iPhone XR vs. XS: Is the XS camera worth the extra money?

CNET | 11/9/2018 | Vanessa Hand Orellana
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If you're deciding between the new iPhone XS and its cheaper, more colorful sibling, your choice ultimately comes down to the camera. The iPhone XS ($999) and iPhone XR ($749) share a lot of the same specs, but the XS has two lenses on the back, while the iPhone XR only has one. Is the second lens -- which enables the 2x optical zoom that's unavailable on the XR -- worth it? That's the $250 question.

We took both phones on a photoshoot through San Francisco to find out the differences and help you decide between Apple's newest iPhones.

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Looking at the results on the actual phone screens may be misleading because the two phones use different screen technology. The iPhone XS has an OLED display, which shows richer colors and deeper blacks than the iPhone XR's LCD screen, which has a slightly different color temperature and less contrast.

This sunset shot looks great on both phones: the colors in the sky look vibrant, while the city on the bottom looks sharp despite the challenging light.

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And the results are impressive: colors look vibrant, highlights and shadows are well balanced, and the shot looks sharp. The same applies to video. Both the iPhone XS and the XR are among the best phones we've tested for video, whether you're a budding cinematographer or just taking fun clips of your kids.

Selfies should also turn out looking exactly the same. Both the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS have a 7-megapixel front-facing camera that's able to perceive depth. This "TrueDepth" camera, as Apple calls it, is what enables the FaceID unlock feature. It also forms the backbone of the iPhone's portrait mode for selfies.

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Although last year's iPhone X was the only one in Apple's stable to make use of multiple lighting effects right on the camera...
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