When it comes to cameras, both iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro carry two of the best cameras in the market. When compared to its predecessors in the Apple lineup, both the phones come with major software and hardware camera upgrades.
In terms of hardware, both the phones come with 12MP f/1.8 26 mm wide camera, and a 12MP f/2.4 13mm ultra wide camera and also share the exact same features such as optical image stabilisation and dual pixel PDAF. Both phones also share the same camera menu options such as slo-mo video, photo, portrait, night mode and pano.
iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have exactly the same video recording features such as 2160p video recording at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p video recording at 30/60/120/240 fps, HDR and stereo sounds.
What this means in simple terms is that photos and videos of the same subject taken under similar conditions and same settings from the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will not be different at all. In regular day to day photos or videos, the difference is a bare minimum or null.
Presence of the same ultra wide camera lens also ensures that any ultra wide photos taken by using both the phones are more or less similar.
If all the above features are same, one might wonder what the difference between the cameras of these two phones are. Well, the major difference is the presence of an extra 3rd camera in the iPhone 11 Pro. The third (and the extra) camera in the iPhone 11 Pro has a 12MP, f/2.0, 52 mm ultra wide telescopic lens and comes with features such as PDAF, optical image stabilisation, and 2x optical zoom.
Coming to digital zoom capability, the iPhone 11 Pro has a 10X digital zoom and iPhone 11 has a 5X digital zoom. The iPhone 11 being capable only of digital zoom gets most of the work done by the software and the zoomed in images may lose details, and can also have image noise and grains.
The iPhone 11 Pro, on the other hand, has a 2x optical zoom in addition to the digital zoom. This extra optical zoom feature is made possible by the the third telephoto lens in the iPhone 11 Pro. Hence, the photo of an object taken using the iPhone 11 Pro when zoomed in will provide much clearer details, and a crispier image with little or no grains as compared to the iPhone 11.
The telephoto lens of the iPhone 11 Pro is also useful when it comes to Portrait Mode as the presence of an extra optical zoom functionality aids in the camera’s functionality to focus on the subject.
For the portrait of the same subject taken using the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the latter brings the subject much closer to the lens. Though it would make the portraits look better, the benefit of this feature actually depends on one’s use cases.
In case you wish to take a portrait image by including a vast portion of the background, the iPhone 11 could be the better choice. If your need is to focus more on the subject and include less background in the image, the iPhone 11 Pro’s portrait mode gets the job done better.
Also, owing to the presence of an OLED display, any photo would definitely look better in an iPhone Pro as compared to viewing the same on the LCD screen of an iPhone 11.
Which one should you buy?
To wind up, both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro carries the best camera made by Apple till date. However, the better camera among the two is definitely that of the iPhone 11 Pro and is definitely the best choice of photography enthusiasts. The extra bucks that you pay for the same is definitely worth it.
If you are on the look out for a phone with a great camera within a budget, the iPhone 11 is your best option.