iPhone XS Max Detailed Camera Review

iPhone XS Max Detailed Camera Review

“Music” Hey guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and here
is my camera review of the iPhone XS Max. In the past 2 and half weeks that I have had
this phone, I travelled to some of my favourite locations in and around Pune, to shot a lot
of images and videos samples. I have also shot a many images with the Pixel
2 and the OnePlus 6, which means there is going to be a comparison videos in the coming
days. So make sure you hit that subscribe button,
if you don’t want to miss out the camera comparison between the iPhone XS Max, Pixel 2 and the
OnePlus 6. Now, before we get to the Image and video
samples from the iPhone XS Max, let us first get its camera specifications out of the way. The camera module is more or less similar
to that of the iPhone X, and it still sticks out of the back. But Apple tells us, that the primary camera
in this module has an all new bigger sensor, with deeper pixels. It has a 26mm wide lens, and the same resolution
of 12 megapixel, with a wide aperture of f/1.8 as we saw on the iPhone X. But the actual sensor is now bigger and each
individual pixel has a size of 1.4micron, so it captures much more light. Secondary camera has a telephoto lens of 52mm
and again has a similar resolution of 12 megapixel with an aperture of f/2.4. Both the cameras are optically stabilised,
and now they have twice the number of autofocus pixels, so the focusing speed is even faster
than before. There is also a quad led true tone flash,
to assist while taking images in very low lighting situations. You still get Portrait lighting modes, which
lets you add various professional lighting effects to your shots. And now you can also change the amount of
blur in the background of the portrait images, while editing. You can shoot 4k videos at 24,30 and 60fps
and 1080p videos at 30,60,120 or 240fps, and all these videos can now record stereo audio. At the front you have a 7 megapixel True Depth
camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and it can now shoot 1080p 60fps videos. Apple is embracing computational photography. So the camera hardware combined with some
smart software, is capable of delivering amazing results. Apple is still burring the options to change
any of the video resolutions, deep in the settings app. So every time you need to shoot at different
resolution, you gave to go to settings, scroll down to camera settings, and then make the
desired changes. I think, they should simplify things, and
let us make these changes, right from within the camera app. Now lets take a look at the image and video
samples from this phone. All the images are shot in the auto mode,
with Smart HDR turned on. I saw the sample images that Apple showed
in their keynote, and that had me really exited for these new iPhones, and looking at these
image samples, I have to say I am pretty impressed. Thanks to a larger sensor, there are much
more details in these images. Everything is crisp and sharp, when capturing
images in bright day light. Colours also look very good but they are a
bit warmer and slightly saturated, compared to the actual scene. From last year, Apple has made some changes
to its image processing. Colours are a bit vibrant and saturated and
the overall images are slightly warmer. Depending on your colour preference, you may
or may not like it. The secondary lens allows you to take 2x zoomed
images like these. The secondary lens does not have a larger
sensor, but it does have OIS, so the sensor can capture more light, resulting in detailed
images. These optically zoomed images have so much
more details compared to 2x digitally zoomed images. Now Smart HDR is one of the best addition
to these new iPhones. It offers an amazing dynamic range. Without this feature, the tree in this image
would have been completely black, and due to the bright sun in the background, the sky
would have also be completely blown out. Here is an example of 2 images with and without
Smart HDR turned on. Look at the amount of details being brought
back from the shadows, and the colours being preserved, thanks to Smart HDR. Normal HDR feature on the iPhone X last year
was also pretty good, but it was nowhere close to the HDR enhanced feature found on the Pixel
2. With Smart HDR, that gap has been reduced
by quite a lot. I have shot these same images with the Pixel
2 and the OnePlus 6 , so in my next video, we will see if the Smart HDR on the iPhone
XS Max can take on the enhanced HDR mode of Pixel 2. In these overcast conditions, when there wasn’t
enough sunlight, XS Max was still able to capture good looking images with lot of details. Usually in these situations, there is lot
of noise in the darker parts of the images, but image processing on the XS Max is doing
a good job of keeping the noise down. Now there are twice the amount of focus pixels,
and as you can see, it can switch the focus from a near to far object very quickly. Quick and accurate focusing is important while
taking these close up shots. thanks to a very wide F/1.8 aperture, the
background in these shots is blurred out very nicely, leaving the subject in perfect sharp
focus. Many people say that they don’t take a lot
of images with the portrait mode, but I am not one of them. Whenever possible, I prefer taking images
with the portrait mode turned on, specially when there is ample light. Portrait mode on the XS Max combined with
the smart HDR feature, is simply amazing. It has been getting better with time, ever
since it was announced with the iPhone 7 Plus, and now it is nearly perfect. Just look look at how well it differentiates
