How to take 48MP photos on the iPhone 14 Pro

For the first time in several years, Apple has increased the resolution of the iPhone’s camera. The new and improved 48 MP main camera is one of the main reasons to upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro.

However, if you already own the iPhone 14 Pro and tried taking photos with it, you’ve probably noticed that it still takes 12MP photos.

So why is this happening, you ask? Well, we will explain it to you below and then we will teach you how to shoot in 48 megapixels.

Why does the iPhone 14 Pro take 12MP photos?

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature a 48MP quad-pixel sensor, which means it combines four adjacent pixels into a single large pixel with the help of pixel binning, a computational photography technique. So when you group every four pixels from a 48MP sensor, the resulting output is still a 12MP image; however, pixel binning allows your camera to let in more light.

As a result, you still get a better 12MP shot than an iPhone 13 Pro, and that’s why Apple boldly claims the iPhone 14 Pro’s main camera has up to two times better low-light performance. This technique is not new as we have seen pixel binning on other flagship Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Google Pixel 6 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro and more.

How to take 48MP photos on the iPhone 14 Pro with ProRAW

While Apple wisely uses the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP camera to give you the best possible 12MP shot, it still gives users the option to shoot at full 48MP resolution in ProRAW if they choose.

Apple ProRAW is a high-quality RAW image format introduced alongside the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2020. Available as a camera setting on iOS, it’s useful for professional photographers and enthusiasts who prefer to shoot in RAW format, avoiding unnecessary software processing that tends to over-sharpen images.

So if you want your images to be full 48MP quality, you’ll need to follow these simple instructions on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Camera.
  3. now play Formatslocated right at the top.
  4. Here, under Photo Capture, you’ll find the switch to Apple ProRAW. Touch it to enable this RAW format.
  5. Now, you will see a new setting called ProRAW Resolution appears just below. Touch it and select the 48MP option.

Now when you open the Camera app, you’ll see the RAW toggle on the viewer, which is off by default. So when you’re ready to take 48MP photos, tap the switch to enable RAW and press the shutter button.

The drawbacks of taking 48MP photos on the iPhone 14 Pro

While you’re sure to be impressed with the significant increase in your iPhone’s image resolution and the flexibility you gain when cropping your 48MP photos, using ProRAW comes at the cost of two major drawbacks.

First of all, Apple ProRAW uses the DNG file format, which is not as popular or widely accepted as JPEG. Therefore, you will experience compatibility issues if you use applications that do not support ProRAW files, which includes most social media and messaging platforms. Fortunately, you can always use a third party application to convert these RAW files.

Second, the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP ProRAW shots have a huge file size. You can expect each image to be between 50MB and 100MB, depending on the level of detail it contains. So these RAW photos will consume the storage space on your iPhone before you know it.

Unlock the true potential of your iPhone 14 Pro camera

Apple ProRAW lets you take photos at full 48MP resolution, but it’s not something you should rely on for regular use, as the drawbacks probably aren’t worth it for most people. Remember that you will still see improvements while shooting at 12 MP, such as better low-light performance.

So save the ProRAW format for shots that really need that extra detail or when you want more flexibility in cropping your images. And don’t forget to use the RAW option in the Camera app to quickly switch between the two formats—unlocking the true potential of your iPhone’s camera is just a tap away.

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