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This is the jaw-dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review you’ve been waiting for

Published Sep 15th, 2016 9:41AM EDT
iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Camera Review
Image: Austin Mann

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Every year, Apple releases new iPhones that have better cameras than their predecessors. But the leap from iPhone 6s to iPhone 7 Plus seems tremendous. Apple’s iPhone 7 series features two incredible cameras, including an upgraded iSight shooter on the 4.7-inch iPhone and a dual-lens camera on the 5.5-inch phablet that’ll take you closer to DSLR photography than a smartphone has ever gotten before. We’ve already seen a few great reviews of the iPhone 7 cameras, complete with detailed descriptions of what goes on under the hood. But Austin Mann’s review of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras is probably the only one you need to see.

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Mann has extensive experience reviewing cameras given that he’s a professional photographer. His iPhone reviews contain all the camera details you might be wondering about, but unlike other reviews, they include gorgeous photos and videos that highlight the new features of a camera.

The video review of the cameras will only show you a glimpse of Mann’s experience with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras. You also need to see the various photo samples he uses to illustrate the various improvements Apple made. And yes, the new iPhones were the only cameras used during Mann’s trip to Africa.

Mann went to Africa to highlight the main camera features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, including low-light performance, optical image stabilization, new color gamut and the dual-lens camera on the phablet.

“[The dual camera] works exactly as I hoped,” he wrote. “It is super quick to switch between lenses, even while you are rolling video. As seen in the , jumping from 1x to 2x while recording can be a great way to punch in and emphasize a detail.”

“In terms of quality, I found the the [sic] 2x zoom lens to be equally as sharp as the iPhone wide-angle we’re accustomed to. However, I do not recommend the digital zoom beyond 2x. The quality of digital zoom degrades quickly, and I find it unusable for photography (although it’s actually kind of nice as an animal spotting tool),” he said.

“The 2x works in ALL modes (photo, video, time-lapse, slo-mo, and even pano), which surprised me. I didn’t expect it in each mode, and I really enjoyed shooting 2x panos, capturing extra detail in the area of the landscape I found most interesting,” Mann revealed.

Mann also noticed improvements in non-HDR and HDR photo modes, improved color quality, and “flicker-free, dynamic time-lapses.”

And yes, you can expect plenty of interesting details in Mann’s review. Such as this: “My sources tell me file sizes are slightly larger with Wide Color Gamut as the camera is actually capturing more color data.” That’s very cool. It also helps to explain why Apple killed the 16GB iPhone and went all in for double the storage.

Check out Mann’s video and make sure you read his full camera review at this link.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.