the subject from the background, and now it is much better around the hair and glasses. It still struggles a bit at times, but if
you take a few seconds to compose the shot, results are amazing. You still get various portrait lighting effects,
but I don’t use the too often. And now you also have the ability to change
the blur in the background of the portrait mode images, after you have clicked an image. Apple is definitely no the first one to implement
this, but the way in which the blur is applied is definitely unique. Other manufacturers detect the subject that
should be in focus, and then apply same amount of blur to the remaining background. Whereas these new iPhones, detect how far
away various elements in the background are and then depending on the distance, they are
blurred out more or less. You can play around with this aperture slider
while editing portrait shots, but I found somewhere around 4 to 5.5 to be the sweet
spot where the image looks most natural. Portrait mode on any smartphone is designed
to take images of people, but I love to try this mode on objects, and here are the results. With time, iPhone cameras have got very good
at detecting the edges of non human objects. It is definitely not perfect at detecting
the edges of complex objects, or with things like straws or glasses of water, but it is
much better than before. I have seen smartphones priced much lower
than this, take better portrait mode images of objects, So I think Apple should work even
harder to make this mode perfect. As we move to indoor and artificial lighting
conditions, cameras on the XS Max still continue to impress. The dynamic range is still on point, and you
can see lot of details inside and also out of the window. Colours are a bit warm as I said before, but
they look good for the most point. Thanks to a bigger sensor and optical image
stabilisation, the camera can gather more details, and even be open for few extra milliseconds
to let in more light, so the images are are detailed and and there is is less amount of
noise in them. As we start moving to even lower lighting
situations, you can still pull of some very good shots. Normally, there would be much more noise,
in these images and the text in low light would be pretty much unreadable, but as you
can see, these images are clear and the text is perfectly sharp. There is some noise when we click images in
even lower light, but it doesn’t make the image distracting or unusable. If you like taking images with the front facing
camera, the 7 megapixel true depth sensor delivered great results in ample light. Colours and the dynamic range from the front
facing camera are also very good. The beauty gate issue has been blown out of
proportion. It is just the new aggressive noise reduction
at work, and it is not a big deal. There are plenty of details in these daylight
selfies, and the dynamic range is much improved for this front camera as well. Here are some low light selfies, and you can
see that even these are filled with details. They might be a bit softer when compared side
by side to some of the other phones, but on their own, these images look pretty good. You can take portrait images with the true
depth selfie camera, and the results are much better than any of the previous iPhones. It is much better at detecting the edges and
separating the background, but it can still miss certain parts of your hair and blur it
out. Again the dynamic range on the front facing
camera is great improved. But it still has a problem if you have multiple
people in the shot. It keeps the face closest to the camera in
sharp focus, while it blurs out the other faces in the shot. I would say Portrait mode on the front facing
camera is better than the iPhone X, but it is not as good as some of the other Android
smartphones. Here is a video from the front facing camera
of the iPhone XS Max. You can see how it handles the exposure of
the scene, overall colours and the stabilisation when I walk with it. Coming to the video footage, the iPhone XS
Max is one of the best in its class. It can shoot 4k 30fps videos with an amazing
dynamic range. Stabilisation is really good, since both of
its cameras have optical image stabilisation. It can also shoot 4k 60fps videos. You can play these videos as they are, or
even slow them down to have a nice cinematic video experience. For slow motion, you have the option to shoot
at 120 or 240fps in 1080p resolution. And you get to choose the parts of the video
that you want to slow down, later on. This is without a doubt, the best camera on
an iPhone yet. Thanks to the larger sensor, wide aperture,
telephoto lens, optical stabilisation on both the lenses and software features like smart
HDR, you can take amazing images and videos. Its definitely an improvement over the iPhone
X in the camera department. If you are using an iPhone 7 or any phone
from before that, upgrading to the iPhone XS or XS Max will get you a much needed bump
in the camera performance. But if you already have the iPhone X, then
unless you absolutely want to spend the extra money, want that new gold colour, or need
a bigger display, I would say you can skip this years iPhones and see what Apple has
to offer next year. So after looking at over 90 image and video
samples, what do you guys think about the cameras on this new iPhone XS Max, and with
which phones do you want me to compare its camera with? let me know in the comments section. That is it for this video guys. Please hit the like button if you enjoyed
this video, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this. You can also check out some of the other videos
from the channel. This has been Sagar, and i’ll catch you
guys in the next video. Take care.


