Pro vs. Pro Max - Cameras

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I will likely be upgrading to the 15 pro from my 14 pro and was wondering what people thought of the camera differences.

I would rather keep the smaller form factor and stick with the 15 pro, but I also use my phones camera … a lot.

I don’t really need the 5x zoom, but I was intrigued by the new macro photo mode. I’m wondering if the added zoom and sensors on the Max will make a huge difference there. If it’s really just 3x (77mm) vs 5x (120mm) zoom, then I’ll likely stick with the 6.1” Pro.

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The iPhone's camera has never really been a selling factor or even a deciding factor for me. With that being said, I'm sure Apple knows that users rarely mess with the camera's settings and thus will store a bunch of large sized photos on their iPhone, run out of on-device storage space and then end up paying for additional icloud storage. ;)

Anyway, I'm sure the camera on the upcoming iPhone 15 models are excellent, but so is the camera or the current and previous models.
 

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Apple should of had the same cameras on both pro models. This is wrong of them to make them different.

There isn’t space enough in the pro for the new 5x telephoto camera.

Even android doesn’t have a 6.1 inch phone with a periscope lens.
 
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There isn’t space enough in the pro for the new 5x telephoto camera.

Even android doesn’t have a 6.1 inch phone with a periscope lens.

Ya, I assumed that was the case and it makes sense with current tech.

I’m just wondering if the only real difference is 3x vs 5x zoom (and I rarely am looking for more than 3x zoom as it is). If I really want to zoom, I get out my D7500…
 

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Ya, I assumed that was the case and it makes sense with current tech.

I’m just wondering if the only real difference is 3x vs 5x zoom (and I rarely am looking for more than 3x zoom as it is). If I really want to zoom, I get out my D7500…

Technically the 5x is pretty impressive… iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 5x "tetraprism" camera. It bounces light around with mirrors 4 times onto a 3D-stabilised sensor, so it is essentially a periscope camera.

All while retaining a f/2.8 aperture, the largest of any telephoto/periscope at 5x magnification and beyond.

Its a very clever approach. In the future they can increase the sensor size and not be limited by the thickness of the phone. While having the most advanced OlS on any telephoto camera.

Personally I don’t think I’m going to be reaching for my Leica anytime soon. Pretty excited for spacial video, though.
 

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Technically the 5x is pretty impressive… iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 5x "tetraprism" camera. It bounces light around with mirrors 4 times onto a 3D-stabilised sensor, so it is essentially a periscope camera.

All while retaining a f/2.8 aperture, the largest of any telephoto/periscope at 5x magnification and beyond.

Its a very clever approach. In the future they can increase the sensor size and not be limited by the thickness of the phone. While having the most advanced OlS on any telephoto camera.

Personally I don’t think I’m going to be reaching for my Leica anytime soon. Pretty excited for spacial video, though.

No doubt the 5x zoom is super impressive! I’m mainly looking for improvements in low light/night mode, macro, and regular photography from my phone.

Having that zoom might be nice on the fly though.

I guess it will come down to form factor and if I can live with the larger size!
 
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No doubt the 5x zoom is super impressive! I’m mainly looking for improvements in low light/night mode, macro, and regular photography from my phone.

Having that zoom might be nice on the fly though.

I guess it will come down to form factor and if I can live with the larger size!

You wouldn’t know unless you tried, larger display and bigger batteries couldn’t hurt either.
 
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You wouldn’t know unless you tried, larger display and bigger batteries couldn’t hurt either.

Planning on going to Apple or Verizon and playing with a current Max model. I’ve used friends’ phones before, but never jumped on the larger form factor bandwagon as I like using my phone with one hand and already know I’ll have trouble reaching the top and corners.
 

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Planning on going to Apple or Verizon and playing with a current Max model. I’ve used friends’ phones before, but never jumped on the larger form factor bandwagon as I like using my phone with one hand and already know I’ll have trouble reaching the top and corners.

That’s a great idea. I’m extremely lazy so I use reachability quite often .

Best of luck.
 
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As an update, I did go ahead and order the regular 15 Pro during preorder last Friday. The larger form factor was still a deal breaker and cons of larger device outweighed the pros of the added zoom for me.
 
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As an update, I did go ahead and order the regular 15 Pro during preorder last Friday. The larger form factor was still a deal breaker and cons of larger device outweighed the pros of the added zoom for me.

Congrats on your preorder.
 

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I used to always have the larger phones, but decided to try out the smaller footprint with the 13 pro to see if I would even like it. And it was great. I do prefer the smaller and although the 15 pro max has a larger zoom factor, still went with the 15 pro size. Still takes amazing photos for my liking.
 
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The 15 pro max has an amazing camera especially the macro. The 5x zoom is the same very nice when zoom is needed.