The iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras shooting a single image
OK, so we already know that the iPhone 7 Plus will have two lense for about two hours, but now Apple shares all the details on the new iPhone seven camera and they are pretty impressive. (I am sure someone will come up with a comparisson like this soon enough).
Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus have 12MP cameras. The iPhone 7 has an f/1.8 lens. But the big news is that the iPhone 7 Plus will have dual lenses and two cameras behind them. A an f/1.8 Wide-angle, and an f/2.8 Telephoto. The interesting bit is that both cameras can shoot together to create a single image. That added data can be used for several rather interesting applications.
According to the Verge, apple tweeted (and untweeted) the following statement: “Two all-new cameras that shoot as one for high-res optical zoom at 2x.”. We will stay tuned to see what else is in store for this interesting feature. Between Light’s L16 and this iPhone 7 plus announcement it should be clear that the world is heading towards computational photography.
What else do the new iPhones have for us camera enthusiasts?
- Both the iPhone 7 and the 7 plus will now feature optical image stabilization. according to apple it should provide 3 times the exposure time without movement blur. (Of course if your subject moves during that time, it’s a different story, but your hand shaking will be reduced)
- The selfie camera (a.k.a front camera) has a 7-megapixel sensor with “auto image stabilization.” – it is still not clear if this is optical or digital.
- RAW DNG support
- Quad-LED True Tone flash on both new iPhones. The four LEDs are close together, so you would still get horrible mug shot faces, but at least you can control them with an app. YAY.
- According to the Verge, the iPhone 7 plus will “use machine learning to recognize people’s faces, do a depth-map of their position, and then artfully blur out the background behind the people you’re photographing. This feature, called Depth (because it simulates extra shallow depth), will be available as a software update and won’t ship immediately with the phone“. If you like Bokeh….
- 4K. YAY!
- Matching the slo mo features of actions cameras with Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
- “Cinematic” video stabilization at 1080p and 720p.
We will continue to update this post as we learn more.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.