Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shed light on what we can expect from the camera of the iPhone 13 family of smartphones. He says that the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the top of the line in the upcoming iPhone 13 series will have a slightly better main camera than the other phones in the lineup.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 13 Pro Max will have an f/1.5 aperture. The rest of the models in the iPhone 13 lineup will have an f/1.6 aperture, the same found on the iPhone 12 (review). Kuo says, “Since the iPhone 13 mini, 13 and 13 Pro share the same f1.6 7P wide-angle lens (vs. 13 Pro Max’s f1.5 7P wide-angle lens), Sunny Optical’s order is the most in demand item. We estimate that Sunny Optical will ship the iPhone 13’s 7P wide-angle lens to LG Innotek as soon as May”.
The wider f/1.5 aperture will allow more light resulting in better low light photography, but to what degree this will improve over the f/1.5 aperture remains to be seen.
Kuo previously said that we can expect three improvements to the ultra-wide-angle lens on the iPhone. This will be found on the two Pro models. The ultra-wide-angle camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will also see a wider aperture going from f/2.4 to f/1.8. This would help significantly improve the lowlight performance of the ultra-wide-angle camera on the upcoming iPhones.
It is also expected that the number of elements in the lens will increase from five to 6. This is expected to help reduce the distortion when clicking an image. The ultra-wide-angle lens of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are also expected to get auto-focus which will be a departure from the fixed focus found on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.