iPhone 7/7+ - Heavy Noise Reduction

TL24

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Here's a perfect camera comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel XL, GS7 Edge and LG V20.


As you can see the iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 10 has an insane amount of noise reduction that literally destroys any fine details in good or bad lighting condition. I really wish Apple would tone the NR down quite a bit, I'd rather have some noise and more detail than no detail and less noise.

Thank god for the ability to shoot RAW.
 

RiddlaBronc

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Here's a perfect camera comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel XL, GS7 Edge and LG V20.


As you can see the iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 10 has an insane amount of noise reduction that literally destroys any fine details in good or bad lighting condition. I really wish Apple would tone the NR down quite a bit, I'd rather have some noise and more detail than no detail and less noise.

Thank god for the ability to shoot RAW.
Agreed but it has been this way for a long time. I just hate how everything looks like its been painted by a brush.
 

TL24

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Oh yeah I know, I swear they reduced it at some point when I had my 6S Plus but it looks like it's back. I really wished they would tone it down a bit, I mean jesus christ you don't need to apply such a heavy noise reduction, leave some fine details man...
 
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TL24

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I'm surprised this isn't an issue to majority of you all, it just annoys the crap out of me that they're using such a heavy noise reduction algorithm.

Anyways I've submitted this as a bug to Apple who will probably disregard it like usual SMFH!
 

zeejaydee

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I took a low light photo with both the stock app and Procam and the difference between the two is rather shocking. so much so that I'm trying to completely get myself off of using the stock app
 
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Rocko99

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Apple has been using heavy noise reduction since the 5S. This is applied via the image processor. It's really a shame.
 

rGiskard

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Here's a perfect camera comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel XL, GS7 Edge and LG V20.


As you can see the iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 10 has an insane amount of noise reduction that literally destroys any fine details in good or bad lighting condition. I really wish Apple would tone the NR down quite a bit, I'd rather have some noise and more detail than no detail and less noise.

Thank god for the ability to shoot RAW.
Heavy NR is mandated by the relatively small sensor used. It's far smaller than any of the iPhone competitors. Smaller sensors mean smaller light collecting pixels and thus more noise.
 

Rocko99

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Heavy NR is mandated by the relatively small sensor used. It's far smaller than any of the iPhone competitors. Smaller sensors mean smaller light collecting pixels and thus more noise.
Well, that would hold true except they increased the image processing from 5S forward. The increased jpg compression as well as increased noise reduction algorithms. It's very easy to spot when comparing the same exact image from a 5 and any model afterwords. All sharp edges are lost, watercolor effect increased.
 

Jayson A

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It annoys me too, but all you need to do is download a better photography app that can shoot in RAW format.
 

TL24

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It annoys me too, but all you need to do is download a better photography app that can shoot in RAW format.
Yeah I know, but sometimes I'd like to shoot with the stock Camera app instead of having to open up a 3rd party app like Lightroom and etc.
 

Jayson A

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Yeah I know, but sometimes I'd like to shoot with the stock Camera app instead of having to open up a 3rd party app like Lightroom and etc.
I feel like they could give us a few more options in the stock camera app to shoot in raw and give us the ability to adjust the noise reduction levels.
 
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