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Seven Ways the Upgraded iPhone 11 Camera Is a Photographer’s Best Friend

iPhone 11

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As much as you might love your DSLR, your iPhone camera is incredibly convenient—and when you upgrade to the new iPhone 11 camera, you might find yourself kissing your DSLR goodbye. Here are the seven iPhone 11 camera upgrades we love the most.

1. The ultrawide lens captures more shot.

All three iPhone 11 models—iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max—include an ultrawide lens in addition to the standard wide-angle. The ultrawide lens equates to a 13 mm DSLR lens and allows for a 120-degree field of view. This makes it easier to shoot breathtaking cityscapes and mountain scenes, but it also allows you to zoom out on a photo after the fact. You just need to make sure the setting “Photo Capture Outside the Frame” is enabled. The outside frame content will be available for 30 days.

In addition to the ultrawide lens, the Pro and Pro Max feature a “triple array” of lenses, with the third a telephoto lens.

2. Night mode makes low-light photography easier.

The beauty of an iPhone camera is that it’s easy to take photos on the go—but prior to the iPhone 11, it was difficult to shoot a nighttime iPhone photo without grain. The iPhone 11’s new Night Mode automatically detects low-light conditions. Between the wide-angle lens and the iPhone 11’s innovative A13 processor, the camera’s sensor takes in more light, allowing you to shoot in lower-light conditions. You’ll see a moon icon on the camera user interface when Night Mode is active.

3. QuickTake ends awkward photo/video switches.

We’ve all fumbled between our iPhone camera’s photo and video modes, so QuickTake is a relief. If you decide to start a video while shooting still images, simply hold down the shutter button. (Don’t worry—you can still shoot in burst mode. Just drag the shutter button to the left.)

4. Take higher-quality selfies.

The front-facing iPhone 11 camera—you know, the one tailor-made for your duck face—is now a 12-megapixel camera, up from 7 megapixels. Higher-resolution selfies await! (Plus, thanks to the wide-angle lens, Face ID is now faster and works from more angles.)

5. Have fun with the new “slofies” option.

The new front-facing camera is also capable of taking slow-motion selfies or “slofies” at 120 fps. Hours of fun await.

6. Smart HDR is even smarter.

Smart HDR made automatic color adjustments in previous iPhone models—adjusting color and white balance aggressively, in some cases. The Smart HDR capability has been refined with the iPhone 11, with more realistic highlights.

7. Deep Fusion produces the best image possible.

Photo enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting Deep Fusion, an iPhone 11 camera feature available once iOS 13.2 is released. Again, the A13 processor allows for enhancing image processing. With Deep Fusion, as you frame your shot, the iPhone 11 will take long and short exposure shots, collecting nine images. The camera will then use this additional data to take the best shot possible once you press the shutter button.

Make the most of the iPhone 11 camera with Motif

The release of the iPhone 11 couldn’t come at a better time for Motif users, who now have access to the Motif mobile app. With the iPhone 11, you can take your photos with a high-powered convenient camera and then—without switching devices—edits your shots in Photos and design a custom photo book or card in the Motif app.

How easy is that? Isn’t it a great time to be a photographer?

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