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Comparing the cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro Max with the iPhone 13 Pro Max

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With the addition of a 48-megapixel lens and improvements in low light performance for all lenses thanks to the new Photonic Engine, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max bring about some significant advancements in photography technology. Working on a thorough comparison between the new iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max over the last week has allowed us to determine exactly how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be.

Despite having a 48-megapixel lens, the iPhone 14 Pro models use pixel binning to merge four pixels into one, producing photographs that are just 12 MP unless ProRAW is turned on, which allows for 48 MP images. There isn’t a noticeable difference in quality between a 12-megapixel shot taken with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and one taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, especially in good lighting.

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For better HDR, you will notice some improvements in the shadows and highlights, and the colors on the iPhone 14 Pro Max may appear to be more bright, although this change is often slight.

The largest improvement is when you enable ProRAW for those higher-quality 48-megapixel shots. The 48-megapixel image has far more information than the 12-megapixel image from the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but the file size is a significant drawback. Considering that 48-megapixel photos might be over 60MB in size, your iPhone’s storage will be soon depleted. However, if you want to capture a special moment in the best possible quality, turn on the ProRAW option, and you’ll notice a noticeable improvement above what the iPhone 13 Pro Max can offer.

 

blankApple has developed a new 2x telephoto option that reduces the image from the full quality and uses the 48-megapixel camera. The iPhone 14 Pro models now have an entirely new focal length, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro models can only go as far as a 3x telephoto lens. The quality is greater than what you get with the telephoto lens even with the crop because it’s the main camera. A 2x telephoto is a fantastic length for portraits or if you simply want to zoom in a little.

blankApple claims that the Photonic Engine, which enables Deep Fusion earlier in the computational photography process, improves all camera lenses by at least 2x, but it’s difficult to see that improvement completely in side-by-side Night Mode photos taken with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

blankThere is a change in the iPhone 14 Pro Max Night Mode shots, but it is not drastically different. There is less noise and light reflection. There aren’t any significant improvements because the iPhone 13 Pro Max was already excellent; nonetheless, some of the iPhone 14 Pro Max shots may appear brighter.

blankRegarding video, Apple enhanced Cinematic Mode and added Action Mode, which is designed to replicate the steadiness you get with a gimbal. Cinematic Mode is now more adaptable for individuals who choose to shoot in 4K because it supports 4K at 24 frames per second in addition to the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s maximum 1080p resolution.

Action Mode is helpful for capturing a pet or a child running or for taking action shots since it does, in fact, increase stability while you’re shooting video while moving. You definitely won’t want to always have it on because it only supports 2.8K resolution, which is a drop from 4K, but it’s a great function if you require the additional stabilizing. Many times, the built-in default stabilization is sufficient and you won’t need the stabilization increase Action Mode offers.

The cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro Max are undoubtedly an improvement over those on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but most users won’t use the additional functions on a regular basis. If you currently own an iPhone 13 Pro Max, upgrading for the camera is definitely not worth it. However, there are other features to take into account, such as Dynamic Island, always-on display technology, Emergency SOS via Satellite, and Crash Detection.

Comparing the iPhone 14 Pro Max camera to the iPhone 13 Pro Max camera, what do you think?

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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