Which Lenses Does My iPhone Have? iPhone 13 & Earlier Models

The newer iPhones have three lenses on the back and a camera on the front. Every lens has its own purpose and functionality! I’ll help you figure out which lenses your iPhone has and where they are located.

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Which Camera Lens Does Every iPhone Model Have?

The best way to figure out the specs of your iPhone camera is by checking out Apple’s Compare iPhone models page. Here you can compare up to three models that are newer than the iPhone SE (1st generation). Just pick your model from your drop-down menu and scroll down to Camera. Here is an example:

Example of iPhone Lens comparisons

For quick reference, the Pro models of the iPhone 13, 12, and 11 each have three rear-facing cameras. These are the Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto lenses. To learn more about the iPhone Camera app, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Apple’s regular and mini versions of the iPhone 13, 12, and 11 have two rear-facing camera lenses. These are the Wide and Ultra Wide lenses. The higher-end models of the iPhone X, 8, and 7 also have two rear-facing camera lenses. All other iPhones just have one rear-facing camera. Of course, all models since the 2010 iPhone 4 also have a front-facing camera, often called the selfie camera.

There are many differences between the lenses on the various models of iPhones 13, 12, and 11. You can see them all in detail on Apple’s Compare iPhone models page linked above.

iPhone 13 Pro: Which Lens Is Which?

Taking a look at the physical features of the iPhone 13 Pro cameras can help you understand the lenses better. On top, you’ll find the Telephoto lens, with the regular Wide lens right underneath it and the Ultra Wide lens on the right of the two. As you can see in the photo, each lens has different specs.

The Telephoto lens has a higher zoom and can take close-up photos of your subject, it is useful for Portrait mode photos. The Ultra Wide lens can take Macro photos and is zoomed out wider than the regular Wide lens. The Wide lens is the standard iPhone lens that has no optical zoom and shows the subject the way you see it with your eyes.

iPhone 13 Pro lenses

Image from Apple: https://www.apple.com/iphone-13-pro/ 

You will also notice two other circles, one above the Ultra Wide lens and one below. The white circle above the Ultra Wide lens is your flash. You can turn your flash on and off via the Camera app. It also doubles as a flashlight, which you can turn on by tapping the flashlight icon on your Lock screen and in your Control Center. The black circle is LiDAR.

The front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro isn't quite as impressive but shouldn't be forgotten. It has a TrueDepth Camera, IR Camera, and IR Projector. IR stands for infrared, and together, these take quality Night mode selfies and improve Face ID and Memoji features. They work similarly to the rear camera's LiDAR sensor. You can read more about LiDAR here.

I hope this helps you understand which lens is which on your iPhone 13. I also hope that you found Apple’s website useful to compare iPhone models, their lenses, and the camera specs. Next, learn more about the difference between Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto lenses
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.