Can you use an iPhone to capture high resolution images?

Spoiler alert, Yes you can. I have created a technique that allows me to capture a series of images and create a stitched Mega shot. 

Below is an example of a graffiti wall that I photographed recently. I used my iPhone 11 Pro with the following settings. Extracted from the Meta Data by swiping up on a photo in your iPhone library.

  • Wide Lens
  • 26 mm
  • f 1.8
  • 9 MP

I shot handled 6 shots with about 40% overlap. 

I opened them in a program called PTGUI Pro but you could use LightRoom or Photoshop. I really like PTGUI bcs it does a great job automatically aligning my images. Even if I shot out of order. 

You also have the option to correct for distortion. 

Once the images are verified and aligned you simply create a panorama.

I can't upload the full high res file but here are the final specs

It's a 105 MB file! 10,005 px Wide!

Here is a side-by-side. It may be tough to gauge on the screen but on my monitor, the Left Pano multi-shot has significantly more detail. 

This process only took me an extra 10 minutes. SoI if you are looking to print a shot, a landscape or a graffiti wall like this. Creating a stitched Pano on your iPhone can yield a pretty decent image. 

This is not how we capture our high-resolution Gigapixel images. We use a high-end DSLR, a tripod, wait for just the right light, make sure that we have compensated for the angles and our lens, and use a very sharp prime lens. 

Below shows what is possible with better equipment. 

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