See the evolution in photography from the iPhone 11 Pro Max to the 13 Pro Max — 2022
To check the true evolution of a device, the most appropriate thing is not to compare it exclusively with the previous model, but with older devices. For this reason, in this post we are going to see what the iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max are capable of doing at a photographic level and see if there really is a big difference between two iPhones that are two years apart.
These are the differences in their cameras
In the first place, and before fully entering into the results obtained by both devices, we have to put on the table all the information that Apple provides us in relation to the technical specifications of both iPhones. These differences will help users to be able to know the reason for some of the differences that you will later be able to appreciate in the photographic results that they offer. In addition, you should know that in order to offer you a faster loading speed for this page, we have had to compress all the photographs shown in the following sections. In any case, all of them have the same compression percentage so that the least possible quality is lost and the differences can be clearly seen.
Lens aperture makes a difference
We start with what is surely the most important point in these cameras, it is their opening. This is a fundamental factor because it is the main factor that will make the photographs have a higher level of sharpness and luminosity. We start with the front camera, which is practically the same on both iPhones. They have a 12 Mpx camera with f / 2.2 aperture and retina Flash, although the difference, that there is, lies in the HDR since the iPhone 11 Pro Max has HDR 3 while the iPhone 13 Pro Max with HDR Four.
If we go to the camera module, both devices enjoy three lenses magnificent, a telephoto , a lens great angular and the ultra great angular . However, in the iPhone 13 Pro Max we add an extra, and that is that it also has the sensor LiDAR which, according to Apple, considerably improves portrait photos with night mode and helps to focus faster in low light.
Now putting the focus, never better said, on the telephoto entity we see considerable variation between the two. In the case of iPhone 11 Pro Max enjoy a optical zoom x2 , with an opening f/2 , While in the iPhone 13 Pro Max we win in optical zoom, since it reaches up to a x3 , but we lose in opening , with a f/2,8 .
Let's talk now about the main lens of both iPhones, the wide angle which, both in the iPhone 11 Pro Max and in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, is the one that achieves the best results. The first has a f/1.8 aperture , while the iPhone 13 Pro Max goes up to a f/1,5 adding an extra brightness and sharpness to the photographs taken with this lens.
Where you can find a big difference is in the ultra wide angle lens . The iPhone 11 Pro Max was the first Apple device to introduce this lens on an iPhone, and Apple, as we will see below, has been evolving it. In this case the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an opening f/2,4 , while the iPhone 13 Pro Max reaches the f/1,8 , which means a very substantial and necessary improvement.
Photographic styles, are they differential?
The opening of the lenses and the LiDAR scanner are not the only differences at the photographic level between these two devices, and this is due, among others, to the photographic styles , novelty of the iPhone 13 and that, obviously, the iPhone 13 Pro Max enjoys. To quickly define what photographic styles are, we can say that they are smart filters that you can set whenever you want to take a specific type of photography. It is very important to note that these are not the typical filters that you can find in any application, but that Apple applies them intelligently so that the result is the best possible. These are 5 and they are the following.
The photographic styles are designed so that all those users who have a defined editing style can get those results just by taking the picture and without having to go through editing afterwards. In addition, the way to apply them is really simple, since you can do it from the camera app itself before taking a picture, or from the Settings app in the camera section. You have to keep in mind that once you set a certain photo style, if you don't change it, all the photos you take will have that photo style.
Macro photography a plus
Finally, another of the great differences between the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the new shooting mode which the latter has. It's about the macro photography , something that is really incredible given the level of detail that the iPhone is capable of capturing. In fact, this has been one of the main reasons why Apple has improved the aperture of the ultra wide-angle lens, since it is in charge of taking this type of photography.
We have put shooting mode in quotes because the reality is that you can't activate it manually If not, it is the iPhone itself that is responsible for adopting it when it detects that you are approaching an object that you are going to photograph. In addition, as we have mentioned, the lens in charge of taking this type of photography is the ultra wide angle lens, the curious thing is that when you approach an object with the telephoto or wide angle lens, this mode is activated but it does not indicate that it has been activated. changed lens to do it.
