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Apple launches first iPhone with four cameras

Apple announces the iPhone 11 with dual rear-camera set-up

Though industry leaders of the smartphone market have already launched handsets equipped with four or more cameras and a slew of sensors, Apple finally caught up with the release of the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

On Tuesday, Apple announced the company's latest generation of iPhones: the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Though the brand may have been been lagging behind other smartphone manufacturers in terms of the number of camera lenses on a single device, the integrated sensors and software have kept Apple in the mobile phone photography and videography competition. Here's what the new 11 series has to offer.

All three models from the 11 series have 12MP wide angle and ultra-wide angle lenses, but the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max -- the first Apple smartphones to don a triple rear camera set-up -- both have an additional telephoto lens which increases how far the camera can zoom.

The lenses' capabilities are further enhanced by iOS 13 to deliver a "pro-level camera experience designed for everyone." Compared to the previous generation, the 11 series captures more scene, farther away subjects and low-light settings. Portrait mode has been enhanced with the telephoto lens which captures 40 percent more light than the iPhone XS could.

An updated version of Smart HDR uses machine learning to "recognize subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural -looking images with greater detail."

In terms of shooting video, the system records 4K video where moving subjects are steadied by cinematic video stabilization and sound is improved with Audio Zoom.

Owners will also gain access to a handful of new photo and video editing tools including the ability to make Portrait Lighting adjustments or add High-Key Mono monochromatic effects.

Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max start at $699, $999, and $1,099, respectively. All will be available for pre-order in the US on Friday with availability from September 20.