Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 7 camera
With the iPhone being the most popular camera in the whole world, Apple is constantly trying to make it better and better. And this time around the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus have got some interesting camera upgrades which I am super excited to share with you! I 've believed that the iPhone can take DSLR quality pictures and with the new iPhone 7 upgrade, it is even more so. So if you are an ardent iPhone photography fan and are thinking of an upgrade, here's everything you need to know about the new iPhone 7 camera!
What’s better in the iPhone 7?
Before anything, let's take a quick look at the specifications:
- 12 mega-pixel rear-facing camera
- 7 mega-pixel HD front-facing camera
- f/1.8 aperture lens
- Optical image stabilization
- Six-element lens for better quality in low-light
- Quad-LED True Tone flash
- High-speed image sensor
The camera has the same 12 MP resolution as the iPhone 6s, however the front facing camera has been updated from 5MP to 7MP camera. The camera has a new six-element lens which improves image sharpness and quality and helps you take better photos in low-light too! The lens is equipped with f 1.8 aperture which has the ability to capture 50% more light than the iPhone 6 models which have lens with aperture f 2.2.
What’s better in the iPhone 7 plus?
The iPhone 7 plus camera has all the features of iPhone 7, additionally it also has 2 special enhancements :
- A dual camera system with 2 lenses: 1 telephoto lens and 1 wide angle lens
- 2x optical zoom
The iPhone 7 plus camera has got a bigger upgrade with a dual lens system which lets you create amazing bokeh (blurry background effect due to shallow depth of field) in your photos. Also the telephoto lens allows for 2X optical zoom which means you can zoom without losing quality!
Exciting features that make the whole upgrade worth it?
Personally I am the most curious and excited for these features:
Shallow depth of field: As I said before the dual lens system in the iPhone 7 plus allows for a shallow depth of field which lets you take photos with a sharp subject and a blurry background like the one below. This effect can be still replicated in previous iPhone versions with the helps of other apps, but I am glad its straightforward to do it now.
RAW format: If you are a DSLR photographer, you surely have heard of the RAW image format.When you shoot in raw, your camera does not process the data to create your image file. So all the data is preserved and you get a lot more flexibility and control to process the data to produce high quality photos. But in case of jpeg format, the camera processes all the image data beforehand thereby not giving you much control over the quality of the image. The new iPhone 7 camera now lets you shoot and store in RAW format.
Zoom: In previous versions of the iPhone, instead of using optical zoom, the iPhone camera uses digital zoom. Digital zoom basically means that the camera uses built-in software to crop away the edges of the original image to get a closer view on a certain area of the photo. This affects the pixels in the photo and makes them appear blocky which dramatically reduces the quality of the image. But in the iPhone 7 plus, the camera has 2X optical zoom which means you can zoom without losing quality!
Do you need to upgrade for the camera?
Personally, as an iPhone 6 user, I don't see any "major" upgrades in the iPhone 7. However if you are thinking of the iPhone 7 plus, there is considerable enhancement in the camera. So if you are planning to upgrade just for the camera, iPhone 7 plus is a better one to look at. If you were anyway planning to upgrade your iPhone, the iPhone 7 has great camera features that wont disappoint!
Introducing the iPhone-o-graphy course
I 'll take this opportunity to introduce my new upcoming course - iPhone-o-graphy with you. If you are on my email list, you probably have heard about this course I 've been working on. iPhone-o-graphy is an online e-course to help creatives and small business owners capture high quality photos for their businesses using their iPhone.
Over the past year, I have learned a ton about how to take high-quality photos using the iPhone. I can safely say I have fallen in love with the camera and the art of iPhone photography. A few months ago I shot a photo pack for Creative Convex using the iPhone camera, here is a snapshot of the photos.
Photography is a huge part of growing an online business and I am excited to pass on the skills you need to style, shoot and edit your own photos for your blog, Instagram and business using the iPhone camera.
The new course teaches you the exact techniques you need to take high-quality photos using your iPhone.
I’m going to show you...
- How to unlock the hidden features of your iPhone camera and transform it into a DSLR to capture professional quality photos
- How to take photos that will attract your target audience and build trust
- How to style an everyday scene to create impactful photos
- The exact setup you need to get the perfect amount of lighting for your photos
- My exact step-by-step process for editing photos
- How to get the dreamy blurry background (shallow depth of field) in your photos
- Every tool and technique I know to capture high-quality photos to grow your business
The iPhone-o-graphy course teaches you how to capture high-quality photos despite what version of the iPhone you are using. This is because there are very tiny variations in the camera itself. Of course better the camera, better the photo quality. But whether you are using your iPhone 5 or 6 or 7, the techniques you learn in the course are going to help you capture DSLR quality photos on your iPhone! However I am planning to add a bonus lesson to navigate the new iPhone 7 plus camera features for those who are planning to upgrade!
I am currently working on creating the content for the course with a group of wonderful beta testers. If you 'd like to receive regular updates about the course, exclusive iPhone photography tips and tutorials, make sure to join us by signing up on this page.
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With the iPhone camera getting better and better, there is no better time than now to get serious about your iPhone photography game! :)