Your Guide on the iPhone 14 Camera Specs

Are you looking to upgrade to an iPhone 14?

With the iPhone 14 hitting store shelves, and Apple fans continuing to foaming at the mouth at its latest sleek offering, the time has come to weigh its pros and cons. But for those who put the camera above all else, they’re about to have an exciting time. 

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Plenty of rumors have circulated about the iPhone 14’s camera specs. Some turned out to be true, some have been proven false, and at least one turned out to be different than expected.

Yet overall, Apple has chosen to come out swinging this year, with the iPhone 14 camera offering some noticeable improvements across the board.

So, is the new iPhone 14 worth it? Read on and discover everything there is to know about the camera specs of the iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 Camera Specs This Is What We Know So Far

Getting Rumors Out of the Way

Whenever a new iPhone launch comes onto the horizon, it creates a lot of hype. Fans and techies tend to go overboard in speculating about what Apple will do next. Everyone has their own personal wishlist for the improvements they'd like to see.

The problem is, it gets hard to separate facts from rumors. So before diving into the iPhone 14 specs and features that made it to the cut, its rumors have to be debunked first. 

Some of these are easy to put to bed since the iPhone 14 is out and ready to purchase. Comparing it with the iPhone 13, the suite of iPhone 14 models matches or outperforms their predecessors. However, there have also been let-downs that should be pointed out.

For one, there was plenty of excitement about the possibility of the iPhone 14 cameras having 8K resolution.

Early expert speculation looked promising due to the high MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and Max - and from a technological standpoint, Apple is perfectly capable of putting out an iPhone with an 8K camera.  

This never came to be, but Apple has made some significant software improvements, such as its Photonic Engine and Action Mode which try to make up the difference. These noticeably improve photo and recording quality, and will be covered in-depth later on. 

The Rumor of Extra Difference

 From better image processing to higher quality recording, fans can look forward to certain improvements with the iPhone 14, putting to rest the rumor that all four main models (iPhone 14, Plus, Pro, Pro Max) will vary in stabilization, and result in vastly different camera quality. 

In fact, the reality turned out to be different than they expected, as the iPhone 14 and 

iPhone 14 Plus have the same camera setup, with the same apertures, focal length, MP count for the cameras, and software.

However, it is worth noting that the camera quality of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is slightly higher than that of the base model and the iPhone 14 Plus. But, his doesn't impact software except for a few feature differences elsewhere. The Photonic Engine and Action Mode offer excellent quality regardless of model.

As such, any differences here are rather negligible. It would take an expert eye of a seasoned photographer to spot any minor differences. At any rate, the new camera designs and software leave the iPhone 13 behind.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

Apple has come out swinging this year with its iPhone 14 camera specs. The iPhone 14 is a cut above previous models and offers many top-of-the-line features. Of course, the camera is no exception.

Its 12MP ultrawide camera is back by popular demand, but there's a twist: both the sensors and apertures are larger and offer better-quality pictures. Apple is also particularly proud of how well the iPhone 14 does in low-light environments, with its new Main camera and improved image processing allowing users to take higher-quality shots.

The front camera also comes in at 12MP but packs some surprises. These include full HDR capability, as well as a long-awaited autofocus feature. Never again will one have to wrestle with their iPhone to get the perfect in-focus selfie.

The iPhone 14, of course, also comes with improved video capturing capability. It can hit 4K at 60 fps and 1080p in Full HD at 240 fps without breaking a sweat. To save battery or space, one can also go with 720p HD at 30 fps.

A big draw for video recording with the rear camera is the ability to use cinematic mode in 4K while getting a crisp 30fps. The front camera also brings the heat, letting one shoot at 4K at 24fps.

Big Software Improvements

It would be remiss to not mention the insane software improvements for the camera. For starters, there’s we have the new Photonic Engine. It sounds fancy, but it's essentially a total overhaul of how the iPhone does image post-processing.

The iPhone 14 takes advantage of the improvements to its sensors, aperture, and software to achieve better low-light photos. In addition, the Photonic engine helps to adjust one’s settings in an instant. This allows the rendering of the highest quality images of any previous iPhone, even in terrible lighting.

