Apple released the newest iteration of the iPhone family last year, and the device represents a decent step forward in many areas of utility. The newest line of iPhones includes the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and for the purposes of this review, we’ll be discussing the iPhone 7 Plus. The 7 Plus has several features that boost it to a level of its own, and one of the most notable areas of improvement over the iPhone 7 is the camera system included in the iPhone 7 Plus.
There is a singular difference between the camera in the iPhone 7 and the camera in the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 includes a single wide-angle 12MP rear camera lens with an aperture of ƒ/1.8 and up to 5x digital zoom. The single rear camera lens has been standard on iPhone models in the past, but the iPhone 7 Plus takes it to the next stage.
The iPhone 7 Plus includes not just one, but two camera lens. One of the lens is a standard 12MP wide-angle lens also included in the iPhone 7, and the second camera lens is a telephoto lens with an aperture of ƒ/2.8 and 2x optical zoom. By combining the utility of these two lens, the iPhone 7 Plus offers untold utility compared to single-camera phones.
Since the iPhone 7 Plus is the first iPhone with dual lenses, it is also the first with the ability to perform optical zoom. By stacking the zoom potential for the optical lens and the digital zoom from the wide-angle lens, the iPhone 7 Plus can achieve up to 10x zoom.
Because the iPhone 7 Plus is the first to include the secondary lens, it uses the same software as the iPhone 7 with a few minor tweaks. Both phones offer the same easy-to-use interface for the Camera app, but the iPhone 7 Plus includes a feature that many people are saying has the ability to completely revolutionize how smartphones capture images.
Portrait Mode is the newest feature for the iPhone 7 Plus camera system, and it is perfect for taking stunning, professional photos in just about any environment. What makes the Portrait Mode so useful is that it can be used to create intense focus on the photo’s foreground while blurring the background, which creates a depth-of-field effect that highlights the subject of the photo.
The iPhone 7 Plus is the only iPhone capable of supporting Portrait mode since it is the only iPhone with the required dual lenses. Since the phone is capable of producing such amazing images, Apple has released a series of tips and tricks that people can use to optimize their photo-taking ability with the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode.
One of the first tips from professional photographers who have used or are familiar with the capabilities of the iPhone 7 Plus camera is that users should get up close and personal with their subjects in order to get the most detail from the subject as possible.
Photographers using Portrait mode should also attempt to minimize the background, which will not only isolate the subject as the sole focus of the image, but it will distract less from the overall aesthetic of the photo with less blurry background. The sun should always be behind the photographer in order to create the optimal lighting, and altering the exposure can create images that are more cinematic in scale.
It is recommended that photo subjects should remain as still as possible when using Portrait Mode since the camera will pick up on vibration and movement. There are features that help stabilize small motions, but a fully moving subject will be difficult to capture.
The excellent thing about Portrait Mode is that it brings more manipulation and control to the photographer. It allows users to tweak small settings that other phones can’t, and it takes full advantage of the powerful dual camera lens system to produce images of DSLR quality.
The iPhone 7 Plus provides camera functionality that rivals professional equipment and software. You might not think that a camera on a smartphone could be used in any professional setting instead of a dedicated camera, but many photographers have started to explore the possibilities made available to them thanks to the release of the iPhone 7 Plus. The camera is not only ideal for taking selfies and memorable family photos, but it can even be used to take wedding or engagement photos that will be treasured forever.
Since the iPhone 7 Plus is the first smartphone with dual lenses, it won’t be long before other brands jump on the trend. Apple is far ahead of the curve with their newest top-of-the-line iPhone, and they will continue to be on the front lines of innovation as smartphones continue to evolve.