iPhone 14 Pro Camera Lenses – Focal Length Comparison

iPhone 14 Pro Max camera lenses
iPhone 14 Pro Max camera lenses (Photo: Apple Inc)

Similar to the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro lines, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max camera has three lenses. The iPhone 14 Pro, Max main lens is 24 mm vs 26 mm in the iPhone 11, 12 & 13 Pro. The telephoto lens in the 11 and 12 Pro is 52mm. In the 13 Pro and 14 Pro, the telephoto lens is 77 mm. The lens focal lengths in the Apple specifications are the equivalent focal length of a 35 mm camera, not the actual focal length.

Screen shot of the iPhone 14 Pro Max camera interface
Screen shot of the iPhone 14 Pro Max camera interface

12MP Ultra Wide: 13 mm, ƒ/2.2 aperture with a 120° field of view, six‑element lens:

Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max lens, 12MP Ultra Wide, taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands
Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max lens, 12MP Ultra Wide: 13 mm, ƒ/2.2 aperture and 120° field of view

48MP Main: 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization, seven‑element lens:

Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max main lens, 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands
Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max main lens, 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands

12MP 3x Telephoto: 77 mm, ƒ/2.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, six-element lens:

Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max 12MP 2x Telephoto (enabled by quad-pixel sensor): 48 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands
Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max 12MP 2x Telephoto (enabled by quad-pixel sensor): 48 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands

Apple includes a 12MP 2x Telephoto (enabled by quad-pixel sensor): 48 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization, seven‑element lens, 100% Focus Pixels, which isn’t an image produced from a 48 mm lens but by taking 12 MP from the center of the 48 MP sensor and then doing some image processing on it:

Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max main lens, 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands
Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco taken with iPhone 14 Pro Max main lens, 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands

Riding a Bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

In this video, I’m riding my bike south towards San Francisco around the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. I used a GoPro HERO3+: Silver Edition to capture the video. The occasional clicking sound is the downshifting of my Campagnolo Chorus Ergopower controls.

In the video poster frame, you can see the water just outside San Francisco Bay in the gap between the orange barriers. That doesn’t help my acrophobia, especially knowing that there is a 227 foot drop to the water. And it’s only blocked by a temporary Cyclone fence.

There’s almost always a constant wind off the Pacific Ocean, blowing across the bridge to the east . This year, the bridge authority retrofitted the railings to withstand 100 mph gusts. Now, when the wind is >25 mph, the new sidewalk railings emit a deafening hum that can be heard miles away. Add the sound of cars and trucks three feet away going south at 50 mph, it’s not a wonderful experience.

I just try not to look to the right.

Conzelman Road, Marin Headlands

Conzelman Road, Marin Headlands (GoPro HERO3+)
Conzelman Road, Marin Headlands (GoPro HERO3+)

To do a little extra climbing on my short bike ride to Battery Townsley at Rodeo Beach, after I ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, I’ll ride down Alexander Avenue then south on East Road. East Road winds it way through Fort Baker past Cavallo Point Lodge and the Bay Area Discovery Museum to Center Road and Moore Road to the beginning of Conzelman Road. There, it’s about 15 ft above sea level near the Moore Road Pier, pretty much under the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

As Conzelman climbs up the headlands, it passes several scenic turnouts where all those generic Golden Gate Bridge photos (with the San Francisco in the background) are taken. The road climbs up Hawk Hill for almost 770 feet in a little less than 2.5 miles to the Marin Headlands Vista Point.

If you venture down the hill past the Vista Point parking lot, you’ll be rewarded with this view of the Marin Headlands, the Pacific Ocean beyond the Golden Gate and a brief but very steep 18% drop in the road.