Deep Fusion Camera Coming to iPhone 11 Soon

The iPhone 11 isn’t living up to its full potential just yet. An upcoming software update will radically improve photography with the Deep Fusion Camera.

By Chand Bellur

October 2, 2019 at 1:12 p.m. PDT

What is the Deep Fusion Camera?

Apple’s new Deep Fusion Camera uses software to optimize the iPhone 11 camera hardware. The new system is aimed at taking better indoor photos with moderate light levels. It only works with the newest iPhone models — iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The Deep Fusion Camera is an algorithm that makes use of computational photography. It actually starts working before the user even presses a button, by taking eight photos. This helps with stabilizing motion. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes a long exposure shot. All of the photos are merged together to produce amazing results — a perfect indoor image.

Unlike HDR, users have no control over the Deep Fusion Camera. iOS will automatically use the feature to produce the best photographs. Fiddlers and control freaks may cry foul, but Apple’s democratic design philosophy usually results in simple use cases.

Deep Fusion Camera Feature Coming with iOS 3.2

iPhone 11 owners can’t use the Deep Fusion Camera just yet. The feature is slated to release with iOS 3.2. If you just can’t wait, the beta version of iOS 3.2 is already out. Given that iOS 13 has been plagued with several severe defects, it’s best to wait until the final release candidate is available.

Cameras Key to Smartphone Success

Social media has greatly increased demand for high-end smartphone cameras. People are often judged by their social media presence more than real life. After all, it’s not unusual for people to see an individual’s Instagram feed or dating profile more than the real-life person.

Unfortunately for Apple, most consumers are driven by numbers when it comes to smartphone camera capabilities. A recent study by 91mobiles found that 91% of smartphone consumers feel that resolution matters. The desired resolution is much higher than what the iPhone 11 offers — 62% of consumers want 48MP rear cameras.

Consumers desire other camera features that Apple has addressed, namely AI-based capabilities. It remains to be seen whether competitors will pick off iPhone customers favoring pixel count over algorithms and intelligence.

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