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 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.