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The iPhone X’s Telephoto Lens Is Better Than The One On iPhone 7 Plus, Here’s How

Apple introduced its dual-lens camera setup with the iPhone 7 Plus. The secondary camera – the telephoto lens is responsible for taking those depth shots that provide a DSLR-like blurred background. Even though the feature was not perfect at the time, there were some serious under the hood operations conducted by the telephoto lens that made the photo look great. However, as it seems, the telephoto lens on the iPhone X is substantially better than that of iPhone 7 Plus. But how you ask? Let’s find out.


iPhone X’s Telephoto Lens Is Substantially Better Than That Of The iPhone 7 Plus

Judging on the bases of a head to head comparison between the telephoto lens of the iPhone X and iPhone 7 Plus, we can see that the prior features substantial improvements in low light conditions. When Apple first launched the iPhone 7 Plus, it mentioned that the smartphone would not shift to the secondary telephoto lens automatically in extremely low light scenarios. Instead, only the primary camera lens would be used to take the photo.

There’s a reason why Apple chose to implement this operation. The primary camera lens took shots with more details in some scenarios compared to the secondary camera telephoto lens. Now the iPhone X has launched that features upgrades that might alter the operation at certain scenarios.

Tests conducted by Dan Provost shows that the telephoto lens on the iPhone X “requires roughly 2 fewer stops of light before switching to the telephoto lens, as compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.” In low light conditions, this makes a lot of difference. The iPhone X would continue to use the telephoto lens while the iPhone 7 Plus would fall back and rely on the primary sensor.

In addition to this, the probability that the iPhone X will get a 2x zoomed image from the primary camera sensor is a rarity. Moreover, the device would shift to the telephoto lens often. As can be seen in the video embedded, the iPhone X has the ability to use its telephoto lens at 16 lux, while on the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus would revert to its primary camera sensor when the light was dimmed below 88 lux.

Henceforth, we can conclude that Apple has made huge leaps in terms of its dual-lens cameras. The iPhone X was launched to the general public on November 3 and features a radical design change compared to its predecessors.

In terms of the camera department, the device has scored massive points of 97, that falls only 1 point behind Google’s flagships of the year, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. However, the latest and greatest iPhone has been marked to take the best still shots, all thanks to the upgraded camera internals and more.

The iPhone X features a telephoto lens with f.2.4 aperture and this time around the company has also coupled it with optical image stabilization. This was previously absent on the iPhone 7 Plus and is a great contributor to the amazing shots that we take on the device. The iPhone 8 Plus, even though, features upgrades, it still lacks the OIS as the iPhone 7 Plus and hence the camera performance is similar to its predecessor.

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