iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

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Between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro, which model takes the best photos? The iPhone 14 Pro? But to what extent?

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is the best in photo?

Put iPhone 14 against iPhone 14 Pro… The fight seems like a losing battle, doesn't it? After all, if the Pro model is the most expensive, it's also the best, right? No doubt, but to what extent exactly? And above all, can't the basic models meet your photo needs? Answer in this photo comparison.

Summary

  • iPhone 14 Pro at the best price
  • A technical point on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
  • The wide angle
  • L 'ultra wide angle
  • Optical and digital zoom lenses
    • 2x zoom
    • 3x zoom< /li>
    • The x5 zoom
  • Portrait mode
  • Selfies
  • iPhone 14 Pro at the best price
  • But then, iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro ?

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Note: For this comparison, we pitted the iPhone 14 Plus against the iPhone 14 Pro. Nevertheless, the results would be exactly the same if we had compared the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

A technical point on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

They are so close and so different at the same time. These two models may be part of the same range, but they don't really look alike and that goes for the part in the photo, of course.

The basic models stick to two focal lengths with a wide angle and an ultra wide angle. The first opens at f/1.5 and the second at f/2.4 and they are placed above two 12 million pixel sensors. Photonic Engine is there, as well as Deep Fusion or Smart HDR 4. The main sensor is stabilized, but with the first version of the system developed by Apple.

The “pro” models, on the other hand, go much further. The main sensor reaches 48 million pixels and it benefits from the new version of the brand's mechanical stabilization. Apple has placed a wide angle opening at f/1.78 above. The second sensor reaches 12 million pixels and it comes with an ultra wide angle opening at f/2.2. The sensor is a little larger than that of the iPhone 14 Plus. As for the third sensor, it is a 12 million pixel sensor and it is accompanied by a telephoto lens offering an aperture of f/2.8. All the technologies specific to the iPhone 14 Plus are also present on this model.

The wide angle

The two iPhones show quite a few differences at the wide angle. And chief of all has to do with definition. The sensor of the iPhone 14 Pro is indeed four times more defined than that of the least expensive models.

On the other hand, to allow it to shoot in full definition, it will be imperative to switch to ProRAW mode. The automatic modes, for their part, generate images of 12 million pixels. Images obtained by combining four pixels into one.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

By day and at first glance, it is very difficult to decide between the two devices. In both cases, we have a rather clean rendering. The photos are sharp, with a lot of detail recovered in shadows and highlights.

However, when we look more seriously at the photos, we can distinguish some differences. The pro model offers an increased level of detail, especially in shadows. And by observing the image carefully, we see that he has also recovered more details on the textures such as the back wall, the bench or the rubble at the level of the rails of the station. Even the pink tag is sharper on the pro model.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Plus

Indoors too, the two iPhones offer a similar rendering. But again, you just have to take the time to examine the details of the photos to see that the iPhone 14 Pro displays a smoother rendering while its comrade manages to recover a lot of detail at the level of the foam of the coffee or patterns from the tray. However, at first glance, this is not necessarily obvious.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Plus

At night again, it seems that the photos come out of the same camera. Besides, in a way, it's almost a feat when you take into consideration the differences in definition between the sensors of the two devices. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Apple engineers have mastered quad pixel technology at their fingertips.

However, the iPhone 14 Pro still offers a slightly smoother rendering . He also better managed the rise in sensitivity. A little grain does indeed appear in the shadows on the iPhone 14 Plus.

SUMMARY

Let's be clear, unless you put the photos of the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro side by side and zoom in far out, you won't see any difference. The two phones are really neck and neck.

Now, the more expensive model still manages to recover a little more detail in broad daylight while offering better management of the rise in sensitivity of night. He is therefore a bit above his comrade.

The ultra wide angle

Here, the definition does not change. In both cases, you will find 12 million pixel sensors. In contrast, the iPhone 14 Pro's sensor is physically larger. Which also means that its photosites are bigger… and therefore they will be able to collect a little more light.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is the best in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

The iPhone 14 Pro shows a little more difference on the ultra wide angle. Once again, it is not necessarily striking at first glance, but its sensor offers better dynamics. It was also more accurate. Edges smudge less, textures are better detailed, and overall rendering is more flattering on the most expensive iPhone.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

A first impression confirmed when you start shooting in low light. In this image, for example, the iPhone 14 Pro managed to recover much more shadow detail. Some branches present on the tree located in the middle of the scene are indeed absent on the iPhone 14 Plus.

Here, therefore, we see very clearly that the iPhone 14 Pro is above its comrade. The texture of the trunk is more detailed, as is the shrub in the background, near the bench.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

Same thing in this photo, taken again at night. The iPhone 14 Pro displays a more detailed image, with better management of the increase in sensitivity. On the iPhone 14 Plus side, you can actually see grain on the facade of the building located in the background, a grain absent on the most expensive iPhone.

The iPhone 14 Pro also makes a little noise, but the phenomenon is much less marked.

ASSESSMENT

Here, the gap between the two iPhones is more significant. The iPhone 14 Pro is doing much better than its colleague. Less noise, more details, better dynamics, it exceeds it in every way. And even more at night when it is favored by the size of its sensor.

Optical and digital zooms

You know it, but the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Plus are not equal on the zoom. And this for a fairly simple reason, the iPhone 14 Plus is completely devoid of it. The enlargements are therefore operated digitally. That said, it seemed interesting to me to oppose them also on this ground, if only to find out if Apple's software processing manages to fill in the gaps.

The x2 zoom

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

In the middle of the day, you won't see a glaring difference on the x2. And it's even amazing how similar the rendering will be from one iPhone to another.