  • Tony Tuyรชn

    November 18, 2018

    I am using Note9 now, BUT I must admit that Iphone camera does extremely good at taking picture and video than Samsung. It gives sharp, clear pictures under any situations.


    November 18, 2018

    best cameras ever on iPhone….. smart HDR is awesome… much btr than pixel

  • andrewks95

    November 19, 2018

    I'm really enjoying your work so far. It's also great to see that you're noting whether the color saturation reflects the reality of the scene or not.

    Are you planning on a Pixel 3 review anytime soon?

  • Enrique barrera

    November 25, 2018

    Donโ€™t understand

  • Martin

    November 25, 2018

    at 6:16 the water under his arm stays the same, that looks strange…

  • #Success.#Inc

    November 28, 2018

    Good job man writing this from the actual device

  • Claire Zukowski

    November 28, 2018

    Great video! Thanks

  • Mirza Faisal javed

    November 30, 2018

    I hope . I buy in my life ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐ŸคŸ

  • Vidushan Kithmina

    December 5, 2018


  • Carolin A. MacMillan

    December 13, 2018

    I have the iPhone 7Plus and ordered my iPhone XS Max today. I have been waiting since I heard it was coming out. I am especially interested in the upgraded camera. Thanks for the review.

  • N. S. Meska N. S. Meska

    December 19, 2018

    Nyc phn

  • Maher Ziad

    December 24, 2018

    I would like to buy a I phone xs or xs max? Which is better? Guy's

  • Martha Speaks

    December 29, 2018

    6:10 look at the water under your arm while you change the aperture for bokeh

  • inflow divide

    December 30, 2018

    Where do you toke these photos?

  • kristijan k

    January 6, 2019

    I cant

  • Emmanuella Ukadike

    January 9, 2019

    Does xs max have auto focus mode for the video recording

  • sarah alvarez

    January 14, 2019

    I might be going on vacation and I want to know if this is better then an actual camera

  • Brennan X Bones

    January 18, 2019

    Much respect for you bro, very professional video. Your accent does not bother me at all. As I know Indians are very smart when it comes to technology.

  • kaniini

    January 21, 2019

    i'm thinking to buy this phone after i watched this video i bought it right away.

  • MTV - Central

    January 22, 2019

    Iโ€™m still rocking an 6 s plus no need to upgrade ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Bill_N_Texas

    January 26, 2019

    Thanks for the very informative video. Your in-depth review solidified by decision to purchase this iteration of Apple iPhone. Much appreciation!

  • Rosa Csvlt

    January 28, 2019

    4:30 what a great pic!

  • BlahParrot67

    January 28, 2019

    Imma sub but you make me laugh no Offense but itโ€™s inna good way I guess

  • GamingReality '81

    January 29, 2019

    Beautiful camera , but 1200$ or more just for an smartphone , makes no sense . It's better to buy a gaming desktop for same money !

  • GamingReality '81

    January 29, 2019

    Beautiful camera , but 1200$ or more just for an smartphone , makes no sense . It's better to buy a gaming desktop for same money !

  • Sandy Clivin

    February 1, 2019

    I still find 6s plus better.๐Ÿคฃ

  • Joshua Duca

    February 4, 2019

    I never like huge phone with same different design

  • Icy Moon

    February 8, 2019

    I barely can understand

  • MD: Nur

    February 9, 2019


  • skysurf capt. firdaus

    February 11, 2019

    Hearing ur voice was annoying to me….but then i read all the comments as they say the reviews are good…so i play it again.

