Which new iPhone for photographer?

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  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    Time to upgrade my wireless plan iPhone 5, which is still usable but the camera sucks and it's not water resistant. As I use it more and with various camera control apps from Canon and third parties, and also for the upcoming minimalist genre of smart phone photography, the 7 and the 7 Plus are very attractive. I have some questions, regarding which hopefully users can share some insights:

    How much better than previous gens (especially 5) is the camera in the 7?

    Is the 7 Plus optically superior to the 7, or is the difference solely the 2X optical zoom?

    Are both 7 and 7+ going to work well with the external lens kits that are becoming available?

    Finally, inasmuch as September will soon be upon us, would I be well advised to wait and possibly go for the 8? Any ideas as to what the camera specs are for the 8?
     
  2. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    The Plus series has the advantage over the regular series. So iPhone 7 Plus, but keep it mind in less than 2 months, a new phone with a better camera will come out.
     
  3. michael9891 macrumors 6502a

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    Nobody knows the specs of the iPhone 8 camera but at this point (in my opinion), it would be very unwise to buy an iPhone 7/7+ without at least seeing what that 8 has to offer. And if the price is worth it to you of course.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, the new phone will have a better camera.
     
  5. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    The primary camera on the iPhone 7 and 7+ are the same. The secondary camera on the 7+ uses a smaller sensor (essentially crop) and has a 2x equivalent focal length because of the combination of smaller sensor and lens.

    The advantage the 7 and 7+ brings is the larger aperture over the previous gen iPhones.
     
  6. rugmankc macrumors 68000

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    OP: There was a guy on here a few months ago who posted beautiful pics and, I believe, videos. If he sees this or someone remembers him, he would be a wealth of info on the 7 Plus. A good photographer. Maybe try the Digital Photography Forum.
     
  7. se95dah macrumors member

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    The improvement between the iPhone 5 and 7 cameras is very significant. The first thing I noticed was the speed of focusing - the 5 was pretty lazy in this regard but the 7 (and actually even the 6) is as quick as any decent point and shoot. The overall image quality of the results is also far superior and will be easily noticeable, especially to a keen photographer.
     
  8. deuxani macrumors 6502

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    The portrait mode alone is a reason to upgrade to the 7 Plus. The photos you can take with depth effect are truly amazing. I dropped my 6S 2 days before my trip to Bali and I didn't want to bring a real camera. I just went and bought the 7 Plus and it has blown me away. Low light isn't that great but the portrait mode, the zoom, it still amazes me. When I show photographer friends some of the pics I took they can't imagine it coming from a phone.
     
  9. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll be waiting. I actually ordered the 7 but I sent it back.

    I have made "premature" purchases before. Some new feature could well be compelling and it's certainly worth it to check new features out.

    Will be looking for specs. Sensor? Optics? Both are important.

    Faster aperture might improve low light performance and reduce flash.

    Will check it out.

    I noticed this about the 5. Frustrating, especially when coupled with the small display.

    Thanks for all inputs. I will now be evaluating with a heightened awareness. There is always the possibility of going with an iPad if the camera is better, but I would expect it to be the same. The disadvantage of an iPad is that it wouldn't be with me all the time. The best camera is always the one you have at any given time, as the popular wisdom goes.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    Apple doesn't release the specs before announcing the phone, so I'd sit tight and wait. At this point we're closer to the announcement so why not wait.
     

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