Photography shootout: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus

“The iPhone 8 Plus has new larger camera sensors, a new processor and nifty new software tricks like Portrait Lighting Mode,” CNET reports. “But how much better is it than last year’s 7 Plus?”

The cameras on iPhone 8 Plus are custom tuned for the ultimate AR experience. Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking. AR benefits from A11 Bionic, which handles world tracking, scene recognition and incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.

The world’s most popular camera gets even better, featuring an improved 12-megapixel camera with a larger and faster sensor, a new color filter and deeper pixels. A new Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos, while a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync results in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds. All this adds up to outstanding photos with vibrant, realistic colors and more detail.

The new camera also delivers the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone with better video stabilization, 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. The Apple-designed video encoder provides real-time image and motion analysis for optimal quality video.

Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, powered by Apple's amazing A11 Bionic chip
Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, powered by Apple’s amazing A11 Bionic chip

iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras and introduces Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone, allowing customers to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles.

Portrait Lighting is based on extensive research into the art and science of portraiture and core photographic lighting principles. It uses the dual cameras and the Apple-designed image signal processor to recognize the scene, create a depth map and separate the subject from the background. Machine learning is then used to create facial landmarks and add lighting over contours of the face, all happening in real time, giving users even more power to express themselves through photography.

56 images, including a number of side-by-side comparisons, for your perusal here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, it’s true: iPhone 8 Plus takes better photos than the already excellent iPhone 7 Plus.


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  1. what a poorly done comparison article.
    It’s like a dude went out and took some random photos, I looked through the first 20 or so and there was only one comparison (shot at a slightly different angle) , stopped looking after that.

    For a real comparison , shoot the same thing at the same angle, preferably locked onto the same tripod (unless of course you are comparing lens stabilization)

    The single shots are also basically useless as because besides no reference (like the same shot with a top line SLR) there’s even no TEXT to explain the conditions ( were the band playing scene dimly lit or was it floodlit, how far was the camera for the closeups etc) so we can’t make a judgement . Useless.

    I hate articles like that as the writer ‘lazed’ through it.

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