Apple Unveils iPhone 7 Plus With Dual Cameras

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Both new iPhone models, the iPhone 7 (right) and 7 Plus (left), offer improved photo capabilities with faster ƒ/1.8 apertures and optical image stabilization.

Apple today introduced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which include upgraded camera capabilities. Both the 4.7-inch display iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch display 7 Plus feature a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (a feature previously reserved for the Plus model in generation 6), a faster ƒ/1.8 aperture and an expanded color gamut.

The iPhone 7 Plus, however, takes mobile photography even further by adding a second camera. In addition to the 28mm wide-angle camera in the iPhone 7, the 7 Plus also incorporates a 56mm telephoto camera, for 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom capabilities. For optical zoom, the Camera app allows you to quickly switch between the two lenses.

iPhone 7 Plus back
Back view of the iPhone 7 Plus, in the new jet black color, highlighting the dual-camera system.

In addition, a software update that will come later this year will allow the 7 Plus to do some interesting tricks with depth-of-field, using the dual-lens system to capture sharp foreground subjects while blurring the background. Apple describes this feature thusly: “Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on 7 Plus to capture images, while sophisticated technology including Machine Learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits once possible only with DSLR cameras.”

iPhone 7 Plus Camera app
The iPhone's Camera app allows you to quickly switch between the wide and tele cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus for 2x optical zoom.

Both models also feature IP67-rated waterproofing, too, making it the first iPhone designed for shooting outdoors in inclement weather, and a new Apple-designed Image Signal Processor, which should improve overall image quality and noise reduction.

This official Apple video provides an overview of the new camera and design features.

iPhone 7 colors
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in five colors. The Space Gray offered in iPhone 6 is out, replaced by two new black options, one shiny and one matte.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can be preordered starting Friday, September 7, with retail availability on September 16. Apple has introduced two new colors with this model—matte black and a shiny jet black—as well as a new capacity tier: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus maxed out at 128GB, while the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be offered in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The jet black color will be available only in the higher capacity 128GB and 256GB variants. Pricing starts at $649 for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the 7 Plus.

Wes is the editor of Outdoor Photographer.

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