How to Use HEIF Max (48 MP) on iPhone 14 Pro (And Save Storage Space From Camera Clicks)

What to know

  • To enable and use HEIF Max on your iPhone 14 Pro (or iPhone 15 Pro), head to Settings > Camera > Formats > Pro Default > HEIF Max.
  • Once enabled, you can open the Camera app and tap on HEIF Max in the top right corner to enable the same.
  • HEIF Max is a new Pro Default format that allows you to capture 48 MP images while saving on space.
  • While ProRAW images have an average size of 75 MB, each HEIF Max image is only 5 MB in average size, ensuring you’re still capturing 48 MP images.

The latest iPhone Pro series comes equipped with a powerful 48 MP sensor that ensures highly detailed and crystal-clear photos, capturing every precious moment. However, one potential drawback is the size of the full-resolution images, especially those in ProRAW format. Even though iPhones offer a maximum storage of 512 GB, capturing numerous ProRAW images (about 75 MP each) and videos (440 MB per minute at 60 FPS) can quickly consume your storage space.

This might pose a problem if you plan to use your iPhone as your main camera for extensive projects or travels. But wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could snap those high-resolution 48 MP shots without worrying about storage limitations? This could soon be a reality, thanks to a new image format introduced by Apple. Let’s delve deeper and learn more about it.

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How to use HEIF Max (48 MP) format on your iPhone

On your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro, you can use the HEIF Max format for Pro Default photography. Let’s take a look at how you can use it. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

  • Required: iOS 17 update. (Check under Settings > General > Software Update).

Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Camera.

Tap on Formats.

Now tap on Pro Default.

Tap and select HEIF Max (up to 48 MP) at the top.

Now open the Camera app on your iPhone. You will now see HEIF Max at the top, which should be crossed out. Tap on the same to enable HEIF Max.

Once HEIF Max is enabled, it will no longer be crossed out. Each image you capture now will be captured in HEIF Max at 48 MP resolution.

And that’s how you can use HEIF Max on your iPhone 14 Pro or higher.

What is HEIF Max, and how is it different from ProRAW Max?

HEIF Max is a fresh, compact image format engineered to condense 48 MP pictures into smaller files. This Apple-exclusive format prioritizes detail preservation while minimizing file sizes, letting you snap a myriad of max-size images without worrying about storage limits. Conversely, ProRAW Max aims to collect every bit of data from your camera sensor, facilitating a detailed post-processing experience where you can adjust your images as desired.

In essence, HEIF Max offers 48MP captures while conserving your iPhone’s storage. It makes some compromises on post-capture editing but scores high on space saving. ProRAW Max allows extensive corrections like adjusting exposure, contrast, or white balance at the cost of larger file sizes. The choice depends on whether you prioritize space-saving or editing flexibility.


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