“Music” Hey guys It’s Sagar from Tecworkz, and here is my camera review of the iPhone 8 Plus. Every time I get a new smartphone, I make it a point to travel extensively with it. That way I get to test out the camera in different situations, and it also gives me a fairly good idea, about the battery life that one can expect, out of any given smartphone.
So in the past 2 and half weeks that i have had the iPhone 8 Plus, I travelled a lot, and shot a lot of images with it. I have also shot a many of images with the S8, OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus, which means there are going to be a lot of comparison videos in the coming days.
So make sure you hit that subscribe button, if you don’t want to miss out on any of the action coming up on this channel. Now, before we get to the Image and video samples from the iPhone 8 Plus, lets get the specs out of the way.
The camera module and its specifications, are more or less similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple tells us that these are new sensors with deeper pixels. Out of the dual cameras, The first camera has a 28mm wide lens, and the same resolution of 12 megapixel, with a wide aperture of f/1.
8 as we saw on the iPhone 7 Plus. While the 2nd one also retains a telephoto lens of 56mm and again has a resolution of 12 megapixel with an aperture of f/2.8. Thanks to this dual camera setup and the portrait mode, you can get shots with amazing shallow depth of field, and now, also add various professional lighting effects to your shots.
More on this, when we take a look at the image samples. You get optical image stabilisation on the wide camera, but the telephoto lens lacks that feature, We also have a quad LED True tone flash. These new cameras can now capture 4k videos at 60fps and 1080p slow motion videos at 240 fps.
These features are not even available in most of the high end cameras. So having them packed in your smartphone, is really impressive. Something what I don’t like, is that Apple has buried the options to change any of these video resolutions, deep in the settings app.
So every time you need to shoot at different resolution, you gave to go to settings, scroll down to camera settings, and then make the desired changes. I think, they should simplify things, and let us make these changes, right from within the camera app.
At the front you have an 7 megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. With iOS 11, Apple also embraced High Efficiency Image File and High Efficiency Video Coding formats. Which basically means, you will save about 50% of storage space while taking photos and videos, using the iOS 11 camera app.
Now lets take a look at the image and video samples from this phone. All the images are shot in the auto mode, with auto HDR turned on. Right from the first shot, you can tell, that the colours are much more saturated and vibrant, than what we are used to seeing from an iPhone, and I am liking it.
Apple seems to have made some changes to its image processing algorithm, and now it adds a bit of punch to the image. The overall images are very crisp and sharp, and if you take some time composing your shots, you can end up with some really impressive images.
There is a lot of detail in every image, and thanks to the wide f/1.8 aperture, you get amazing close up shots. Auto focus is fast and accurate, which is important while taking these close up shots. Now here are a few images shot with the normal and telephoto lens.
The telephoto lens, helps in capturing distant objects clearly. You can see from these images, how much of an optical zoom it provides. From these kind of shots, it is clear that the dynamic range captured by this camera is simply amazing.
Just look at the amount of details in the shadows of these images. Its sometimes hard to believe, that the the camera on smartphones, can take such beautiful shots. The portrait mode gives even better effect to the close up shots.
This mode was introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus. It was not perfect at the start, and it still isn’t, but it has been getting better and better, and now most of the shots that you take in this mode, are actually usable.
What this mode does, is combines the image data from both the cameras, and Image Signal Processor does its magic and create a shallow depth of field effect. The Portrait lighting mode is introduced with the iPhone 8 Plus, and it is in beta right now.
It allows you to choose from various professional lighting modes, while capturing or even after you have captured a portrait shot. It is still in its early days, so it doesn’t work every time, but when it does, the results are truly amazing.
As light starts to go down or if you are shooting under artificial lights, you can still pull off some amazing images. Thanks to the wider f/1.8 aperture, even in artificial lighting and lower lighting conditions the results are amazing, and the noise levels are very minimal.
Having optical image stabilisation also helps, as it allows the shutter to remain open for longer time, to capture more light. Colours and sharpness are still maintained even in these lighting situations.
If you like taking images with the front facing camera, the 7 megapixel sensor delivered great results in ample light. Colours and the dynamic range from the front facing camera are also very good. Coming to the video footage, the iPhone 8 Plus is one of the best in its class, the video it shoots is very stable, thanks to the Optical Image Stabilisation.
And as I said before, you can now even shoot 4K videos in 60fps. 240fps slow motion videos in 1080p resolution are just buttery smooth. I did see some focusing issues while shooting slow mo videos, specially in low light, but that can easily be taken care of, via a software update.
This is without a doubt, the best camera on an iPhone yet. Thanks to the wide aperture and telephoto lens, you can take some amazing low light and portrait shots, which was not possible from the iPhones before this.
Its definitely an improvement over the iPhone 7 Plus in the camera department, specially while shooting videos. But sadly its throne of being the best camera on an iPhone, will be short lived, as the iPhone X with even better set of cameras, is about to hit the market.
If you want one of the best camera on your smartphone, go with the iPhone 8 Plus without even giving it a second thought. As I said at the start of the video, There are going to be a lot of videos in the coming days.
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This has been Sagar, and i’ll catch you guys in the next video. Take care.