As expected, the iPhone 7 Plus will carry a rear dual-camera setup. There are several ways a dual-camera setup can be implemented, but with the iPhone 7 they’ve come up with something a bit ingenius and likely quite useful to many.

Optical Zoom

Well, kind of. As opposed to using both cameras on one shot to achieve excellent digital zoom quality, the iPhone 7 Plus will have one module set at 28mm wide-angle for landscape and scenery shooting, and the other module engineered to shoot at 56mm telephoto.

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Whereas previously you’d have to crop or digital zoom, which results in a loss of quality, the 56mm on the iPhone 7 Plus portrait module is a true 56mm optical shot at the full MP of the sensor, meaning there’s no image degradation due to cropping or digitally zooming.

Software bokeh

(click) What is bokeh?

Bokeh (typically pronounced “boh-kay”) is the blur we see in the out-of-focus areas of an image. It’s often used for subject isolation, to make the subject stand out in a photograph.

Perhaps even more useful is the instant bokeh that is usually reserved for big sensor standalone camera systems.

iPhone 7 Plus software bokeh
iPhone 7 Plus software bokeh (to be implemented later in the year)

While not yet fully implemented, the iPhone 7 Plus will use both cameras in concert to achieve excellent bokeh results.

This is done by using the slight difference in angles between the two rear camera modules to determine which area is foreground and which is background, and then through software blurring areas determined to be out of focus.

Google Camera apk attempts something similar by having the user move the camera during the shot so that different angles are achieved.

4K, 1080P slow-mo, OIS, ISP

In addition to the rear camera setup, Apple will be upping the ante in several other key areas.

  • 4K video can be shot at up to 30fps. This feature isn’t only great for making UHD videos; you can also frame grab 8MP images from the videos for capturing exact moments.
  • 1080P and 720P slow-mo capable.
  • Optical image stabilization (OIS)¬†will be included. This feature incorporates small movements of the sensor to compensate for handshake. It’s especially useful for HDR and low-light situations.
  • The new image signal processor (ISP) is touted to be more powerful than the previous generation in iPhone 6. The iPhone 7 ISP will accomplish image stacking, noise reduction, and exposure control in as little as 25ms.

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Samsung drops the ball

With Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, and now arch nemesis Apple including a rear dual-camera setup, Samsung has made perhaps one of worst marketing decisions in their history by not including rear dual-camera.

Are we pro-Apple now? Certainly not, but trends in technology are something that can’t be ignored, and with five of the big six major mobile brands implementing rear dual-cameras in their flagships, it’s incredible to see Samsung flub so hugely here.

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As expected, the iPhone 7 Plus will carry a rear dual-camera setup. There are several ways a dual-camera setup can be implemented, but with the iPhone 7 they've come up with something a bit ingenius and likely quite useful to many. Optical Zoom Well, kind of. As opposed to using both...
As expected, the iPhone 7 Plus will carry a rear dual-camera setup. There are several ways a dual-camera setup can be implemented, but with the iPhone 7 they've come up with something a bit ingenius and likely quite useful to many.<span id="more-10774"></span> <h3>Optical Zoom</h3> Well, kind of. As opposed to using both cameras on one shot to achieve excellent digital zoom quality, the iPhone 7 Plus will have one module set at 28mm wide-angle for landscape and scenery shooting, and the other module engineered to shoot at 56mm telephoto. <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-10800" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/iphone-7-plus-dual-cameras.jpg" alt="iphone-7-plus-dual-cameras" width="590" height="326" /> Whereas previously you'd have to crop or digital zoom, which results in a loss of quality, the 56mm on the iPhone 7 Plus portrait module is a true 56mm optical shot at the full MP of the sensor, meaning there's no image degradation due to cropping or digitally zooming. <h3>Software bokeh</h3> Perhaps even more useful is the instant bokeh that is usually reserved for big sensor standalone camera systems. While not yet fully implemented, the iPhone 7 Plus will use both cameras in concert to achieve excellent bokeh results. This is done by using the slight difference in angles between the two rear camera modules to determine which area is foreground and which is background, and then through software blurring areas determined to be out of focus. Google Camera apk attempts something similar by having the user move the camera during the shot so that different angles are achieved. <h3>4K, 1080P slow-mo, OIS, ISP</h3> In addition to the rear camera setup, Apple will be upping the ante in several other key areas. <ul> <li><strong>4K video can be shot at up to 30fps</strong>. This feature isn't only great for making UHD videos; you can also frame grab 8MP images from the videos for capturing exact moments.</li> <li><strong>1080P and 720P slow-mo</strong> capable.</li> <li><strong>Optical image stabilization (OIS)</strong> will be included. This feature incorporates small movements of the sensor to compensate for handshake. It's especially useful for HDR and low-light situations.</li> <li>The <strong>new image signal processor (ISP)</strong> is touted to be more powerful than the previous generation in iPhone 6. The iPhone 7 ISP will accomplish image stacking, noise reduction, and exposure control in as little as 25ms.</li> </ul> <h3>The gallery</h3> <h3>Samsung drops the ball</h3> With Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, and now arch nemesis Apple including a rear dual-camera setup, Samsung has made perhaps one of worst marketing decisions in their history by not including rear dual-camera. Are we pro-Apple now? Certainly not, but trends in technology are something that can't be ignored, and with five of the big six major mobile brands implementing rear dual-cameras in their flagships, it's incredible to see Samsung flub so hugely here.