iPhone 15 Pro review: unremarkably excellent

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is a powerful, compact camera phone that nails the basics without rocking the boat

A photo of the iPhone 15 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPhone 15 Pro does an excellent job of cramming a powerful camera and impressive performance into a compact body. While the battery life and zoom can’t best the pricier 15 Pro Max, and its 128GB starting capacity feels dated with the size of top-tier apps and games in 2023, we can’t argue with the smooth, powerful user experience it delivers, its reliably good primary camera, and versatile imaging system, with ProRes video recording to external media being a standout feature for videographers.


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    Meaningful design refinements

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    Flagship power in a compact body

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    A reliably good camera system

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    Move to USB-C is excellent


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    Battery life could be better

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    No Pro (manual) mode

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    Misses out on 15 Pro Max zoom

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    128GB starting storage is low for the price

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The iPhone 15 Pro is the epitome of a safe bet. The phone is expensive, but not the most expensive; its cameras are specced out, but they don’t rock the boat too much, and its screen is expansive without being oversized. Packing all of Apple’s latest iOS highlights and a wonderfully refined design with its titanium build, as well as that coveted USB-C port, we really (really) like this iPhone. 

If you dare to dream beyond Apple’s iPhone line, though, much of what we love about the iPhone 15 Pro can be had for less in an Android alternative. Compact options like the Asus Zenfone 10 and Sony Xperia 5 V also offer flagship power and advanced camera tech. Apple’s refined design feels great, but Android takes design further, with phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Oppo Find N3 Flip literally folding in half, and lower-cost camera phones like the Pixel 7 Pro serve up more range as well as Google’s imaging smarts.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.