Professional photographers and tech experts agree that the iPhone 7 camera is the best to hit the smartphone market yet. Apple's newest upgraded features include optical image stabilization, a brighter f/1.8 lens that lets in 50 percent more light, a 12-megapixel sensor, and new image processing chip. The feature that has everyone most excited is the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera system, which allows for allows for 2x optical zoom without compromising image quality.
So what do all these added features mean to those who just want to take an incredible photo with their new iPhone 7? As you get to know your iPhone 7 camera, here are some things to try out in order to get the most out of your shiny new toy and capture the best photos possible.
1. Try out the new zoom feature for photos.
Owners of the iPhone 7 Plus get to take advantage of dual camera system, which switches between the wide-angle camera (1x) and telephoto camera (2x) by simply tapping the 2x or 1x button just above the shutter button.
2. Try out the new zoom feature for video.
You can use the dual camera system for recording videos as well. Try zooming in and out on your subject while rolling to make your videos more interesting.
3. Experiment with the 2x zoom in various modes
Another really cool feature on the iPhone 7 Plus is that the 2x zoom can be used in all modes (photo, video, time-lapse, slo-mo, and pano). Now that fall is here, you can capture maximum detail taking panoramic shots of the beautiful autumnal landscapes.
4. Take advantage of the low-light performance feature.
Above is a photo taken using the iPhone 7 low-light performance feature. The iPhone 7 now has 12 megapixels with improved low-light performance. Test it out by taking some photos in both dark and light settings. You should see more detail in both groups of photos. Using the tagline “It’s practically magic,” Apple created video advertisements to illustrate the power of the new low-light camera. To view, click here and here.
5. Take colorful photos and view them on a perfect display screen.
Apple was quick to point out that the iPhone 7 display is the brightest iPhone display to date. Additionally, the new wide color gamut and record absolute color accuracy means the Iphone 7 is “[v]isually indistinguishable from perfect.” Test these features out by taking shots of fall foliage and flowers and ogle at the vibrant, true-to-life colors on the screen.
6. Take amazing portraits.
iPhone 7 Plus owners can take photos of friends, family, and pets that rival those taken by a professional portrait photographer. Available Friday, September 23, the downloadable beta Portrait mode employs a software that engages the two lenses of the dual camera system to create a more powerful image. Once downloaded, you can use the feature directly from your camera app. You’ll be able to blur the background of your images, which then allows your sitter to really stand out with incredible clarity.
7. Experiment with the depth-of-field effect on photos other than portraits.
Above is a photo taken using the iPhone 7 depth-of-field effect. Using this effect of the beta Portrait mode, you can exercise your smartphone photography skills. Try taking close-up nature shots and intimate still-life images. If you sell and make accessories like jewelry or handbags, the feature can also be used for creative product photography.
8. Create solid videos using optical image stabilization.
Above photo was taken using an iPhone 7 camera, showing the optical image stabilization. Available on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the optical image stabilization feature allows you to shoot a steady video even if you were moving around when the footage was recorded.
9. Capture photos as RAW files.
When you take an image with the camera on your iPhone, it is processed and then converted into JPEG. In doing so, some information in the image is removed. This doesn’t bother most people, but if you are a professional photographer or aspire to be one, you may want that information and will need to use a RAW file. This requires iOS 10 and installing a third party app that can use RAW images. For more information about using Raw files on your iPhone 7, check out this article.
10. Up your selfie game.
Ask any Kardashian or Jenner, and they’ll tell you that taking a great selfie requires hard work and perseverance. But with the 7-megapixel FaceTime camera, capturing that perfect selfie for your next Instagram post will be a breeze.
The new technology of the Iphone 7 and Iphone 7 Plus camera has expanded the horizon of smartphone photography. Familiarize yourself with all the new camera features, and soon you’ll be taking professional quality photos and video.