Apple iPhone 15 review

The base-model Apple iPhone 15’s camera improvements have made big strides compared to previous generations, but is it enough for serious phone photographers?

iPhone 15 camera with a view over the city of Bath
(Image: © Adam Waring / Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For the photographer, the iPhone 15 makes some big strides over previous ‘base’ models in the Apple iPhone lineup, the most notable of which is a 2x ‘optical’ zoom mode in addition to the 1x and 0.5x of previous models, even if it does cheat a little to get there. For serious phone photography, though, the inclusion of a true physical 3x lens of the Pro model (or 5x of the Pro Max) makes it a far superior option, considering the modest additional outlay.


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    3x ‘optical’ zoom levels (though it’s a bit of a cheat!)

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    The Apple ecosystem and iOS are simply fantastic

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    Bright screen, with sensors disguised as ‘dynamic island’


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    Inferior to the Pro model, which isn't a lot more expensive

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    Pastel colors won’t be to everyone’s taste

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    USB-C interface may render existing accessories obsolete

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The most striking thing about the new ‘base’ model of the Apple iPhone 15 is its new colorways. A new process embeds the color directly into the glass back and sides, and as a result, the multi-colored models have a far more ‘pastel’ appearance compared to previous incarnations, more of a ‘white with a hint of’ color. 

Apple iPhone 15: Specifications

Processor: A16 (6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine)
Display: 6.1” 2556 x 1179, 460ppi Super Retina XDR display
Main camera:  48-megapixel with ƒ/1.6 aperture
Ultra-wide camera: 12-megapixel with ƒ/2.4 aperture
Front camera: 12-megapixel with f/1.9 aperture
Operating system: iOS 17
Interface: USB-C
Capacity: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Color options: black, pink, blue, green, yellow
Image stabilization: Sensor-shift optical image stabilization
Max video resolution: 4K @ 60 fps, 1080p @ 240fps
Water resistance: IP68
Battery: 20 hours (26 hours for Max)
Weight: 171g (201g for Max)

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Adam Waring

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 

Whether it’s reviews and hands-on tests of the latest Nikon cameras and lenses, sharing his skills using filters, tripods, lighting, L brackets and other photography equipment, or trading tips and techniques on shooting landscapes, wildlife and almost any genre of photography, Adam is always on hand to provide his insights. 

Prior to his tenure on N-Photo, Adam was also a veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, so his wealth of photographic knowledge isn’t solely limited to the Big N.