7 Reasons Why the iPhone 11 Pro is the Only Camera You Need For Your Next Trip!
By Dennis Stever
As a travel and landscape photographer, I spend many hours deliberating over the camera equipment I’ll bring on my next adventure. From deciding on cameras, lenses, and accessories; it can be challenging to determine the perfect packing list. The new Apple iPhone 11 Pro might have made this selection process a whole lot easier.
On a recent TJD Series Journey to Northern Finland and Sweden, I put the iPhone 11 Pro to the test. Experimenting with the low light capabilities, wide angle lens, and many other new features; to see if the iPhone truly can rival the equipment in a professional photographer’s camera bag.
Below is a selection of photos showcasing the incredible results.
The new iPhone 11 Pro provides amazing focal length flexibility, without compromising image quality. The wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens allow you to frame and capture a subject from all 3 perspectives. In comparison to a DSLR, you would have to carry and equivalent weight of ~3kgs to have the same flexibility.
Wide-Angle: 26 mm focal length, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: 52 mm focal length, ƒ/2.0 aperture
Ultra Wide: 13 mm focal length, ƒ/2.4 aperture
2. LOW LIGHT CAPABILITIES
Above the arctic circle, we experience 4-5 hours of daylight this time of year. In the past, mobile phones struggled to capture photos in low light situations.The new Night Mode feature automatically detects low-light situations, allowing the camera to capture beautiful photos in near darkness. The photos below were taken without a tripod, but we would definitely recommend one to take advantage of the 30 second shutter speeds.
Handheld long exposure in Finland
A house decorated in festive lights
The Arctic Igloos of Lapland (Night Mode Off)
The Arctic Igloos of Lapland (Night Mode On)
3. PHOTO GEOTAGGING
Traveling in the wilderness, beyond the Arctic Circle often means visiting isolated places that can be challenging to find on a map. With the Photo Geotagging feature, it will be easy to revisit these locations or share them with friends.
Snow covered roads in Sweden
A beacon in the night – one of the few rest stops in Northern Finland.
iPhone 11 Pro lets you capture 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization — all at 60 fps. Sure, most high-end DSLR cameras now offer 4k video, but shooting from the back of a dogsled is much easier with an iPhone!
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This time last year, Lapland still hadn’t received much snow. Fast forward to this year and it’s a winter wonderland. The bluebird day and perfect snow conditions made for an amazing dog sledding adventure, kicking off our @travelwithtjd winter season. On a separate note, it’s not often that I share a video on my feed, but I couldn’t resist sharing this clip. The new wide lens on the iPhone 11 Pro is incredible! #travelwithtjd #shotoniphone #ourfinland
Extreme weather conditions can be problematic for both cameras and phones. From the desert heat, to the frozen wilderness; each provides its fair share of challenges. An adventurous toboggan run, at -15°c was a great test.
In fact, I opted to leave my DSLR camera in the car for this one.
Sledding Through the Icy Snow Covered Trees
The temperatures drop to -15°c at the top of the ski hill
The camera systems in iPhone 11 Pro make Portrait mode even better. Opting for this feature allows you to create a beautiful bokeh or background blur. This is greatfor highlighting a subject, whether you’re photographing people, pets, or Reindeer.
The soft background blur, makes this Reindeer Festive
Ornaments, shot with portrait mode
A common saying in the photography community is“The best camera is the one that’s with you”. Ultimately, I found myself grabbing for the iPhone over my DSLR camera on so many occasions. The ease of use, accessibility, and ability to snap a quick photo in the cold climate made this my go-to camera for our arctic adventure. The ability to capture more moments and share these memories will certainly make the iPhone 11 Pro a staple in my travel bag.
A pitstop on a frigid snowmobiling trip
Mid-day sunset, captured on the walk to lunch
Dennis Stever is the co- founder of TJD, a luxury adventure travel company which specializes in the Arctic regions in Scandinavia and beyond. His corporate background consists of over 10 years of experience in coaching, leadership training, and facilitation of team events. Dennis is also a photography enthusiast who traveled to over 50 countries capturing colorful landscapes & culture from around the globe. Dennis has also worked hand in hand with the most reputable brands, tourism boards, international hotel brands and industry leading companies to create engaging photography campaigns.