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Meet the iPhone 7 camera(s)

The cameras on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus get optical image stabilization. The regular model gets an f/1.8 aperture on a six-element lens. The Plus model has a 28mm lens on one camera and another camera with a 56mm lens for an effective 2x optical zoom product. Both sensors fire up every time the shutter button is pressed for a software-enabled “zoomed” view when looking at images in the gallery, with a maximum digital “zoom” crop of 10x.

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A more sensitive, power-efficient 12-megapixel camera comes behind the six-element glass and it is aided with a quad-LED flash. Apple’s new Image Sensor Processor allows the iPhone to grab wide color gamut (a first) and take multiple images to fuse into a better hybrid product. The iPhone 7 can output RAW. The Live Photos software feature gets editing and stabilization capabilities as well as other developer APIs. The 7-megapixel iSight camera is also brighter and more versatile than before.

Developers at Apple have been working on a feature called “Portrait,” which takes data from both sensors of the iPhone 7 Plus and determines with color and brightness where an enhanced Bokeh or background blur can be worked in.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.