No one at Apple goes to name me and ask for my recommendation relating to the subsequent iPhone digicam. And I do know that a number of the issues I would like gained’t match up with the mass market. And I additionally know that a number of the issues I would like could make the telephone somewhat bit bigger.
However although I’m not mainstream or essential sufficient to warrant Apple’s consideration, that isn’t going to cease me from providing some recommendation.
I’m actually amazed on the state of the iPhone 13 Professional (and Professional Max) with regard to the digicam and the three lenses. I’m much more amazed on the computational pictures that goes into benefiting from the digicam.
However there’s all the time room for enchancment. I’ve created this listing based mostly on what I THINK could also be potential. I’m not asking for issues that clearly require a DSLR, interchangeable lens digicam, and so on. I’m asking for issues that I consider COULD be accomplished to enhance the digicam, no less than for me.
I’ll add that I reached out to my viewers on Twitter to ask others need they need to be sure I didn’t miss something that sounded good to me and I acquired some good solutions. So thanks for that. I additionally acquired some solutions that confirmed many individuals don’t understand that the iPhone can already do a number of the issues they are saying they need future fashions to do. That’s why Jefferson Graham and I do the iPhonePhotoShow.com podcast so we may help folks use the present instruments to the fullest. However I digress. Right here’s my want listing, in no specific order.
1. Cease the megapixel insanity!
I do know I’m within the minority right here. And I strongly suspect I’ll find yourself being disenchanted as a result of I understand how advertising works. The common Joe/Jane Doe thinks extra megapixels imply a greater digicam. It’s merely not true. I might MUCH favor the identical variety of megapixels on a BIGGER SENSOR. Sony has figured this out. Apple is a bigger firm with extra sources and (in my view) extra expertise. Why can’t they determine this out? So see quantity two.
2. Give us a much bigger sensor
ESPECIALLY in case you’re gonna improve the variety of megapixels. Greater sensors end in cleaner pictures. It’s simply physics.
Think about every pixel is a bucket accumulating water. Greater buckets accumulate extra water and supply a extra correct measurement of common water capability. A sensor with greater pixels will accumulate extra mild, and extra mild will usually enhance picture high quality.
The extra megapixels you cram onto a sensor, the SMALLER they get. Meaning SMALLER buckets. I would like greater buckets.
This alone would enhance the iPhone digicam to the purpose the place it could be FAR extra more likely to be able to taking the place of a “actual” digicam.
3. Higher optical zoom (not digital zoom)
Sure, computational pictures has come a good distance. However these rattling physics are (once more) getting in the way in which of success. Higher optics means higher picture high quality and I don’t assume computer systems will have the ability to generate an approximation of this in digital kind that may match what optics can do. A minimum of not for a number of extra years. I’d like to see a 5 instances OPTICAL zoom on the digicam which might imply together with an extended (presumably bigger) lens on the telephone, however I can dwell with that.
4. Absolutely open up the API to third-party builders
Whereas the native iPhone digicam app is superb, I hardly ever use it. I’m an enormous fan of the stuff from Filmic, Inc. The extra builders we let play on this subject the extra superior the outcomes will probably be and that can assist Apple’s backside line, so that is truly of their finest pursuits and naturally the very best pursuits of their prospects.
5. Standardize round USB-C / Thunderbolt and be accomplished with it
With ProRes information, even utilizing the present cable to pc connection (versus AirDrop) it’s nonetheless painfully gradual to switch giant information. We want sooner information switch. And sufficient with the dongles, adapters, totally different connectors, and so on. Let’s go along with USB-C / Thunderbolt and keep there. This can make it simpler for third-party producers to know the best way to make investments their R&D and advertising budgets into merchandise that everybody is aware of will work with the telephone. Once more, that is good for Apple’s backside line since this can drive extra telephone gross sales and can make happier prospects.
6. Print playing cards, books, wall prints and extra proper from my telephone, and direct from Apple
Apple now makes use of extensions by way of the desktop Images app to permit a myriad of printing choices. Most individuals assume that’s higher. Plenty of decisions generally is a good factor. I don’t. Again within the day, Apple had its personal printing service (I don’t know who they jobbed it out to nevertheless it was a uncommon mixture of affordability and prime quality) and I’d favor THAT possibility since I belief Apple to curate the only option and I’d additionally prefer to have that possibility immediately from the telephone’s native digicam app as a substitute of getting to do it on a desktop, laptop computer, and so on.
7. Give us a sooner sensor
As an alternative of extra megapixels, I discussed utilizing a bigger sensor but in addition a FASTER sensor so we get sooner readouts for even higher autofocus and fewer rolling shutter.
8. Add a MicroSD card slot
I do know it’s old-school, however wow it could be a lot simpler to make use of the iPhone as an actual digicam if it had a MicroSD card slot, particularly if we’re not going to get USB-C / Thunderbolt connections.
9. Add much more storage
1TB will quickly have to be 2TB as we add an increasing number of functionality to the telephone. Extra and sooner RAM may also assist.
10. How a couple of two-way headphone jack?
(I do know I’m dreaming right here) however how a couple of two-way headphone jack? 3.5mm — so it really works with all normal cellular mics. In an ideal world, this might be two-way; in for recording or out for monitoring. I’d pay $100 additional for that. Simply sayin’ ….
If even considered one of these items made the subsequent iPhone, it could be nice. Possibly the iPhone 15 or 16? I get previous so I will not be round lengthy sufficient for iPhone 20! If anybody at Apple is listening, hurry it up please. I’d like to see these a few of these issues earlier than I’m going to that huge darkroom within the sky.
Editor’s be aware: We’re happy to characteristic this visitor put up from Scott Bourne. Scott is a featured speaker on the upcoming Visible Storytelling Convention, the place he’ll share his ardour for utilizing the iPhone to seize nice pictures. Scott was the founding father of Photofocus and continues to weblog at Picturemethods.com in addition to be an energetic podcaster with the iPhone Picture Present.