iPhone X Camera Takes the Best Monochrome Images. Here’s Why

It’s been 10 years since the first iPhone appeared and, since then, they’ve taken the world by storm. This is because they are so good. In fact, they are so good that we are talking about an iPhone camera on a photography website, which is basically blasphemy.

On iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Apple released the iPhone X and it was clear from the start that they put in a lot of effort into this device. Besides the fact that the dimensions, responsiveness, display and optimization are all on point, Apple made sure that the camera truly bounces off from all the other designs.

It’s no news that iPhones have always been packed with a great camera. Apple was quick to realize that when people started using their smartphone camera in high frequency to feed their chase after social media stardom, they should invest special effort into letting people look their best. But this time, they truly surpassed themselves. Not to mention the fact that their devices always had many different apps and tools for image editing and manipulation.

This model has 3 cameras, a selfie camera in the front has 7 megapixels and two cameras on the back, both of which have 12 megapixels. Both main cameras have an OIS lens with a wide angle of f/1.8, while the one at front has a telephoto OIS lens of f/2.4.

Exposure determination

No matter if you are looking to shoot outdoors or indoors, with a bright light or with little light, this camera has the power to adjust to different conditions. It has such amazing exposure determination that it can perform well in high-contrast conditions as well.

All of the tiny details are kept, in regards to shadows and highlights. There is little static shown, even in very dark conditions. Sky photos are especially good when taken with iPhone X, which only a small number of professional cameras can achieve.

The tests of the iPhone X have shown that the camera can capture extreme highlight details during twilight and at sunset as well. Textures are high quality and the white balance is completely on point. Hues and saturation are preserved as well and, for monochrome photography, the color values are also preserved.

Light and flash

iPhone X’s camera also performs well indoors and, although there are limitations when the light is really low (which is normal as the lenses are really small), the exposures were pretty solid. Exposure durations and white balance are equally accurate indoors and this camera simply works amazing with fluorescent lighting, as traditional lighting suits it pretty well.

Both color and contrast values keep their definition with clarity. In cases when flash is needed, most smartphone devices will just make a mess. This camera however has a LED flash which gives great details with minimum noise. It retains white balance perfectly while having only a bit of light falloff which is noticeable in corners.

Still, even when flash is used, images don’t look impressive in low light; again, this is because of the size of the lens. However, in most cases, black and white photos are clean, with great contrast and exceptional details.

Zoom and Bokeh

This smartphone has a small lens that has its downsides when it comes to shooting in low light, however, their zooming capabilities are quite promising. As we mentioned earlier, it has a telephoto lens in front and wide angle lens at the back.

This telephoto lens is not the same as on the previous models and it was upgraded with OIS and a brighter aperture, giving photographers the ability to make very sharp portraits and zoomed images, which wasn’t possible with previous models. Even with a high zoom ratio, all of the details are visible and there is very little noise.

This camera also features a Bokeh simulation that produces background blur with field depth that looks very natural and basically saves you the trouble of adding it in post-processing. This is an artificial effect but it’s very naturally designed and works well, as you can occasionally notice tiny artifacts on the edges. If the user is not satisfied with the available lenses, there are a lot of attachable lenses for iPhone X to choose from.


The brand new iPhone X has a phase detection autofocus system that works very accurately and has the power to create the sharpest images in many different lighting conditions. Not only that it can do this for static objects, but for moving ones as well. Sharpness is the key factor for black and white photos and this is where iPhones excels.

This device has many different features, amazingly designed lenses, and great HDR abilities, which together make it a good solution for black and white photography. Additionally, since it’s not a camera but a smartphone, all of the apps available set it apart as a special device. Having the option to instantly capture an image, edit it, and finalize it using one device is something that wasn’t possible until now.

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