iPhone 11 Pro Camera — A photographer's review

  • Published: 18 September 2019
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max camera review for photography — shot in Japan
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    My thoughts and experiences with the new iPhone 11 Pro Max camera for photography! I've had a pre-release version of the iPhone 11 whilst out in Japan and have been putting it through its paces on various photography modes. I've been loving the variety of shots available using the three focal lengths and improvements to the shooting interface, mimicking that of a rangefinder camera, such as my Fujifilm X100F OVF.

    For the most part, it's been incremental improvements and updates throughout the hardware for an overall positive experience. Unfortunately, there are still a few negatives that continue to remain on iOS disappointingly.

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Comments • 599

  • Shaan Anis
    Shaan Anis  1 days back

    i just bought myself an Iphone 11 a while back . Its running on ios 13.2.2 , the images in the camera seems kinda soft overall . Is there any way to fix this ? or how can I get more clarity ?
    would love some advice on this

    • Chee Sim
      Chee Sim  2 days back

      My iPhone 11 pro camera app crashes every single day and is making me crazy...

      • Raymond Cech
        Raymond Cech  2 days back

        Slow down and specifically show how it works....more detail

        • Debasis Dutta
          Debasis Dutta  1 weeks back


          • Martín Marilungo
            Martín Marilungo  2 weeks back

            hey Joe! thanks for having created this great video! I agree with you that i really want a RAW or DNG format in the native photo app :( i alway try to take them from Lightroom mobile but as you know you cannot use all the features from the camera on this app but just capture the image in DNG...
            I have a question for you if you can clarify this it would be great. If you use the native camera app, do you think that using the regular JPG format is much much better than capturing the photo in HEIC? what would be your advice ot these 2 file formats?

            • Mech love life for mechanical

              Realy am getting cheated i thnk. I purchased from e max online shopping.. but camera performance not upto the expectations.. whn i compare with 10x my 11pro getting bad result. And some time getting hanged .. i dont knw wht hapned.. any way am going to app store and e max to check wht hapns to my 11pro

              • Michael Queen
                Michael Queen  2 weeks back

                I just ordered the space gray one. I wanted the green one but I was scared that I would have gotten tired of it quick like I had done with the gold iPhone. XS max. but then again I have the space gray MacBook Pro and I have the space gray Apple Watch so I kinda. just wanted all of colors to match! and also I'm definitely not a fan of the camera lense either.. but when the 2020 iPhone comes out they will definitely look good with iPhone 4 sanwhich look... I literally cant wait!!!!

                • rcloud
                  rcloud  2 weeks back

                  Thank you for your detailed review. Heard you mentioned fujifilm XT cameras. Would you travel with only 11 Pro Max without the other cameras? I just finished 6 months trip in South America with XT3 and loved the camera but still too heavy for hiking. iphone 11 pro Max maybe the answer for the future trips. I had iphone 6s+.

                  • Darryl Stubbs
                    Darryl Stubbs  2 weeks back

                    Great video thanks for sharing.

                    • Idris Elba's Ninja
                      Idris Elba's Ninja  2 weeks back

                      This video got me sold on getting the pro (midnight green). I'll be going from Moto Z Play to 11 pro.

                      • shinde Sandesh
                        shinde Sandesh  2 weeks back

                        Aare mala zoom karun dakhav

                        • gordonyz4
                          gordonyz4  2 weeks back

                          Anyone wonder what equipment the video is shot with? Definitely not iPhone.

                          • Amanda in Japan
                            Amanda in Japan  3 weeks back

                            Welcome to Japan 🗾 😊

                            • Hemie Hak
                              Hemie Hak  3 weeks back

                              Great description! I love that explanation! 👍🏼

                              • 9 how to tech
                                9 how to tech  3 weeks back

                                which camera u using to shoot the video bro?

                                • Aziz Al Anezi
                                  Aziz Al Anezi  3 weeks back

                                  Man your hall video is over exposed including the images u have edited !

                                  • Kemal Comert
                                    Kemal Comert  4 weeks back

                                    i have an iPhone 6s with a broken screen, and im happy with it

                                    • Bernhard Ess
                                      Bernhard Ess  4 weeks back

                                      Very well made video. Nice way to present the topic, not seen much on YouTube where everybody tends to overact and act over- enthusistically.

                                      • Shin Lim
                                        Shin Lim  4 weeks back

                                        I would like Joe to review pixel camera and tell me if they are really that good.

                                        • Tony Ludlow
                                          Tony Ludlow  4 weeks back

                                          Hi, Joe! This is my first time to see one of your videos and was drawn to watch because you were in Japan! I lived there for 10 years (3 in Tokyo/7 in Nagoya) and really enjoyed seeing your shots there! I just recently got my iPhone 11 pro max, an upgrade from the iPhone 6, and appreciated your review of the camera. Thanks ever so much!

                                          • Diego Diegosovich
                                            Diego Diegosovich  4 weeks back

                                            4:00 this settings mean not that, even with it disabling it you will get info outside while shooting. but that option mean you make 2 shots and second used when you crop and rotate horizont, so you can save all information without croping

                                            • classic Nescafe
                                              classic Nescafe  4 weeks back

                                              good explanation ❤❤

                                              • Philip
                                                Philip  4 weeks back

                                                3:59 I don’t know why but it doesn’t work with my phone (11 pro)

                                                • Adam Allen
                                                  Adam Allen  4 weeks back

                                                  8:13 Still quite baffling. smh

                                                  • leo huang
                                                    leo huang  1 months back

                                                    Can iphone 11 pro replace panasonic lx10? As to the image quality?

