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iPhone XS and XS Max camera: five things you need to know

The newly-announced iPhone XS range the most advanced camera Apple has ever created.

From better portrait-taking abilities, to upgraded software there’s lots to get excited about. Both the XS and XS Max feature 12-megapixel dual cameras with optical image stabilisation plus a 7-megapixel TrueDepth front-facing camera for selfies.

But what can these new cameras actually do? Read on to find out…

1) Next-gen photography

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Apple’s 12-megapixel dual-camera system promises a ‘new era of photography’ and ground-breaking levels of quality. Unlike the iPhone X, these new iPhones feature Optical Image Stabilisation. You also get a 10x digital zoom. More importantly, the dual-camera system has a new sensor that’s twice as fast at the iPhone X’s .

Powered by Apple’s speedy new A12 Bionic processor and smarter artificial intelligence, the iPhone is now capable of carrying out a staggering 1trillion operations on every photo that you take. In short, you get the perfect shot every time without breaking a sweat.

2) New Smart HDR

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Apple has upgraded the Smart HDR technology in its new iPhones. The camera recognises if a subject is moving, and automatically ‘freezes the moment’ by capturing a ton of extra frames every time you trigger the shutter.

The new Smart HDR tech ensures that each image is blessed with more highlights and shadow detailing. Apple says the camera is so smart that users can get away with doing things like shooting directly into bright sunlight.

The camera’s artificial intelligence then merges all the images into one incredible shot, containing the perfect balance of light and shade.

3) New Depth Control

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Like the original iPhone X, the iPhone XS, XS Max feature an advanced Portrait mode. This technology optimises the settings for taking striking portraits.

But now, when you take a photo in Portrait mode, you’ll see a brand new slider marked ‘Depth’. This new feature allows you to adjust the depth of field after you’ve taken the image.

Impressive stuff that should give every photo the chance to become a ‘studio-quality’ image. Apple says this has not been possible in any type of camera before.!

4) Faster Face ID

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In addition to photographs, the 7-megapixel front-facing camera is key to Apple’s improved Face ID technology, which ‘makes your face your password.’ It allows Face ID to unlock your phone faster than ever before.

Apple says that its TrueDepth camera system uses precision depth-sensing technology that goes far beyond the capabilities and security of two-dimensional facial scanners and enables users to unlock their iPhone, use Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many other features with just a simple glance.

5) It’s a video star

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Like last year’s iPhone X, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are capable of capturing 1080p HD and 4K video. But the latest models grab larger pixels thanks to a faster, larger sensor with improved low-light performance.

Apple has also bumped up the video stabilisation and dynamic range, so expect richer, crisper video footage. Audio quality’s been ramped up, too. Sound is now recorded by four built-in microphones and played back through the speakers that offer new ‘wider’ stereo audio.

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