  • Ros Darliah

    February 15, 2019

    ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Thanks for made me laugh

  • Jordy J

    February 19, 2019


  • Kebs Henry

    February 20, 2019

    I dont get the point that apple is charging rs 129000 for the xs max 256gb still low light camera is not perfect, i mean come on Apple u r charging 1 lakh and still not perfect! Samsung galaxy note 9 512gb is for 76000rs still it has nearly the same camera and day to day performance which half the price of xs max but has double the storage. Guys if u r buying xs max then its just for status and privacy and nothing else, and let me remind u that im not a hater of apple or a fan of Samsung, Im being neutral. To me buy a phone worth of max 40000rs which will be bang for bucks and invest the remaining amount in buying gold or platinum, which would be of some future investment. And do note that spending money isnt cool l, saving it in a right way is the new cool. I know some of my readers will say that i dont have that money to buy xs max for them, Im currently using the x and will sell it in near future to get a nokia or something brand like that, and will invest the rest money for future use. Plz dont get fooled with the marketing policy of Apple. Thanks for reading!

  • Ddd Bbb

    February 22, 2019

    What's the name of the music

  • Hollowed RiceCakes

    February 26, 2019

    Turn the speed to 1.25x LMFAO I'M CRYING great review though!

  • Joy Launico

    March 3, 2019

    Watching on iphone 5s cuz im brooooke af. Hahaha

  • Jesus Clemente

    March 7, 2019

    Question: I do not know if you mentioned the megabytes per second rate that this iphone is able to record video. It would be nice to know. thanks

  • Shaenanigans

    March 7, 2019

    I could understand him fine tbh. Even if you can't he has closed captions in the video.

  • Wilson Chang

    March 11, 2019

    I little regret buy HUAWEI p20 pro phone, fake photo, over bright, contrast, sharp…
    Iphone is way better worth than huawei, but price expensive ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Muhammad Hashir

    March 16, 2019

    Pls do camera comparison of iphone 8plus vs iphone xs max.pls pls.

  • Danie G

    March 25, 2019

    Wow if I'm not focused on what you're saying sometimes I miss a whole piece of the video… It sounds like when I'm talking fast.

  • Aniket Patil

    March 26, 2019

    Balewadi high street and lavasa

  • khadija ZAI

    March 26, 2019

    should i but the X or 8plus many peopla say that i should buy x cause u are teen and the small screen is good for??

  • Miray K

    March 27, 2019

    The guy who took the video is a definite Indian.๐Ÿ˜Š Very nice accent๐Ÿ˜ป

  • Zack krohn

    March 28, 2019

    Having an iPhone 8 makes me really wish I had this phone for the camera

  • Brandon Prucey

    April 4, 2019

    Hi, do you have the link to the lock screen wallpaper

  • ลฝรกล•รชล„ ลhรตรจฤ‘ Bรกล‚รกลˆรต

    April 5, 2019

    Just a share….. I'm getting a iphone xs max this april… ๐Ÿ˜‡

  • Rahul Patra

    April 9, 2019

    I have an iPhonex , it is a great phone

  • Charisse Abaya

    April 12, 2019

    I am going to hell for laughing so hard hahaha

  • Gomez Mosle

    April 17, 2019

    Saving to this, have about 600 dollars left

  • George Patton

    April 22, 2019

    I have Iphone 6s and now getting the XS max

  • Carol Jean Fourie

    April 23, 2019

    Please help! I have changed some of my camera settings and now I can't remember what the default camera settings are … Do you have this info for me?

  • Pedro Pensado

    May 5, 2019

    I donโ€™t understand nothing what you said….

  • gamal gaber

    May 12, 2019

    Same camera of iphonex

  • Scรคr .โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข

    May 16, 2019

    I have one question though… can u take good pictures at night example.of the moon or etc.

  • Mojeebullah Najeebi

    May 16, 2019

    I have bought iPhone xs max yesterday ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Muhammad Hashir

    May 16, 2019

    Sir please do camera comparison between iphone 8plus and iphone xs max.

