Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review
|The zoom button and dial are new additions to the iPhone camera user interface.|
The iPhone 7 Plus comes with the same physical control layout as previous iPhone generations, which means there is no dedicated camera button and the camera app is opened via the icon on the home screen or by sliding the shortcut on the lock-screen. If you use the latter method you can’t do anything other than shoot and review pictures (only those taken in the same session) until you properly unlock the phone, which can of course be done using the fingerprint sensor in the home button.
Despite the new dual-cam the camera app itself has not much changed either, which is arguably a good thing if you are used to iPhone camera operation. You now get a combined zoom button/slider that lets you switch between lenses and dial in digital zoom. On the scrolling selector, that allows you to switch between photo, video, slow-motion, time-lapse, panorama and square modes, the new portrait mode has been added. Other than that the app layout has remained unchanged.
|The iPhone 7 Plus comes with the usual filter options and live preview.|
An icon in the top right corner gives you access to the front camera and on the left you find buttons for the live filters, self-timer, live images, HDR mode and flash settings. As usual on iPhones, the entire UI can be flipped around by flipping the phone which should make things easier for left-handed mobile photographers.
Despite the slightly changed controls, the way pictures are taken is pretty much the same. The camera focuses continuously, with a yellow square briefly appearing to confirm focus. Tapping the screen will manually set the focus point, and exposure will then be biased toward that part of the scene. You can apply exposure compensation via a slider that appears next to the focus indicator when you set the focus point manually. Both focus and exposure can be locked by tapping and holding. Pressing and holding the shutter button triggers burst mode.
|In line with iOS philosophy, camera settings are accessed through the settings app.|
As it is the norm with iOS, there's no menu in the camera app and settings such as video and photo resolution, frame rates or the framing grid, have to be accessed via the camera section of the settings app. Under iOS 10 the iPhone now also supports Raw capture but you'll need a third-party app, such as Lightroom or 500px Raw for that. The same is true for manual control over shutter speed. As in the past, the iPhone camera is very much focused on ease of use and does a very good job at that. For those who want more control, there are plenty of options in the App Store.
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