The image above was taken at the Högdalen Train depot, where we station our subway wagons. However, when looking in between two trains, in a dark section of the depot - it is so dark, that you see almost NOTHING with your bare eyes. You can see a hunch of the the reflections higher up in the image... but that's about it.

Now, the iPhone 13 Pro Max uses it's longest settings (in Night Mode), which is 10 seconds. I leaned against the train to take this photo. I believe it takes 20 images, each 0.5 seconds - and then stacks it.

Since I use ProRAW image files, the quality is even greater when working at home with the RAW file, compared to the HEIC or JPG image that Apple puts out.

And just LOOK, how much the phone actually captures, in an environment so dark, where I barley eyes saw almost nothing. ON top, the image isn't particularly noisy either.

So. It is a hat-trick. One that works absolutely wonderful in low light.


Watch out for Flares (at night) !

The only serious drawback I have noticed with the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the extreme sensitivity to flares in low light. Any bright light outside of the image, even further away, can easily result into broad flares (against a dark sky), sometimes covering half of the image. It happens more often than you may think. It also becomes more visible on the display, compared to other iPhones. (Shielding the lens with your hand, is a very good idea !)

When you lift the shadows in post processing - the flare issue becomes even prominent - even can ruin your photos, as the flares become very evident (against a dark sky for example). Well and then there are all the other "dot" reflections from tiny, bright light sources (like street lamps and such). Those are reflected on the opposite side of the optical axis - often with a greenish tint. They also ruin the image (unless you clone it away in post processing later at home).

I can't remember any iPhone having been this prone to major flares in images (at night) Of all the models since 3G, the iPhone 13 Pro Max it is the most sensitive one this far. Well, the lenses are large and protruding today, and there is no shielding from surrounding strong light sources. On a real camera, you often have a lens hood - which usually eliminates the risk for flares (except when you take images directly into a bright light source).

Well, with those big, flat superficial lenses exposed in the latest iPhone 13 Pro & Max, I am not surprised that the latest models are far more prone to flares now. As a photographer, one understands that the design now cries for flares.

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