As I am sure most of you are aware the new iPhone 7 is now available and the camera seems to be one of the biggest selling points of the iPhone 7, which I guess is no surprise. The headline camera specs of the iPhone 7 are as follows:-
12 megapixels is impressive for a smartphone, however the 2x optical and 10x digital zoom isn’t anything special. The optical stabilisation technology is awesome and will help to consistently capture tack sharp photos.
Even though the 12 mega pixels and optical stabilization is impressive, the standout feature for me has to be the f1.8 lens. When you combine this maximum wide aperture and the six elements I think capturing photos with a tack sharp subject against a nicely blurred out background is going to be pretty simple. I also think the lens is going to be great for low light situations, and the optical stabilization is also going to help out here.
Compared to other smartphone cameras the iPhone 7 does appear exceptionally good, however I am struggling to see where the iPhone 7 fits in the world of photography. If the iPhone 7’s image quality is as good as Apple claim, and what the advertising/marketing blurb shows it is a bit of a half-way house.
If the image quality is what it looks then it isn’t good enough to take saleable prints but it is too good for snapping and posting the images to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and all the other social networking sites. Smartphones are particularly useful for capturing snaps and sharing them on social media and other situations where images don’t have to be in sharp focus, they don’t have to be well lit, the white balance can be off and have technical flaws. With the iPhone 7 you will be capturing photos that are way too good for social media and networking but nowhere near good enough to print out.
I am not going to jump on the iPhone 7 bandwagon because I simply don’t see the point. Besides, the iPhone 7 is too expensive, I have only had my iPhone 6 a few short months and I always wait for the new models to be released and have all the bugs, issues and problems sorted out before I end up buying one.
I don’t use my iPhone 6 for photography, and I have never used any of my previous iPhones or other smartphones for photography either. I use my smartphone for calling, texting, emailing and web browsing and leave the camera function well alone. If I want to take photos I use a camera (either my dslrs or Canon G1X) and I always have a proper camera with me. If I want to take photos to share on social networking sites and social media I use a proper camera and reduce the file size using some photo editing software before uploading. I am not the sort of person to snap and instantly upload, and I never will be.
I want all of the photos I take to be the best I can and when it comes to sharing my images I am very picky and make sure they are the best they can be, and the only way to do this is to use a proper camera.
It seems more and more people are sacking off their digital cameras and using iPhones or smartphones instead, which I think is a risky strategy. If you want to print your images as photos, posters or postcards, or want to print your images to mugs, pillows, serving trays, teapots, hats, t-shirts, key rings etc. an iPhone won’t cut it. If you want to use your images no smartphone will cut it. If you are happy taking okay snapshots purely to share on social networks or social media then knock yourself out and use an iPhone or smartphone, and you won’t get better than the iPhone 7. You just need deep pockets to buy one in the first instance.
Keen photographer addicted to cameras, lenses and everything photography related. Feel free to follow me in my photography ramblings, and if you have any thoughts, comments, queries or anything else to add I would love to hear from you.