iPhone X vs. iPhone Xs Camera Shootout

We took to the streets of Seattle the iPhone X and the new and improved iPhone Xs to see if the camera alone is truly worth the upgrade.

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iPhone X VS iPhone Xs

Worth the Upgrade?

After many anxious weeks of heavy rumors surrounding the new iPhones, we're happy to finally get our hands on one of these bad boys and test it for ourselves. We took to the streets of Seattle both the iPhone X and the Xs to see if the improved camera on the Xs alone is genuinely worth the upgrade.

Here's what we found...

Taken with an iPhone Xs.
iPhone Xs
Taken with an iPhone X.
iPhone X

iPhone X

$999

Equipped with a dual 12-megapixel camera on its rear, the iPhone X makes it the smallest Apple device yet to benefit from two separate sensors. While the wide-angle is stabilized with an automatic f/1.8 aperture, the telephoto lens has been updated to a broader f/2.4 aperture; capturing even more striking images with a dynamic depth of field and improved low-light capabilities. Oh, and the front-facing True Depth camera is a 7MP affair, marking the iPhone one of the best selfie-taking cameras on the market. Not to mention its gorgeously improved 5.8-inch OLED screen as a mock-viewfinder from the iPhone 8...

The phone's camera function alone makes it uniquely special amongst the crowd. The sharpness, motion blur, and dynamic range created by the phone's entourage of improved specs are hard proof. Take a look at the RAW images below, both shot on the native Wide Lens from our Moment App. The foreground is crisp, the landscapes are tack sharp, and no matter how cluttered or dynamic the range is — its details and vibrant colors are clearly seen.


Pros:

  • Excellent in low light capabilities.
  • Wide aperture.
  • Vibrant colors never before seen in previous Apple models.
  • Tack sharp.
  • Dual camera sensor.
  • Best selfie camera on the market.

Cons:

  • Some argue not the best in class, but up there.
  • Expensive.

SHOP GEAR


Taken with an iPhone X.
iPhone X
Taken with an iPhone X.
iPhone X
Taken with an iPhone X.
iPhone X

iPhone X Case

iPhone XS

$999

Apple loves to keep up with the Joneses and beats it latest flagship model. Though the XS's camera is built with a similar hardware system to the X, it's 12MP camera posses a bigger sensor (1.4µm) making the phone's durability increase tenfold when shooting in harsh conditions. And although the dual-camera system also remains the same as the X, optical images stabilization is now present with the True Tone Flash giving it greater powers to portray a more accurate color representation.

Apple's freshly implemented A12 bionic hardware on the new 2018 iPhone proves other-worldly results. By combining Smart HDR with faster sensors, improved smarts, and a new Depth Control option (when the user can manually adjust how wide the aperture is after the shot has been captured) marks this device as the DSLR's new rival.

So, What's New?

Some of the improved iPhone Xs Camera Hardware Specs Include:

Improved Wide Angle Lens: With an overhaul of a new and improved 26mm equivalent focal length (a 2mm difference from the X's 24mm length), this completely re-engineered the image processing that automates exposure settings.

Improved Sensor: Because the camera posses a bigger sensor (1.4µm), this makes it almost 30% larger than the previous X model.

Wider ISO Range: A wider ISO means a higher sensitivity to light, but can still operate under harsh low-light conditions. We found this as a significant improvement from the iPhone X.  The Xs is now from 24 ISO to 2304 ISO.

Long Exposure: A longer exposure settings up to 1 full second.

Minimum Exposure Changes: We read much longer minimum exposures on iPhone XS: wide angle and telephoto go from 1/91000th of a second to 1/22000th and 1/45000th.

Our field note images below say it all — take a peek at what we found during our shoot.


Pros:

  • Faster sensor.
  • Manually control the depth of field.
  • Increased storage.
  • Better color representation.
  • High-tech A12 bionic hardware with improved durability.

Cons:

  • Only a marginal difference in battery life from the X.
  • Expensive.

SHOP GEAR


Taken with an iPhone Xs.
iPhone Xs
Taken with an iPhone Xs.
iPhone Xs
Taken with an iPhone Xs.
iPhone Xs

iPhone XS

Overview:

To be perfectly honest — within our field test findings — the iPhone Xs is only marginally better than the X. And although the vibrancy of the colors seem to be more present in the iPhone X, the Xs has significantly better results in low-light and other not-so-desired shooting conditions (thanks to the lower aperture, bigger sensor, and wider ISO!). 

The Depth Control of the Xs can be a sweet gadget for improving the professionalism of your portrait photography, but it’s not necessary for stunning iPhone photographs. Nevertheless, we were stoked with the pictures we came out with and found the camera to be worth its hype.

And, hey, the selfie camera is TIGHT.

Taken with an iPhone X.
iPhone X
Taken with an iPhone Xs.
iPhone Xs
Taken with an iPhone X
iPhone Xs Selfie
Taken with an iPhone Xs
iPhone Xs Selfie

(But if you’re someone like Niles with an iPhone 6s, then it’s for sure worth that upped price point...)

Caleb saying HELLO on the new iPhone Xs.

That's All, Folks!

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