iPhone 7’s much improved low-light photography comes into focus at U.S. Open

By , Sep 12, 2016

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After sharing gorgeous action pics Sports Illustrated photographer snapped at yesterday’s Titans-Vikings NFL matchup with an iPhone 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted on Twitter a new batch of images that show off improved low-light capabilities of the new camera system on the iPhone 7/Plus. The shots were taken on an iPhone 7 Plus by ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman during the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka on the last day of the US Open.

According to ESPN, the autofocus and exposure performed “exceedingly well” in various lighting conditions. The phone has let Nordeman capture surprising moments from unique perspectives, using color and composition without distracting his subjects.

And here are some choice low-light photos from ESPN.

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Improved low-light photography provided by the new iPhones stems from a wider f/1.8 aperture six-element lens, wide color capture and a new custom image signaling processor Apple built into its in-house designed A10 Fusion chip.

The above features are shared across both new iPhone 7 models. The iPhone 7 Plus also has an additional 56mm telephoto lens with an f/2.8 aperture delivering 2x optical zoom or up to 10x digital zoom at higher-than-usual quality.

Source: ESPN via Tim Cook

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  • czbird

    Nice pics. But 7+ is too big for me.

    • techfreak23

      I feel you on that. I wanted the nicer camera but I will never get a plus.

    • smtp25

      Arrggah I can’t decide .. I’ve got a S4 now, last iPhone was the 4S .. Don’t want to get the 7 and regret not getting the bigger screen..

  • It’s nice to see photos that look like something that would actually resemble a photo I would take.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      I agree. However, I wonder how much they were touched up, Filtered, etc.

      I did not read the whole article so if it answered the above question. Oops.

      • credulousgeek

        No filtering.

  • Rizal Adikara Djaingrono

    hollyyyyyy thats a WOW

  • K3NSH1R0

    I’m wondering what the video capture is like in low light as the 6s is horrendous in low light

    • Rowan09

      Videos in low light with any phone is going to be hard, hence they have a lot of lighting for videos when shooting in the dark.

  • Dao Sasone

    I wana see one in a night club

  • n0ahcruz3

    Totally not regretting my 7 plus purchase

    • Alberto Espinal

      Me neither, are you getting yours on the 16th or October like mine!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Unfortunately mine ships on October, i was gonna order the jet black 7 plus but I don’t wanna wait til November lol im going out of states.

  • Jayy

    The sunlight gleaming off of the hands and faces of those people in the header picture looks great!

  • sg1969

    the last 3 photos don’t exactly look “low light” to me…. the last one especially, both the photographers and subjects are standing in full sunlight, they are even wearing sunglasses AND covering their eyes ffs….

    • MrE23

      It’s the phones ability to render detail in the shadowed building in the background while not over-exposing the foreground that is impressive. It has exposed both shadowed and brightly-lit elements of the photo very well. It’s quite impressive for a phone.

      • CaptainHappy

        No idea why, but I read your comment with Jony Ive’s voice. Good comment though, the camera has managed to capture every aspect of the scene about as accurately as you could expect a phone’s camera to.