Several reviews are starting to appear of mac studio and of Studio display, announced last week. Much to Apple’s apprehension, however, initial tests show that the image quality of the webcam (built-in) monitor is not there such things.
It should be remembered that the Studio Display has an ultra-wide 12-megapixel front camera, which can be used for video calls (including the Central Stage function). Although the camera is a welcome addition over the Pro Display XDR, the image quality in actual tests did not meet expectations – as highlighted by journalist Joanna Sternof the wall street journal.
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) March 17, 2022
She also said she “really wants to like the Apple Studio Display”, only the “webcam sucks and the screen is no better than some more affordable displays”.
You can see why I predicted the Studio Display’s webcam would be the best ever: with a 12-megapixel camera and the A13 Bionic chip, it should be on par with the front camera of an iPhone 11 Pro. .
However, the webcam consistently produced grainy, washed-out images. Some photos were so lacking in detail that it reminded me of the camera on my old BlackBerry. On the plus side: no one could see the frizz in my hair.
Journalist Nilay Patel, from The edgealso highlighted in your review Studio Display webcam quality issue:
The bad part is that I have no idea what’s going on with this webcam. Apple has a long history of producing amazing images with 12-megapixel sensors and A-series chips, and for some reason this thing looks horrible.
In fact, it looks awful in good light and downright miserable in low light. I tried it connected to Mac Studio and on my MacBook Pro running macOS 12.3 and on both machines it produced a grainy image with hardly any detail. Tried it in FaceTime, Zoom, Photo Booth, QuickTime – whatever, it’s the same poor quality. Turning off the Center Stage feature that follows you around the room doesn’t help. Turning Portrait mode on and off doesn’t help.
I was also tasked with reviewing the new Studio Display which… well, it’s a 60Hz panel with field dimming or HDR and that A13-powered webcam looks pretty bad. Very very bad. https://t.co/bMudOPvglG pic.twitter.com/5pSXheU3Xc
– nilay patel (@carefree) March 17, 2022
Asked about the webcam quality of its new display, an Apple spokesperson said the company “has discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected” and “would be making improvements in a software update.” “. Apple, however, hasn’t specified which fixes it will be, nor has it provided a deadline for when the update will be released.
Update03/18/2022 at 10:13
About the upcoming update that will improve the quality of the Apple Studio Display webcam, John Gruberof Bold Fireballstated that now expect a significant improvement in the performance of the surveillance camera — contradicting a previous review in which it claimed that the improvement would not have as much impact.
Several birds familiar with Studio Display, each bird independent of each other, have told me that image quality issues are really a software problem, not a hardware problem – a bug introduced at the last minute – and a future software update may not only slightly improve the image quality, but bring it up to a level compatible with iPad models equipped with the same camera (the new Air and last year’s Pros) , except for the image processor difference of the M1 and A13. That would be great news, if true. But someone at Apple is having a really bad day today, if that’s true.
Another interesting oddity highlighted by Gruber is that Studio Display runs iOS 15.4 — compiling (
19E241) is even identical to the version released on iPhone last week.