Once you know what the differences are between both devices at the level of technical specifications in the photographic field, it is time to start comparing the results that both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are capable of generating and see if, really, these technical differences, translate into different results. Let's go with it.
The main difference that you will be able to appreciate in relation to the telephoto lenses of both devices is the optical zoom that have. In case of iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a x2 , While in the iPhone 13 Pro Max reaches the x3 , hence the images look so different, the iPhone 13 Pro Max being much closer to the lens, or to the horizon.
However, both the difference in opening and the HDR They make many of the tones that you can see in both images different. Both the blue color of the sky and the color of the door are slightly different, as well as the color of the roof of the church or the blue of the steps in the third image, being much lighter in the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Wide Angle Lens
As we mentioned before Previously, the wide-angle lens is the one that has suffered the least differences from one device to another and, normally, at least the change of aperture in good light conditions does not generate appreciable differences between the different photographs. Recall that the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an opening f/1,8 while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a f/1,5 . Below you can check the results obtained.
Obviously it is about very similar images , but in which there are differences that, in addition, are in line with those that you can see in the comparison of the telephoto lens. In the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the colors tend to be slightly lighter, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the result of HDR 4, is capable of capturing color more realistically.
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
On paper, the ultra wide angle lens is the one that has undergone the most change from one device to another. However, surely the improvement in aperture is not very evident in photographs where light abounds, as is the case in the following images. However, we remind you that the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an opening of f/2,4 in the ultra wide angle lens, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a f/1,8 .
The differences remain the same as what we found with the telephoto lens and the wide angle lens, that is, in the image of the iPhone 11 Pro Max colors tend to be lighter , while in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, on the contrary, the result of having the renewed HDR 4 that is capable of providing a more representative image of reality.
The only lens that remains intact from the iPhone 11 Pro Max to the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the one corresponding to the front camera of both devices. As we have told you at the beginning of this post, they have an opening f/2,2 y 12 Mpx . Therefore, in the case of finding differences in the photographs, they will be the result of HDR 4 of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and HDR 3 of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The reality is that, it is in this section where the differences are more substantial and this is due to, as we have told you, the presence of HDR 4 in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, making the color of the skin tone be noticeably more real in the photograph of model 13. Also, if you look at the leaves of the tree located to the left of both photographs, the green tone is clearly different.
One of the shooting modes that people use the most on iPhones is portrait mode. Since Apple built it into the iPhone 7 Plus , has been improving it remarkably until obtaining really impressive results. This shooting mode is available to be done with both the telephoto lens and the wide angle lens of both devices. Let's see what they can do.
few differences are the ones we can find among the different images. Perhaps, in the photograph of the park, the yellow color is slightly different, being somewhat more exposed in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this is caused by the presence of the HDR 4 in the iPhone 13 Pro Max that is capable of capturing the tones of the photograph in a much more realistic way as well as controlling the light in an improved way.
We close the daytime photography section with two images taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and its macro photography mode. We repeat again that this shooting style is carried out, in the case of the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the ultra wide angle lens, and for this it has been necessary that the opening that it has on the iPhone 13 Pro Max will improve considerably with respect to iPhone previous.
The level of detail that the iPhone is capable of capturing with this shooting mode is really amazing . It gives you the possibility of capturing images that until now you could not do with an iPhone and that, without a doubt, is something very enriching to be able to add different shooting variants to a camera that all users carry in their pocket and that they can use at any time. and place.
The usual thing is that in the daytime section the differences between devices that do not differ in a large number of years are scarce because in good light practically any smartphone is currently capable of taking fantastic images. However, that cannot be extrapolated to the night section, which is where all the opening differences that we have mentioned at the beginning of the post become more evident in the results.
