We analyze the differences between the cameras of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro

The month of September is getting closer and closer and with it the iPhone 16, the next big iPhone from the Big Apple. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are Apple's two newest devices and Their main differences lie in the cameras they integrate. There are also other differences such as the chips or the presence of the action button. But in this article we are going to analyze the differences in the cameras between all models of the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro.

iPhone 15 Pro with x3 telephoto lensiPhone 15 Pro with x3 telephoto lens

iPhone 15 Pro with up to 3x telephoto lens

The rear cameras, the first big difference

The main difference clearly visible between the iPhone 15 and the Pro models is the arrangement of the cameras. In both the standard and Plus models the arrangement of the cameras is diagonal. These models have two cameras: one of them, the main one, is 48 megapixels (all iPhone 15s have 48 megapixel sensors) with the ability to take next-generation portraits and with Smart HDR 5. In the case of Pro models, in both the Pro and the Pro Max, They have the triple camera in the shape of a triangle to which Apple has accustomed us for years.

iPhone 15 Pro CameraiPhone 15 Pro Camera

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max camera complex

The main change in iPhone 15 Pro Max it's a new telephoto lens with a 5x optical zoom. It is clearly differentiated with the 3x magnification of the iPhone 15 Pro, and the 2x magnification of the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus. Finally, remember that at the software level all iPhone 15 can take super high resolution photos 24 and 48 megapixels.

iPhone 15iPhone 15 PlusiPhone 15 ProiPhone 15 Pro Max
Advanced dual camera systemAdvanced dual camera systemPro Camera SystemPro Camera System
Main 48 Mpx Ultra wide angleMain 48 Mpx Ultra wide angle48 Mpx main Ultra wide angle Telephoto lens48 Mpx main Ultra wide angle Telephoto lens
Photos in super high resolution (24 and 48 Mpx)Photos in super high resolution (24 and 48 Mpx)Photos in super high resolution (24 and 48 Mpx)Photos in super high resolution (24 and 48 Mpx)
Next-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus Control
Optical zoom (0.5x, 1x, 2x)Optical zoom (0.5x, 1x, 2x)Optical zoom (0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x)Optical zoom (0.5x, 1x, 2x, 5x)
Advanced dual camera system (48 Mpx main and 12 Mpx ultra wide angle)Advanced dual camera system (48 Mpx main and 12 Mpx ultra wide angle)Pro camera system (48 Mpx main, 12 Mpx ultra wide angle and 12 Mpx telephoto lens)Pro camera system (48 Mpx main, 12 Mpx ultra wide angle and 12 Mpx telephoto lens)
Main: 48 Mpx, ƒ/1.78 aperture
Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx, ƒ/2.8 aperture
Main: 48 Mpx, ƒ/1.78 aperture
Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx, ƒ/2.8 aperture
Sensor shift optical image stabilizationSensor shift optical image stabilizationSecond generation sensor shift optical image stabilizationSecond generation sensor shift optical image stabilization
Flash True ToneFlash True ToneAdaptive True Tone FlashAdaptive True Tone Flash
Photonic EnginePhotonic EnginePhotonic EnginePhotonic Engine
Deep FusionDeep FusionDeep FusionDeep Fusion
Smart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photos
Next-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus Control
Portrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effects
Night ModeNight ModeNight ModeNight Mode
Night mode portraitsNight mode portraits
Photographic StylesPhotographic StylesPhotographic StylesPhotographic Styles
macro photographymacro photography
Apple ProRAWApple ProRAW

It is important to emphasize that the main differences between Standard models and Pro models They are the distribution of the cameras that we have already discussed in addition to the following functions:

  • Optical image stabilization by shift second generation sensor
  • Flash True Tone adaptive
  • Pictures in mode Evening
  • Photography macro
  • Manzana ProRAW

iPhone 15 CameraiPhone 15 Camera

A look at the differences in video recording

Video recording is also part of one of the keys when deciding which device to buy. Remember that the standard models and the Pro models (regardless of the model) differ in terms of technology and cameras, therefore video recording is also different.

