Apple CEO Tim Cook marked the launch of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max this weekend by tweeting out a series of photos that were all taken by Apple users on the new line of iPhones.
First was an image posted by photographer Erin Brooks, who captured her image using the iPhone XS and edited it in Adobe Lightroom on iOS.
Next was a photo shot on iPhone XS by Yuntao Lu at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. As a comparison, Lu managed to capture an image with a similar angle and lighting conditions on the iPhone 6s Plus one year prior.
In the last tweet, lifestyle and travel photographer Andrew Kearns shared a series of photos that he took on a beach along the Oregon coastline using the iPhone XS. Kearns documented his photo shoot in a vlog shared on YouTube as well.
Straight out of camera, no edits #iPhoneXS #ShotOniPhoneXS #shotoniphone pic.twitter.com/jaH7FreDW3 — Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns) September 22, 2018
The iPhone XS and XS Max have a few improvements in their cameras compared to last year's iPhone X, particularly including a new image signal processor that integrates with the Neural Engine to introduce Smart HDR. This feature allows photos to have more detail in their highlights and shadows, introducing images that are more sharp overall.
Along with a 32 percent larger wide-angle camera sensor and more sophisticated bokeh (which you can now control after you take a photo using the new Depth Control feature), iPhone XS and XS Max allow for some of the best photos taken via iPhone yet.
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The videos are also a lot better. I shot video at 4K30 (allows that new HDR video capability) of my kids riding on the tractor with my grandpa over the weekend and it was a striking difference. Everything was exposed better, from the sky in the background to the shadows as they moved from full sunlight to full shadow underneath trees. And I would almost swear that the video stabilization is better, but maybe I'm crazy. I'm pretty good at handheld steadicam but it almost felt like I was using a gimbal when watching the video back. Couldn't really tell that I was walking when doing tracking shots. Not sure if that's the AI doing better software stabilization in addition to the OIS but it was really good. I also noticed the difference in the stereo sound during playback. It's still not the best audio but a nice touch and an improvement.