Portrait Mode makes the iPhone 7 Plus worth it

Portrait Mode makes the iPhone 7 Plus worth it

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Is the iPhone 7 Plus worth it is a question I have been asked a lot. In my opinion, if the iPhone 7 Plus only had a new camera system and Portrait Mode but no other new features, it would be worth it. I upgraded from an iPhone 6s Plus and didn’t regret it. As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I love Portrait Mode and the new camera system Apple put into the iPhone 7 Plus.

Pundits have criticized the lack of innovation in the new iPhone 7, but most criticism is based on the iPhone’s design that hasn’t changed since the iPhone 6.

iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance. And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 design

The iPhone 7 design represents an evolution of previous models. Antenna lines are less visible, and the camera bump has been refined to look more cohesive. While design certainly influences my buying decisions, a great design is more important to me than a new design. Porsche has designed beautifully looking cars over the years, but their design language hasn’t changed drastically. I have yet to hear a Porsche owner say he won’t buy the new model because the designed is too similar to the previous model. I like the design of the new iPhone, just as much as liked the design of the previous model.

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Camera performance is probably the most important factor in my upgrade decision. The iPhone is the only camera I have used for both photography and videography for a while after I retired my Nikon D7000. Every year, the iPhone camera gets better by closing the gap to DSLRs. With the iPhone 7, Apple has again managed to improve both the iPhone lens system as well as the underlying image processor and software.