Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is Apple’s biggest, boldest and best new iPhone... and could cost you as much as a MacBook (gasp)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a lot going for it as a phone, a phablet and an everyday companion that can manage almost every aspect of your life. But we’re taking a particularly close look at its camera features to see if the reality lives up to the hype. And you know what? It does. It might not replace your DSLR or mirrorless camera, but it really raises the bar for image quality, performance and features and leaves regular point and shoot cameras for dead. But you do have to think long and hard about choosing the Pro Max over the regular Pro. That bigger screen really bulks it up and does make it bit of a drag sometimes to carry around.


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    Automatic macro mode

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    Superb Cinematic mode

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    77mm telephoto lens

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    RAW capture


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    More of a phablet than a phone

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    Expensive, even by Apple standards

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the biggest and best of Apple’s new-generation iPhones. There are four in total, including the pint-sized iPhone 13 Mini, the regular iPhone 13, the regular iPhone 13 Pro and this one. The 13 Pro has the same cameras and tech as the Pro Max, but the Pro Max has the biggest screen, at 6.7 inches versus 6.1 inches, and a slightly longer battery life of up to 28hrs video playback versus up to 22 hours on the smaller phone.

Apple would have to drop the ball in a really big way for the iPhone 13 Pro Max not to instantly become one of the best camera phones you can buy. And if that price tag does make you quake (we're all quaking a little), you can also check out our guides to the best budget camera phones or best burner phones instead.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at