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After sharing a collection of photographs taken with the iPhone 7 Plus at the Titans-Vikings game yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning tweeted out another group of photos captured with Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone, now providing a few examples of low-light photography.

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The new set of photos were taken by ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman during the U.S. Open. According to the publication, "the autofocus and exposure performed exceedingly well in various lighting conditions -- so that even with one hand, he could get the shot."

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Better low-light photography was emphasized by Apple in the new ad for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The improved conditions in low-light situations, as well as crisper and brighter photos, come at the hands of the iPhone 7's 28mm 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a wider f/1.8 aperture 6-element lens, wide color capture, and a new Apple image signaling processor.

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The iPhone 7 Plus has all of these features, with the addition of a second 12-megapixel 56mm telephoto lens with an f/2.8 aperture, enabling a new and highly-detailed 2x optical zoom ability. Nordeman's style -- described as "surprising moments from unique perspectives, using color and composition without distracting his subjects" -- was enhanced thanks to the portability of the iPhone 7 Plus, which provides various DSLR-quality features without needing a cumbersome camera system.

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Yesterday, an enterprising Redditor used EXIF data from the photos shared by Sports Illustrated to derive the sizes of the main and secondary camera sensors on the iPhone 7 Plus, also using information known about the sensor on the iPhone 6s. According to the user, the main lenses on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are nearly identical in size to the one on the iPhone 6s.
The actual focal length of the main camera is 3.99mm, derived from one of the photos EXIF data. A 1/3in sensor has a crop factor of 7.21, and the iPhone 6S' sensor is 1/3in. The math is below:

iPhone 6S (1/3in sensor) = 4.15mm x 7.21 = 29.92mm for a 35mm equivalent lens.
iPhone 7 Plus main sensor = 3.99mm x (7.21?) = 28.7679mm, very close to Apple's claimed 28mm.
iPhone 7 Plus telephoto sensor = 6.6mm x (8.6?) = 56.8mm, very close to the claimed 56mm as well. For a 1/3.6in sensor, the crop factor is 8.6.

Edit: For context, a larger sensor size allows for shallower depth of field, or the use of bigger and/or more pixels. Generally, the smaller the sensor, the worse it performs; however, we all know Apple pushes out some quality components so this doesn't necessarily mean it's true. Example: The 6S cramming 4million more pixels, and its pixel size being reduced from 1.5microns to 1.22microns to retain the same 1/3in sensor size, yet, they kept image noise performance still similar to the 6, basically having more detail at almost no cost.
The first iPhone 7 pre-order customers have already begun receiving shipment notifications regarding their incoming orders, which are preparing to arrive this Friday, September 16. Also launching this Friday is the Apple Watch Series 2, which the company announced alongside the iPhone 7 last week in San Francisco.

Check out the full collection of photos taken with the iPhone 7 Plus at the US Open here.

Article Link: iPhone 7 Plus Low-Light Photo Capabilities Shown Off at U.S. Open
 

John80

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Meh, it's not a big deal to catch photo like this with old 5S. By low light I mean room with single bulp or street after sunset.
 

DoctorTech

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I've got my 7+ on order. The new dual camera setup was one of the biggest reasons I am upgrading from the 6s+
I have a nice Canon DSLR camera and it is amazing to watch how more and more of the features from that camera are finding their way into smart phones. The 6s+ already has exceeded what I thought would ever be possible in terms of image quality from a smart phone. I can't wait to get my hands on the 7+ :)
 

sundog925

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wish i were getting one of the new phones!

look great.

hope people get bigger storage size due to these photos (especially 7 plus) being huge in file size i imagine.
 
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These photos really do look fantastic. I'm thinking of upgrading my 6S+ once I see the different blacks in-person.
 

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Don't get me wrong, these look stunning but I think the dual-camera isn't that much better than the camera in the 7. It can only do optical zoom at 2x and software zoom at 10x (the 7 can do software zoom at 5x). And the bokeh effect isn't even available yet. This year Phil said, probably means next year. He didn't even give us a set month like they did with the AirPods for example.
 

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None of these photos are in "low light condition". High contrast + good dynamic (+ presumably HDR) in order to slightly bring out shadows, OK, but not low light. I'd like to see how the sensor and phone behaves in low light with low contrast, thus maxing out ISO.

I'm not up to date in iphone / iOS technology : can iphone shoot raw ? if so, what the bitdepth of the raw info ? can an app like snapseed (if google ported it to iOS) do wonders?
 

Mike84

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None of these photos are in "low light condition". High contrast + good dynamic (+ presumably HDR) in order to slightly bring out shadows, OK, but not low light. I'd like to see how the sensor and phone behaves in low light with low contrast, thus maxing out ISO.

I'm not up to date in iphone / iOS technology : can iphone shoot raw ? if so, what the bitdepth of the raw info ? can an app like snapseed (if google ported it to iOS) do wonders?

I believe the iPhone 7 and 7+ can show in raw, but I am not sure of what information is out there concerning those raw files. One of the photos, this one:

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has a good amount of noise at the top right and bottom.
 
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keysofanxiety

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I'm all for Tim getting excited and spotlighting these photos (along with the NFL pics).

But Apple needs to quit comparing cell phone cameras to DSLR's. There is no comparison.

When you compare a camera in a phone to a professional DSLR, it's more to demonstrate how far the technology has come along. And you can't deny that the quality is getting better and better per generation.

Not for one minute are Apple or Phil suggesting that a phone could ever be a replacement for a DSLR; not now, and not in the next decade. That was one of the things explicitly stated in the keynote.

However the quality of some photographs against DSLRs really highlights just how impressive the camera is.
 

fatalogic

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I think the camera in the 7+ will be excellent and probably the best on the market for at least 6 months but I really don't care about photos from a professional photographer. They do this every year since they started the shot on Iphone campaign and every year people are awed by their photos. Then they get the phone in the real world and wonder why they can't take awesome photos too.

If they rereleased these photos and said it was from the 7+ I'm sure most people wouldn't know the difference.
http://www.imore.com/check-out-these-iphone-6s-and-6s-plus-camera-samples
 
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