iPhone 14 Action Mode is making a play to replace your GoPro
The iPhone 14 has been officially revealed and while it looks pretty familiar on the outside, it looks like there’s a decent amount going on under the hood. One of the more interesting new features announced is Action Mode. Available on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. Action Mode has one clear mission: To replace your GoPro (other action cameras are available).
It’s essentially a super-enhanced stabilization mode that will allow you to use your iPhone for the type of activity you would normally strap on a GoPro for. The advanced stabilization uses the entire sensor to help deliver its effect. You also get Dolby Vision and HDR for awesome-looking videos of your outdoor activities.
Of course, the iPhone 14 is a little less convenient than a small camera, but it’s also one less device you potentially have to buy.
Action Mode isn’t the only new camera feature coming with the iPhone 14 series. The hardware itself on the iPhone 14 Pro has seen its biggest upgrade in some years, while even on the regular iPhone 14 you get a larger sensor with larger pixels and an ƒ/1.5 aperture. One of the most interesting new features is the Photonic Engine, designed to improve lower light performance.
Through a deep integration of hardware and software, Photonic Engine improves mid- to low-light performance for photos across all cameras: up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and an impressive 2.5x on the new Main camera. Photonic Engine enables this dramatic increase in quality by applying the computational benefits of Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process to deliver extraordinary detail, and preserve subtle textures, provide better color, and maintain more information in a photo.
The iPhone 14 will be available from September 16 with prices starting at $799