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iPhone 13 Diary: I'm now resigned to buying a new iPhone every year

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There were a lot of people buying a new iPhone today, and I was one of them, despite saying that I didn't consider it...
There were a lot of people buying a new iPhone on Friday, and I was one of them, despite saying that I didn't consider it an especially exciting update for most people.

But for me, I'm upgrading to the iPhone 13 for the same reason I bought the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.

Camera improvements

For years, I said that my iPhone was my least-important Apple gadget. The Mac came first, iPad second, and iPhone third. But iPhone cameras have improved so dramatically over the past few years that the iPhone is now undeniably my primary camera – and that makes it a way more important device.

That process began with the iPhone X, where the low-light performance started to catch up with the daylight performance. It wasn't there yet, but the writing was already on the wall.

This is an absolutely remarkable performance. I'd have had trouble believing that it really was an iPhone shot had I not taken it myself. I could have gotten a marginally better one with my Sony a6300 (side-by-side comparisons to follow in a future piece), but really this is absolutely good enough. All in all, I'd say the iPhone X is easily $500-600's worth of camera. So consider you're buying that plus an iPhone costing the same amount.

By the iPhone 11 Pro, the low-light performance was good enough to become my only camera for social photography – capturing memories of nights out and the like.

I still want decent quality images, though. I want everything to be in focus, I want accurate colors, I want a decent amount of shadow…
Ben Lovejoy
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