Today saw the arrival of the first batch of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro / Max reviews and the results are in. People seem pretty happy with how things turned out, with most reviews we’ve seen suggesting the new phones are worthy upgrades.
Most of the reasoning for that appears to come down to the new camera setups.
In recent years Apple has lagged behind Google, Samsung, and even Huawei in certain aspects of the iPhone’s camera capabilities. That’s something Apple seems to have set out to address with this round of updates, and by and large it might have pulled it off.
Reviews from the teams at The Verge and Mashable come laden with test images from both the Pixel 3 and iPhone 11 Pro, and in most cases, it’s the iPhone that comes out on top.
You can check both reviews out for the full collection of images, but Apple seems to have finally done something we were never sure they’d manage – to give the Pixel a run for its money in low light situations.
Pixel 3 Selfie (left) vs iPhone 11 Pro Selfie (right)
The Pixel’s Night Sight feature has been a revelation when taking photos in low light. Apple’s new Night Mode seeks to use similar computational photography techniques to create an image that is brighter than would normally be possible. And as these test images courtesy of Tom’s Guide show, it’s right on the money.
iPhone 11 Pro night mode
Pixel 3 XL Night Sight
We have our own iPhone 11 Pro handsets on order and they should be arriving on September 20th. Once they do we’ll be sharing our own thoughts on the cameras, too. If we can produce anything like the shots these reviewers did, we think we’re going to be very happy indeed.
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