The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are both great camera smartphones in their own right, but what sets the latter apart is their impressive zoom capabilities and if recent rumors and newly surfaced images are any clue, the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max lag behind Samsung’s powerful S-series flagship in this regard.
The The iPhone 14 series is likely to be announced in a few months, September 13 to be exact. Rumors and leaked renders and dummy units suggest that the Pro models will swap the 12MP main camera for a larger 48MP sensor but will likely have the same resolution 12MP ultra-wide angle and 12MP telephoto sensors as their predecessors.
Apple is apparently working on a periscope telephoto camera that will allow zoom capabilities up to 6x, but that unit is likely to be introduced next year with the iPhone 15 Pro. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, on the other hand, will reportedly continue to offer 3x optical zoom and possibly 15x digital zoom.
This has been further confirmed by well-known leaker Digital Chat Station
who shared images of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max’s, and the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max’s camera settings.
The regular models have a dual camera setup and are not expected to get the new 48MP sensor. The Pros don’t seem to have a rectangular unit, which is what distinguishes a periscope unit from a normal telephoto lens.
For reference, the S22 Ultra has a 10x periscope unit capable of 100x digital zoom. It’s so good (from a technical standpoint) that you can see things you might not be able to see otherwise, like two strangers getting married.
Of course, there’s more to a smartphone camera than just the zoom capabilities, and in the end it all comes down to personal preferences.
Rumor has it that the iPhone 14 family will also have a improved selfie camera. The Pros will reportedly show off a new front design with pill-shaped and pinhole cutouts, as well as the new A16 Bionic chip, while the standard models will probably be more incremental upgrades, although apparently they still will be more expensive than their 2021 counterparts.