  • MrStanderd5000

    May 18, 2019

    He talks so fast

  • Onin Ravillo

    May 19, 2019

    Its hard to understand your accent

  • Russ Gonzalez

    May 20, 2019

    Holy damn your voice is annoying

  • majid .k

    May 21, 2019

    The galaxy s10 has better camera ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Poophahaxd

    May 23, 2019

    Me at first: Oh my god, this guy's accent is so annoying.
    2 minutes into video: Narrate my life

  • I B Alit Manuaba

    May 25, 2019

    I love your accent… makes me happy ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

  • Srasri Kritkrathok

    May 28, 2019

    It's so cute… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

  • G M

    June 7, 2019

    OMG your accent ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ

    I LOVE IT ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„

  • sadique Bixi

    June 8, 2019

    iPhone XR or iPhone X max…..which is better than the other because I want to order one of them so, which one is good

  • British Entertainment

    June 11, 2019

    Woow what a great accent. Decreases my stress. Cheers friend

  • Rudra Singh Chouhan

    June 12, 2019

    Its lavasa

  • Husnain Gujjar

    June 15, 2019

    Is This Phone Is Yours

  • Hafiz Ramli

    June 17, 2019

    The way you talked is the funniest thing. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • William Sutherland

    June 18, 2019

    So indian

  • vagabondNS

    June 19, 2019

    Funny voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Suzy Dayanan

    June 25, 2019

    No lie the Iphone Xs max has a nice camera๐Ÿ˜ love my phone camera so much heheheโ™ฅ๏ธ

  • Maria Ravat

    June 26, 2019

    iPhone XS Max front camera is so shitty

  • Yasi Diwa

    July 4, 2019

    Please help me my new iPhone X max camera doesnโ€™t get silent or mute even my iPhone is silent but it has voice๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜”

  • Perry S

    July 9, 2019

    @tecworkZ i did turn speed to -0.75 now i can understand u.

  • Russell Jennings

    July 10, 2019

    Great video man.

  • Russell Jennings

    July 10, 2019

    Try not to talk so fast hard to understand you sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜

  • Mehak Ahmed

    July 18, 2019

    Ye phone Mai vedios potriat mode hota hy

  • A.D.

    July 19, 2019

    Great phone….. I love it

  • RapCyll

    July 24, 2019

    It sounds like you are imitating someone but youโ€™re not๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Fucking love your accent

  • bharat bakery

    August 6, 2019

    Where u live bro, having great location,water hill n what not

  • Shobhit Rastogi

    August 9, 2019

    Great vy

  • paolo echevarria

    August 25, 2019

    hi is there a way to disable the mirror reflection for the front cam?

  • Zack Henriah

    August 31, 2019

    What a great review! Loving my Xs Max

  • Anubhav Rathore

    August 31, 2019

    Really nice description.


    September 16, 2019

    funny voice…lolz

  • Ricky Salaan

    September 29, 2019

    That accent thoo! Lmaooo

  • Jozelia Zacarias Bereuter

    October 20, 2019

    Omg i love indian accent so much hahaha

  • Mayank kumar

    October 30, 2019

    Better to buy a bike

  • vally mulua

    November 3, 2019

    Your accent ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Kristina Siddharth

    November 9, 2019

    Zoom clearly not done

  • Senun Paltek

    November 10, 2019

    Cant wait my iphone xs max๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Bren Karl

    November 14, 2019

    That voice i has to stop the video

  • sabiha saiyed

    November 22, 2019

    Arriving today my Xmas Iโ€™m so excited

  • sabiha saiyed

    November 22, 2019

    Thnx dear fr the grt review ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • serenity MSP

    November 22, 2019

    Is it just me or does anyone elseโ€™s 10s Maxโ€™s camera only one works? Or is my phone broke! Because I got my phone at Walmart

  • neeraj studio

    November 25, 2019

    Sagar bro purchased iphone xs max and enjoying it

  • Rush Gamer

    December 3, 2019

    1000 dollars camera machine

  • Nikica ล upe

    December 4, 2019

    very informative video ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ


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