The Apple iPhone X family consists of the best devices from the American technology company. Members of this series include the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. While the XR is quite similar to other variants in the X family, a review of the iPhone XR camera shows that there are still unique differences between the trio in terms of picture quality.

About the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR was launched on September 12, 2018, by Apple. It is a member of the iPhone X family; 'X' which represents the roman numeral '10'. The 'R,' on the other hand, denotes a "special" sports cars, according to Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing chief.

In terms of the iPhone XR specs, the smartphone features a 6.1-inch screen with a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The XR also boasts of a 3GB RAM to provide fluid multitasking. Furthermore, there is a 2,942mAh battery to offer a long battery life while also supporting its huge display screen. The battery's rating may be small, but when paired with Apple's A12 Bionic processor, a lot can be expected.

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iPhone XR Camera Specs

The iPhone XR Camera specs are as follows:

  • 12MP rear camera
  • 7MP front camera
  • ƒ/1.8wide-angle lens (rear camera)
  • ƒ/2.2wide-angle lens (front camera)
  • 4K video up to 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video up to 60 fps
  • 26mm equivalent focal length
  • Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Portrait mode with depth control
  • 2x faster sensor for Smart HDR across your photos

Rear Camera:

The iPhone XR may support a 12MP camera, but it can definitely give other smartphones with a camera whose resolution is higher, a run for their money. The latter can be attested by the bold and well-saturated colors it produces even in a lowly lit environment. Moreover, resultant images appear life-like, which is the desire of any selfie-enthusiast.

The image capturing ability of this high-end camera can be attributed to its use of Apple's new camera AI. Similarly, the rear camera has a wide-angle lens with an aperture of ƒ/1.8. What this large pixel does is to enable more light into the camera sensor, and in the end, images that are pleasant to the eyes are captured even in lowly-lit areas.

Nonetheless, the XR has only one camera, unlike the XS and XS Max that also feature a secondary telephoto camera. For this reason, the XR handles portrait mode shots separately. Users cannot perform optically zoom or jump to '2x' as on the XS and XS Max.

Front Camera:

At only 7MP, a lot of people may quickly write off the iPhone XR. However, Apple has once again proved that quality is not all about big numbers. As such, you can rely on the 7MP TrueDepth camera of this smartphone to take remarkable photos. It may not be taunting 12MP or 16MP at its front, but it does offer more than it lets on.

There is a wide-angle lens whose aperture is ƒ/2.2 on the iPhone XR's front camera. It makes for quality pictures, that is why you can look forward to gracing your Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms with images captured by this legendary smartphone.

Other Camera Features:

The rear and front cameras of the iPhone XR are revamped with camera features that aid their functionality. Some of these are:

1. Smart HDR:

According to Apple, the iPhone XR's High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) takes advantage of multiple technologies such as an enhanced Image Signal Processor (ISP), faster sensors, and advanced algorithms. As such, this is a Smart HDR that brings out the tiniest details in a picture irrespective of its scenery.

2. Optical Image Stabilization:

The user may tend to move or shake the device while capturing images or videos. On some smartphones, this could result in blurry images. The iPhone XR's optical image stabilization feature ensures that there is no loss in picture or video quality while the device or user is in motion.

3. Adjustable Depth of Field:

The XR's Depth Control feature allows the depth of field to be adjusted after a shoot. As a result, the photographer can blur the background depending on how much or less he wants.

4. Enhanced Bokeh Effect:

The iPhone XR also comes with an improved bokeh effect or background blur, which gives images a more appealing look. You're also forced to focus more on the subject in the picture.

Video Capability:

With a great camera comes the benefit of capturing videos in high quality. And that's what the iPhone XR offers with its 4K video capturing capability up to 60 fps (4K video at 24/30/60 fps).


If you're a selfie-enthusiast who places a lot of priority on the image quality, then the iPhone XR is a smartphone you'll come to love. It may be the least expensive variant in the iPhone X family, but it can still offer remarkable photos. These specs make it one of the best camera smartphones in 2019.

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