Some features that both models share are the following: 4K recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps, 1080p HD recording at 25, 30 or 60 fps, cinema mode, action mode, video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps, the videoslow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/s, timelapse functions with stabilization and night mode, optical stabilization, audio zoom and stereo recording.

iPhone 15iPhone 15 PlusiPhone 15 ProiPhone 15 Pro Max
4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s
Video recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/sVideo recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/sVideo recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/s
Cinema mode for recording videos with a shallow depth of field (up to 4K HDR at 30 f/s)Cinema mode for recording videos with a shallow depth of field (up to 4K HDR at 30 f/s)Cinema mode for recording videos with a shallow depth of field (up to 4K HDR at 30 f/s)Cinema mode for recording videos with a shallow depth of field (up to 4K HDR at 30 f/s)
Action ModeAction ModeAction ModeAction Mode
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/s
ProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 f/s with external recordingProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 f/s with external recording
Video recording in LOGVideo recording in LOG
ACES coding systemACES coding system
Macro, slow motion and time-lapse video recordingMacro, slow motion and time-lapse video recording
Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 f/s
Time-lapse video with stabilizationTime-lapse video with stabilizationTime-lapse video with stabilizationTime-lapse video with stabilization
Time-lapse with Night modeTime-lapse with Night modeTime-lapse with Night modeTime-lapse with Night mode
QuickTake VideoQuickTake VideoQuickTake VideoQuickTake Video
Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for videoSensor-shift optical image stabilization for videoSecond-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization for videoSecond-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video
Audio zoomAudio zoomAudio zoomAudio zoom
Stereo recordingStereo recordingStereo recordingStereo recording

The main differences regarding video recording are based on video coding and recording systems since the Pro models They can record video in ProRes format up to 4K at 60 fps, they can also record in LOG, in the ACES encoding system and are capable of recording macro, slow motion and timelapse video. It is also a novelty that the iPhone 15 Pro can record spatial video for Apple Vision Pro.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Dynamic IslandiPhone 15 Pro Max Dynamic Island

The differences between the front cameras of the iPhone 15

Finally, we must analyze the differences between the front camera or the complex TrueDepth located inside the Dynamic Island that includes all the sensors that allow Face ID to operate and the rest of the identification operations.

iPhone 15iPhone 15 PlusiPhone 15 ProiPhone 15 Pro Max
TrueDepth front cameraTrueDepth front cameraTrueDepth front cameraTrueDepth front camera
12 Mpx photos12 Mpx photos12 Mpx photos12 Mpx photos
ƒ/1.9 apertureƒ/1.9 apertureƒ/1.9 apertureƒ/1.9 aperture
Retina FlashRetina FlashRetina FlashRetina Flash
Photonic EnginePhotonic EnginePhotonic EnginePhotonic Engine
Deep FusionDeep FusionDeep FusionDeep Fusion
Smart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photosSmart HDR 5 for photos
Next-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus ControlNext-generation portraits with Depth and Focus Control
Portrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effectsPortrait Lighting with six effects
Animoji and MemojiAnimoji and MemojiAnimoji and MemojiAnimoji and Memoji
Night ModeNight ModeNight ModeNight Mode
Photographic StylesPhotographic StylesPhotographic StylesPhotographic Styles
4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 f/s
Video recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/sVideo recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/sVideo recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/sVideo recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 f/s
Cinema Mode up to 4K HDR at 30 f/sCinema Mode up to 4K HDR at 30 f/sCinema Mode up to 4K HDR at 30 f/sCinema Mode up to 4K HDR at 30 f/s
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/sHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 f/s
ProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 f/s with external recordingProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 f/s with external recording
Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/sSlow motion video in 1080p at 120 f/s
QuickTake VideoQuickTake VideoQuickTake VideoQuickTake Video
Cinema-quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)Cinema-quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)Cinema-quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)Cinema-quality video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)

However, the differences in the front camera in the four models They are apparently minimal. The only difference is that Pro models allow ProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 fps with external recording, something that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus do not allow.