These Awesome Photos of the Milky Way Were Taken on an iPhone 14 Pro

One iPhone 14 rumor that never panned out was some sort of astrophotography feature, but that hasn't stopped users from showcasing just what the camera on ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro models can do when pointed at the night sky.

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These fantastic shots shared by MacRumors forum member ToddH were taken using an ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max in Night Mode with the maximum available exposure time of 30 seconds in the Camera app.

Taken at ISO 12,500 and ISO 10,000 using the 12-megapixel setting (‌Night Mode‌ isn't available when the 48-megapixel setting is on), the images were shot using Apple's ProRAW format and then edited using the mobile version of Lightroom on the iPhone itself.

To get the shot, ToddH says he attached the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max to a tripod with a Skywatcher tracking device that moves in the opposite direction of the Earth's rotation, making the sky appear still to the camera to avoid elongation and make the stars look pinpoint.

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Like the iPhone 13 lineup last year, there was chatter prior to the announcement of the ‌iPhone 14‌ series that the new devices could offer a specific astrophotography feature – speculation that was further fanned by Apple's choice of graphics to promote its "Far Out" media event. No such feature was forthcoming.

Other users have been sharing their own photos in the same discussion thread.

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BvizioN Avatar
22 months ago
Pretty impressive, considering this is from a tiny camera of a smartphone that fits in your pocket. Phone cameras have come long away.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danbalsh Avatar
22 months ago
I took these with my 13 Pro last year, his are amazing!

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orbital~debris Avatar
22 months ago
Incredible! ?

More iPhone users – more phone users, full stop – should probably take the time to reflect on our place in the galaxy. It might help some things improve around here.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
no_idea Avatar
22 months ago

Good lord. Taking photos like these with the equipment the photographer used is possible with any decent DSLR and a lease with the proper F-Stop. You actually want higher f-stop as that will ensure more light gets to the censor / film.

Why the iPhone is being touted as being in any way spectacular here is just pandering to the hopeful.

PS: google has had this in their pixel cameras for YEARS now. NO special equipment necessary.
Lol…did you not get your morning coffee yet mr grouchy?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
carlsson Avatar
22 months ago

I’ve never been able to do that with an iPhone, even after watching someone with a Galaxy S20 do it standing right next to me.
That is because Samsung is creating the image with the help of "AI".
You can read all about it on da web, eg:
[MEDIA=reddit]samsung/comments/l7ay2m[/MEDIA]
https://www.inputmag.com/reviews/is-samsung-galaxy-s21-ultra-using-ai-to-fake-detailed-moon-photos-investigation-super-resolution-analysis
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
22 months ago
@ToddH Excellent job! Amazing Milky Way Photos! You nailed it. Keep up the good work. ?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)