iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro said to feature 30% higher max ISO

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Better low light performance is good for everyone.

What you need to know

One of the big new features coming to iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is Night Mode, which as we’ve seen makes a huge difference. Turns out, Apple has improved low light performance thanks to both devices having sensors that achieve 30% higher max ISO compared to last year’s models.

According to Halide Camera, a technical readout of both devices confirms that each phone should perform better in low light. A higher max ISO means the sensors are more sensitive to light, so situations when ample light isn’t available should be less of an issue.

Think of it in film terms. When a film is rated at 400 ISO, your camera’s light meter will account for that before you expose your shot. 800 ISO film is better for shooting in the evening or even at night, because it’s more sensitive to light.

What remains to be seen is how the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro handle noise. Typically you’ll see a lot more grain in a low light photo as the ISO goes up. More grain can lead to low light images looking muddy and soft, which isn’t ideal.

When Apple introduced its new Night Mode, the company talked up its A13 Bionic chip and improvements to software for better low light shots. But it failed to mention that its sensors are now more sensitive to light. That’s good to know for folks who plan to take full advantage of the camera on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Halide goes on to say that it’s working on a full hardware spec breakdown of both iPhones, and that there are some „very interesting things in there.“

We’ll get to test out the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras, along with Apple’s Night Mode, when the phones launch on September 20.

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This article was originally posted on iMore

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