Pro photog puts Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus camera through 2,000-photo workout and he’s definitely impressed

“The camera in your pocket is about to get better. Again,” James Martin writes for CNET. “Apple has always packed serious photography power inside the iPhone, and the iPhone 8 Plus is no exception. With a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures color and texture in stunning detail and dual wide-angle and telephoto lenses, the iPhone 8 Plus delivers a serious camera.”

“More than 2,000 photos later, I feel like I have a good sense of what this new camera can do,” Martin writes. “I’m definitely impressed. ”

“Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip contains a staggering 4.3 billion transistors. All this power means Apple can push the limits of computational photography, overcoming the hardware limitations of small sensors and small lenses to produce images that are extraordinary by smartphone standards,” Martin writes. “While these cameras and 12-megapixel sensors may not yet compete with the pure resolution of DSLRs, Apple’s processing power is pushing photography in ways the traditional camera companies don’t.”

“The iPhone 8 Plus boasts a powerful new image signal processor, and I wanted to see how the sensor produces photos with better sharpness, less noise, and richer colors and textures,” Martin writes. “The photos here are pretty much straight out of the camera — no additional image editing involved… My photos look just as my eye had seen them. The images are as detailed as I remember them.”

Read more – and check out many of the photos produced by iPhone 8 Plus in all of their glory – here.

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  1. Absolutely amazing what Apple is able to do with image processing. But I do wonder what is lost in the capture of the original true image – imperfections and all. Or maybe I’m just mourning the passing of film as the primary medium.

  2. Please stop already with the iphone/ dslr comparison. It just not the same.

    I looked at the photos and while some had good composition, most of them were soft. Suffered from distortion and had poor dynamic range.

    The limitations of iphones is 1. sensor size, 2. the quality of the lenses. 3. Noise, noise noise

    So, please stop. This will never replace a DSLR with a quality piece of glass attached. This is getting close to point and shoot quality without a zoom on it. Good for FB and that’s about it.

    1. Jeff, you had me, albeit grudgingly, until the end with your dumb as rocks snark. Get over yourself. The most important and compelling photography of our time is being done with iPhones for the simple reason they are always in our pockets and ready to shoot in split seconds. If I never hear about „high quality glass” from DSLR fetishist incels again, it’ll be too soon.

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