Push­ing tech­nol­ogy to its lim­its

The Western Star - - GAMES & GADGETS -

BOTH mod­els of the iPhone XS fea­ture dual 12-megapixel wide-an­gle and tele­photo cam­eras, with the wide-an­gle hav­ing an ƒ/1.8 aper­ture and the tele­photo an ƒ/2.4 aper­ture.

The cam­era fea­tures dual op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion – some­thing you will no­tice, as I did, film­ing while be­ing dragged along by two dogs on a beach.

The Smart HDR prom­ises – and de­liv­ers – more high­lights and shadow de­tail in your pho­tos. We put it to the test in bright sun­light en­vi­ron­ments and lower light in­door shots and were im­pressed with the work of the faster sen­sors.

Video blog­gers will also be happy to see the iPhone fi­nally records in stereo sound – some­thing that we no­ticed af­ter shoot­ing un­der­neath a tree full of fly­ing foxes.

iPhone XS uses four built-in mi­cro­phones to record sound. The speak­ers are also a big im­prove­ment – of­fer­ing what is de­scribed as “wider stereo sound”.

Us­ing crosstalk can­cel­la­tion, the sound seems to project out from the speak­ers much fur­ther than be­fore, mak­ing your mo­bile Net­flix or movie-watch­ing ex­pe­ri­ence more en­joy­able.

For the In­sta­gram crowd, the selfie cam­era on the iPhone XS is one of the best around.

You can use the same por­trait light­ing fea­ture that is avail­able on the rear cam­era to sep­a­rate the sub­ject from the back­ground, with­out im­pact­ing on the over­all ex­po­sure.

The TrueDepth cam­era is also fun to use to cre­ate An­i­moji in mes­sages – a great way of cus­tomis­ing your look.

Photo: Mark Furler

Our tech is merg­ing with our per­son­al­i­ties.

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