iPhone 7 Plus camera test: The best smartphone camera ever?

Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus features fast guts, a slick design, and improved durability. But the best new feature is the two camera setup—something that could change the way consumers take pictures. Here’s how it works.

The device comes equipped with two 12-megapixel sensors; one features an f/1.8 aperture and wide-angle lens; the second features a telephoto lens, which supports 2x optical zoom and 10x optical zoom. It’s a lot like owning a zoom lens, which allows more robust camera systems to vary the focal length, giving photographers greater flexibility over how shots are framed.

With the two lens setup, iPhone 7 Plus users can better frame the pictures they take. For landscape images, the wide angle lens make sense because it allows users to get more of the scenery into the frame. The telephoto lens is a good option for portrait photography, or for moments when you need to zoom into your subject but can’t physically get closer.

As part of the two lens system, Apple is also introducing a “Portrait” mode, which allows users to achieve a pleasant bokeh effect for a more professional look. Apple isn’t the first company to do this but based on the results we’ve seen, it’s doing things right. The feature is currently in beta right now but it should roll out to all iPhone 7 Plus users soon.

Check out the video above to see the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera capabilities put to the test. Apple made a really big deal about the dual camera setup during its presentation in September, but does it live up to the hype?

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