First official camera samples from the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus


Hey, shutter bugs, we know why you are excited - Apple just announced three new iPhones, and they all have upgraded cameras compared to the iPhone in your pocket. As can be expected, the AR-friendly camera of the iPhone X is the major highlight, but the 8 and 8 Plus got brand new sensors as well. 

At the back of the iPhone X we have a dual camera arrangement similar to that of the iPhone 8 Plus, with a regular 12MP F1.8 camera for all conditions and a 12MP F2.4 2X zoom telephoto lens. What's new this time is the addition of optical image stabilization to both camera modules. Portrait Mode is on board, naturally, along with new real-time lighting effects allowing you to dramatically alter the look of your subject.

For the first time on an iPhone, Portrait Mode is enabled on the front-facing camera as well. In this case, the TrueDepth camera is used in tandem with the standard one to separate subject from background and to apply bokeh or lighting effects to the image.


With all the jazz surrounding the iPhone X, it's easy to forget that the cameras on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus also improve upon last year's models. At first glance, the specs appear to be quite similar: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will both get a 12 MP/7 MP sensors for the rear and front cameras respectively, while the 8 Plus’s rear module will also feature a second, 2x zoom camera.

However, Apple says the sensors found inside are brand-new, which means image quality is set to get a welcome boost. Moreover, there have been a ton of improvements on the software side as well — for example, there's a cool new mode called "Portrait Lighting," which will enable for real-time color optimizations Apple claims will be better than the regular filters one can find in competitors' camera apps (but which will unfortunately be available only in the bigger Plus sibling).

Video also gets a boost, thanks to Apple's new in-house video encoder, which will analyze each frame in tiny pieces and detect what each one of them contains, and then optimize video quality accordingly. Also, slow motion enthusiasts will be happy to know they will now be able to take 240 fps videos at 1080p, which is double the frames of the 7 series.

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46 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

so the new iphones don't come in matte black?

5. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No, it comes in that glossy, shiny, nasty, fragile and fingerprint magnet glass PA reviewers and Apple fans hated on Samsung phones.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

that was my favorite thing about the iphone 7 or the iphone 5. the stealthy matte black. let's hope glossy, $1000 phones aren't becoming a thing

34. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

I read several reviews on how the dual glass design is a fingerprint magnet and how this is a bad design choice because it is more fragile. Which si 100% accurate and I agree. I want to see if the same thing will be said. So far I dont see anyone talking about how Apple's design is so much like Samsung. Yes the iPhone 4 and 4S was also dual glassed. But yes it certainly proved to be more fragile because for one, the back glass was made of a cheaper material vs the front. I read that the fast charging is suppose to give 50% charge in 30 mins. The S6 did 60% in 30 mins and had a larger battery too. Apple Watch finally has cellular. The first model should have, considering other companies has such already. Oh well. I can't wait to see what type of tech the S will have at model 10.

42. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

exactly, right from preview videos of note 8 and other samsung phones you can hear this finger print magnetism several times. but everybody is mum.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Mehhhhhhhhhhhh

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

iPhone 6sss

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i guess iphone X will stay $1000 until the real iphone "10" is released

6. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

1K for this [s]hit/crap specs? Better get Note 8 instead.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This phone has MILES better specs than the Note 8. The chip inside of this is comparable to an i5 Broadwell, it has faster storage speeds, and it has essentially all the token Note features aside from the S Pen. Basically; this phone will be faster, get updates longer, and offer cool AR s**t to boot.

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

still no apple pencil support...

13. Furbal unregistered

You're not seriously comparing cross architecture benchmarks are you? The a11 is damn good(easily best arm soc) but that is off base.

14. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apart from the A11 chip, it has nothing to hold over the Note 8. Fingerprint scanner, IRIS scanner, higher res screen, better battery life, headphone jack, better camera on paper(when was the last time an iPhone camera outperformed a Galaxy flagship?), fast wireless charging, expandable memory, and all the freedom Android OS brings. Oh and talking about updates, my S8 gets updated monthly to the latest security patch, while your iPhone gets updated weekly to fix the bugs the previous update brought. The features iOS 15 will bring to the table, will be found on every Android device 4 years prior to that release.

15. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Your trying too hard. It's all gibberish.

16. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's just too much for your little brain to digest.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Apart from the A11 chip, it has nothing to hold over the Note 8." Are you high? The A11 ALONE is enough to hold over the Note 8... have you forgotten the basic principal of computing power? "Fingerprint scanner, IRIS scanner, higher res screen, better battery life, headphone jack, better camera on paper(when was the last time an iPhone camera outperformed a Galaxy flagship?), fast wireless charging, expandable memory, and all the freedom Android OS brings." Fingerprint sensor: You're right. Iris Scanner: Also right Higher red screen: No one gives a s**t. And since it's default 1080P on the Note, Samsung's telling you no one gives a s**t. Better battery life: How the hell do you know that? Damn thing was announced a few hours ago lol. better camera on paper: Repeating the above line... again. fast wireless charging: Don't care. expandable memory: I guess you're right. freedom Android OS brings: hahahaha... please. Android users have freedom like South Sudanese insurgents; anarchy is NOT to be confused with freedom.

20. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then guess what, majority of people don't care about benchmarks nor which phone opens apps few milliseconds faster than another. Basically, anything that isn't found on an iPhone is a useless feature that you don't care about. I remember the times where Amoled screen, fast charging, hell even bezeless designs were a meh for you.

21. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Everything you mentioned is outdated tech that Apple is pushing forward except fast wireless charging and expandable memory. They moved away from those things on purpose. I'm being nice about the expandable memory by the way. The only reason the iris scanner is on there is because they put the FPS in a terrible position that is way too awkward to reach. On top of that, the iris sensing is not even secure. You can't use it for payments. Apple has one solution and the typical backup passcode. Both are very secure. Before I go, let's talk about how Samsung devices are sh** after 3 to 6 months and require too much babysitting to get them running smooth again. Their solution is to come out with a new phone every six months.....lol!

36. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

Wasn't the Iris Scanner introduced on the Note 7? Where was the FPS on that phone?

45. photo3

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

My s8 plus is still on August security. Which means Bluetooth is vulnerable. So don't get to excited about Samsung's security.

18. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

All the speed for what Snapchat? Lol I don’t even have a single game on my iphone7+. Which serious busy adult play games on a phone? If I want to game my ps4 pro is there for a reason. Come on man, phone speed has picked. I doubt it will even open an app faster than the competition. You need real world features like the SPen. Sign documents on the go.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You need real world features like the SPen. Sign documents on the go." Bull... s**t. First off, I've NEVER once thought signing work related documents ON MY PHONE was a good idea. It isn't, for obvious security reasons. Secondly, it's not about your ability to perceive the speed as much as it is the speed itself. Do you perceive the Earth rotating? No... but it's pretty damn important... is it not? Same principal applies here, without the dramatic implications, that is. I'm not saying that having a S Pen like feature wouldn't be lit (looking at you... Apple Pencil) just that speed is unequivocally more important. Period.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The A11 chip is nice, that's about all. But opening a app 2 second faster, BFD He is right , every thing iPhone fans made fun of with Samsung is great now that the iPhone has it.

30. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sissy you'll never have the iPhone X, and you won't be getting the Note 8, so please STFU. You're as idiotic with your rants as that tedkord fool.

44. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You give me your email and as soon as it here I will send you a pic. The note 8 that is, wouldn't wast my money on a iPhone.

37. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

Speed isn't important, no matter what you claim. If it was, then OEM's would simply makes devices be fast, and less efficient. What does matter is how much you can do in a shorter length of time. Sounds like priorities are in the wrong place. iOS has direct hardware access, so its gonna perform faster. But its simply not the case for all apps. I can find a faster and slower app on both platforms. After all, based on your claim, a Ferrari is better than a Civic, simply because it faster. Yet on the highway, we both can only do the posted speed limited. Which both do equally. No matter hwo fast the iphoen is claimed to be, when you use cerain features, let network related ones, all that speed will provide zero benefit whatsoever. So the fact is, the majority of apps on both IOS and Android are server-side apps. Which means the data is on a server not local on your device. So both will be at the same mercy of internet speed, modem speed and more. So since the latest Galaxies have gigabit modems and the iPhone doesn't, shouldn't this have been faster too? What good is the CPU being so fast, if it is gonna be bottled-necked by such things as slow data modems and less RAM?

35. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

I disagree per se. The Galaxy S8 or S8+ would be a better buy. In this case compare the S8 to the iPhone X, When you compare to S8, bot have advantages over each other, but it depends on what is important to you. Check comparison of S8 vs iPhonme X on GSMarena But when you consider $1000, yes the Note 8 is a better buy. But the S8 offers enough and will beat the iPhone where it matters. The S8 has better cameras vs the iPhone 8, as the Note 8 has over the Plus. I cant wait to see photos and battery tests.

46. photo3

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Hard to say what phone will take better pictures. If your going just by aperture then the google pixel should be worse in low light then the s8 or iPhone 7 but it's not. Good software seems to matter a lot as well. Not that the s8 has bad software, just don't know until we see the reviews.

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

let's hope a $1000 smartphone is not gonna be a thing.

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

See Note 8 after taxes! Have a nice day!

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