Also new to the iPhone 14 is Action Mode. This is a software upgrade that dramatically increases stabilization on any video. Action Mode reduces shaky videos by auto-adjusting the frame while you film.

Action mode first finds the center of one’s frame and image. It then crops the screen in real-time as one records. Adjusting the center of the cut frame allows it to center the focus and eliminate the appearance of jarring movements.

For those fond of recording special moments, Action Mode will help keep those memories clean and sharp. This is also a huge advantage for iPhone users who love to record while performing stunts or tricks.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus Camera Base Specs

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus Camera Base Specs

What's the deal with the iPhone 14 camera? For those interested in the exact specs, here they are:

Main camera:

  • • 12 MP
  • • F1.5 aperture
  • • 26mm Focal length
  • • 1.9 μm pixel size

Second Camera:

  • • 12 MP Ultrawide (120-degree FOV)
  • • F2.4 aperture
  • • 13mm focal length

Front Camera:

  • • 12MP (with autofocus and HDR)


  • • 4K UHD @ 60 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
  • • 4K @ 30 fps (while using cinematic mode)
  • • 4K @ 60 fps (while using Dolby Vision)
  • • 1080p Full HD @ 240 fps, 120fps, 60 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
  • • 720p HD @ 30 fps (1280x720)
  • • 2.8K @ 60 fps (in Action Mode)

On the surface, not much seems to have changed. But, how does the camera capability look in terms of raw numbers?

The sensors and apertures on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max offer similar improvements as seen in the base model. The main camera, however, boasts an impressive 48MPs.

It can easily take stunning, high-resolution photos and has a few extra tricks. One of these is a telephoto camera lens, which is not available on the base model or the iPhone 14 Plus. Another notable feature of the Pro and Pro Max is their 3x optical zoom, which helps one make the most of every megapixel at their disposal.

When compared side by side, all phones still have the 12MP ultrawide camera. This is a bit of a disappointment for many Apple fans hoping for an upgrade. However, Apple did well in making their latest improvements.

Cost-wise, it's worth considering that the iPhone 14 Pro is still priced at $999, which is in line with last year's equivalent, the iPhone 13 Pro. Of course, one gets all the improvements to the lens and aperture design, a stunning main camera, and all the software features mentioned earlier.

As long as one pairs it with a good case, the camera on the Pro is more than good enough.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Camera Specs

Your Guide on the iPhone 14 Camera Specs

It wouldn’t be a mistake upgrading to the iPhone 14, but the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are also worth considering. The camera on the Pro and Pro Max does everything the base model can do, but takes it to the next level.

Main camera:

  • • 48MP
  • • F1.78 aperture
  • • 24mm focal length
  • • 1.9 μm pixel size

Second Camera:

  • • 12MP Ultra Wide
  • • F2.2 aperture (120-degree FOV)
  • • 13mm focal length

Telephoto (2x):

  • • 12MP
  • • F1.78 aperture
  • • 48mm focal length

Telephoto (3x):

  • • 12MP
  • • F2.8 aperture
  • • 77mm focal length


  • • 4K @ 60 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, and 30 fps
  • • 4K HDR @ 60 fps using Dolby Vision
  • • 4K HDR @ 30 fps using Cinematic mode
  • • 4K ProRes @ 30fps
  • • 1080 @ 30 fps for 128GB models
  • • 1080p HD @ 240 fps, 120fps, 60 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
  • • 720 HD @ 30 fps
  • • 2.8K @ 60 fps (in Action Mode)

If one values camera quality, the iPhone 14 line will not disappoint. The iPhone 14 may not have 8K resolution, but it still captures great photos and crisp videos.

Upgrading to iPhone 14: iPhone 14 Camera Specs

Despite the lack of 8K capabilities in the latest iPhone release, fans have a lot to look forward to with the iPhone 14. Its camera specs make excellent use of new software from Apple to up the game.

Being able to pick the phone model or size one wants without sacrificing on camera is a big deal. The same goes for finding a quality iPhone 14 phone case for your preferred model.

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Kristel Silang
Kristel is the Content Marketing Manager for i-Blason. She has been in the marketing industry for 12 years with expertise on content marketing, search engine optimization, and photography. Previous publications she has contributed to include The Manila Times, Compound Butter, and Livingston County CVB.

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