OK, now that Apple has released their latest iPhone, version 7, we can all begin critiquing it for what we like and don’t like. I would like to dive into the camera as that is the biggest area of curiosity for me as a photographer. It is a radical departure from the iPhones of the past and Apple did not spare any expense on the research and development of the optics in this version.
During the keynote it was interesting to hear the presenters talk about “bokeh” along with other camera terminology not often associated with a smart phone. Apple finally seems to be paying attention to the camera component even offering a wide angle lens with and aperture of f/1.8 on the standard iPhone 7 and a telephoto lens with and aperture of f/2.8 on the iPhone 7 Plus which will sit along side the wide angle.
Each model is upping its game to a 12 mega-pixel camera for better resolution, and enhanced brighter flash and increased low light sensitivity. Apple is so confident about this phone that they have tested it with a professional photographer while shooting an NFL game. Here are a few of the sample pictures:
More pictures can be viewed on the Sports Illustrated site. One of the most intriguing things to me was that the pictures can now be saved in RAW for post processing in Lightroom or Photoshop. Certainly a quantum leap forward. Now, this will never replace my beloved DSLR by any means, but certainly having a reasonably sharp camera ready at a moments notice is appealing.
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