iPhone 7 Plus camera

The iPhone 7 Plus camera is amazing

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As I wrote in my previous article about the iPhone 7, its new camera was one of the driving factors in my decision to upgrade. I have had a couple of more days to shoot photos, and I’m thoroughly impressed by the performance of the iPhone 7 Plus camera.

iPhone 7 Plus camera in Portrait Mode

Portrait Mode is an iOS 10.1 feature that Apple will release shortly. I have been fortunate enough to test this feature in Beta, and the results are amazing. Four of the fix photos below have not been edited or modified in any way. The third one only had some noise reduction applied. Click on each picture to show it in full resolution!

I think those results are amazing for a cellphone camera and I don’t think I could have taken much better photos with a DSLR. Of course, the situation changes with less-than-ideal lighting conditions but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to accept.

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 Plus

My wife’s iPhone 6 is due for an upgrade, and she wanted an iPhone 7. We went to the Apple Store yesterday after I read that the new iPhone was back in stock. But after thinking more about the results I got from the iPhone 7 Plus camera, she changed her mind and decided to go with the larger iPhone. Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 Plus is still out of stock, and we went home empty-handed.

Depth-of-field effect.
Depth of field allows you to keep faces sharp while creating a blurred effect in the background. When you take a shot with iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-camera system uses both cameras and advanced machine learning to make your subject sharp while creating the same out-of-focus blur in the background — known as the bokeh effect — previously reserved for DSLR cameras. So no matter what’s behind your subject, it’s easy to create a great portrait.

If you are in the market for a new iPhone, I would highly recommend the iPhone 7 Plus because only the larger device has the two cameras you need to get Portrait Mode.

PS: A great app to retouch photos in iOS is Adobe Photoshop Express. I use it a lot for its noise reduction capabilities and filters.

6 Responses to "The iPhone 7 Plus camera is amazing"
  1. Most impressive pics! I though these were taken with a DSLR and a fancy lens. This could be a game changer and another nail in the coffin of the point and shoot cameras.

    • Thanks Doc! I agree, point and shoot cameras are going to have tougher times. But they are often less expensive compared to the latest iPhone. Price may be the last thread they’re hanging on to 🙂

  2. Alas, all smartphones have the same problem when used as cameras. Their shape makes them dreadful to hold, aim and shoot pictures. Everything seems wrongly designed and badly placed. The closest parallel might be a car without a seat that forces drivers to crouch down and do all their driving with their hands because they can’t use their feet while standing. It’s only because all smartphones are equally dreadful that no one notices just how bad they are.

    It’s be great if some third-party company made smartphone cases that mimic well-designed SLRs in how they’re held and fit the hand. The added space could be used for additional batteries and picture storage, along with a screen shield so looking at a picture in full sunlight is not such a hopeless task and a mount point, so tripods can be used. No amount of technical trickery can substitute for a stable camera platform.

    Maybe Samsung, when it recovers from this battery fiasco, will create a device that’s first a camera and only secondarily a smartphone. I despair that Apple will be that forward-thinking. It took the company forever to shift to larger screens. Succcess is leading the company into a severe case of NIH—not invented here. The idea that one port on a device is better than two may be J. Ives idea of “innovation,” but it’s not mine. I loath the ‘artsy fartsy’ mindset that the more trouble a device is to use, the more “artistic” it is. I believe that people matter far more than the artist. Good design is good functionality. I have nothing against replacing a headphone jack with a better-designed, open-source headphone jack. I would love to see that happen. I have everything against removing it to force users to buy an ill-designed $170 Bluetooth headset or clutter their lives with adapters.

    I trace that idea back to the Romantic period. Before that artists needed wealthy patrons who told them what they could and could not do. As that ended, artists took on the bullying attitude of their former patrons. The artist, they claim, would dictate to the public what it would or would not like. Yes, most undemocratic and—even more scary—many of the public adopted that subservient POV. Some people really do want to be slaves.

    I once had an art-major friend tell me that Fine Art really meant art as a “fini” (French for ‘an end in itself’ as opposed to commerical art such as what Norman Rockwell did). In practice, it means an art for the artist sake and it is openly indifferent to what people need.

    That’s J. Ives and a growing mindset at Apple. More and more, it’s becoming “Do as we say,” and not “what do you need?” “Suck it up and endure one port on everything” being one obvious example. Making devices impossible to improve is another. Worst of all, it’s not hard to see the greed that lies behind this agenda. Apple products used to cost more but offer more. Now they cost more and offer less.

    • Hi Michael,

      the comments almost reads like you haven’t had your morning coffee yet 🙂
      One of the reasons the iPhone is my favorite (and only) camera is that I have it always with me. I don’t see myself lugging around a case that mimics a well-designed SLR. What’s the point of that? I’d rather lug around a real DSLR and enjoy all its benefits.

      Cheers

      Michael

      • A few years back, photography goddess Any Leiwovitz was asked for a recommendation for a point and shoot camera. Her answer? An iPhone. What has been my major motivation in upgrading iPhones? It is my main camera for taking and sharing spontaneous pics of my children. Yes, the form factor is not that of a real camera, but that is traded for its integration into the Apple ecosystem and its almost 100% availability. I always have my iPhone with me, however I still have several Sony cameras (mostly gathering dust)

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