera with 3x optical zoom, longer battery life and a small value lower.

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The iPhone 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max are telephones designed for individuals who care concerning the particulars. The enhancements over final yr’s iPhones are vital however not apparent at first look.

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The Apple iPhone 13 Professional and the iPhone 12 Professional share a whole lot of similarities. Nevertheless, upon lifting the iPhone 13 Professional the extra heft and the elevated dimension of the digital camera lenses are instantly noticeable.

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The iPhone 13 Professional is the probably the most highly effective telephones ever. Regardless of the bigger digital camera hump and lack of Contact ID, the most recent iPhone is a beast with a stellar show and wonderful cameras. It’s additionally $100 cheaper than the equally spectacular iPhone 13 Professional Max.

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