Is the iPhone 7 a Game Changer for Photography?

As a photographer, taking pictures of things and places I see throughout my day is second nature; I never want to miss capturing the perfect shot. But do I always want to lug my DSLR around - for every outing? No thanks. More often than not, it’s sitting at home on a shelf, collecting dust. Fortunately, smartphone cameras are getting better all the time; with each new mobile device release comes a more advanced camera. The recent release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, has us all wondering if we can leave the bulky camera at home more than we already do.

Of course, DLSR cameras provide advanced technology, with the ability to specifically choose the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Being able to adjust one’s settings is important to the professional photographer but the release of the latest iPhone7 Plus, has us rethinking our choice for casual snapping. The iPhone 7 Plus camera is being hailed, “The best Smartphone camera ever,” and while there are many reasons why, I am sharing my personal favourites today.

What truly allows the iPhone 7 to push against DSLRS is the ability to shoot in raw image formats. Pro photographers shoot with raw images in order to capture the best photos, and now that can be done with a smartphone! On previous iPhones, images were automatically compressed and processed, which decreased the colour quality and cut some bright and dark areas. Having this raw image support provides more information, and this greater depth allows for a better editing experience. Knowing I can get a professional-looking photo from my phone is a remarkable feeling. Additionally, if you’re like me and want to improve your Instagram game, the new camera on iPhone 7 Plus is giving you the ability to do just that.

Another major benefit to the iPhone 7 is the 4K video. Apple originally introduced a 4K video recording option on the iPhone 6s, but the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera system can help videographers and amateurs capture even more captivating footage, using the 2x optical zoom option and improved low-light video capture. Both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have optical image stabilization to help with those blurry shots, and the improved lenses make the quality of video truly stunning.

However, even with these incredible advances come with some inconvenience. Let’s get real about storage here. Raw images can be anywhere from six to eight times the size of a regular photo, and with the high quality 4K video, storage will be tight. I don’t know about you, but there is nothing like the heart-dropping dread when that “Storage Full” message pops up in the middle of the perfect shot or important video. When shooting in raw and 4K video, this is bound to happen quickly. Even buying the iPhone with the greatest amount of storage might not be enough. A simple solution is a device like iSafe Drive Lite, which connects to the iPhone’s Lightning port, allowing you to save photos and videos directly to the memory stick without using any iCloud storage or phone storage. You can even share easily between devices.

Should you replace your DSLR with the latest iPhone? That will depend on your personal needs and preferences. But, if you’re looking to capture scenes of everyday life and don’t want to carry that bulky camera around, whipping out a thin, light smartphone that meets your high expectations for a photo is pretty wonderful. And the peace of mind a dependable storage solution provides is a winning combination.


By: Kailey Barendregt