Amongst the list of changes introduced in the iPhone 14, Apple also included an upgraded cinematic mode, which offers some new capabilities, as explained by a filmmaker. In terms of design changes, the iPhone 14 remains almost identical to the iPhone 13. It’s only in the iPhone 14 Pro series where the radical design change starts to show.
Despite the difference between the base iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro series, the new Cinematic mode is present on all these devices. First introduced last year with the iPhone 13, the Cinematic mode is a software-enabled feature that gives video film a shallow depth of field. It’s basically mimicking the capabilities of a higher-end video camera. But since Cinematic mode is done via software, users can change the focus even after the video footage is taken, which is pretty cool.
With the iPhone 14 series, Apple has introduced a new 4k 24FPS cinematic mode for the rear as well as for the front camera. To test the upgrade in real-life scenarios, YouTube channel iPhonegraphers compared the Cinematic mode in the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The YouTuber has a channel dedicated to filmmaking and holds experience in shooting movie-quality footage with iPhones.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Camera Upgrade
The YouTuber first compared the Cinematic mode in 1080p 30FPS on the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max using their respective 1x lens. He first conducted the test in indoor lightning conditions to see how the white balance and depth of field change when both iPhones tilt. Although the footage showed not much difference between the two, the iPhone 14 Pro Max managed to come out on top when the YouTuber locked the focus on the object.
Cinematic mode footage shot on the 3x lens on both smartphones was similar, as per the Filmmaker. However, he did mention that the iPhone 14 Pro Max was slightly better in this case as well. In the next test, the YouTuber took his setup outdoors but both smartphones performed similarly in natural light. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max changed focus differently compared to the 14 Pro Max in this case. After further testing, the YouTuber found that the iPhone 14 Pro Max had a better camera focus compared to its predecessor.
Later on in the video, the YouTuber also tested out the 4K 24FPS Cinematic mode, which is specific to the iPhone 14 series. Users who want to shoot clean edges without a lot of movement can make plenty of good use of the new iPhone 14 Cinematic mode.
The camera had a difficult time shooting frizzy leaves, hair edges, or other “busy” shooting environments. Likewise, the 3x lens shot less clear footage than the 1x while using the 4k 24FPS on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the YouTuber claimed. Lastly, he praised the 4k cinematic mode on the selfie camera by saying that “this stuff looks really really good.” If anyone is a keen photographer, remember to check the creator’s YouTube channel as he has detailed a bunch of more Cinematic mode tests in his video.