Apple has revealed three new iPhones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. While their phone and communication specifications look great, it’s the cameras that we’re really interested in, so here’s a summary.
The iPhone 8 doesn’t gain the dual camera configuration introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus but gets a new 12Mp sensor.
There’s also a 4.7-inch Retina HD Display with 1334×750 pixels for 326ppi resolution and 1400:1 contrast ratio along with True Tone for better colour in a range of lighting conditions.
The iPhone 8 will be available in space grey, silver and a new gold finish with 64GB and 256GB capacity starting, at £699.
iPhone 8 Plus
Like the 7 Plus the iPhone 8 Plus has a dual camera configuration to support the Portrait Mode that replicates the shallow depth of field bokeh effect of shooting with a wide aperture lens on a large sensor camera.
It gains a new Portrait Lighting feature that uses the dual cameras to create a depth map of the subject. Using this information it then allows you to adjust the lighting across the subject, introducing shadows. You simply scroll through the options at the shooting stage (or post-capture) to find the effect you want.
The dual cameras use two different focal length optics with the wide-angle having an aperture of f/1.8 while the telephoto lens is an f/2.8 optic.
Both lenses have optical image stabilisation.
The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 401ppi and a contrast ratio of 1300:1.
As in the iPhone 8, the sensors in the iPhone 8 Plus camera are larger than before and have faster readout, which in combination with the image processor helps facilitate faster autofocusing.
There’s also a new colour filter and deeper pixels which are claimed to boost low light performance and noise control.
A new quad LED True Tone Flash is also on hand and is said to produce more uniform illumination.
The iPhone 8 Plus will be available in space grey, silver and a new gold finish with 64GB and 256GB capacity starting, at £799.
The iPhone X has the same camera features as the iPhone 8 Plus with a few extras, including a wider aperture of f/2.4 in the telephoto camera.
In addition, the selfie camera is also compatible with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting.
The iPhone X is entirely glass- and back-fronted with a 5.8inch display that has 2436x1125pixels giving a resolution of 458ppi.
The iPhone X will be available in silver and space grey with 64GB and 256GB capacity with prices starting at £999.