iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Camera: So good you’ll never look back at your DSLR

Apple iPhone 7 camera

If you watched the iPhone 7 launch event, you will know that Tim Cook spoke about the capabilities of the cameras on the new devices extensively.

And rightly so, we will take you through exactly what sets them apart from previous models.

iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 has a wide-angle 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture allowing more light to illuminate its sensor. This means much sharper pics of moving subjects, as well as enhanced low-light performance. With the combination of optical stabilization and the faster shutter speeds that an f/1.8 aperture affords, it's easier than ever to snap clean, sharp pics that are free of unwanted motion blur.

And as if the camera doesn’t let in enough light, you also have upgraded from a two-element LED flash on the iPhone 6s to a quad-LED flash. The device also has a flicker-detection system which helps keep your shots looking evenly lit even in poor lighting conditions.

iPhone 7 Plus

If you, like many others, have been drawn in by the iPhone 7 Plus’s larger body, screen and dual camera system, then you also will not be disappointed. The Plus has 2x 12MP cameras; the first being a clone of the iPhone 7 primary camera, and the second being a clever extra bit of hardware with a different lens and telephoto capabilities.

So, what does this mean?

This means that you get an optical zoom on an iPhone for the first time ever.

You are now able to chose between full-field and a new 2x zoom mode and allowing images to have much greater depth.

Just like on the iPhone 7 you get the same wide-angle camera and f/1.8 aperture (the telephoto lens is f/2.8) allowing more light to illuminate its sensor, with the light flowing into the iPhone 7 Plus's camera with the help of an upgraded, more complex six-element lens system.

The front camera has been upgraded from the 6s from 5MP to 7MP and has an automatic image stabilization feature for better quality selfies. There's also the same wider color capture as on the rear camera, and the higher-res sensor means that video recording now extends to 1080p.


So with all this in mind how does the camera actually perform when it gets put to the test?

DxOMark, the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings, tested the iPhone 7 and confirmed that the camera is the best on an iPhone yet. The iPhone 7 scored 86, which beat the 6s and 6s Plus by 4 and 2 retrospectively. This may not sound like a lot, however, it is a significant improvement.

DxO said the iPhone 7 offers great exposure with a wide, dynamic range, good detail preservation in bright daylight, and accurate white balance and color rendering. The review also gave mention to the cameras excellent sharpness and reduced noise.

iphone 7 dxomark ios10Image: DxO Mark

DxO are yet to review the iPhone 7 Plus camera, but judging by the iPhone 7’s performance we can only expect great results.


But wait, there’s even more good news for iPhone 7 Plus owners…

One week ago Apple released iOS 10.1 beta for iPhone and iPad developers, which included a number of bug fixes and enhancements but most notably the new Portrait Mode feature for iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait Mode uses the dual camera setup on the Plus model and creates a “bokeh” effect, mimicking the effect and capability you would be able to execute on a DSLR camera.

With such major advancements in the camera technology, it poses the question if digital cameras will become unnecessary.

iphone 7 ios10 portrait modeImage: MacRumors

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