                                                    • Natalya Ginsburg
                                                      Natalya Ginsburg  1 months back

                                                      I can’t choose 11pro or 11pro max 🤦🏻‍♀️😅

                                                      • Josue Aguilar
                                                        Josue Aguilar  4 weeks back

                                                        Same here... I like little bit more the max, but it is really bulky.. so I think I'll get the regular one..

                                                    • Thảo Lâm
                                                      Thảo Lâm  1 months back

                                                      My first iPhone is 5s and my second one is 11 pro max. Such a big jump for me!

                                                      • Idris Elba's Ninja
                                                        Idris Elba's Ninja  2 weeks back

                                                        How are you liking the 11 pro max? I'm thinking about getting it.

                                                    • ukreal1london
                                                      ukreal1london  1 months back

                                                      great content and on a side note I miss living in Japan soooooooo much, this made me 'home'sick even though I'm originally from London lol

                                                      • Far Out Expat - Travel Guides

                                                        Hey Joe, I love your channel. What do you think about the anamorphic lens adapters for iphone? There are several brands making them now from Moondogg labs, to Moment, to Sandmark to Ulanzi. Have you experimented with any of these? Also, how do you feel about the cinematics of the Iphone 11 wide-angle footage?

                                                        • Hirak J Kalita
                                                          Hirak J Kalita  1 months back

                                                          Make one plus 7t camera also

                                                          • Nyana11
                                                            Nyana11  1 months back

                                                            FujiFilm can close now.

                                                            • Lotte
                                                              Lotte  1 months back

                                                              Always looking forward to your reviews, Joe.

                                                              • Warren walks NYC
                                                                Warren walks NYC  1 months back

                                                                Wonderful intro to the iPhone 11 Camera app as applies to photos. Well done and thank you.

                                                                • MYELbe
                                                                  MYELbe  1 months back

                                                                  What about the lens flares?

                                                                  • Jack Balthasar
                                                                    Jack Balthasar  1 months back

                                                                    Strong review. Just got my 11 Pro. Upgraded from X. Comment and curious about others' thoughts. I'm extremely disappointed with the new photo edit UI on the new IOS sw. I'm going to start looking at 3rd party, such as LR. I use that on my iMac. Apple has dumbed down the editing with icons for things like Black Point. I was a huge fan of the old style and I'm frustrated with the new icon-based editing options. The icons are tiny and who will know which is which? Please Apple, go back to the old style or allow us to swap back to that in Camera Settings. Am I out on an island, or is there a way to switch back that I'm not aware of? Ugh!

                                                                    • BlackTop
                                                                      BlackTop  1 months back

                                                                      hi please turn on VP09 for your channel Joe

                                                                      • Victor Traian Suciu
                                                                        Victor Traian Suciu  1 months back

                                                                        Your eyebrows are weird

                                                                        • Edgardo Pacini
                                                                          Edgardo Pacini  1 months back

                                                                          OT: I’m experiencing a problem with iOS 13 on my iPhone Pro Max, when I tap on the red button to hang up a call, often the display doesn’t recognize the touch, forcing me to tap once again. I’ve already changed the phone but the problem started again after few days. Anyone of you is experiencing the same bug ?

                                                                          • Bankhead 1
                                                                            Bankhead 1  1 months back

                                                                            I'm a photographer and the Note pro mode destroys Apple

                                                                            • Mitchell Mckenzie
                                                                              Mitchell Mckenzie  1 months back

                                                                              How good is the tele lens

                                                                              • Joao Pedro Zacarias
                                                                                Joao Pedro Zacarias  1 months back

                                                                                His accent is so beautiful!! Haha

                                                                                • shashank sejpal
                                                                                  shashank sejpal  1 months back

                                                                                  Is this worth upgrading from note 9? Not an avid photographer but I travel around the world and have someone click my picture from my phone. So should I consider pro max?

                                                                                  • Itsalgud1
                                                                                    Itsalgud1  1 months back

                                                                                    Thanks for an excellent very thorough review. I’ve had my iPhone 11 Pro for just a few days, and moving up from an iPhone 8, everything about it is better. I’m delighted with my purchase. As to the appearance of the three lenses, my biggest complaint about Apple devices in general is that they so frequently allow function to follow form. In this case, for a change, they have that form follows function, which is what they should do in virtually every case.

                                                                                    • plrs76
                                                                                      plrs76  1 months back

                                                                                      i use the grid to level my shots and to compose them

                                                                                      • Myles Hejmanowski
                                                                                        Myles Hejmanowski  1 months back

                                                                                        6:50 there is a level when shooting down. A + appears in the middle and you can align a second one over it to make the camera level

                                                                                        • A. Abdel
                                                                                          A. Abdel  1 months back

                                                                                          What's sad is that DSLRs cameras are becoming/soon to be obsolete with all of these new phones. Its crazy how a "phone" can take equal to or better pics than my d7200 without any effort of changing settings, carrying different lenses, flash, etc. It really is incredible.

                                                                                          • FabianNotThat
                                                                                            FabianNotThat  1 months back

                                                                                            *-YoUr JuSt FlExINiNG-*

                                                                                            • thepixelpusher
                                                                                              thepixelpusher  1 months back

                                                                                              Great vid! Subbed and liked!