Exclusive iPhone XS Photos: Our First Look at Real-World Performance

The new iPhone XS doesn’t hit store shelves until the end of this week, but travel photographer Austin Mann got his hands on one early and has been shooting in Zanzibar to test the new and improved camera features and capabilities.

The iPhone XS and XS Max feature 12MP Dual Cameras on the rear, a 7MP TrueDepth front camera, 4K video, Smart HDR (more highlight and shadow detail), and bokeh/depth control (a slider for adjust depth of field after you shoot).

Here’s an exclusive photo gallery that provides a first look at the iPhone XS’s real-world photo performance (captions are by Mann).

An early morning soccer game in the western beaches of Zanzibar. Shot on iPhone XS with Smart HDR.

Our spice tour of Zanzibar was a great way to test Portrait Mode in the new iPhone XS.
The Zanzibar spice tour was incredibly colorful.
Zanzibar spice tour.
A 100+ year old tortoise shot with Portrait Mode.
Prisoner Island, Zanzibar.

A Zanzibarian fisherman catches the early morning winds. Shot on iPhone XS.

Sunset sail off the coast.
A portrait of our boat crew at sunset with the iPhone XS.
The Indian Ocean at sunset.
We found a bear in Zanzibar! Shot on iPhone XS.

A portrait of Solomon, one of the gentleman running the turtle recover yprogram here in Zanzibar.
A two-week-old sea turtle graduating from his recovery program and about to be released to the wild.

First light.

You can find higher-resolution versions of these photos in this Flickr album.

Image credits: All photos by Austin Mann and used with permission