Dilger write, “Somewhat surprisingly, some early reviews failed to notice many of these enhancements. Writing for Consumer Reports, Terry Sullivan preliminarily reported that shooting with the standard wide angle lens on iPhone 7 “did not outperform the cameras on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus,” and stated that in the magazine’s low light testing, “the new phones seemed to perform no better than the iPhone 6s for still photos.”
“While the advancements in iPhone 7 are substantial, the new dual camera system included on the larger iPhone 7 Plus really ices the cake. When I first saw the dual camera specs of iPhone 7 Plus, it seemed disappointing that the telephoto lens only offered 2x optical zoom. I was also skeptical of the value of the “up to 10x” digital zoom, because digital zoom simply crops your photo and blows it up,” Dilger writes. “I have always refused to use digital zoom, because I know I can always crop it manually later. Digital zoom is destructive in-camera editing. Trying out the iPhone 7 Plus, I’ve found that the 2x optical is actually quite useful in composing shots.”
“The 2x optical zoom (but not digital zoom levels) can also be used when capturing a panorama. The result is a narrower image, but it’s also less distorted; sort of like looking out of a narrow slot window rather than looking through a super wide angle peephole,” Dilger writes. “For mobile users who love capturing photos, the new iPhone 7—and in particular the iPhone 7 Plus—deliver a series of significant upgrades and new features that contribute to one of the biggest leaps ever for a new iPhone generation.”
Tons more, including many photo and video examples, in the full article – recommended – here.
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