Is the iPhone 13 Camera better than iPhone 12?

🗓️ September 20, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

After a long wait, the new iPhone 13 models are finally out. Unsurprisingly, the latest Apple smartphones once again find themselves among the top phones you can buy. No matter what model you get starting from the massive iPhone 13 Pro Max to the more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone 13, you can get a phone with a best-in-class processor, terrific cameras, and a pack of impressive features.

T brand new iPhone 13 models have, in fact, quickly supplanted their iPhone 12 counterparts at the list for the best iPhones.

The new iPhones 13 improve upon the iPhone 12 in almost every significant way. However, in this guide, we will predominantly discuss the camera settings and improvements in the new iPhone series, along with a comparison with iPhone 12 series.

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Before moving on, let’s look at the specifications of iPhone 12, 12 minis, and iPhone 13, and 13 mini.

iPhone 13 camera vs iPhone 12 Camera Specification

SpecificationsiPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12
Debut price$699$799$599$699
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Screen size5.4 inches6.1 inches5.4 inches6.1 inches
Rear cameras12MP main (ƒ/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6), 16MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6), 16MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)
ColorsRed, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, PinkRed, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, PinkWhite, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] RedWhite, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] Red
Battery life (Hrs: Mins)8:4410:337:288:25
Size5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
Weight4.97 ounces6.14 ounces4.76 ounces5.78 ounces
Water resistanceIP68IP68IP68IP68

The cameras of iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12

The cameras figure to be a key point of difference between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, despite the number of lenses being unchanged from phone to phone. Apple has done with the camera hardware to make the camera experience utterly different on the iPhone 13.

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini offer a 12MP primary camera. Further, the new iPhone 13 and iPhone mini cameras have the giant sensor ever used in a dual-camera iPhone. It should allow 47% more light in comparison to the iPhone 12 camera for sharper pictures. Furthermore, these new iPhone 13 models sport the sensor-shift optical image stabilization feature Apple previously added to the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year. Additionally, the ultra-wide lens in the new iPhone series promises more detail in the darker areas of your pictures.

Moving on, the iPhone 13 Pro models feature more dramatic camera changes:

  • The primary sensor is more prominent on the iPhone 13 Pro.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max is better for low-light images, although the ultra-wide angle lens has a wider f/1.8 aperture. (On the iPhone 12 Pro models, it was f/2.4.) This means it will be brighter, with sharper images, even when the lights are low.
  • The 77mm telephoto lens on the iPhone 13 Pro models offers 3x optical zoom and an improvement above the 2.5x zoom found on the iPhone 12 Pro.

The Night Mode feature works on all three iPhone 13 Pro cameras. Further, the iPhone 13 Pro offers sensor-shift stabilization instead of preventing that feature to the Pro Max model.

Another area worth highlighting is the Cinematic mode. It is a video shooting feature that is available on all four iPhone 13 models. This mode automatically allows you to adjust focus when you are shooting a video. In addition, it allows you to shift between objects in the foreground and background as per the filming warrants.


We all expect phones to improve from one generation to the next. However, suppose the camera is the primary factor you look for while upgrading to a new iPhone. In that case, the camera improvements should be more than enough to make this a significant upgrade.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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