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iPhone 15 Pro Max to use prism-based zoom lens; Big worry for Samsung?

iPhone 15 Pro Max to use the prism-based periscope lens system for zoom similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

| Updated on: Jan 19 2023, 13:10 IST
iPhone 14 Pro Max: It is HERE, and we take a quick look
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1/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max brings a new 48MP main camera in addition to the new 12MP ultrawide camera and the same old 12MP 3X telephoto camera. The front 12MP camera has an autofocus lens system.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max retains almost the same design as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Deep Purple colour variant is the new colour this here; we have got the Gold version with us. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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3/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the new 4nm A16 Bionic chip that promises marginal performance gains over the A15 Bionic. AnTuTu scores show a performance gain of 28 percent in graphics and 19 percent in CPU. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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4/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a variable refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz. The 1Hz mode allows for an Always On Display for the first time on an iPhone and you can see your widgets as well as wallpaper. Peak brightness levels go up to 2000 nits. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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5/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max gets rid of the notch in favour of a pill-shaped Dynamic Island. Other than masking the cutouts, it changes shape to accommodate the icons and widgets. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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6/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at a price of Rs. 139,900 in India for the 128GB variant and goes up to Rs. 189,900 for the 1TB version.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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The iPhone 15 Pro Max is said to get a periscope zoom camera system. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

The iPhone 15 Pro Max, or iPhone 15 Ultra, is coming with a big upgrade to its zoom camera. Even though Apple is months away from unveiling the iPhone 15 series, leaks and rumours have revealed a lot about these phones and what all can we expect. Other than the Dynamic Island becoming a standard affair on all the models along with the 48MP camera sensor, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is going to bring another significant upgrade to the camera – a better zoom lens.

Rumours had already pointed out at Apple including a periscope lens zoom camera on the Pro Max version this year. A new report from The Elec now confirms the same. Apple is looking to replace its current suppliers, Japan Alps and Mitsumi. Instead, it is willing to sign a contract with LG Innotek and Jahwa, both of which supply periscope lens systems for smartphones. Jahwa supplies the components for the periscope zoom camera on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and now the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra.

iPhone 15 Pro Max to be a zoom king?

A periscope lens system would involve a prism-based lens system that puts the entire lens system horizontally inside the body of the phone. This will allow for better zoom without increasing the width of the phone.

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What now remains to be seen is what kind of optical magnification Apple settles for. Apple's big rival Google includes a 5x optical zoom lens on the Pixel 7 Pro whereas Samsung offers a 10x optical zoom lens. Apple could either settle for a 5x optical zoom or max out on the same levels as Samsung's 10x optical zoom.

Currently, Apple only offers a 3x optical zoom lens on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. These phones can only offer up to 3x optical zoom and everything beyond that is digital. We tested out the zoom camera on the iPhone 14 Pro Max and you can get useable pictures until 7x zooming, beyond which everything looks blurry. Samsung leads the zoom performance with its Galaxy S22 Ultra, offering up to 10X optical zoom.

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First Published Date: 19 Jan, 12:43 IST