Compatibility: iPhone XS and iPhone X

Flat Lay iPhone XS

The new iPhone XS is COMPATIBLE with our Lemuro photo case which was originally designed and OPTIMIZED for iPhone X.

Means: Existing iPhone XS owners don’t have to buy a new Lemuro photo case when upgrading to the new iPhone XS and can continue using their existing case. A nice side effect is, that this will also reduce garbage and CO2 emission, Hooray!

Changes: Apple changed the iPhone XS camera features a bit. The native camera shoots wider. There is no deterioration in image quality but this will slightly impact the way of taking photos with our lenses. We will explain everything in detail below.

Using Lemuro Wide On iPhone XS  

We received a lot of questions regarding the cross compatibility between the two phones. In this update we will explain the main differences between the devices, their camera features and outline the optimal handling when using our premium optical lenses.

iPhone X vs. iPhone XS 

Apart from the internal processing power and other features, the outside appearance of the iPhone XS is about 99% identical to the iPhone X and not noticeable at first sight. The main external differences between the 2 devices are:

1. Camera Position
2. Sensor Size
3. Flash Size
4. Speaker Position  

There are a few very subtle differences, namely the size and position of the camera, flash and speakers. Lots of case manufacturers are impacted by this which led to a lot of frustrated customers. We are happy to announce that Lemuro cases don’t suffer from these issues and while originally being designed and optimized for iPhone X, they are fully compatible with the new iPhone XS.

Fig.1: Perfect camera alignment on Lemuro Case (Source: Lemuro)

Lots of other manufacturers face compatibility issues when using their cases designed for the iPhone X on the iPhone XS. Lemuro cases however WON’T encounter these issues. Our cases are engineered with a TPE bumper that can absorb high impacts and is made out of more flexible shock absorbing material. As a result, there is NO camera misalignment as reported by other manufactures.

Fig.2: Misalignment reported by others case makers (Image Owner: Nomad Goods)

Lemuro + IPXS Image Showcase / Extreme Field Test:

Our Founder Eric Bohring (@travel9to5) met with content creators Rob Strok (@robstrok) and Keane Luong (@tantago) to shoot some video in October 2018 and also tested the new Lemuro lenses and the iPhone XS under the most extreme conditions in an urban rooftop scenery. Please do not try this at home unless you are an experienced professional. We obtained prior permission to shoot at the locations showcased. 

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Wide. In Frame: @robstrok

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Tele Portrait. In Frame: @robstrok  

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Fisheye. In Frame: @tantago  

Make sure you check out their amazing content on social media:

https://www.instagram.com/robstrok and Rob’s Youtube
https://www.instagram.com/tantago and Keane’s Youtube

Camera Differences iPhone X vs. iPhone XS 

The most notable difference on the iPhone XS is the larger sensor size and its better low light performance. Furthermore its native camera has a slightly shorter focal length and therefore a wider field of view when compared to the iPhone X.

Fig.3: Comparison of camera specs (Image Owner: CNET)

What are the implications when using Lemuro Lenses on an iPhone XS? 

• Shooting at low light will yield better results due to the larger sensor and higher ISO range. Our crystal clear optical glass ensures 100% performance when shooting in low aperture range.   

Using Lemuro Wide On iPhone XS in Low Light Conditions. 

 • The dynamic range will be better, particularly when shooting video. The iPhone XS stores more image information compared the iPhone X.
• Videos taken on an iPhone XS will be less shaky due to enhanced Image stabilization. 

Shot On iPhone XS and Lemuro Wide Angle. Handheld without Tripod. Photo Taken Straight from Camera Roll. No Post Processing. 

Lemuro Wide Angle will operate at 100% performance on both primary and secondary camera, both when shooting photo or video.      

Lemuro Macro Using Primary Lens  

 Lemuro Macro Using Secondary Lens (Portrait Mode)

Lemuro Macro Lens will operate at 100% performance on both primary and secondary camera, both when shooting video and photo.  

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Tele Portrait. In Frame: @robstrok 

 • Lemuro Tele Portrait Lens will operate at 100% performance when shooting video and 99% performance when shooting photo. We recommend to slightly pinch in the zoom (by factor 1.05x) to ensure 100% optical performance. There will be no loss in Pixels/image quality that way. 

Using Lemuro Fisheye On iPhone XS in Low Light Conditions. 

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Fisheye

Shot on iPhone XS and Lemuro Fisheye. In Frame: @tantago 

Lemuro Fisheye Lens will operate at 100% performance when shooting video and apprx. 98% performance when shooting photo. 

• We have designed the Fisheye to shoot extremely wide (238 degrees and captures about 5x more picture). The slightly wider field of view of the iPhone XS’ native camera can lead to slight vignette in photo mode (video mode still operates at 100% performance) We recommend to use the zoom function and pinch in a tiny bit (about 1.05x-1.1x) to compensate for this. The iPhone’s native zoom is optical hence there is no loss in Pixels/image quality that way. 

Optical Lab Test Results:

Tab.1: Lens Performance for iPhone XS 

Tab.2: Lens Performance for iPhones 7/8/7Plus/8Plus/X

What do you think of the new iPhone XS? Worth the upgrade?