Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus camera is a true step forward for mobile photography

“Without a doubt, the most exciting new component on the iPhone 7 Plus is its dual-camera,” Lars Rehm writes for Digital Photography Review. “In the first camera a 12MP sensor is combined with a 28mm lens, an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Next to it you’ll find a secondary 12MP module with a 56mm lens and F2.8 aperture but no optical stabilization. There are also a new quad-LED true-tone flash and a flicker-sensor that can detect flickering in ambient light and correct for it at image capture… In video mode the camera can capture 4K as well as both 1080p and 720p slow-motion footage. In the front-facing camera the pixel count has been increased from 5 to 7MP.”

“The way panorama mode is operated has not changed on the iPhone 7 Plus but you can also now use it with the dual-camera’s tele-lens. No matter which lens you use, the Apple panorama mode still produces the best smartphone panoramas in the business,” Rehm writes. “With iOS 10 the iPhone is now finally capable of capturing Raw files in DNG format. However, the feature is not included in the stock camera app, so you have to use a third-party app, such as Adobe Lightroom or Manual… the Manual app is a very good alternative. It saves the captured DNG files directly into the camera roll, and from there they can be easily transferred to a computer via the USB cable.”

“With the iPhone 7 Plus Apple has done something that is has always been very good at: take an existing technology and lift it up to the next level. Dual-cams on smartphones have been around for a while now but the Apple version is the first to provide real added value, at least as long as you are shooting in relatively bright light,” Rehm writes. “Overall the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is a lot of fun to use as a mobile imaging device. If the dual-cam is what you’ve been waiting for and you’re willing to spend the money, you can’t go wrong with Apple’s latest innovation… It allows for the best zooming of all current smartphones, offers an alternative angle of view to the wide-angle and works well in Apple’s new portrait mode. There is room for improvement as far as the dual-camera’s low-light performance is concerned, but overall the system is a true step forward for mobile photography.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone 7 Plus camera system produces amazing results, even in the hands of rank amateurs.

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  1. Got my JetBlack 256 plus last week. Honestly, haven’t even used the camera. Looking forward to finally seeing what all the fuss is about. Still pissed about not having an updated full fledged real Mac Pro. That sort of killed my iPhone hype.

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