Introduction

This year’s iPhone release sees four new models introduced to the range – in order of price (and level), that’s iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In this review, we’ll be looking at the mid-range iPhone 13.

The iPhone 13 features two cameras with a super-wide and wide-angle lens, and is the same shape and size as the iPhone 13 Pro – with the latter however you get some extra functionality and hardware differences, including an extra telephoto lens.

With an f/1.6 aperture, the iPhone 13’s standard / wide-angle lens offers an equivalent focal length of 26mm. It is joined by a 13mm f/2.4 (equivalent) super wide angle lens.

Apple has used new sensors for this phone compared to the iPhone 12, but they are still both 12 megapixels in resolution. Apple doesn’t reveal exact specifications for sensor sizes, but we do know that they are a little bit larger than the previous generation.

Other interesting specifications which are new for the iPhone 13 include sensor-shift optical image stabilisation, Cinematic Mode for video, Picture Styles for stills and the new A15 Bionic chip, with a 4-core GPU that Apple claims makes it faster than other models in the market.

There are several specifications which have been kept from the iPhone 12, which includes Night mode, Portrait Mode and 4K video recording.

In terms of non-photographic specifications, there’s also 5G connectivity, a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR screen and compatibility with MagSafe accessories. There are some key features missing that you’ll find instead on the iPhone 13 Pro – such as raw format recording, ProRes video recording and the telephoto lens as already mentioned.