Fortunately for iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max users, both have the ability to take night photos with night mode on the telephoto lens. However, in this case the usual thing is that, at least for luminosity and sharpness, the iPhone 11 Pro Max by having a larger opening provide a brighter image. Let's check it out.
The differences are obvious , in the first place it is evident the jump of optical zoom from one to the other, but it is also very evident the different color interpretation from one device to another. In the case of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the image is much brighter, however, at the level of detail, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is capable of offering more information about the image. Also, in terms of color, the iPhone 11 Pro Max tends to yellow the image, becoming very evident in the photograph of the palm tree.
Wide Angle Lens
Surely if you had to choose a single lens to be able to do night photography on both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the one chosen by the vast majority of users, if not by all, would be the wide-angle lens since It is the one that is capable of offering the best results. . In this case, the aperture differences are slight, going from an f/1.8 of the iPhone 11 Pro Max to an f/1.5 of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Let's see the results.
The differences are clear and very evident. , especially if we focus on how the two devices interpret color, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max being the clear winner on this point. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, as we have mentioned, tends to yellow the image too much , being evident in all the examples shown.
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
Surely the biggest difference in the night section it is in the ultra wide angle lens, not so much because of the change that has occurred in relation to the aperture of this lens, but because on the iPhone 13 Pro Max users have the opportunity to use the night mode , while on the iPhone 11 Pro Max this option is not present. This will also allow us to show you what the real light conditions were, to value the images that both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max have been able to capture.
The differences speak for themselves and it is really evident that the possibility of taking pictures with the ultra wide angle lens and the night mode add up to a practically essential variant today. In addition, as you have verified with the photographs of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the light conditions were practically scarce and even so, many of the images that both devices have captured are very usable.
The front cameras of both devices they are exactly the same , so it will be the color interpretation that they do and the HDR of both that will make the difference in the results that can be seen in this case. With a 12Mpx camera and an f/2.2 aperture, both devices should offer very similar results on paper, let's check it out.
Again the way you interpret color is what makes the difference between the photos with the front camera that the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are capable of capturing. As usual in this comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro Max tends to yellow the image , while the iPhone 13 Pro Max gives you truer color.
Let's go with the portrait mode, in the same way that we told you in the daytime section. The iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max are capable of this blur mode with two of their three lenses, the telephoto and the wide angle . The choice of one lens or another to take the photograph will depend on the distance and the type of photography. Here we must also take into account the presence of the lidar scanner on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The results are again different between both devices, especially taking into account the way they have one and the other to capture the color in this case of the hedge and the column. The LiDAR scanner also provides the advantage that the blurring is done in a more natural and progressive way, you can see this in the leaves of the tree in the second image. In addition, you will also appreciate how the iPhone 13 Pro Max does not expose the light of the card that appears on the right side as much.
Finally, we also want to show you the results that the iPhone 13 Pro Max is capable of offering with its macro shooting mode. This option, as we have mentioned, is not available on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and its use on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is automatic, since it is the device itself that establishes when you have to use it or not.
The improvement in the ultra wide angle lens has meant that even in low light conditions, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is capable of capturing images with this high degree of detail. Without a doubt, it is a real joy for all photography lovers to have, every day, more options to shoot photos on the iPhone.
What conclusions do we draw?
After having seen the results provided by both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it is time to to make conclusions . In this case I am going to expose mine, but I encourage you to be yourself or yourself who make your own. between both devices there are two years difference , something that, from my point of view, is reflected in the changes what is between one and the other.
Obviously, in the photographic section there is no revolution going from the iPhone 11 Pro Max to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but if I consider that there is considerable improvement between what you are going to be able to do with one iPhone and another, especially in the night section, since in the daytime section, both devices perform at an incredible level.
However, if you are reading this post to find out if it is worth changing your iPhone 11 Pro Max for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you have to take into account not only the photographic section but also the video and, in this case, screen and battery. Above all, what you have to assess the most is whether, really, what the iPhone 13 Pro Max brings you is really so important for your day to day life as to take that leap.