The new iPhone will be unveiled in less than a month, and with most of the information available, this year's new iPhone will still include two "high-end versions" with OLED screens and one "mid-end version" with LCD screens. These three phones will also retain the "full-screen" front design.
But the difference is that this year's two high-end models may add an "ultra-wide-angle lens" to the previous "wide-angle lens long focal lens" to form a new "three-shot" system. If the rumors come true, this year's new iPhone camera configuration will be the biggest upgrade in three years since the iPhone 7 Plus was first equipped with dual cameras in 2016, giving many ordinary consumers, especially photography enthusiasts, more room for "iPhone photography" imagination.
Looking back on the history of the iPhone, from the 2 megapixel single camera of the first generation of the iPhone in 2007 to the 12 megapixel dual camera of the XS series of the iPhone in 2018, to the upcoming three photos of the new iPhone, the "development history" of the iPhone camera is also, to some extent, the "popular history" of mobile phone photography.
Apple CEO Steve, January 9, 2007
The next year's launch of the iPhone 3G is the beginning of the worldwide popularity of the iPhone. Thanks to faster 3G networks and Apple's App Store, which has spurred many third-party developers to join in the development of more applications, the iPhone 3G has set a global sales record of 10 million units in just five months, even though it still has a single camera of the same size as the original iPhone.
Maintaining a year-by-year routine, the camera configuration of Apple's iPhone 3GS, launched in 2009, has finally been upgraded, most notably from a change in pixel size to 3.2 million from the previous 2 million. In addition, the iPhone 3GS is the first iPhone to support video recording. Later, the upgrade plan of the iPhone camera basically focused on two aspects of "taking photos" and "video". Among them, the 2011 iPhone 4S has to be mentioned.
After 3.2 million pixels of the iPhone 3GS and 5 million pixels of the iPhone 4, the camera of the iPhone 4S has been upgraded again, with an 8-megapixel camera and a larger aperture reaching f/2.4. This time, however, the focus is not on the numerical changes in pixels and apertures, but on Apple's adjustments to sensors and ISPs.
Unlike the OmniVision sensors used in the previous iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S carries a customized Sony Back-up Sensor, and the ISP (Image Signal Processor) has turned to Apple's independent research and development, which has greatly promoted the rapid development of the imaging quality of the iPhone, because of the independent research and development. With the help of ISP algorithm, the iPhone can better handle the white balance, exposure, saturation, noise and other elements of photos. It also started with the 4S of the iPhone, and Apple began to have its own fixed image tuning style.
Until the iPhone 6S, Apple had not focused on the pixel number upgrade, so in the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C and 6 series, we saw the familiar 8 megapixel camera, but in other peripheral functions, these generations of iPhones have done it. Some patches.
For example, in order to reduce the risk of lens rubbing, the iPhone 5 uses sapphire lenses; in order to improve the effect of flash, the iPhone 5S introduces a dual flash called "Ture Tone", which can calculate the color temperature of the environment with the cooperation of software algorithms, and automatically adjust the intensity and intensity of the flash. Colors help users take more natural pictures when they turn on the flash; the new image signal processor with "Focus Pixels" technology is used in the iPhone 6 series, which relies on phase focusing technology to bring faster automatic focusing speed than traditional contrast focusing technology, and more importantly, the iPhone 6 Plus. It's also the first iPhone with OIS (optical shake-proof) features.
The emergence of optical anti-shaking is of great significance, because on the mobile phone with limited size of image sensor, the hardware defect of "bottom" is not big enough, which makes the pixel quality of the mobile phone drop linearly in the dark environment. One of the solutions is to extend the shutter to increase the amount of light input, but this will magnify the impact of hand shaking, resulting in the picture model. Paste. The new optical anti-jitter function on the iPhone 6 Plus is to coordinate CPU, gyroscope and motion coprocessor to measure dynamic data and move the lens precisely to remedy the effect of hand jitter under weak light conditions.
I remember buying an iPhone 6 Plus when I was in college. It wasn't until last year that the current XS was eliminated because of battery aging. Compared with the flagship phones of the same period, the parameters of the 6 Plus camera of the iPhone were not bright. Especially at that time, the flagship phones had begun to use 20 million pixels of sensors and dual camera system to make selling points. But recall, the 6 Plus of the iPhone should be the most handy phone I used: take pictures, no silk. With no delay, I can always capture the moment I want to stay, plus my special interest in photography and the possibility of University leisure, I think my best photographs are from this 6 Plus iPhone.
Shoot with iPhone 6 Plus, MarcusKei
Shoot with iPhone 6 Plus, MarcusKei
Apple has officially entered the era of "tens of millions of pixels" since the launch of the iPhone 6S Series in 2015, and it has been used now.
The change from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels is obvious. Firstly, for the first time, Apple added 4K video recording to the 6S series of the iPhone. Although the number of frames is only 30 Fps, it is the beginning of the "4K road" of the iPhone. This function has become the standard of future generations of the iPhone. In addition, the higher number of pixels also makes the image sharpness straight up, you can more freely cut the photo, and different concerns about the number of pixels is not enough to lead to blurred picture quality.
The iPhone 7 Plus, which launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with a wide-angle long-focal dual lens system in 2016, was Apple's first dual-shot iPhone, which not only allows the iPhone 7 Plus to capture farther scenes with the ability of double optical zoom and up to 10 times digital zoom, but also realizes "scattered simulation" with a wide-angle lens to simulate the external focal virtual effect taken by a SLR camera. Although LG and Huawei had already launched high-end models with dual cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus was the first phone to combine camera systems with digital computing power, meaning iPhone entered a new era of "digital photography."
The following iPhone 8 series, iPhone X, iPhone XS series, iPhone XR believe that everyone should not forget, the biggest highlight of the iPhone 8 series is the addition of 4K 60 frames of video recording features and upgraded versions of "portrait mode" and "portrait light effect," while the iPhone XS series has made a small upgrade to the "old" CMOS, which comes from Sony's 32.8mm from iPhone X.
In terms of software, the addition of smart HDR brings more excellent experience for HDR shooting. From the beginning of taking out the view of mobile phone, the effect of HDR processing has been displayed on mobile phone in real time, realizing "what you shoot is what you get".
After more than a decade of development, the iPhone has become a "pocket camera" for many people. Under the influence of social networking and new media, it has gradually eroded the market of digital cameras and some low-end SLR cameras. According to CIPA statistics, in the year of the birth of the iPhone 4 in 2010, 122 million digital cameras were sold worldwide. But that figure has shrunk to 35 million in five years. On the contrary, the sales of the iPhone have been increasing. Cook announced in 2016 that the total sales of the iPhone had reached 1 billion, which is enough to prove the popularity of the iPhone.
As for this year's new iPhone, combined with outside rumors, its three camera systems may have more bright spots:
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