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Which IPhone has the best camera in 2021?

The best iPhone for photography in 2021: from the iPhone XR to iPhone 13 Pro Max

Looking for the best iPhone for photography? Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll end up choosing the most expensive model with the most sophisticated set of cameras. Depending on your budget and your needs, you might actually find that an older, more affordable option is actually the best iPhone for photography for you.

This is because more expensive models haven’t just focused on camera improvements, there will also be other aspects factored in as well, such as screen size and the quality of the display.

However, with that being said, there’s no denying that the latest up-to-date iPhone 13 series offers some of the best camera phone photographic capabilities around. The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are the flagship iPhones, offering a triple camera rear unit with 4x optical zoom and the ability to capture Night Mode portraits. Meanwhile, the vanilla iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini still offer fantastic shooting capabilities, with a wider aperture on the main camera. Check out our iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro guide to learn more.

However, if you’re looking for the best iPhone for photography, but you also like to search for a good bargain, then you might want to consider either the iPhone 12 Pro or the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both handsets also feature rear triple camera units – and they have the additional benefit of being a year older and, therefore, better value for money.

It’s also worth noting that the further back in the iPhone family you go, the more affordable the handsets get. For example, an iPhone 11 is great value for money, with dual rear-facing cameras that are capable of truly respectable images, considering the handset’s price point.

We’ve listed out the best iPhones for photography below to help you find the right model for you – good luck!

The best iPhone for photography in 2021

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More evolution than revolution, but still the best iPhone ever

Specifications
Release date: September 2021
Rear cameras: 12MP f/1.5, 12MP f/1.8 ultrawide, 12MP f/2.8 telephoto
Front camera: 12MP
OIS: Yes
Weight: 204g
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Reasons to buy
+Extensively upgraded cameras+120Hz screen refresh rate
Reasons to avoid
Still ‘only’ 3x optical zoom

Though its camera improvements may be fairly modest when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro still sports some worthwhile upgrades. There’s a useful new macro mode, along with an improvement to low light shooting with the ultra-wide camera. New picture styles are worth experimenting with, while the Cinematic video mode is a clever feature and nice to have if you’re a budding movie-maker.

As for camera hardware, Apple has gone for a triple-lens set up on the iPhone 13 Pro, giving us a standard, ultra-wide and telephoto lens. We have the same focal lengths for the 26mm (equivalent) standard lens, and 13mm (0.5x) ultra-wide optic, but the telephoto lens has been extended to a 3x (78mm) offering, compared with the iPhone 12 Pro’s 2x lens.

Overall, the iPhone 13 Pro is without question the best iPhone for photographers to date (exactly what we’d expect) and it produces some fantastic images and video, but it’s not for those who are particularly budget-conscious, especially if you’re already in possession of a 12 Pro which is very nearly as good.

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