iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

Every year Apple releases two phones and picking between them is as simple as answering, “small screen or big screen, one camera or two?” But this year we get three iPhones: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the flashier, more superior iPhone X.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

iPhone 8 Camera Review

Since it’s initial phone release in 2007, Apple has been able to capture the market with its great releases, with the iPhone 8 included. Although the phone only has minor improvements from its predecessor, there has been a dramatic step forward in the features of the camera. By simply looking at the specifications sheets, you may not think much of the 12-megapixel optically stabilized f/1.8 camera as it appears similar to the one found in the iPhone 7 but the difference is remarkable.

Photos taken by the iPhone 8 are very life-like. They have good detail. Punchy colours and the definition and saturation of colours is unlike what we see with other iPhones. You may think it is marketing fluff, but when Apple says it completely rebuilt the sensor with the iPhone 8, adding a brand new image signal processor and deeper pixels, it was not joking.

Key features of the iPhone 8 Camera

  • High colour definition making it great for those colourful shots
  • Accurate focus enabling you to take great pictures of even the smallest of objects.
  • Balanced exposure due to the auto-HDR mode
  • Does well in low light, but no improvements here
  • Great for landscape photos

Exposure is levelled out by the auto-HDR mode, which is now permanently on with the iPhone 8. This means that photos taken with the phone’s camera have much better balance and are not overblown by lighter areas. This feature is great for taking landscape photos, which many times, tend to rob the sky of its colour if the photographer isn’t careful. However, you do not run the risk of the picture looking unnatural and artificial because it is used sparingly.

Daytime Shots

With so many phones in the market, each boasting of its camera capabilities, it may at times be very hard to determine which is best. The iPhone 8 definitely is a cut above most phones. You may find that with some shots, other phones will do better than others. The iPhone 8 does spectacularly in well-lit daytime shots in the way it differentiates colours, shadows and picks up the subtle but important variations in skin tone.

When the light is not very good, the focusing feature of the iPhone 8 slows down significantly, experiencing more noise than most of its competitors at that price range. Don’t get me wrong, it is possible to get some amazing shots in low light but it would take a whole lot of effort to find the perfect angle and many times, amateur photographers will miss it. However, photos taken in this kind of lighting are very similar to those taken with the iPhone 7.

Newer models of the iPhone would do a great service to its users who enjoy photography by increasing the size of the aperture, enabling more light to reach the sensor. This would make for better shots in low light, resulting in brighter shots.  As it stands, the camera in the iPhone 8 is still a force to reckon with.

Apple says the iPhone X represents the future. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are more iterative updates with minor cosmetic changes and as per usual, a bump in specs. But to stop there would be an injustice.

By – GadgetMatch

Specs for the iPhone 8:

  • Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera f/1.8, 28mm
  • Battery: 1821 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

Specs for the iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920×1080 resolution at 401 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Dimensions: 158.4mm x 78.1 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 202 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: Dual lens 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Battery: 2675 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Silver, Gold and Space Gray.
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