Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 Camera
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Senior Director, Product Marketing Mgr. | The visionary behind new products, Aran spearheads efforts from ideation to launch, including product development and marketing strategy. Much of his innovative thinking is driven by his passion for motorcycles, a truly mobile lifestyle.

Smartphone cameras just keep getting better. With every release of a new mobile device, excited consumers hold high hopes for improvements to their photographic capabilities. With the recent release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus smartphones, we revisit the question once again if these tiny devices hold their own against DSLR cameras.

Purists will immediately say no. With a DSLR camera, savvy photographers are able to manipulate settings to get their desired shot. Apertures can quickly be changed, shutter speeds can be altered for various effects, and manual focusing allows for some cool blurring techniques. While setting adaptability is a necessity for the artistic and professional photographer, the casual snapper may find it all too much. For the casual consumer, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer more reasons to leave the bulky DSLR at home.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Camera Specs

While the iPhone 6s, 7 and 7 Plus all capture 12MP images, there are a number of improvements with the current generation. The iPhone 7 is capable of shooting with a wide aperture at f/1.8, letting in more light for better performance in darker environments. Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer optical image stabilization, a useful feature that was once exclusive to the 6s Plus. The six-element lens on the 7 and 7 Plus add an extra element to the 6s’s five, resulting in more accurate photo renders. The 7 Plus shines even further with two lenses, a wide-angle lens (f/1.8) and a telescoping lens (f/2.8) that can work in conjunction to capture some amazing photos. The 7 Plus additionally offers 2x optical zoom on top of its 10x digital zoom.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 vs HTC 10 Camera Features

Apple phones have smaller sensors that Samsung and HTC phones, but great lens design, stabilization and image processing allow them to capture scenes comparatively as well. DxOMark, a rating system that DxO Labs developed to rate the image and video quality of over 9000 cameras, lenses and smartphones has rated the iPhone 7 (score: 86 — 7 Plus review still pending) higher than the iPhone 6s (84). The HTC 10 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, however, both scored higher (88). So, according to a technical expert at least, the iPhone 7 may not beat out its rivals, but it comes pretty close.

But what truly makes the iPhone 7 (and some of its competitors) push against DSLRs is the ability to shoot in raw image formats (DNG format, specifically, for the iPhones). Pro photographers know that shooting in raw formats is the best way to capture great photos. More information is stored in each image file, resulting in more information to work with in editing. Images can be better sharpened and white balance can be more convincingly adjusted. The downside is, of course, file sizes; a raw image can be anywhere from six to eight times the size of a regular photo. If you plan on shooting in DNG on your iPhone 7, you ought to splurge for the version with more memory. Another option would be to add external storage to your phone with a device like the iXpand Flash Drive which connects to the iPhone’s Lightning port, allowing you to save photos and videos directly to the memory stick.

Does all this mean the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can replace your DSLR? It really depends on what kind of photographer you are. If you’re looking to capture scenes of everyday life and don’t want to carry something bulky around, sticking with your mobile phone is probably the way to go, especially now that the current generation of phones allows for shooting in raw formats. It’s as award-winning photographer Chase Jarvis once said: “The best camera is the one that’s with you.”


The iXpand Flash Drive is available at Amazon.

 

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About the Author

Senior Director, Product Marketing Mgr. | The visionary behind new products, Aran spearheads efforts from ideation to launch, including product development and marketing strategy. Much of his innovative thinking is driven by his passion for motorcycles, a truly mobile lifestyle.



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