While the megapixel count may have stayed the same, Apple has made a number of improvements to the rear camera on the iPhone 7 — especially the dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus. The main 12-MP camera sports an f/1.8 aperture that's almost a full stop faster than previous iPhones, while the secondary shooter sports a 56mm equivalent lens that offers a true 2x optical zoom.
This makes the new iPhone 7 Plus a great all-around tool for shooting subjects both near and far. And in certain situations, like concerts or sporting events, the improvements to the camera elevate Apple's flagship handset to a level that makes it one of the most prodigious smartphone cameras on the market. So to explore the full potential of the iPhone 7 Plus' cameras, we took them out for a week of dedicated shooting. Check out the following pictures to see what the cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus can really do, along with a few tips on how to get shots like this for yourself.
Note: None of the photos have been altered or edited.
When you think about composition, you can bring even more to a photo, and this shot overlooking the Paulus Hook Ferry slip might be my favorite photo of the iPhone 7. The bright foreground provides the perfect balance to the city lights in the background, while the walkway invites you to cross the Hudson and check out Lower Manhattan for yourself.
This is the closest to feeling like a kid I've experienced in a while. Using a 1/90th of a second shutter speed, the iPhone strikes the perfect balance between freezing motion and still capturing the movement in the falling water. Then, by placing the sun behind the fountain but out of the frame, you can get the light to shine through the water to provide that little extra bit of sparkle to your photos.
Even at night, the iPhone 7 Plus delivered a dazzling photo outside Rockefeller Center. The phone did a great job of preserving details on buildings in a background while preserving all the various lights and colors in front.
When you're trying to capture something as iconic as the sign outside Radio City Music Hall, little tweaks can make a big difference. So for this shot, I lowered the camera's exposure compensation by dragging down on the screen, so those neon lights could shine brighter and stand out more than they would otherwise.
There's no replacement for golden hour, and this pic at sunset glows with a warmth that you just can't capture if you use a camera with less dynamic range.
This shot shows why the iPhone 7 Plus is the world's best phone for shooting sporting events. By tapping the 2x optical zoom button in the camera, the iPhone 7 Plus lets you see tiny details, such as a spray of turf whipped up during a kickoff, even from the top of the second deck.
Using the 2x zoom while adjusting the exposure compensation allows for a shot that captures Jedi Yankovic in front of a squad of dancing Stormtroopers and a sparkling field of stars. The only trade-off: The blown-out details on Weird Al's face. Considering how good the scene stage looks, that’s a trade-off I'm willing to make.