NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: iPhone 14 Pro Max on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store on September 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
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The iPhone 14 Pro Takes A Step Back In Close-up Focus
Apple's September 2022 event introduced the full specs of the iPhone 14, such as Dynamic Island, which cleans up the iPhone's screen notch that was necessary to accommodate the camera, and eSIM technology replacing the SIM card. We also know that Apple upgraded its hardware and software to provide a more advanced camera system.
According to Apple, these improvements should provide you with sharper photos and videos in various lighting conditions; generally, everything in the content you capture should just look better. However, the iPhone 14's primary wide camera — despite receiving the most substantial upgrade compared to the others — has an unintentional weakness.
Apple Design Award-winning photography studio Lux got hands-on time with the iPhone 14, and field tests revealed something surprising. The primary camera is equal to or better than the iPhone 13 in most regards, but it has a problem focusing on close-up subjects; Lux thinks the iPhone 14 will switch between the primary and ultra-wide camera more often than the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 has a minimum focus distance of 7.8 inches, an increase of about 2 inches compared to the 5.9 inches minimum distance possible with the iPhone 13. That 2-inch jump likely won't have any noticeable effect when taking most photos or videos, but it might cause problems when you want to capture something up close.