Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus camera details and specs emerge: here's the sensor size and what it means


The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are an evolution of the already successful formula of the iPhone 6 and 6s family of phones: they don't bring a huge change to the design, but they do introduce a ton of improvements under the hood. One such big change is evident in the camera department: while the camera remains a 12-megapixel unit, there is now optical image stabilization (OIS) on the 4.7" iPhone 7, while the iPhone 7 Plus adds a secondary, telephoto lens in addition to the traditional wide-angle lens.

Apple has been getting more and more transparent with specs, but there up until now, there were still quite a few details that remained a secret about the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus camera.

Probably the most important missing piece of the camera puzzle was sensor size. In contrast to traditional film-based cameras, modern cameras and phones use a sensor that captures the light coming in through the lens, and the larger that sensor the more light it can get and this gives it a theoretical advantage, so that it can capture better, more lit pictures in dim light. The numbers used to describe sensor sizes, however, date back to ancient TV tube times and are given in fractions of an inch: 1/2.3", 1/2.6", 1/3", 1/3.2", and so on. These are given in an ascending progression, so the 1/2.3" is the largest of the bunch (in fact, this is the largest sensor size for most modern phones).

So what about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, how big is the sensor inside the two new phones? The recently published pictures from the iPhone 7 Plus finally reveal that information, but it's not a huge surprise: the iPhone 7 features an equally sized, 1/3" sensor, which is the same size as the iPhone 6s. Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller had already revealed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have identical main camera, so naturally, the iPhone 7 also has a 1/3" sensor, but what about its secondary camera sensor with the telephoto lens? Pictures from the 7 Plus reveal that the telephoto lens is actually smaller at a physical size of around 1/3.6".

Compared with some mainstream phones, the iPhone 7 has a smaller camera sensor (which means a theoretical shortcoming): the Samsung Galaxy S7 has got a 1/2.5" camera sensor, while the LG G5 has a 1/2.6" one.

There are still some minor details like the camera sensor make and model, but those could be revealed at a later stage.


via Reddit

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
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)

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65 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Quite disappointed as the only thing I was excited about the iPhones were the camera. This sensor size is a let down. Also, those photos looks way over-saturated, IMO.

20. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Wait a sec...the sensor size is still 1/3? So then basically the ISO is doing all of the work, they just added OIS to the smaller phone...

50. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also there's been reports that the telephoto lens doesnt have OIS, which is also what appears to be shown in Apple's official renders Disappointing, but still interested to see the 7 Plus vs Note7 vs Pixel XL

60. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

So then are we lied to by Apple for those who get the regular size model? I know from Reddit and Phil's Twitter that the 4.7inch has the telephoto 1/3.6 inch and will have OIS...does if mean we could optical zoom on the regular model 2x too?

24. Unordinary unregistered

When Samsungs phones auto over saturate images, no one bats an eye lol. But I agree. They still look good though.. For less oversaturated images try the US Open photos by SI. Theyre nice

26. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Oversaturation is not that much of an issue. The major issue here is the bluishness of the whites which make it way brighter than it should look like, almost to the point of looking blown out. They need to fix this white balance as it's causing clipping on too many points in the image. I'm sure the camera is great and the pics they showed at the launch event looked amazing, but these are bad photos.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But this is by a professional, imagine all the great photos amateurs can take with it. Well, I guess we don't have to imagine, just look at the this one and you have some idea of what it will be like: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/8/10934804/tim-cook-blurry-super-bowl-photo

33. Unordinary unregistered

You mean like this? https://m.imgur.com/pvJAkNc?r iPhone 7 at the US Open.

41. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't know about you, but those are some pretty average looking day time photos guy. I know you're coming from an iPhone background but I think even the S6 and Z5 are capable of that. Not to mention those are by a professional and likely hand picked person to take the shots, so don't know what is amazing about that.

49. Unordinary unregistered

Funny how the sheep always put words in Apple users mouths lol. I was giving more galleries to look at. Please, show me where in this article I called the photos "amazing" lol.. Funny funny

53. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

I'll call em' amazing. No doubt. Especially the US Open pics. Some are remarkable for a phone. Better than anything I've seen from Samsung flagship. And I'm a long time Sammy owner.

55. Unordinary unregistered

I just think its comical that these tools always fabricate lol. The US Open photos are awesome, especially the one from the top of the stadium. The NFL photos were edited in photoshop (exif data) like any other professional does, which is why they look over contrasted. To each their own style. These armchair analyst commentors here think they are world renowned photographers where their opinion means only one answer - bad or good.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Those photos look great.

58. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Lol, I thought that wad Madden. You need your eyes checked

59. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

**was

3. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Still no OIS for the standard version and a smaller sensor vs some flagship Android devices. Should be good enough for the iTards for another year I guess, Apple clearly think so.

6. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I guess if retards such as you knew how to read, you'd know that both versions of the iPhone 7 have OIS.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

That's not what it says above, did you even read it? Maybe PA have it wrong. "there is no optical image stabilization (OIS) on the 4.7" iPhone 7, while the iPhone 7 Plus adds a secondary, telephoto lens in addition to the traditional wide-angle lens"

38. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Both new iPhones have OIS.

47. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

It was actually supposed to say "there is now", but there was a typo, so it confusingly turned the "now" to "no". It's now been fixed, thanks for bringing it up.

54. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Both have OIS. Do some research on your own. Don't be lazy.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Both new iPhones have OIS on board.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The standard version does have OIS.... wtf are you talking about? And why are you insulting people because they'd rather have an iPhone? I swear, it's that kinda crap that makes people think Android is for teenage edgelords who buy super skinny jeans from CityTrends.

16. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Did you read the article? Also, do you normally take offence this easily? ;-)

22. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The article is wrong. I watched the keynote lol. Honestly, you're making yourself look like an idiot. Check different outlets, they'll tell you the same thing I have.

23. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I'm just going by what the article says If you want to blame someone, blame Victor H. If the writers here can't get it right I think users here that are not iTards can be excused. :-) I can't believe you watched the keynote, you must be dedicated.

48. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

Blame on me! It was a typo, though, has to read "now" rather than "no".

32. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Also if you knew the article was wrong why not say that right away instead of "The standard version does have OIS.... wtf are you talking about?" Read the article first then comment.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No OIS on tge 4.7" iPhone7. Why? Oh we all know, already. But iFans still gonna buy.

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