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Smaller iPhone 7 won’t have a dual-lens camera, but leak shows a surprise in store

Published Aug 18th, 2016 3:46PM EDT
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Most people agree that the iPhone camera experience will be significantly different for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus buyers. Both devices should feature improved cameras, but the 5.5-inch smartphone will get a dual-lens camera that’s going to have a few exciting new features, according to a credible report. Meanwhile, a new iPhone 7 leak shows us what seems to be the new camera from the smaller the iPhone 7, and Apple fans will be excited to learn that .

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Discovered somewhere in Asia by NowhereElse, the images feature a new larger camera module that’s supposedly headed for the iPhone 7. An image comparison with the cameras found on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models seems to indicate the new iPhone 7 component will be indeed larger in size.

Most leaks indicate that the iPhone 7 will retain that annoying camera bump, but because the sensors are getting bigger, the protruding camera ring will be replaced with a new design, as seen below.

iphone-7-vs-iphone-7-plus-1Image source: @SonnyDickson

One thing that’s expected for the upcoming 4.7-inch handset when it comes to camera performance is support for optical image stabilization (OIS), which was previously available only on the iPhone 6/6s Plus. The new leak seems to confirm OIS is indeed in the works for the 4.7-inch iPhone, which is huge news for future buyers. The four cut-outs seen around the lens house the tiny parts that make OIS possible, and they resemble the cut-outs seen on the Plus model’s camera module.

Credit: NowhereElse
Credit: NowhereElse Image source: NowhereElse

It’s likely that Apple is preparing several other camera enhancements on the software side, and they will probably be demoed on stage during the rumored September 7th iPhone event. After all, camera performance is a core iPhone feature for Apple, which employs hundreds of engineers in its iPhone camera team.

Credit: NowhereElse
Credit: NowhereElse Image source: NowhereElse
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.