Every year, travel photographer Austin Mann surprises people by testing new iPhone cameras. This time, with the revamped camera system of the iPhone 14 Pro, it’s no different. Mann traveled across Scotland to capture 48MP ProRAW photos while sharing his experience with the smartphone and his impressions of the new cameras. Head down below as we highlight some of the photos and quotes from his review.

Right off the bat, the photographer says how excited he was about the new 48MP resolution since “I crop 100% of my images. Whether it’s just a few pixels or cropping out most of the frame, I use cropping as a tool to balance/direct the viewer’s eye where I want it and to eliminate fluff. »

It’s a powerful way to see and take pictures, and I encourage photographers with all cameras to be more creative with their cropping as it can often elevate an average image to a great one with just a few clicks.

Photo: Austin Mann on iPhone 14 Pro

Mann gives some insight into the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP main camera. When shooting in ProRAW, he found most images were around 80MB, with the smallest files being just 45MB and the largest being 117MB.

For low-light conditions, he decided to go from 48MP to 12MP because, as he was dealing with fast-moving subjects, he found that at these settings “the camera is super responsive and will render the best video files. image possible within these lighting conditions.

Do you film with a resolution of 12MP or 48MP on iPhone 14 Pro? Mann explains which one to choose

Photo: Austin Mann on iPhone 14 Pro

After testing both options, the traveling photographer shared some thoughts on why he decided to shoot most photos with ProRAW at 12MP:

  1. 12-megapixel is still where the camera really shines – it’s lightning fast, it’s the same resolution on all lenses, and it’s fantastic in low light.
  2. Capturing at 48 megapixels is a bit slow. It’s not crazy slow, but it’s slower than what I’m used to.
  3. The available storage options (both on iPhone and iCloud) haven’t been expanded despite the much larger file sizes, and I don’t want to run out of space.
  4. Battery life seems to be zapped faster when shooting all day at 48MP.

It’s interesting how he points out storage options – the iPhone 14 Pro can go up to 1TB of storage – and battery drain.

Photo: Austin Mann on iPhone 14 Pro

Other Camera Features

Austin Mann also highlights a few other iPhone 14 Pro camera features, such as the new Action mode, which he says requires daylight scenarios to work properly.

Sometimes we were a bit caught off guard by the amount of light it needed. For example, inside an airport during the day, it didn’t work because it needed more light.

On 4K cinematic mode, Mann thinks it’s “a few steps closer to being a tool that filmmakers can actually use in their workflow”, although he thinks that outside of 4K at 24 fps , a ProRes version of this feature is required.


Austin Mann ends up talking about SOS Satellite Emergency – which isn’t available yet – and how an eSIM-only iPhone could be a problem for US users.

I’m a bit concerned about the practicality of an eSIM-only approach for travelers with US iPhones who frequently visit the developing world. My wife and I usually land for a project, get some money changed, and get a local sim card so it’s easy and inexpensive to communicate with people in the country. I keep these SIM cards in my daily bag (see image above), and for areas where I travel frequently, I can simply swap the SIM card upon landing and be good to go.

You can take a look at some of his snaps in this review and, of course, in his review article here.

How do you like his impression of the iPhone 14 Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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