Zooming? The iPhone X needs just a quarter of the 7 Plus light to do it

Ever since Apple introduced its first dual-camera phone, the 7 Plus, it has been giving us a cropped version of the wide-angle camera at the touted 2x magnification when the light is dim, as the telephoto lens has narrower aperture, and a zoomed-in picture with it just wouldn't come out as good. 

The amount of light needed for the telephoto to get engaged in an "optically" zoomed photos is decided by the camera algorithms, and varies with each situation, so a photog decided to measure if there is any difference between the 7 Plus, and Apple's latest and greatest iPhone X. That one has a more capable sensor/lens combo, and more image processing power to get advantage of it, so the "cropped" zoom shouldn't appear as often as it does with a 7 Plus, right? 

Well, correct, the setup of studio lighting that was used revealed that the camera of the iPhone X needs roughly a quarter of the light that the iPhone 7 Plus required for the telephoto zoom to kick in - 16 lux vs 88 lux - or about two light stops less, as photographers would say. This means that you will rarely see a cropped image of the wide-angle cam, instead of a true telephoto zoom in low light with the iPhone X, proving its camera more useful when you are out at night, and when you want to get closer to a subject without stepping forward.

source: Studio Neat

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  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. peace247 unregistered

Straight up lie....go watch the review of iPhone x by Zpromedia.....it still doesn't work in low light.

4. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

The article says that you're more likely to get a photo using the zoom lens rather than a cropped wide angle photo. It doesn't say that the result will be any good.

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

So that guy is right instead of this guy since you fact ch cakes this guy with that guy that never got fact checked.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Innovation, improvement and better user experience. Meanwhile Samsung kept the same camera of the S7 on their S8 as well... Lol

3. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

It didn't. The S8 uses a new sensor(IMX333), along with finally using multi-image processing(like Google, but not as advanced). Go sell your false information to someone dumb.

5. Peacetoall unregistered

display Innovation - thanks to samsung camera improvement - again thanks to sony better user experience - thanks to apple for intentionally making older iphones lag .

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Apple don’t really invent any thing. They just tweak it to make it better and put parts together. Like there a11 chip. They make a great product. I can tell because there is still people like you saying the stuff you say. It all started in 2007 with the start of “this is the next iPhone killer”. Open your mind. They all make great products.

13. ijuanp03

Posts: 669; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Apple can't keep up with the wireless charging technology, midrange IP67 rating and only have bezel-less screen now. The only feature they can claim as innovation is their Animoji. lol. there goes your $1000. lol

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

On the X that I had, it still didn't work that well in low light.

7. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I was in hockey game and took some game photos and 2x zoom quality was impressive.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I don’t see any reason to upgrade from my 7 Plus.

9. Jrod99

Posts: 779; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Maybe it’s time to call them smart cameras. Smart because they can text or email the photos and a cool concept make calls also.

12. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

iPhone 7 plus is still good enough for me. No reason to upgrade this year.

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