5 camera apps that force the iPhone 7 Plus into telephoto mode

The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple's first handset to feature a dual camera module on its back. A regular 12 MP, wide-angle camera was neighbored by another 12 MP snapper, but with a telephoto lens over it, which provides 2x optical zoom.

Real zoom on a smartphone? Sounds awesome, even if it's only a fixed 2x level. But the limitations don't end there. Since the telephoto lens doesn't have a very wide aperture, it's not the best in low-light conditions. So, to offset this, the iPhone 7 Plus may choose to still use its regular, wide-angle camera when you zoom 2x and above in less than perfectly-lit conditions.

But there are 3rd party camera apps out there that will force the iPhone to use the telephoto lens, no matter the conditions. Hey, if you have the hardware, you should be able to use it even if the software thinks that it may end up in a bad shot, right? Well, check out our favorite camera apps that let do that!

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iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. peace247 unregistered

Typical apple....you have to pay sh¡t amount of money on software to use their hardware.

2. adecvat

Posts: 638; Member since: Nov 15, 2013


3. Digital-Nomad

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 20, 2017

Be glad there are companies who use the benefits of the hardware. And you're able to choose which software is best for you. I use the native app when I just want to make a quick picture but if I want to have more control I use the ProCamera app and Moment Lenses. The only thing I don't understand is why Apple doesn't support RAW...

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