Apple Iphone 7 Plus Sample Photos

By | 27/10/2022

Less than a year ago, Apple introduced the iPhone seven and iPhone vii Plus phones to the market. The iPhone 7 Plus was the first Apple phone to have a dual lens design (28mm wide-angle and 56mm telephoto equivalent), so Apple put quite a bit of emphasis on photography with this model. Although I was quite happy with my iPhone 6 Plus at the time of the announcement, I decided to upgrade to the latest version, primarily because of these camera features the phone offered. Since then, I take captured thousands of images in dissimilar environments, which non only allowed me to go a deeper understanding of the camera capabilities of the phone, merely besides empathize its many issues and limitations. In this review, I volition be going over my experience with the iPhone 7 Plus camera and hash out its pros and cons.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

1) iPhone 7 Plus Cameras

Starting time of all, it is of import to point out that the iPhone 7 Plus actually has two cameras with two lenses. While both cameras have the same 12 MP resolution sensors, there is actually a difference in sensor size and maximum aperture betwixt the 2. The first wide-angle camera has a 1/3″ sensor with a 28mm equivalent f/1.8 lens (a total of 6 lens elements), whereas the second telephoto photographic camera has a smaller 1/3.half dozen″ sensor with a 56mm equivalent f/two.8 lens (a total of 5 lens elements). This in itself reveals that the cameras are made for different purposes and it highlights the disadvantage of the telephoto lens compared to the wide-angle lens. Not merely does the telephoto camera have a smaller sensor, but information technology also has a lens that is over a stop slower in comparison, making it simply practical to utilize in bright daylight conditions.

iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera

Still, despite these shortcomings, the telephoto camera on the iPhone 7 Plus certainly has its uses. First, cheers to its attain, information technology can really be a great tool for shut-upwards shots of people. In this case, instead of using digital zoom to get closer to a subject (which would upshot in huge resolution loss), one can simply switch from wide to telephoto and become tighter framing without compromising on resolution. The added do good of using the telephoto lens to photograph people, is that one can utilise a special “Portrait” mode, where the camera uses a combination of software and the zoom lens to emulate shallow depth of field, which Apple dubbed equally “Depth Upshot”:

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample (15)
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo camera six.6mm f/two.8 @ half dozen.6mm, ISO 32, one/120, f/ii.viii

Second, aside from portraiture, the telephoto lens besides opens upwardly opportunities to get tighter framing when shooting landscapes, architecture or even macro. The nice affair nigh the telephoto lens, is that 1 tin can combine its reach with the panorama fashion to stitch high resolution panoramas:

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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus dorsum camera 6.6mm f/two.viii @ 6.6mm, ISO 64, 1/1000, f/2.8

However, there are certainly disadvantages worth keeping in mind, so let’s discuss those in more particular.

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iPhone vii Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99mm, ISO fifty, 1/30, f/1.viii

ii) Portrait Mode with Depth Outcome Issues

Apple tree’s engineers did a bully job coming up with a solution that can simulate shallow depth of field that can only be achieved with larger cameras and lenses. For the first time in jail cell telephone history, we heard such words as bokeh being mentioned as part of an declaration, which certainly triggered some bold claims and even concerns from some photographers about prison cell phone cameras challenging DSLR and mirrorless cameras in terms of being able to “emulate” detail looks that were only possible to achieve with expensive photographic camera equipment before. While I personally do enjoy using the “Portrait” fashion with “Depth Effect” to photo people and information technology does a pretty decent chore in most situations, software emulation certainly has its problems. First, the software emulation algorithm is not smart enough to differentiate some foreground elements from background elements. For example, if the subject y’all photograph has a hat or another caput wearable that is not part of the algorithm, the blurring might touch on areas of the photo that should non be affected. In improver, information technology might not be able to properly isolate the subject area from the immediate groundwork, equally tin be seen from the sample image below:

[twentytwenty]iPhone 7 Plus Portrait On
iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Off[/twentytwenty]

Look at the firsthand area to the left of the subject’due south confront, where role of the wall has non been properly blurred. Foreign artifacts can often exist seen in transitional areas as well.

Lastly, the algorithm is conspicuously optimized for photographing people and not other subjects such equally pets. Take a look at the below before and afterward photograph of my cat and come across what this mode did to the cat’s whiskers on the right side of the frame:

[twentytwenty]iPhone 7 Plus Cat Whiskers Before
iPhone 7 Plus Cat Whiskers After[/twentytwenty]

Also, pay attention to the area around the ears of the cat, where the transition is pretty crude.

