Apple iphone 7 camera review: better than ever

     

A brighter 12MP camera

The iPhone 7 features an updated 12MP camera with a brighter aperture of f/1.8 that should let 1/2 more light hit the sensor, a six-element lens & optical image stabilization (which was reserved khổng lồ the Plus Mã Sản Phẩm last year).

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The sensor is reportedly 60% faster & 30% more efficient than the previous camera system, there is also an improved Apple-made image signal processor. The new Quad-LED True Tone flash fires much brighter than the dual-LED unit we had in the iPhone 6s.

There are camera improvements around the front as well with a new 7MP FaceTime HD camera, a healthy bump from the 5MP. of old. The selfie snapper is aided by Apple’s excellent Retimãng cầu Flash as they call it - it flashes the screen khổng lồ serve sầu as an ambient flash.

Live sầu Photos are available as before - if you activate them, those 3s small videos are captured automatically and the new thing about them is that they are now stabilized so they look much smoother.

The camera interface is the same as before. If you tap khổng lồ focus the phone will give sầu you control over exposure through a slider. This way you can conveniently adjust exposure compensation depending on the scene. You can loông chồng the focus và exposure as well.

We can confirm the camera is blazingly fast. There is no pausing for loading or saving even when taking bursts of photos (even a hundred images or more).

All settings và shooting modes are laid out logically và the only setting we miss is a toggle between 1080p ad 4K đoạn Clip recording, which instead of being accessible from the camera UI, requires you khổng lồ dig deep in the phone"s Settings menu.

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The camera app

Even though Apple upgraded the camera with a new sensor và a brighter f/1.8 lens, it"s still 12MP in resolution và the daylight photos snapped with the iPhone 7 are quite cchiến bại lớn what we had on the iPhone 6s.

In good light the resolved detail is good, but it"s not at all better (or worse) than what the previous iPhones resolved.

We spotted some softness in the extreme corners of the images, something we haven’t seen on older iPhones - possibly a direct result of the new, brighter lens.

The image processing algorithm doesn’t look changed and it’s still among mỏi the best in the di động business. Fine detail is nicely represented with good amount of sharpening which looks balanced compared to LG’s or Samsung’s.

Other than that, the colors & contrast are great and the dynamic range is simply great - probably due lớn some clever Dynamic Range optimization routine - much lượt thích you would get on dedicated big cameras. In any case, the iPhone 7 delivers the most balanced dynamic range from any smartphone at the moment.

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điện thoại Apple iPhone 7 12MP camera samples

As expected, HDR mode expands the excellent dynamic range of the iPhone 7. Apple’s approach is mostly about bringing baông xã the highlight detail và only slightly enhancing shadow detail.

Interestingly, the HDR photos appear a bit darker than the non-HDR ones but they offer higher detail in both shadows & highlights.

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HDR off • HDR on • HDR off* HDR on

The newly added optical image stabilization allows the iPhone 7 to drop the shutter tốc độ to lớn as low as 1/4s when shooting handheld, which is an improvement over the 1/17s the iPhone SE/6s camera settles at in the dark. This combined with the wider aperture should allow the iPhone 7 lớn take better low-light images.

We shot a few comparative night samples between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7. The exposure on both pix is comparable but if you pixel-peep the images, you can appreciate the higher sharpness và slightly lower noise levels on the iPhone 7 thanks to the lower ISO. The thing is that you really need khổng lồ zoom in khổng lồ appreciate the difference. Zoomed out khổng lồ fit a computer screen, và the samples look almost identical.

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Apple iPhone 7 low-light • iPhone 6s low-light

The iPhone 7 has four LEDs for its flash và indeed, it"s twice as bright as the one on the iPhone 6s/SE but this will probably matter at longer distances. On the other hand, if you use the flash as a flashlight, then you"ll greatly appreciate the new one.

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The optical image stabilization is the addition that really matters as it will keep the lens steady & won"t allow for blurry shots at low-light. The iPhone SE on the other hand will often produce a blurred picture in low light.

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điện thoại iPhone 7 • iPhone SE • điện thoại iPhone 7 • iPhone SE

The iPhone 7 offers 180-degree panoramic shots & they can go up lớn 15,000 x 4,000 pixels or 60MPhường. The stitching is great, there are no artefacts, & the color rendering is good, too.

We love iPhone panoramas because they are the only HDR ones around - meaning the exposure is constantly being adjusted to lớn be even across the scene - we can’t believe sầu Apple is still the only one doing this.

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Apple iPhone 7 panorama • another panorama • a sunset panorama

The front-facing camera got its resolution boosted to lớn 7MP & records 1080p đoạn phim. It can use the so-called Retina flash, where your screen lights up in different colors depending on the intended trắng balance of the scene.

The resolved detail is higher than before, the contrast và colors are very good, while the exposure is always aimed at the subject, which leaves the background overexposed at times.

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A regular selfie • a low-light selfie with the Retina flash on

You can check out how the iPhone 7 camera stacks up against the competition in our Photo compare tool. The low-light sample is really impressive sầu - it was shot at ISO 100 at 1/6 speed và illustrates the true power of an OIS camera.

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iPhone 7 vs. Apple iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 in our Photo unique comparison tool

4K video recording

điện thoại iPhone 7 is capable of recording 2160p videos at 30 frames in addition to 1080p capturing at 30 & 60 fps. The slow-mo videos can be recorded at 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps.There is a time-lapse mode, which works quite well.

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The camcorder UI is as simple as it can get, offering nothing but the flash setting. You can find the resolution switch in the Settings thực đơn instead of having a shortcut in the viewfinder, which is somewhat annoying.

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The video options are in the iOS Settings menu

The 4K videos carry a bitrate of around 47Mbps, but audio is recorded in mono at 85Kbps in AAC format. The 1080p videos at 30fps have a bitrate of 16 Mbps, keeping the same audio, while the 60fps ones came out with 23Mbps bitrate.

The 4K videos are slightly less processed than still images - there is some noise, but less sharpening while the detail is great if not quite class-leading.

Dynamic range is once again impressive sầu và the frame rate is pretty steady, but the mono audio is disappointing. Some corner softness is visible at times, too.

The footage is well-stabilized thanks to lớn the presence of both optical & software stabilization.

Compared lớn the iPhone 6S, the 7 has a much improved low light Clip, mainly thanks to the wider aperture. It’s got brighter exposure, there is less noise in the footage, objects are much sharper and we see a much improved trắng balance.

The 1080p videos at 30 and 60 fps are aước ao the best we"ve seen, well stabilized again, with great amount of detail, fine colors, a steady framerate & superb dynamic range. Once again - the audio is just mono, which is rather hard to lớn swallow at this price point.

You can tải về the untouched 2160p at 30 fps (9s, 50MB), 1080p at 60 fps (10s, 30MB), và 1080p at 30 fps (13, 25MB) videos.

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The iPhone 7 is ready to lớn meet the competition in our Video Compare Tool. You can notice the clear superiority of the Galaxy S7 over the iPhones when it comes lớn detail.

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2160p: Apple iPhone 7 vs. điện thoại iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 in our Video chất lượng comparison tool

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1080p: điện thoại Apple iPhone 7 vs. điện thoại Apple iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 in our Video chất lượng comparison tool


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