Apple just announced its latest phones – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Compared to previous models, the new iPhones feature a larger camera sensor and a brand new chip for processing your images – both of which will result in better image quality.
But is it actually worth upgrading? And which phone is best for iPhone photography?
I’ve done a lot of research on this. So let me share with you what I found out…
iPhone X: The Best Choice For iPhone Photographers
The new iPhone X is the best choice for all serious iPhone photographers.
iPhone X comes with both wide angle and telephoto cameras on the back, which is absolutely essential for anyone interested in doing portrait photography with the iPhone.
If you take portraits using the wide angle camera, you’ll have to get really close to your subject, which will probably make them feel uncomfortable. Even worse, the wide angle camera distorts the face of your subject by making their nose and cheeks look larger than they actually are.
But when you switch to the built-in telephoto lens, you can easily take beautiful portraits while also keeping a comfortable distance from your subject. It’s a complete game changer!
Of course, it’s not just portraits that benefit from the telephoto lens. There are often times when you need to zoom in… And the telephoto lens is the only way to do that without quality loss.
I personally take about 40% of my photos using the telephoto lens of my iPhone 7 Plus. It’s so useful that I couldn’t imagine going back to having just one lens on the back of my iPhone.
Compared to all other models, the telephoto lens of iPhone X comes with a wider f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization, both of which will help you take sharper photos in low light.
And finally, iPhone X features an improved Portrait Mode, and a brand new Portrait Lighting feature which allows you to digitally change the light that falls on the face of your subject.
The only downside of iPhone X is the high price tag. Starting at $999 without contract for 64GB of storage, this is the most expensive iPhone that Apple has ever produced.
iPhone X preorders start on October 27. It’s definitely worth the wait.
Should an iPhone photographer upgrade to iPhone X?
If you have iPhone 7 or an older iPhone, I definitely recommend upgrading to iPhone X.
If you have iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll get marginal improvements in image quality for the wide angle lens. However, you’ll get considerable improvements for the telephoto lens thanks to its wider f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization. You’ll also get the new Portrait Lighting feature.
So if you’re a serious iPhone photographer, I’d still recommend upgrading to iPhone X.
I’ll be upgrading from iPhone 7 Plus to iPhone X as soon as it goes on sale.
iPhone 8 Plus: The 2nd Best Choice For iPhone Photographers
iPhone 8 Plus is the second best choice for iPhone photography. Starting at $799 without contract, iPhone 8 Plus is $200 cheaper than iPhone X. And it’s available much sooner.
It also comes with two cameras on the back, and you’ll get the new Portrait Lighting feature.
However, the telephoto lens on iPhone 8 Plus is worse than the one in iPhone X. It comes with a smaller f/2.8 aperture (which lets in less light), and there is no optical image stabilization.
Without the technical jargon, it means that the telephoto lens of iPhone 8 Plus will perform worse than the one on iPhone X, particularly in low light or when your hands are shaky.
However, both cameras on iPhone 8 Plus are still slightly better than on iPhone 7 Plus, and you’ll also get the improved Portrait Mode and the new Portrait Lighting feature.
iPhone 8 Plus preorders start on September 15 at 12:01AM Pacific Time.
Should an iPhone photographer upgrade to iPhone 8 Plus?
I recommend upgrading from any other iPhone model except iPhone 7 Plus.
If you currently have iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll only get marginal improvements in image quality and the new Portrait Lighting feature, which probably don’t justify the upgrade.
P.S. Of course, the new iPhones come with so many other features, most of which are not related to photography. You can find out more by visiting Apple website.
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