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Apple Announces Three New iPhones – We Take a Look At the Cameras

- 7 years ago

The rise [and rise] of iPhoneography has undoubtedly changed the way we take and share photography. It has served as the single-greatest influence on how we document our lives. So as Apple announce three, new iPhones on the 10th anniversary of the mega-gadget, we thought it only right to update the key points that can be found within the camera that lies within Apple’s new flagship phones

Apple has announced three, not two, but three new phones for all Apple fans we know you must’ve been excited seeing the inevitable ‘one more thing’ slide.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were both largely documented ahead of release and to be expected, but the iPhone X has come as much of a surprise to many and has been announced as Apple’s 10-year anniversary iPhone.

iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 [from left to right]

So how are the new iPhone[s] going to benefit your day-to-day photography?

Well, let’s take a look at the camera.

  • The three phones feature optical image stabilisation which can also be used in video mode.
  • The iPhone 8 features a new 12MP sensor with an aperture of f1.8.
  • The iPhone 8 Plus and the X feature two cameras;
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
    Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
    Portrait mode
    Portrait Lighting [beta]

The interesting thing with the dual lens is the ‘Portrait’ mode which made its first premiere on last year’s iPhone 7. However, the Portrait Lighting mode is Apple’s real ‘next step’ and demonstrates what they believe a mobile phone is capable of and where the technology is headed.

In the keynote, there was a big push to show how smart the sensor is when it comes to dynamic range and also, the capabilities of shooting in low light.

The new ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode


During the keynote, video was touched upon, although lightly, but again Apple spoke about the dynamic range capability and the phone’s ability to show texture within the captured footage.

Saying that, we were very surprised to see Apple state that the new iPhones can shoot 4k at 60fps! We’re as surprised as you are. However, if you want that “Cinematic image

We’re as surprised as you are. However, if you want that ‘Cinematic Image Stabilisation’, it will [only] shoot up to 1080p. You will be able to shoot at 1080p up to 240fps, so it’s not like there’s anything to complain about [*cough headphone jack, cough*].

The new iPhone X

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.