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Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Cameras

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boast Apple’s all-new camera tech, including a snazzy new dual-lens camera on the 7 Plus. Here’s the best new camera features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a look at what that second telephoto lens does for the bigger Apple device.

iPhone 7 cameras: What’s new?

The iPhone 7 sports an all-new 12-megapixel camera, now including Optical Image Stabilisation – something previously only found in the Plus models. That’s good news if you take shots in low light, to prevent blur from hand motion.

The iPhone 7’s updated f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens should be a strong rival to the Galaxy S7’s camera. Four LEDs in the flash will really help out in dim conditions too, reaching further than ever before and helping to keep real-life tones when capturing faces.

Apple’s new camera software also sounds super impressive. The iPhone 7’s Image Signal Processor (ISP) can immediately detect faces and bodies and then automatically sets colour balance, tone mapping, noise reduction levels and so on, for the best possible results. It can even take multiple images and fuse them together for a better-looking photo.

The ISP performs up to 100 billion operations in just 25 milliseconds, which is frankly nuts and means your shots should take almost instantly, without an impact on quality.

And while the Galaxy S7 sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the iPhone 7 boasts a 7-megapixel snapper with digital image stabilisation.

iPhone 7 Plus cameras: What’s new?

The iPhone 7 Plus boasts all of the cool new features of the iPhone 7’s camera, but also adds a second telephoto lens.

This adds a couple of cool benefits. For one, you can now get closer to your subject with the 2x optical zoom using that telephoto lens, and still take a fully detailed 12-megapixel shot. You can bump this up to 10x zoom using the built-in digital zoom too, while still keeping a strong resolution and plenty of detail.

Secondly, you can add a cool bokeh effect by using both lenses at once. In other words, you can keep your subject nice and sharp while blurring the background, for a very cool result.

We’ll be bringing you a full iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review soon, so stay tuned.


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