Hence, depending on the bailiwick you are photographing, the portrait style tin certainly prove its weaknesses. The expert news is that the phone saves ii images by default – ane with and without the software emulation depth effect, so if a portrait does non turn out good, at least you have the non-emulated version to fallback to.

iii) Panorama Stitching Issues

Like to the previous generation iPhone devices, the iPhone 7 Plus either has a problem with properly locking its exposure when stitching panoramas, or has some odd stitching algorithm that can mess upwardly panoramas pretty desperately, resulting in very uneven skies. While this is not a big deal in some situations, information technology certainly shows its weaknesses when shooting in depression light atmospheric condition. Accept a look at the below panorama that was shot at sunrise:

iPhone 7 Plus Panorama Stitching Problem #1
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone vii Plus back camera vi.6mm f/2.8 @ half-dozen.6mm, ISO 80, ane/310, f/2.8

See what the camera did to the top of the frame in the clouds? There are vertical lines all over, making this panorama unusable. I have encountered a number of situations where I thought that the panorama looked good, until I zoomed in and looked at the details of the heaven.

At the same time, I found out that the iPhone panorama algorithm can actually be usable for vertical panoramas, something I previously never tried earlier. Take a look at the below image of a church building that I shot at night:

iPhone 7 Plus Vertical Panorama
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone vii Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99mm, ISO 640, i/120, f/i.8

There was no fashion for me to be able to fit the whole church in ane frame, so I tried a vertical panorama and it did a pretty decent job to my surprise.

4) Ghosting and Flare

What about ghosting and flare? Well, camera phones ever have a difficult time dealing with bright subjects and the iPhone seven Plus is not an exception. Have a look at the below photograph that I captured with the sun right to a higher place the frame:

iPhone 7 Plus Ghosting and Flare
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/ane.8 @ iii.99mm, ISO 20, 1/1150, f/i.eight

And that’s a good case – sometimes astringent ghosting and flare tin ruin the whole image, especially if the lens is not very make clean. When shooting at night, you might encounter strange ghosting and flare artifacts equally seen below:

iPhone 7 Plus Ghosting and Flare Night Lights
iPhone vii Plus + iPhone seven Plus dorsum photographic camera iii.99mm f/one.8 @ 3.99mm, ISO 160, 1/xxx, f/i.8

This behavior can change depending on the angle, so if y’all encounter outlines as in the above paradigm, it might be a practiced idea to change the framing slightly to reduce the effect.

5) Autofocus Operation

The iPhone 7 Plus is obviously not going to give you DSLR or mirrorless-level AF functioning, so nobody expects to run into a speed demon. The camera certainly does a skilful task with maintaining pretty solid and reliable AF performance, which is good enough in near situations. Continue in listen that a tiny 1/three″ sensor along with an f/1.8 aperture translate to a boatload of depth of field, so focusing is not comparable in many ways to what one would feel on a large sensor camera. Still, information technology is fast and responsive enough for a smartphone and that’due south all that matters. You only tap with your finger on the area yous want to focus on and the camera does its job. When the phone detects faces, face recognition algorithms kicking in and the photographic camera automatically focuses and tracks your subjects, putting the camera on face up priority mode, which is nice. Would I apply the iPhone 7 Plus to photograph fast action? Probably not. Only for everyday subjects, information technology does the job reasonably well.

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample (9)
iPhone vii Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back photographic camera 6.6mm f/ii.eight @ 6.6mm, ISO 25, 1/120, f/2.8
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iPhone seven Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo camera six.6mm f/2.8 @ 6.6mm, ISO xx, ane/230, f/two.8

6) Details and Noise

Thanks to a small sensor and tiny pixels, it is expected that the camera produces plenty of dissonance in depression-light situations. This is non an issue if yous are showcasing minor to medium size images to your friends on social media, but if you are trying to do something more serious, you are not going to have a lot of options. The skillful news is, if y’all shoot in proficient daylight conditions, the camera is capable of producing plenty of detail with trivial noise in images:

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample Large #8
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo photographic camera 6.6mm f/two.viii @ 6.6mm, ISO 20, i/210, f/2.8

The bad news is, if you shoot in depression calorie-free atmospheric condition and ISO needs to be pushed above ISO 100, you will exist dealing with tons of noise that might make the image completely unusable:

iPhone 7 Plus ISO 320 Noise
iPhone seven Plus + iPhone vii Plus back camera half-dozen.6mm f/ii.8 @ half-dozen.6mm, ISO 320, ane/60, f/2.8

As you can see, the above image has way too much noise at ISO 320, which makes the image look bad, fifty-fifty at down-sampled spider web resolution. Continue this in mind when shooting in depression light conditions.

7) HDR Fashion

Only like the previous generation iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus is also equipped with the “Loftier Dynamic Range” (HDR) characteristic, which does a decent job at recovering highlights and shadows when dealing with more difficult lighting situations, as can be seen below:

[twentytwenty]iPhone 7 Plus HDR Off
iPhone 7 Plus HDR On[/twentytwenty]

While the camera certainly does a good task at preserving highlights, I am non a large fan of the way the images come out past default to exist honest. I am non sure if Apple changed anything in the HDR algorithm on the iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus, simply when comparing a standard image to its HDR version, the latter typically comes out more than flat, irksome and done out. In many cases, I all the same found HDR to be beneficial to use just to preserve highlight details and if a photo was too of import for me, I would probably end up blending two images together in Photoshop, rather than trying to tweak the HDR version.

