Faced with the whirlwind of news of the month of September, we must hang on to not miss anything. Especially since some information is provided in the drip, in documents for developers or appointments with journalists. Like these eleven details on the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro, that you have probably missed.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

The optical blocks are similar, but not identical. While its competitors blithely blend optical and sensors, Apple uses only sensors 12 Mpx, matched at the factory to limit variations from one optical block to another. That being said, these sensors are not strictly identical:

  • the wide angle remains the main block, which has the best quality, with a "large sensor" of 1 / 2.55 "whose photosites measure 1.4 microns, fully upholstered with focus pixels. It is placed behind a stabilized six-element optic with a focal length of 4.25 mm (equivalent to 26 mm), which opens at ƒ / 1.8.
  • the telephoto lens retains its 1 / 3.4 "sensor with small 1μm photosites, but its six-element stabilized optics, with a focal length of 6mm (52mm equivalent), now opens at ƒ / 2.0 .
  • the very wide angle, finally, is the least well-supplied block of the three. Its optics have "only" five elements, only open at ƒ / 2.4, and are not stabilized. While its 1.54mm focal length is announced as a 14mm equivalent, its sensor probably does not exceed 1/4 ".

Know that the very wide-angle is placed at the top, on the iPhone 11 as the iPhone 11 Pro. If you take the device with both hands, your fingers may appear in the field so wide that it covers about 120 °. The wide-angle is placed down on the iPhone 11, but right on the iPhone 11 Pro.

Big angle.
Very wide angle.

A picture taken with the wide-angle can be "zoomed out". With the "capture off frame" function, the data from the wide-angle camera can be used to "zoom out" a picture taken with the wide-angle camera. By default, this function is not activated, and must be in the rubric Camera Settings. From then on, you will see a small icon surmounted by a star in Photos.

It symbolizes the presence of data outside the frame. touch Edit, then go to the cropping tool, and you can "zoom out" a photo. Additional data is deleted after 30 days if you do not do anything, but kept ad vitam æternam if you edit the photo.

From left to right: a photo taken with the wide-angle, surmounted by the new icon that symbolizes the presence of data outside the frame; the cropping tool; the photo "unzipped".

The functions related to the wide-angle lens depend on the brightness. The wide-angle camera is also used to widen the viewfinder field. As with a telemetry focusing device, you can see the subjects out of the frame, and trigger at the right time. This function, like the previous one, depends however on the lighting conditions.

As the very wide-angle lens is the least bright of the three, and it is not stabilized, it is turned off as soon as the light drops. The translucent bands in the viewfinder become opaque, and the out-of-frame data is no longer captured. In this regard, the operation of the wide-angle is reminiscent of the telephoto (read: iPhone 7 Plus camera test).

A photo taken outside: the bands of the viewfinder are translucent, we can predict the arrival of a subject in the frame.
A picture taken inside disengaging the night mode: the wide-angle is off, the bands are opaque.

The new Camera app is very (too?) Rich. To fit all the photographic functions, Apple had to push the walls of the Camera application. She clarified the notion of "modes", which now refers to the different capture possibilities (Photo, Portrait, Video, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Pano). The frame ratio and filter settings, or the zoom simulation in portrait mode, now take place in a "drawer".

To open this drawer, press the arrow above the viewfinder, or swipe up and down. Modes disappear, tools take their place. How to change mode, then? You could close the drawer to make the modes reappear, then swipe to the side. But you can scan directly on the viewfinder: from top to bottom to display the tools, from left to right to change modes, above the zoom buttons to zoom gradually.

Progressive zoom operation is subtle. The progressive zoom, precisely, is all the more useful when you shoot a video. If you are shooting in 1080p HD or 4K at 30 fps, you can zoom from 0.5 x to 6x. The transition from the very wide-angle to the wide-angle is quite steep, and shows the difference in quality between the two cameras, but is more natural between wide-angle and telephoto.

The transition from very wide-angle to wide-angle is abrupt.

If you shoot in 4K at 60 fps, the magnification range will be more limited. Starting from the very wide angle, you can zoom from 0.5 x to 1.5 x. From the wide-angle, you can zoom from 1x to 3x. And starting from the telephoto lens, you can zoom from 2x to 6x. The A13 Bionic chip is very powerful, but obviously not enough to handle three 4K streams at 60 fps at a time.

You can edit a video (almost) like a photo. With iOS 13, Photo editing tools have jumped, and you can now edit a video (almost) like a photo. Out-of-frame capture is enabled by default for videos. So you can change the frame of a video after the fact, a function whose parents turbulent children will quickly understand the utility.

The TrueDepth camera sees bigger. Apple loves 12MP sensors so much that it even has one in the front! The TrueDepth camera is not yet at the height of the main camera system, but keeps getting better. Apple loves the wide-angle lenses so much that she has even put one in the front! The focal length of the TrueDepth camera lens is equivalent to 30mm by default, but shifts to 23mm in landscape, making it easy to shoot selfies of group.

The triple objective of the iPhone 11 Pro.

Third-party applications will be able to exploit multiple goals. Like the Camera app, third-party applications will be able to exploit data from multiple sensors simultaneously. We have been able to use the next version of Filmic Pro, which will be released by the end of the year, to film with two frames superimposed (which allows to change your mind on the framing a posteriori), but also with the front camera at the same time as a back camera (to turn the two angles of a interview off the cuff).

All three models do not come with the same accessories. While the iPhone 11 comes with the good old 5W charger and a Lightning to USB-A cable, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with the iPad Pro 18W charger and a Lightning to USB-C cable. Still, the iPhone 11 is compatible with fast charging, like its predecessors, and that the charger 18 W can be purchased separately. The Lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter is no longer supplied.

The screen of the iPhone 11 Pro can reach 1200 nits … for a few seconds. By scanning the technical data sheet of the Super Retina XDR screen of the iPhone 11 Pro diagonally, you will probably remember a number, «1,200 nits». The brightness can actually reach 1200 nits, but only very briefly, when you watch HDR videos. White very white, black very black, the contrast then reaches 2 000 000: 1. In everyday life, the brightness will not exceed 800 nits, an already excellent figure. The best in the industry, even, which guarantees good readability in full sun.

The midnight green of the iPhone 11 Pro and the water green of the iPhone 11.

Apple spatializes the sound. How can the iPhone be compatible with Dolby Atmos, even though it only has a pair of tiny speakers? A "Apple virtualizer" manipulates the stereo output to simulate a sound environment that far exceeds the screen. Reading a short clip of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the sound seems to pass behind our head, convinced us of interest … to spend the weekend watching some movies to test this feature.

Apple also manipulates the sound when shooting videos. The "audio zoom" expands or reduces the sound scene at the same time as the frame. For example, the iPhone captures more ambient sounds when you shoot with the wide-angle, but "zooms" on the voice of a person shot with the telephoto lens. We are still lacking perspective on this function: see you in a few days for our complete test.

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