iPhone 7 photo samples: Seriously, how does a phone have a camera this good?

“Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have only been available in stores for a few days now, but we’ve already seen enough to know that Apple meant everything its executives said when discussing the new iPhone cameras on stage during the iPhone 7 event earlier this month,” Zach Epstein writes for BGR.

“We’re still waiting for professional camera review sites like DPReview to put the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras through the paces, but it’s fair to say that they’re among the best smartphone cameras that have ever existed,” Epstein writes. “In the meantime, let’s sit back and enjoy some of the stunning photography we’ve seen hit the web since people began taking delivery of their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets.”

The top rear of Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black
The top rear of Apple’s new iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black shows the dual-caeram and Quad LED flash

“Earlier this week we showed you stunning photo samples show just how impressive iPhone 7’s new cameras are, and people were completely blown away,” Epstein writes. “Sure, we all saw the iPhone 7 camera review from professional photographer Austin Mann and had our socks knocked off, but he’s a pro. To think that typical users can capture photos as stunning as the ones in those samples is beyond impressive, but that’s just the beginning.”

Check out the impressive photos here.

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    1. Hate to break it to you but some have reviewed the Galaxy S7 to be the “best” of current crop of cameras, better than Iphone 7 / 7 plus.
      But that’s only when they aren’t exploding

      1. I saw those videos too after the iPhone was in hands, but noticed that same @reviewer” had posted a previous video with a title similar to “why the iPhone 7 sucks”, or “10 reasons why not to buy the iPhone”.

  1. It’s so very funny what people consider “GOOD”. I looked at all the images and they were soft images, lacked detail and sharpness. The depth of field was horrible and lacks any decent bokeh. That’s not even touching the lack of good tones and colors. Cellphone cameras are for the Facebook crowd, not for serious photos. Those are good for nothing more then a Look at me photo on Facebook .

    1. I’m not sure any of the photos linked here are all that spectacular; they qualify as very nice, and certainly much better than your average Facebook photo, but there is no question that professional photographers have been able to squeeze some amazing imagery form iPhones over the years, and this year’s model has the tools that are noticeably better than the old ones, so we can expect even more impressive results soon.

      There are two main points when it comes to the relationship between iPhone and photography. First, every new model brings better hardware (and software). We get more megapixels, we get more sensitive sensors, with more accurate colour representation, we get more and better glass elements within the camera unit, and we get better software that processes the raw data acquired by the sensor. Naturally, the possibilities for taking better images will be greater than the year before.

      The second, and more important part, is the skill set of the photographer. We now have 22-megapixel cameras for $200, as well as 22-megapixel cameras for $20,000. One of them is noticeably better than the other. However, an experienced professional will, after a bit of experimentation, be able to determine the limitations of that $200 camera, and within those limits, he will be able to create art.

      You can shoot a full-featured movie on an iPhone (and it has been successfully done, with a 5S, and the film went to theatrical release). The point there is to work within the constraints of what camera can do. A $200 camera can’t capture both bright highlights and dark shadows in the same shot, without either completely blowing out the details in the highlights, or completely crushing the details in the dark shadows. It simply doesn’t have that dynamic latitude. That cheap camera also has serious problems shooting in lower-than-normal light. The small size of its sensor makes it impossible to narrow the depth of field, so that some parts of the image (such as background) can be out of focus. But if you get all the conditions just right, and you know what you are doing, your cheap little camera will produce remarkably beautiful images.

      It is those constraints (more correctly, lack thereof) that make the $20,000 camera return the investment.

    2. I suppose it is a matter of perspective. The photos look good to me, but i am not a professional photographer. I downloaded one of the photos to examine it more closely. It was 2822×2117 pixels (roughly 6MP). So it might have been down sampled or cropped from the original. It was JPG format (quality not specified), so that undoubtedly contributes to any issues that you may have regarding sharpness.

      As for your elitist, snobbish attitude – no camera can fix that flaw. These photos are better than I got with old film cameras and better that I got with compact consumer cameras like the Canon PowerShot SD 1000. The most significant drawback from my perspective is the limited optical zoom. 2x is better than nothing, especially for wide-angle cell phone cameras, and it is quite a feat to offer this feature in a cell phone. But even the more limited point-and-shoot cameras offered 3x or greater zoom, and I found that 8x to 10x was a highly useful capability. But you can’t have everything, and it is difficult to disparage a cell phone camera as good as the ones on the newest iPhones. They just keep getting better!

    3. Wrong. However- it’s not the medium, it’s the message. I see many horribly composed and posed photography. Worst, most of all- quantity over quality. Your kids were ugly in the First 500 pics- 500 later, I hate them.

    4. To be fair, really good images tend to be soft coming out of the camera, allowing the photographer to apply the amount of sharpening they deem appropriate. Most smartphone cams oversharpen their images because the casual user likes it that way. Now that the new iPhone has a digital negative, DNG, files, photographers should be able to tweak their phone images even better.

      As for lack of good tones and colors, given that the iPhone 7 has the widest color gamut for a phone, perhaps, it’s your monitor that needs calibrating.

      And as for bokeh, the phone’s bokeh software has yet to be released.

    5. My wife took an iPhone 5s photo that was published in a National Geographic book. An emotional moment captured with good composition, lighting and color means far more than the equipment used. The new 56 mm-equivalent lens with the software-generated background blur means you’re about to see a lot more iPhone pictures break into the hallowed halls of pro photography.

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