Apple iPhone SE 2020: Camera Overview

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The latest budget Apple phone has finally launched and is loaded with a handful of camera features, it impresses with its photography capabilities. The second-generation iPhone SE has the most advanced single-camera system Apple has made to date.

Before we jump into more technical camera discussions let’s take a quick look into the phone’s overall specs.

iPhone SE 2 Specifications

  • Hexa Core (2.65 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core) Apple A13 Bionic Chipset
  • 3 GB RAM and 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB variants
  • 4.7 inch Retina Display with 750 x 1334 px and 326 ppi
  • 12 MP f/1.8 Primary Camera with Dual-color LED Flash and 7 MP f/2.2 Front Camera
  • iOS v13
  • 1960 mAh Battery with 18W Fast Charging
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the Home button

iPhone SE 2020 Camera Specifications

Now let’s take a look into the relatively simple hardware setup of the new iPhone SE. The single primary rear camera is 12-megapixel with an opening of f/1.8, which, on a technical perspective, could be the same as what is found on the iPhone XR or similar to the 2017 iPhone 8. There’s no extra 12-megapixel ultrawide camera like the iPhone 11, nor a 12-megapixel telephoto camera like the 11 Pro. The 7-megapixel front (selfie) camera, which is, again, the same resolution as the cameras in the iPhone 8 and the XR.

Since the launch of iPhone 8, the method of computational photography was implemented, where the synchronous functioning of software and processor can improve on what a sensor can capture. Notable when you merge the camera sensor to the Apple’s revolutionary A13 Bionic chip and its neural processing engine, which made its debut on last year’s iPhone 11 lineup.

The A13 also aids its Smart HDR photography and the portrait mode photos for selfies using “monocular depth-sensing” a Machine learning method something similar to what is found on Google Pixel. Portrait mode has 6 Portrait Lightings, and Depth control but is restricted to only human faces. And that means you can’t take a bokeh shot of your pet and it is worthy to mention that it’s the same as the iPhone XR.

There’s no Deep Fusion, the advanced photographic capability for medium-to-low light situations, presumably because Deep Fusion is not just down to the processor. 

The rear camera also captures 4K video of up to 60fps with optical image stabilization.

iPhone SE 2 Sample Images

Users will surely forgive iPhone SE 2’s hardware limitations when they hear it’s budget pricing. The new iPhone SE will launch at a base price of INR 42,500 ($399). Pre-order starts from 17 April and shipping will start by 24 April in the US. Although, consumers in India will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the new iPhone also considering the current Covid 19 situation.


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