It’s that time of year again! iPhone’s galore! This time we have three different phones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the radically new iPhone X (ten). All three of these phones don’t disappoint when it comes to performance for both photo and video. Let’s dive deep on whats new, and what to expect from these new devices.
First, let’s start with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models. Both phones have the new A11 bionic chip inside. With iOS 11, both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support HEIF and HEVC for up to two times compression and storage for twice the photos and videos.
There is an all-new 12-megapixel sensor in the main camera of the phones. This camera has about a 28mm focal length and an f1.8 aperture along with optical image stabilization. For the iPhone 8 Plus we have a 50mm equivalent lens with an f2.8 aperture lens, but sadly no optical image stabilization for the telephoto lens.
For the iPhone 8 Plus we get the all-new portrait lightning mode which works like magic. Here is what Apple says about it:
Portrait Lighting is based on extensive research into the art and science of portraiture and core photographic lighting principles. It uses the dual cameras and the Apple-designed image signal processor to recognize the scene, create a depth map and separate the subject from the background. Machine learning is then used to create facial landmarks and add lighting over contours of the face, all happening in real time, giving customers, even more power to express themselves through photography. Source.
As far as video on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as of today, these phones have the highest-quality video capture in a smartphone. 4K at 60fps at the highest resolution and 1080p at 240fps for HD. Along with that, we get H.265 (HEVC) codec which can save up to 50% of space for the video files.
Moving on to the iPhone X. We get the same processor and same wide angle camera. However, we get a faster aperture on the telephoto lens at f2.4 giving us 30% more light. Along with that faster aperture, we also get optical stabilization on the telephoto. Also on the X, you get the portrait lighting effects on the selfie camera because of the new sensors.
In conclusion, whether you pick the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus or the iPhone X you’re going to have amazing photo and video. It just comes down to if you need the OIS on the telephoto lens and if having portrait mode on the selfie camera is necessary. Which one do you want? Preorders start now on the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus and preorders of the X start on October 27.