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

The iPhone 13 camera is powerful and has multiple lenses. Find out exactly which lenses your iPhone has and learn how to identify which lens is which.

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 who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.