Written by Nick Heer.

Lux Looks at the iPhone 13 Pro

Every year, I look forward to the explanation of the new iPhones’ camera systems from the good people at Lux. That is in no small part thanks to the breathtaking sample photos from Sebastiaan de With, and this year’s article is no exception.

Like de With, I think Apple’s processing choices are often too aggressively tuned for noise removal, even on my iPhone 12 Pro. A little grain is fine for my tastes and even more is acceptable in darker images.

I recommend reading this in full, but it is worth your time just for the pictures. Some variation of this has been said way too many times, but the iPhone — and modern smartphone cameras generally — are less of a telephone that happens to have a camera, and more like a compact camera with networking capabilities.