Camera Comparison – iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6s

One of the things that Phil talked about in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X keynote was the fact that the new iPhone’s had better cameras. Now the question I had the moment Phil said that was: Is it really going to that THAT noticeable? As is it just marketing fluff that Apple’s feeding us in their attempt to get us to dump our iPhone 7’s for the 8’s?

Going from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7 plus, from a camera perspective was huge for me. Why? The dual-lens system was a notable feature on the 7 Plus. I love the telephoto lens and use it constantly.

Now between the iPhone 7 Plus and the 8 Plus, there isn’t a new feature that feels as big as the telephoto lens. Yes, the camera on the iPhone 8 is better by a bit but it’s just another incremental upgrade. And I’ll show you what I mean in a couple of minutes.

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So what’s new in the cameras of the iPhone 8? There’s apparently new sensors, deeper pixels, a new color filter and a new flash. So theoretically, all our pictures are suppose to be amazing now right?

Out of all the photos that I took, the low light photos was where I could see the biggest difference between the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

For this camera comparison, I’m hoping you watch the video and you’re not reading this description. Why? Because it will be MUCH easier to see the differences rather than reading them.

BUT since you’re here, I’ll try to summarize what I saw.

Low light photos

The iPhone 8 definately takes better low light photos. It performed better than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 in every low light photograph we took.

With that being said, it’s hard to take “good” low light photos so every photograph we took looks like a crappy low light photo. Sure you can see a bit more but it doesn’t look nice.

I actually tried recreating the low light photos in the keynote. I couldn’t get anything I shot close to the clarity of the vendor show in the keynote.

Perfect lit photos

With photos taken in nominal lighting, the iPhone 8 wasn’t noticeably better. The only thing I noticed was that the photos were much warmer than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s. I personally prefer photos that are cooler in color but that’s my preference.

The warm photos reminded me more of the photos taken by the Samsung Galaxy S’s which I’m not a fan of.

I will admit that the shadows in the comparison photos between the iPHone 8, iPhone 7 and 6s were much lighter on the new iPhone.

But honestly, without seeing the photos beside each other, would you know any different?

Close up/macro photos

I was surprised at how much better the peach looked in the iPhone 8 photo when compared to the other iPhone’s. It made realize how important the tiny details in macro photos. I know that peaches are fuzzy in real life so it was neat to see the “fuzziness” in great detail in the iPhone 8 photo.

The amount of detail captured by the iPhone 8 is noticeable when compared to the iPhone 7 but you REALLY have to look for the differences. There is a good chance that you won’t be able to tell the difference between the photos if you’re looking on Facebook since the images get compressed.

Portrait photos/lighting

Portrait lighting was probably the biggest surprise for me. In the video, it sounds like I’m quite annoyed by Portrait Lighting but after spending a couple more hours after I filmed the video, I realized how neat this feature is.

It definitely simplifies the the process of lighting for photos and the best part is that you can adjust the photos AFTER you’ve taken the photo.

Seriously, goto the Apple store and try it out for yourself. It is quite neat.


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Slo-motion video is a staple of my videos so being able to shoot it natively in 1080p is going to great for you, the viewer.

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