Infographic: 12 Years Of iPhone Camera Evolution (Includ. 11 Pro Max)

The iPhone camera has come a long way since the first iPhone 2G was launched in June 29, 2007. Apple Inc. designed and marketed the iPhone smartphones, and the original iPhone during that period was equipped with a 2-megapixel rear camera. 

If you are one of the billions of iPhone fanatics, you were probably very proud and happy with your 1600×1200 resolution photos back then.  But, as technology continued to evolve, the innovation of the iPhone camera led to the production of the iPhone 4 in 2010, the first device from Apple with a front-facing camera. 

Selfies were starting to become a trend all over the world, and the craze continues in rapid pace in the present year without any indication of slowing down. For selfie-lovers and photo-capturing enthusiasts, the iPhone camera never ceases to evolve in order to offer greater innovations for iPhone photography with each new release of an iPhone model.

Comparison of iPhone Camera Features

The iPhone cameras from different models are designed with innovative features adapted from the very first iPhone. As Apple launches new smartphones, the camera features are enhanced and new ones are added to improve user experience. 

Let’s discover the evolution of the iPhone camera’s resolution, megapixel and aperture in the table below.

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Evaluation of the iPhone 11’s Camera Offerings Against Rivals

The expectations of most consumers when hints of the iPhone 11 was dropped earlier in the year led to the belief that it would be more expensive than the iPhone X and its counterparts. However, this is not the case. 

Apple brings a wider range of features in its iPhone 11 camera (wide shots, faster frames, speedy processing and sharp image quality) for a price $300 less than the initial cost of an iPhone X.

However, does that mean every future Apple phone is going to be selling an upgraded camera? Well, for the foreseeable future, that might just be the case. 

Seeing as the world is becoming more digitally focused, more emphasis will be placed on imagery and image quality thereby making it easy for Apple to get away with releasing the same phones with few tweaks such as a diverse camera and better battery life.

But, that is not to say close rivals such as Samsung and Google Pixel do not have something else to offer. Hints and latest image reveals of the capabilities of the Google Pixel 4XL and Samsung S11 are said to have similar camera offerings as the iPhone 11 if not better.

When compared to its predecessors like the iPhone 7+,8+,X, XR and XS as seen below, it was a no brainer that the iPhone 11 would come out tops:

Sample Image Taken by iPhone 11 Pro


Sample Image Taken by iPhone 7+


Source: Tyler Stalman, iPhone 8, A Photographer’s Review; YouTube

Sample Image Taken by iPhone 8+

Source: Tyler Stalman, iPhone 8, A Photographer’s Review; YouTube

Sample Image Taken by iPhone X


Source: Tyler Stalman, iPhone X, A Photographer’s Review; YouTube

Sample Image Taken by iPhone XR


Source: Tyler Stalman, iPhone XR & XS, A Photographer’s Review; YouTube

Sample Image Taken by iPhone XS


Source: Tyler Stalman, iPhone XR & XS, A Photographer’s Review; YouTube

Comparing Camera Shots: iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS,XR,X,8+,7+


Phone Low light Bright light Dark light Mixed light
iPhone 11 A setting within the phone makes images appear bright Images are adjusted to accommodate light The camera can be set to illuminate an image. Highly detailed image and the varied lens options helps increase focus and depth
iPhone XS Same as iPhone X but processing capabilities makes the image turn out better Easily affected by the glare of a light source The introduction of flash to a darkly lit room helps highlight the details but not much Smart HDR mode improves the image turn out with a pop in image and colour
iPhone XR Tweaking the exposure improves the image outcome Great reproduction of image Picks out details in images Okay but background image gets lost when the depth is increased.
iPhone X Decent when mixed with yellow light but comes with noise Good definition but the light confuses sensors Improved exposure than iPhone 8 Great outcome
iPhone 8 Definition of pictures is affected by light situation with objects in the background becoming blurred Images appear washed out Tapping to focus on an image produces better results than tapping the shutter for a general shot Point and shoot leads to a reproduction of a selected scene
iPhone 7 Better than the iPhone 6 but difficult to make out prominent features of images Varied light levels in images with no depth clarity Difficult to get a clear look at the background of the focus of an image Good image detail but lower color quality


Sarah Adedun

Sarah Adedun

Sarah Adedun is a technology enthusiast. When she is not reviewing tech products, you can find her sharing personal thoughts on Medium and researching ways to merge Finance and Technology together.

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