iPhone 16 Pro: Four new camera features are coming this year

The iPhone 16 Pro lineup will bring new features like larger displays, a dedicated capture button, and more. We're also expecting several notable improvements to the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max camera hardware. Here are four things to look forward to this year…

Camera features of the new iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max

Advanced Ultra Wide Camera

According to multiple reports, both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will get an upgraded 48MP ultra-wide camera this year. This would mark a significant improvement from the existing 12 MP ultra-wide camera in the iPhone 15 Pro.

The change should mean that the iPhone 16 Pro's ultra-wide camera is much better in most shooting situations, but especially in low-light environments. Images will also provide more detail and better color, while the increased resolution will also provide additional flexibility in editing and post-processing.

The iPhone 16 Pro's 48MP ultra-wide camera could also signal big improvements for spatial video recording. This feature relies on a combination of the main and ultra wide lenses, and with the new 48MP ultra wide it is possible for the iPhone 16 Pro to record spatial video in 4K resolution. Currently, the iPhone 15 Pro can only record spatial video at 1080p resolution.

extended optical zoom

iphone 13 pro vs 15 pro cameras

Currently, the iPhone 15 Pro Max uses a new tetraprism camera design that unlocks 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom capabilities. With the iPhone 16 lineup, however, Apple will also expand the advanced tetraprism camera to the smaller iPhone 16 Pro. This means that both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will offer at least 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom.

There's one more twist worth keeping in mind: A vague rumor has suggested that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will feature something called a “periscope ultra-long telephoto combination.” This will enable more than 5x optical zoom, but this rumor has not been confirmed at the moment outside of this single source from last year.

Anti-reflective coating

One problem that every iPhone camera user is well aware of is lens flare when shooting in brightly lit environments. This problem causes unexpected artifacts and lens flare internal reflections to appear on images. This is a hardware issue that affects most cameras on the market, but Apple's iPhone 16 Pro reportedly has a problem in the works.

According to a rumor, Apple is testing a new “atomic layer deposition” (or ALD) lens coating technology for the iPhone 16 Pro. This anti-reflective coating can be applied to the camera lens of the iPhone 16 Pro to reduce the effect of internal reflections.

If this rumor pans out, it means you'll see less unexpected artifacts on iPhone 16 Pro images — especially images taken in bright lighting conditions.

advanced main camera

Use the 48MP iPhone 15 camera

Finally, the iPhone 16 Pro will reportedly use Sony's new main camera sensor with an upgraded design for better low-light performance.

Sony's latest stacked sensor technology separates the photo diode and pixel transistor, which are normally combined in a single layer. This allows the photo diode itself – the bit that actually captures the light – to be much larger for the same overall pixel size. Sony claims that this sensor captures twice the light as existing camera sensors.

Capturing more light and removing more noise means better photos for iPhone users.

However, one thing that is not clear is whether this next-generation Sony sensor will be used in both iPhone 16 Pro models. At least one rumor on Weibo says that only the iPhone 16 Pro Max will use this upgraded stacked camera sensor hardware.

wrap up

The iPhone 16 lineup is currently expected to be announced in September. What camera improvements are you most looking forward to seeing on the iPhone 16 Pro this year? Are you planning to upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.

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