Apple will let iPhone 13 Pro users turn off automatic ultra-wide lens switching for macro photography later this fall
Reviews of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were released today, with the devices receiving praise for their smoother ProMotion displays, longer battery life, and improved cameras, but there was a constant complaint among critics.
On the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, a new feature is the ability to take macro photos. As noted by Mag entryRaymond Wong, however, this new capability causes the device to automatically switch from a wide lens to an ultra wide lens when you place an object or subject within 5.5 inches of the rear camera. (The viewfinder still shows “1x” framing, but the camera relies on the ultra-wide lens for autofocus.)
The automatic camera switching is easily noticeable in the iPhone’s viewfinder, as Wong demonstrated in the video below.
“The viewfinder keeps shaking when trying to choose between wide or wide macro shooting,” he said. In his review, he expressed his opinion that “the framing should never change from what you compose and never automatically”.
Apple initially told Wong that the automatic camera switch is intentional to help users better capture close-up details, according to its review, but the company has since released a statement to Wong and others that says the iPhone 13 Pro users will have the option to turn off switching in an iOS update to be released later this fall.
“A new setting will be added in a software update this fall to disable automatic camera switching when shooting at close range for macro photography and video,” Apple said.
Apple said the ability to turn off automatic camera switching would also apply to macro video recording, but as Wong noted, there is a “Lock Camera” option under Settings> Camera which already appears to prevent switching for video.
All four iPhone 13 models will begin arriving at customers and launching in stores this Friday, September 24 in the United States and more than 30 other countries and regions.