I expected a bigger difference between the two devices. Unlike its little pal, the iPhone 14 Pro doesn't digitally magnify to achieve this level of zoom. It is content to recover the 12 million pixels located in the center of its main sensor.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?


At night, the difference is much more palpable. The photos of the iPhone 14 Plus are less precise, whether in terms of contours or textures. It can also be seen that many artifacts are present in the image. For its part, the iPhone 14 Pro offers a sharper, more precise rendering.

The x3 zoom

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Plus

In x3, the iPhone 14 Plus is really starting to suffer. If its photos will remain usable, they are still much less precise than that of the iPhone 14 Pro. Which is quite logical. The latter is indeed equipped with a real optical zoom equivalent to a 77 mm and capable of offering 3x optical magnification.

And of course, the closer you look at the image, the more you realize that the iPhone 14 Plus is lagging behind. The rendering is more imprecise, with drooling contours and rather rough textures. Without forgetting this grain which covers the whole image a little.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?


At night, the two phones find themselves on their knees. The iPhone 14 Plus is completely in the cabbage. Contours, textures, nothing is right. The iPhone 14 Pro is more precise for its part, but the images are much too noisy and they will be difficult to use at the same time.

The x5 zoom

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

Unsurprisingly, in x5, the situation worsens for the iPhone 14 Plus. The images lack precision. The contours go in all directions, the textures are coarse and the phone even ignores certain elements constituting the background. The iPhone 14 Pro is also suffering, but its images remain usable.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?


In the dark, you get very different results. If the iPhone 14 Plus completely misses its pumps, the iPhone 14 Pro doesn't fare much better. The loss of detail is obvious, especially when zooming in. Here, the photo is more of a rough sketch than a snapshot. In both cases, we therefore end up with unusable images.

ASSESSMENT

What surprised me the most here is the x2. I expected the iPhone 14 Plus to see a performance crash, but it does just fine thanks to Apple's excellent software processing. To such an extent that it is impossible to decide between the two devices.

On the other hand, when you go higher in magnifications, the performance of the two devices collapses. The iPhones once again pay for the absence of a periscopic zoom.

Portrait mode

The portrait mode is quite interesting. When an iPhone shoots in this mode, it actually uses several different algorithms to cut out the subject or even generate the background blur. This mode is therefore also a good way to experience Apple's software processing.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

By day, the two iPhones show glaring differences. The portraits are indeed more detailed on the iPhone 14 Pro side. In these images, for example, the more expensive iPhone managed to recover more detail in Romy's muzzle. Moreover, we note that the focus distance is not quite the same from one phone to another.

On the iPhone 14 Pro, Romy is indeed sharp truffle ears. The iPhone 14 Plus sticks to the back of its head. The cut is also more precise on the large model.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

Indoors, with studio light and a human subject, the two phones are neck and neck. In both cases, the rendering is natural and rather flattering. The subject is well cut, even though he stands three-quarters. The blur remains natural.

However, by carefully observing the details of the two images, we see that the iPhone 14 Plus offers a more imprecise, coarser rendering. The nuances of the subject's iris are better rendered on the iPhone 14 Pro. No worries about cutting, however.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

For this last example, I pushed both phones to their limits. These images were indeed shot in a room plunged into darkness. And in both cases, the photos will be completely unusable.

On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro managed to recover a little more detail, whether in hair or even skin texture.

REVIEW

Without a shadow of a doubt, the iPhone 14 Pro is very clearly above its little comrade. Its photos are more precise, whether in bright light or in complete darkness.

And above all, it is much more flexible by offering no less than three zoom levels: 1x, 2x or 3x. The iPhone 14 Plus, for its part, sticks to 1x and it must be admitted that this is a bit disappointing.

Selfies

The iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro have the same front camera, a front camera with a 12 million pixel sensor and optics opening at f/1.9. On paper, therefore, they should offer a fairly similar rendering.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Plus

And in fact, it is. By day, the two phones are impossible to decide. The photos are both sharp and precise. Nothing to say either at the level of the cut. It also hits the bullseye and the bokeh is also very natural.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photo?

iPhone 14 Plus

The observation is the same when the light begins to dim. Even in the dark, nothing seems to be able to decide between them. Except that the iPhone 14 Plus displays a slightly more noisy rendering. A difference that can be explained by the presence of the A16 chip, a chip reserved this year for the most expensive iPhones.

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, which is better in photos?


When shooting at night, iPhones activate a flash. Their screen turns white to enlighten us. And again, the results are quite similar. At least at first sight. Indeed, the pro model better manages the increase in sensitivity. His photos are thus less noisy.

SUMMARY

Contrary to what one might think, iPhones are not equal in the field selfies. If their photos remain close, the more expensive model manages the increase in sensitivity much better. To believe that it benefits directly from the power gain provided by the A16 chip.

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But then, iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro?

Unsurprisingly, the pro model is a head above the base models overall. At least on certain focal lengths, such as the ultra wide angle for example. For the main sensor or the 2x, the difference is much less pronounced.

In terms of modes, the most expensive iPhone is clearly more comfortable than its comrade. It generates more accurate portraits and selfies, even when the light is low.

Now there are also some notable absentees on the base models. Like macro mode or ProRAW. Shortcomings difficult to justify in view of the price of the device and which allow the two most expensive iPhones to widen the gap a little more. But here it is obviously more of a commercial limitation than a technical one.

Overall, if you don’t need an optical zoom or the ProRaw , you can stay on the most accessible models. The differences between the two ranges on the ultra wide angle and the wide angle are not pronounced enough to justify the price difference. And if you really need a telephoto lens and ProRaw, then you can also turn to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max which are still very effective.

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