Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review

The iPhone 11 Pro Max specs only tell half the story and it’s the real-world results from this triple-camera phone that matter

5 Star Rating
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you look at the iPhone 11 Pro Max specs on paper, you might think the iPhone 11's camera tech has been overtaken by just about every other phone brand. But the secret of the iPhone camera’s successful has always been its simplicity, quality and design. It loses the war of the bullet points, but the real-world images from the iPhone 11 Pro Max still put it in a class of its own.


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    Consistent rendition across three cameras

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    Excellent HDR results

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    High resistance to lens flare

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    Natural detail rendition


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    No long zoom option

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    Ultrawide lens shows a little fringing

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Apple didn’t exactly set the world alight when it announced the camera setups on the new iPhone 11 series. Compared to what rival camera phone makers were doing already, the three-camera array on the iPhone 11 Pro and the two cameras on the regular iPhone 11 looked adequate but no more.

What Apple camera phones have always been good at, though, is results. The specs may look ordinary, but they don’t tell the whole story. In the long run, it’s the quality of the pictures that’s going to gain the loyalty of fans… and which will bring them back again when the next iPhone launches. It's what keeps Apple in our list of the best camera phones you can buy. If it's too expensive, there's always the regular iPhone 11, though even this isn't exactly cheap and hardly qualifies for our best budget camera phone list.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.