iPhone 13 Pro first impressions and New Orleans camera test [Gallery]

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Over the years, my iPhone upgrade ritual has developed into a few patterns. My routine is to talk myself out of pre-ordering, go to any remote retail store that has launch day inventory, and meet up in New Orleans to try out the new camera system.

This year is no exception. I sold my 128GB silver iPhone 12 Pro Max to a local buyer who thought I was joking when I said the charging brick no longer came in the box. Then I traveled 90 minutes to a Best Buy that had a 256GB Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro ready for pick up.

The Apple Store was an option, and I’m sure the reservation system is great for customers and employees, but it wasn’t as flexible for me as driving to a designated parking spot and asking someone to pull out the iPhone.

The new unwrapped packaging paired with someone walking up to my car to put it back on makes for such a relaxed shopping experience that I almost feel like I’m buying someone’s iPhone on Facebook or something. gender. If only opening a CD box in the late 90s was that easy…

Anyway, some first impressions:

  • The iPhone 13 Pro is compact and dense when used as a camera (like a good camera should)
  • Sierra Blue is incredibly hard to spot online or in photos and videos; I wasn’t sure I’d like it but it’s darker than I expected
  • The iPhone 12 Pro Max had slightly better camera specs than the iPhone 12 Pro; it’s nice that both Pro models have the same camera system this year, even if the camera tray is comically out of proportion to the body size on the smaller phone
  • ProMotion, Apple’s variable refresh rate screen technology that can reduce or even double the refresh rate, is a fantastic feature for year-over-year upgrades that can see it and unseen for those who cannot; fortunately, I am in the first camp but I also gave a demonstration to the people of the second camp
  • Photographic Styles, which let you adjust the tone and warmth of your camera, are perhaps my favorite feature; So far I’ve been switching between Vivid Contrast and High Contrast (but who thinks that won’t eventually come to the iPhone 12?)

Here’s a similar shot with each style built in before adjustments:

Macro photography and cinematic mode video are two things I haven’t spent enough time evaluating with yet, so more on those features in the future. For now, I will share a few photos that surprised me during my walk in New Orleans.

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