Apple on Wednesday launched its new iPhone 7 and with it came a bunch of new upgrades. The removal of the audio jack and the “Airpods”, of course, hogged the limelight but what slipped silently under the radar was the smartphone camera. The new iPhone 7 series; the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus gave their users camera that could compete with basic DSLRs. The camera installed on the iPhone 7 is much better its predecessors. And the iPhone 7 Plus just goes on to trump it.
The image signal processor can be termed as the best feature of the new iPhone 7 series. Built into the mightyA10 Fusion chip, the ISP, users fire up a 100 billion operations and use deep machine learning to improve the pictures. The camera also has the ability to simultaneously adjust the autofocus and white balance to deliver the best results. The true tone flash has also been improved and is 50% brighter and much more efficient than its predecessor; the Apple iPhone 6. Termed as the QUAD-LED True Tone Flash, it adjusts automatically to the colour tone of the environment and reduces the flickering from artificial light.
The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras have been completely redesigned from with a 12mp resolution, optical image stabilisation. The iPhone 7 Plus has dual camera lens near the rear camera to provide the user with additional zoom and depth-of-field capabilities.
The iPhone 6’s iSight rear camera can record Full HD 1080 video at 60 frames per second (fps). Though it wasn’t much different from the iPhone 5 and produced a slightly better picture quality. The iPhone 6s had the image stabilising technology which enabled it to compensate for the unavoidable motion of hands that is required to click a picture. The iPhone 6 Plus had physically moving lens which brought it very close to the features of a digital camera. Even the facetime Camera, was a minor upgrade from the iPhone 5. It had the same 1.2 mp as the iPhone 5 with a slightly faster aperture.
The iPhone 7 camera, on the other hand, has a six-element lens and a 12 mp sensor. The optical image stabilisation feature is installed to reduce motion and allows an exposure of at least 3 times more than the Apple iPhone 6. It has an aperture of f/1.8 which helps to capture 50% more light meaning that the user can click much better pictures in low light conditions. The Apple iPhone 7 plus camera, though, seems to have aimed at achieving the DSLR status. It has two 12-mp cameras. One of its cameras looks and functions exactly like the iPhone 7. The 2nd camera, however, is a 12-mp telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.8 bringing in the optical zoom. though the telephoto lens can also add to the depth-pf-field effect, it has to be activated first using a software update. The ISP in both the cameras makes the subject look sharp while blurring out the background, which is the exact type of feature seen in DSLR cameras. The FaceTime camera or the selfie camera have also received a massive upgrade in the new iPhone 7 series, with 7-mp and a f/2.2 aperture. it also has auto image stabilisation and can do full HD video recording.
While the previous iPhones have been mere upgrades or siblings of their predecessors, the iPhone 7 series comes off as an ambitious child with the necessary talents to achieve greatness. It already has come a long way from the iPhone 6 series by aiming for the DSLR status.