iPhone 14 Pro Could Use Pixel Binning Camera Tech For 48MP And 12MP Shots From A Single Lens
Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced in or around September next year and rumors are already abound that the company will use pixel binning and a new 48-megapixel camera in its high-end models.
According to analyst reports from Ming-Chi Kuo and Haitong International Securities’ Jeff Pu, Apple is looking to use pixel binning this time around. That would mean that while bright conditions would see a 48-megapixel shot be used and high-resolution images created, things could change in low-light scenarios. In those instances, multiple pixels could effectively be combined to allow for more light to be used.
Pixel binning is beneficial because simply increasing a smartphone camera’s megapixels while maintaining the same camera sensor size results in smaller pixels, which generally capture less light, leading to lower-quality low-light photos. Pixel binning would allow iPhone 14 Pro models to shoot high-resolution 48-megapixel photos in bright conditions and 12-megapixel photos in low-light conditions that are still of high quality.
Companies like Samsung already use such a method on their own flagship handsets, including the impressive Galaxy S21 Ultra. It stands to reason that Apple would do something similar with its own high-end devices, too.
Apple is expected to ditch the mini iPhone next year, instead releasing an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.