The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were released in South Africa about two months ago. It’s available on most networks on contract and prepaid, through retailers, and FNB (eBucks store). I’m sure you’ve read loads of reviews on the handsets themselves already, if you’re looking to buy one. However, the focus of this review will be on the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus, which I’ve been playing with for a couple of weeks now, thanks to iStore. Here’s a quick comparison of the two handsets:
– Size of course: a 4.7-inch vs. 5.5-inch screen size; and 138g vs. 188g.
– Screen resolution of 1334 x 750 (326ppi) vs. full HD on the 7 Plus 1920 x 1080 (401ppi)
– Battery capacity: 1960mAh vs. 2900mAh (massive difference here)
– One camera on the 7 and 2 cameras on the 7 Plus
– Splash, water and dust resistant; rated IP67
– A static home button (pressure sensitive)
– No headphone jack; there is a Lightning adaptor inside though
– 2 new colours: matte black and jet black
– Stereo speakers
– The usual faster processors and improved battery life
– A higher storage capacity of 256GB (jet black is available only in 128 + 256GB)
The 7 Plus camera is 12MP and has two cameras. One is a wide angle (f/1.8 aperture) and the other is a telephoto (f/2.8 aperture). It also has a 2x optical zoom; and 10x digital zoom. If you know anything about photography, you’ll know to never to use digital zoom. Rather take a regular high-res photo and crop it after.
Both models share these features: optical image stabilisation; six-element lens; quad-LED true tone flash; panoramic shots up to 63 megapixels; autofocus and tap to focus; live photos (don’t really know anyone who uses this on purpose); HDR; and burst modes.
Video features include 4K recording at 30fps; 1080p recording in both 60 and 30fps; 720p recording in 30 fps; OIS for video; slow-mo for 1080p videos at 120fps and 720p at 24fps; time lapse; taking 8MP stills while recording 4K video. I think all of this covers most of the features.
The same built-in editing tools are available as always; and if you haven’t used it, it’s pretty good. Go into any pic, tap the 3 lines with circles on it, and then see the options available like cropping, changing rotation; filters; and adjusting light, colour, B&W. It’s amazing what a difference changing the light only can do to a photo. I suggest playing around with this, instead of applying loads of filters. I’ve been trying to keep my photos more natural looking (on my Instagram feed) instead of adding different effects.
So, I’ve been taking loads of photos with the 7 Plus these last couple of weeks. The standout feature is Portrait Mode. Apple obviously kept this great feature for the larger handset to boost sales and I’m sure it’s helping. Because after using it, I don’t feel like taking pics on my iPhone 7 again! The 7 Plus feels like it’s in a different league. Results are more DSLR-like. Just a pity about the price – it’s expensive.
Take a look at the results (no edits, just resize):
I absolutely loved the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus! It really has made things difficult for me because I now have to go back to a normal 7 and take normal pics (#fwp). On a serious note, if you’ve been undecided about getting the iPhone 7 Plus – get it! Assuming you already use a phablet of sorts, and the size is no issue for you.
7 Plus 32GB – R15 499
7 Plus 128GB – R17 499
7 Plus 256GB – R19 499