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Apple’s 2022 flagship iPhones look set to offer a game-changing upgrade over this year’s models and now, thanks to newly leaked information, we have some exciting details on how it might take shape.
According to specifications leaked in a recent post by Weibo user ‘Fishing 8’, via MacRumors, This year’s iPhone 14 Pro will feature massively improved camera hardware. In particular, an all-new 48-megapixel main camera with a big 1/1.3-inch sensor capable of capturing significantly more light than any current iPhone camera.
Much of this information had already leaked, along with hopes for an all-new periscopic zoom lens camera. However, among other details, this new report adds one crucial specification – the size of the image sensor. According to the report, the as-yet-unnamed sensor would arrive in a 1/1.3-inch format, much larger than the 1.65-inch sensor of the iPhone 13 Pro and similar in size to competing Android flagships such as Google’s Pixel 6.
A physically larger sensor typically delivers a greater improvement in image quality than an increase in megapixels. This is because its larger surface area allows for proportionately more light to be captured in a single shot.
The 48-megapixel sensor would most likely still produce 12-megapixel photos by default through pixel-binning which brings with it many advantages including low-light and dynamic range performance. This should result in noticeable improvements in picture quality even at 12-megapixels. Furthermore, it would also boost quality in the zoom region between 1x and 3x which relies heavily on eking out as much detail as possible from the main camera sensor.
MacRumors notes that though the source of this particular leak frequently reveals technical camera specifications, does not yet have a proven track record for Apple products. However, the revelations do align with current expectations.
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