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample (6)
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone seven Plus back camera 6.6mm f/two.viii @ half-dozen.6mm, ISO 64, 1/threescore, f/2.8

8) RAW / DNG Format

When the iPhone 7 and iPhone vii Plus came out, I got excited when I heard about the capability to shoot RAW / DNG images. However, I speedily found out that this capability was non natively built into the iOS and 1 has to rely on a third party app to be able to shoot DNG images. While I do have Lightroom mobile installed on my phone and I have tried taking a number of DNG images using this app, the fact that it is a third party app that makes information technology difficult to quickly access all the photographs from other apps made me abandon information technology after a short while. It was especially annoying when I tried to launch Lightroom mobile in the middle of nowhere with no jail cell phone reception, and the app wanted me to sign in to my Adobe account to go on. While there might be other great third party options to shoot in DNG format, unless Apple provides this functionality natively like other phone manufacturers do, with the capability to make quick DNG to JPEG conversions in the camera app, I really don’t run into myself shooting in DNG. For me, it is oftentimes easier and simpler to just shoot in JPEG without any hassles…

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample Large #10
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo camera 3.99mm f/one.8 @ three.99mm, ISO 20, one/1800, f/1.viii

9) Summary

It is certainly not bad to run into all the innovation mobile phone manufacturers are putting into each new generation device. With Apple tree and other manufacturers at present adding multiple cameras to their phones, fifty-fifty more photograph capabilities are being pushed to appeal the masses. The idea is to evidence that camera phones can exist good enough for everyday needs, and this marketing strategy has certainly been working – the betoken-and-shoot market is pretty much decimated by at present. Yr after year, we are experiencing improved prototype quality and overall performance of camera phones, which is certainly heady to witness for many of united states. Mobile photography has exploded in the by few years, with hundreds of millions of people taking pictures and uploading them to social media platforms such as Instagram. And without a doubt, Apple has played a huge role in pushing others to innovate in this surface area – there are some manufacturers out there today who are now specifically targeting photography enthusiasts with larger camera sensors, external attachments and multiple lenses.

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iPhone seven Plus + iPhone 7 Plus dorsum camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 6.6mm, ISO xx, 1/210, f/2.8

The iPhone 7 Plus continues to push innovation and provide specific features that appeal photographers. Apple engineers certainly did a expert task with the simulated portrait fashion that gives subjects a “depth effect”, something we have never seen on camera phones before. However, it is clear that such new technology certainly has its drawbacks and limitations. Although some want u.s. to believe that we no longer need our large cameras to take pictures and phone cameras can exercise as good of a job, we know that such claims will never be true – and the size of the sensor has a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, for those situations when we don’t have cameras handy, photographic camera phones offer pretty good epitome quality – far better than what we had to bargain with in the by.

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample Large #3
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone vii Plus back camera vi.6mm f/2.eight @ 6.6mm, ISO 20, 1/750, f/2.viii

Overall, despite all the shortcomings pointed out in this review, the iPhone seven Plus does a decent job for my needs. While there are other keen camera telephone choices out there, the iPhone 7 Plus serves me well when I need to take occasional shots, peculiarly in bright daylight conditions.

ten) More Paradigm Samples

iPhone 7 Plus Image Sample (1)
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone seven Plus back camera six.6mm f/ii.viii @ 6.6mm, ISO 20, 1/125, f/2.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera half dozen.6mm f/2.viii @ 6.6mm, ISO 20, 1/570, f/2.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99mm, ISO 20, 1/800, f/ane.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone vii Plus dorsum photographic camera 3.99mm f/1.viii @ iii.99mm, ISO 20, 1/3400, f/ane.8
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iPhone vii Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.viii @ 3.99mm, ISO 125, 1/30, f/1.viii
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/one.eight @ 3.99mm, ISO xx, 1/2500, f/1.viii
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera iii.99mm f/1.viii @ three.99mm, ISO xx, 1/350, f/ane.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone vii Plus back iSight Duo camera 3.99mm f/1.eight @ 3.99mm, ISO 20, 1/260, f/1.viii
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo photographic camera vi.6mm f/2.8 @ 6.6mm, ISO 125, i/lx, f/2.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera half-dozen.6mm f/two.8 @ vi.6mm, ISO xx, i/1400, f/2.eight
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iPhone seven Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera vi.6mm f/2.8 @ vi.6mm, ISO 20, i/610, f/ii.8
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iPhone seven Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back photographic camera six.6mm f/ii.8 @ vi.6mm, ISO 25, 1/120, f/2.8
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iPhone seven Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back photographic camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 3.99mm, ISO 20, 1/1300, f/1.eight
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone seven Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 6.6mm, ISO 20, 1/400, f/2.8
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iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back iSight Duo camera three.99mm f/1.8 @ iii.99mm, ISO 25, 1/30, f/1.viii
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Camera
  • Optical Performance
  • Features
  • Build Quality
  • Focus Speed and Accuracy
  • Image Stabilization
  • Value
  • Image Quality
  • Loftier ISO Operation
  • Size and Weight
  • Metering and Exposure
  • Movie Recording Features
  • Dynamic Range
  • Ease of Use

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