Christmas is just around the corner, so you’ll want an iPhone that can capture your favourite festive moments.
It's a special time of the year and is often spent with family and friends, making memories that you’ll want to keep with you forever.
The best way to make this happen is by taking lots and lots of photographs, much to everyone else’s annoyance (bah, humbug!). So you’ll want the perfect iPhone to do it on.
Apple are renowned for their camera technology, but each iPhone camera packs different features. Some of you will want a camera that you can simply point and click, while others will want all the fancy lenses you can get.
We’ve devised a handy guide to help you choose the best iPhone camera for you. Don’t miss a single Kodak moment this Christmas.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the iPhone 13 series.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
iPhone 13 and 13 mini are very new arrivals to the Apple family, and they bring with them some epic camera features.
The 12MP wide lens lets you get more of the scene in your shots and is perfect for getting everyone in the frame this Christmas.
If you’ve got all the gang around for Christmas dinner and want a photo in your party hats, iPhone 13 or 13 mini have the camera to make sure nobody is cropped out. The only arguments this year will be over Monopoly…
Maybe you’re sat thinking that a wide lens just won’t cut it. Don’t panic yet. The 12MP ultra-wide lens takes things one step further.
The new diagonal layout of the camera on these two iPhones, makes room for a larger sensor and allows more detail in dark areas of your photos.
Some things are just better when they’re caught on video. If you’ve got the little ones a huge surprise this Christmas and want to get their reactions on film, iPhone 13 or 13 mini is ideal for you.
Cinematic Mode is a new feature for Apple, and you’ll love it. It adds a new layer to the way you tell stories with film and allows for seamless transitions as you shift focus.
Even if the kids are moving, which is likely with the excitement of Christmas morning, your iPhone 13 or 13 mini camera will focus on your subject – all while keeping depth and detail.
You can even use Cinematic Mode on the 12MP front camera. If you fancy vlogging your entire Christmas day, which some people do, you’ve got all the equipment you need to do it.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max deliver seriously pro-level photos. They restore all faith in the statement that bigger is better.
A new hardware upgrade has opened a whole bunch of doors to the world of camera possibilities. The key difference between the Pro models and the standard models is an extra lens.
This is not just any old lens, it’s a telephoto lens. This allows you to get closer than ever courtesy of 3x optical zoom.
You’ll be able to see every tiny detail – which may be a blessing or a curse this Christmas. Night mode on all lenses is ideal for those dark, cosy nights at the Christmas market or when you’re out for festive drinks with your friends.
And of course, both Pro models feature the incredible Cinematic Mode that we’ve been shouting about.
If you plan on taking a million photos and videos over the Christmas period, we’d recommend the 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max. With 1TB of storage available, you’ll have all the room you need to store them.
Have a holly jolly Christmas with the iPhone 12 series.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 boast incredible cameras that are perfect for documenting all the Christmas fun. Both phones pack advanced dual-lens cameras on the rear that let you switch from wide lens to ultra-wide in an instant.
This is perfect if you’ve got a big family and want to make sure you can fit everyone in the picture. After all, there’s nothing worse than everyone being in their Christmas pyjamas, ready and waiting, and your camera cuts someone out of the shot.
The wide lens now uses f/1.6 aperture, meaning it takes in 27% more light than previous models. Both rear lenses support Night Mode and deliver clear, crisp shots, even on these cold and dark winter nights.
The impressive capabilities don’t stop there as both iPhones feature a 2x optical zoom out and a whopping 5x digital zoom. This means you can get up close and personal with all the Christmas festivities, whether it’s to capture all the details on your tree or the little red robin at the bottom of the fence – these iPhones have you covered.
If it’s family portraits you’re looking to snap, then look no further. With fancy portrait mode and the background bokeh effect, you can get professional looking photos will all the trimmings this Christmas.
The cameras on iPhone 12 and 12 mini have your best interest at heart. With Smart HDR 3, your camera settings will automatically be adjusted to fix the white balance and enhance details and colours for the best results.
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini both have a remarkable true depth camera on the front, making them strong contenders for the top iPhones for your Christmas snaps. You’ll be able to take cracking elf-ies that’ll be social media ready in no time.
If you’re looking to get top Christmas videos this year, then both of these phones are perfect. They let you record 4K Dolby Vision HDR content at up to 30fps. This means you can produce incredible videos, directly from your phone.
iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
If the iPhone 12 and 12 mini have got your bells jingling but you find yourself still wanting more, the 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max might be for you. Both of these iPhones go one step further, packing a triple-lens rear camera that allows you to see even more this Christmas.
Like the 12 and 12 mini, you can switch up from the 12MP wide lens and the 12MP ultra-wide lens. However, with the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max you can take full advantage of the 12MP telephoto lens, which means you can get closer to the finer details.
All three lenses boast Night Mode which delivers beautiful photos even when the lighting isn’t on your side. iPhone 12 Pro Max has a larger sensor on its wide lens than the other iPhone 12’s have, which gives an 87% improvement in darker areas.
The 12 Pro Max also lets you zoom like never before, granting you 5x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom, 2.5x zoom in and 2x zoom out. So, if you want to get even closer to that robin on your face, this is the iPhone to opt for.
The 12 Pro however still delivers some incredible camera perks, with a 27% improvement in low-light conditions plus great zoom qualities. The 4x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and 2x zoom in and out, the 12 Pro is certain to blow your socks off this Christmas.
Like the 12 and 12 mini, both these Pro editions pack Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3. But they also boast Apple’s fancy new ProRAW feature. This means you can get a head start on editing your photos and look at noise reduction and multi-frame exposure adjustments already in place.
The Pro models let you record in Dolby Vision like the 12 and 12 mini, with one key difference. You can choose between 30fps or 60fps – only the best for the pros.
May your Christmas be merry with the iPhone 11.
iPhone 11 is our best-selling iPhone, and its camera plays a key role in this. It packs an advanced dual-camera system that lets you move from wide to ultra-wide, giving you the best of both worlds. The ultra-wide lens gets 4x more scene in the frame – you could snap yourself a photo of Santa himself!
The impressive Night Mode makes shooting in the dark a breeze. Turning on automatically in low light, you’ll be able to get clear and vivid shots, without lifting a finger. The best bit? Night Mode doesn’t require flash, giving you more natural colours in your photos.
It’s also great for recording your Christmas home movies, giving you incredible videos with 4K capture at 60fps. You can enjoy crystal clear audio and even make Christmas a little more fun with slo-mo selfies!
Rock around the Christmas tree with the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE has a mighty-impressive camera. Despite costing less than the other iPhones we’ve mentioned, Apple has announced that the SE has the best single-camera system ever on iPhone.
It packs a 12MP rear camera and a 7MP selfie camera, giving you incredible snaps no matter what the occasion is. Plus, it boasts many premium features that exist on the more expensive models!
You can enjoy Portrait Mode with a whopping 6 lighting effects to choose from as well as Depth Control which allows you to adjust the amount of background blur in each shot.
Smart HDR will enhance each picture, making them look that professional, you’ll be able to print them out and give them out as gifts.
As well as a top camera, the SE lets you record on the rear camera at an amazing 4K up to 60 fps. It also packs superb stereo audio, giving you crisp sound. You’ll hear every tear of wrapping paper, every cracker joke; and you might even hear the sound of the brussel sprouts bubbling in the kitchen (or dropping in the bin).
Don’t miss a single moment.
Christmas has come around so quickly and before we know it, the big day will be here.
We’ll all eat more delicious food than we should, unwrap great gifts, laugh until our sides hurt, and create memories that’ll last forever – so make sure you capture them all on your iPhone!
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