Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone X camera compare

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Main camera comparison (Daylight)

We figured you’ve already seen each and every iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone XS camera comparison, so we chose to go back in time an extra year and see how things have changed since the iPhone X. Additionally, a lot of folks aren’t willing to upgrade every year, and some need convincing even two years into it, so such a shootout would make sense to them.

Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/5780s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 25, 1/4367s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/4464s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/3205s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/4630s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/3205s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/4831s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/3003s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone X

It helps that the iPhone X generation wasn’t among the most colorful shooters, so the 11 Pro doesn’t look any more muted next to it if that can sound positive to someone. What is objectively better on the newer phone is that it takes noticeably sharper photos with crisper details. Noise reduction is also far superior and the 11 Pro’s images are much cleaner.

Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/2632s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/1548s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/1730s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/1200s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/748s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/421s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 32, 1/3215s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/2088s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone X

Telephoto camera comparison (Daylight)

The above mostly holds true for the telephoto cameras too – the 11 Pro leads in detail and noise performance, substantially so. Oddly enough, however, the X has the livelier colors – Apple wasn’t known for so closely matching the color output between modules back then as it is with the 11s.

Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 20, 1/2660s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/2525s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 20, 1/2660s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/2088s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 20, 1/1261s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/545s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 20, 1/999s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/685s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Daylight samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone X

Now, one area where the iPhone X can’t compete with the 11 Pro is the ultra wide-angle camera – it simply doesn’t have one. So if the improvements above aren’t enough of a nudge to upgrade, the third cam could certainly tip the scales.

Main camera comparison (Low light)

And that’s before we get to Night mode. The iPhone 11 introduced the feature to the Apple ecosystem and iPhone users can now enjoy what Android’s had for a year or two. No Night Mode on the iPhone X, however, and very unlikely to come with a software update down the road.

Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/8s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/8s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/8s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/13s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, main camera, Night mode, iPhone 11 Pro only

Regular low-light shots are already better on the 11 Pro even without Night mode. Dynamic range is vastly improved and the 11 retains highlights much better. Admittedly, the X compares favorably in resolved detail in the well-lit areas.

Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/17s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/17s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/11s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, main camera: iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone X

Telephoto camera comparison (Low light)

Switching to the telephoto cameras, the 11 Pro’s dynamic range advantage remains, and 2 years later it’s more inclined to shoot with its actual telephoto module, as opposed to zooming in digitally with the main cam perhaps because of its wider F/2.0 aperture.

Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 1250, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/2.0, ISO 1000, 1/25s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 125, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/17s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro - f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/17s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone X - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/4s - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Low-light samples, telephoto camera: iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone X

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