What is the Photonic Engine | iPhone 14 And Its Low-light Camera Performance

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iPhone is synonymous with brilliant mobile photography. In the age of computational photography, Apple is the pioneer, trendsetter, and innovator. Apple announces the inclusion of a new photo processing feature; Photonic Engine, as it launches iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This write-up will cover everything that you need to know about this brilliant new feature.

Apple’s machine learning-powered imaging called Deep Fusion is well known amongst the tech savants. It is already the most efficient ML-powered imaging technology. Yet, with the launch of iPhone 14, Apple is taking its mobile photography technology one step further. Low light is an enemy in photography and apparently, Photonic Engine boosts the low light performance of the latest iPhone models.

When low light is defeated, you don’t have many shortcomings other than your inability to take good pictures, in mobile photography. Even the worst photographers’ iPhone photos will be blessed by the Photonic Engine. So, without further ado, let’s learn everything about a feature that is not very good news for the competitors of Apple.

What is the Photonic Engine?

Photonic Engine

The Photonic Engine is launched with the new iPhone 14 series to significantly improve photo quality in low light conditions. It is an image processing system that delivers crisp and brighter colors and detailed textures without much light. Deep Fusion, powered by the Neural Engine of the Apple Bionic SoC, is a machine learning system that lets the camera take 9 shots. These are two groups of four and one long exposure shot at various shutter settings. Deep Fusion then combines and composites the best shots to deliver sharpness.

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Well, slapping a bunch of shots is an easy job for an ML-powered image processing system. But, Photonic Engine is quite complex. According to Apple, Apple’s Photonic Engine utilizes, machine learning, hardware, and software to deliver the best picture. What happens is Deep Fusion jumps into action earlier than before in the image capture process. So, Deep Fusion’s ability to keep the best pixels across different exposures dramatically increased.

Photonic Engine

Making a debut on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the 48MP main sensor can perform pixel binning. We will talk about pixel binning some other time. For now what you need to know is that pixel binning improves low light sensitivity exponentially.

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Wrapping Up

Photonic Engine is a revolutionary innovation in computational photography. And, we all know that it had to be Apple who brings in such a feature that makes other smartphone makers go bonkers behind the technology. For laymen like us we know that if we are getting a phone with a camera as good as iPhone 14 Pro Max’s, we can jam our social media handles with high-quality cinematic pictures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does iPhone 14 have satellite connectivity?

Yes, it does. It has a feature that lets its user send an SOS message using satellite communication when there is no cellular connectivity.

What satellite network is Apple Using?

It is using Globalstar.

What is Photonic Engine in iPhone?

It is an image processing system that lets you take a high-quality pictures even in low-light conditions.


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