How to use the 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are the first iPhones to feature a 48MP sensor. This is a huge leap from the previous 12MP sensor that all iPhone cameras used. However, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max capture images with the new 48MP sensor and bin them down to 12 MP. This enhances details and allows the smartphone camera to capture much more light than regular shots. This ensures that all 12MP images turn out as crisp and clear as possible.

But what if you wish to capture 48MP photos without having them binned down to 12MP. Can you do that? Let’s find out!

How to use the 48MP camera on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

To use the entire sensor and capture 48MP images, you need to turn on ProRAW capture and select your resolution accordingly. Follow the steps below to help you capture 48MP images on your iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

Step 1: Enable Apple ProRAW

Open the Settings app and tap Camera.

Now tap Formats at the top.

Tap and turn on the toggle for Apple ProRAW.

Now tap ProRAW Resolution.

Tap and select 48MP.

You can now close the Settings app and use the next section to capture images in ProRAW which will now capture 48 MP images without binning them down.

Step 2: Capture RAW 48MP images

Open the Camera app and ensure Photo is selected at the bottom. Now tap the RAW (the Raw Off button) icon in the top right corner of your screen. 

Once RAW (the Raw On button) is enabled, frame and capture your image as needed. 

You can now check the image to verify its details in the Photos app. Your image should now be 48MP in terms of its resolution and size. 

And that’s how you can capture 48MP images on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. 

Why can’t you capture 48MP images?

There are a couple of reasons and scenarios where you won’t be able to capture 48MP images regardless of your settings. We have listed them below so you can get familiar with the limitations of 48MP captures on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup.

  • 48MP images can only be captured at 1x
  • 48MP can not be captured when using the Flash
  • 48MP images can not be captured when using Night Mode
  • 48MP images can not be captured when using Macro

If your images are being captured in 12MP then it is likely due to one of the reasons listed above.

We hope this post helped you easily capture 48MP images on your iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. If you face any issues, or have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us using the comments below.

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  1. Despite following the above still I cant take 48 mp picture with iPhone 14 pro max ? so pls advise what to do ? thank you for your help.

  2. This has helped a lot thanks. 48mp only can be used with raw on and only 1x
    I took at picture and it worked.

  3. How to use 48pm in portrait mode

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