The iPhone X is one hell of a selfie camera. And most of what makes it so great is not the 7 MP camera module itself but the TrueDepth sensors housed in the now infamous notch. Using all the sensors and some software smarts, iPhone X is able to blur the background in a sophisticated manner. And then there’s the new Portrait Lighting effect feature which brings professional level lighting effects to the iPhone.
Even though it didn’t make it out of the beta for a couple of weeks, Portrait Mode is one of the best things about the iPhone 7 Plus. And it keeps getting better with time.
The new QR code scanning feature in iOS 11 is a classic Apple feature. In that it’s directly integrated in the stock Camera app and there’s no menu or button for it anywhere in the UI. And yet, when you bring up your phone’s camera against a QR code, it will be scanned instantly. In the classic Apple parlance – it just works.
iOS 11 is filled with new technologies that take the camera to a whole new level. There’s the entire new ARKit framework, the new VR mode in Maps and now it seems like the AI smarts are secretly seeping into the Camera app as well. iOS 11 has an impressive hidden level tool that’s hidden in settings. Here’s how to enable it.
The Notes app in iOS 11 has a new hidden feature – the ability to scan documents and directly add them to a note. While it’s not as feature rich as third party apps, it has the basics covered – automatic scanning and border detection, multiple scans, grayscale mode and more.
It’s your duty to vote, and you should be proud of the fact that you went and did it — but do yourself a favor and avoid taking a selfie to prove it. In many states, it’s illegal to take pictures in voting booths, and doing so could get you prosecuted.
I’ve already shared a ‘blind’ shootout between these two phablets/super-phones, from which the result was a resoundingly inconclusive “more detail needed”. Unsurprisingly. It’s hard to tell any difference between camera phone snaps at web/social resolution. Which is why I’m revisiting the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, arguably the top two smartphones/phablets, here but this time looking at sheer image quality, looking at colours, at noise, at details and at artefacts. Which one will triumph?
By popular request, ahead of a more formal comparison of imaging results from iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, the top two smartphones/phablets, let’s try a ‘blind’ comparison at web/social resolution (i.e. low), with me not giving you any clues as to which snap was from which phone camera. We already know that image processing can be somewhat subjective, plus there are some physical differences here, not least the OIS and second 2x zoom lens on the iPhone 7 Plus. So this shouldn’t be too difficult, right?
If you’ve just upgraded to iOS 10, you might be wondering, where’s the camera icon that used to be in the bottom-right corner. Swiping up on that corner doesn’t do anything either. Did Apple remove the camera shortcut in iOS 10? I mean, given the whole new Lock screen changes, you wouldn’t put it past them. But no, the shortcut for launching the camera is still there. There’s no icon for it though.
Following on from my look at still capture results, in which the iPhone 7 pipped the competing Galaxy S7 to the post by virtue of more natural image processing, several commenters remarked that they’d like to see a video camera test too. Do the same processing comments apply? On the whole yes, as you’ll see below…