So by now we’ve all either seen or have the new iPhone 7/7+. Aside from a lackluster keynote and a phone that has hardly any new innovations, I did pick one up on release day. I’ve had it for about a few weeks now and while I am enjoying the faster speed, that’s about it. The lack of a headphone jack is beginning to drive me nuts.
When it comes to the camera, Apple did add RAW format (in the API only, not native in the camera app). A feature that we photographers were happy to see this finally come to the iPhone, in addition to the two lenses that they added. — Jared Polin recently posted that about some raw photos that he did in Germany while attending Photokina. As always, the Canon Prograf1000 did a stellar job of printing them at amazingly large sizes. He shot them in RAW, and processed in Lightroom. Art Beat Studios recently did a 30×60 Metal Print, of an iPhone Panorama in RAW over 5 shots, that came out amazingly.
Then it happened, I saw someone in an article that shall not be named about how the iPhone was now the end all for photographers everywhere. I have to assume that this photographer is much like KR in their philosophy… I wonder if they think that the iPhone shooting RAW is a bad idea, much like the aforementioned KR. … I’m digressing.
So, I was out the other night with my trusty iPhone 7+ and Adobe Lightroom Mobile, I also had my Nikon D810 with the 24–70 f/2.8. I drove up to the Missouri River’s edge. I was going out to do some sunset exposure blending. While I don’t profess to be a landscape photographer. I’m always trying to learn new things and broaden my photography knowledge.
This one simple test proves that an iPhone will never compete on the stage of a DSLR. For the obvious reasons such as sensor size, lack of dynamic range, lack of depth of field (simulated or not)
Now onto the photos… (iPhone photos were hand held on top of tripod mount. Nikon was mounted on tripod)
- iPhone 7+ JPG from Camera App
iPhone 7+- APC DNG
- Nikon D810–14 bit Uncompressed NEF.
Photos are of the Heart of America Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri also included in the background is the, ASB Trussle Bridge, the BNSF Second Hannibal Bridge, and the Buck O’Neil Bridge– Former Broadway Bridge. These images were taken at the Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park
After looking at them and fighting with the images, and processing to make the Nikon and the iPhone look nearly identical, I gave up. Knowing with absolute certainty the the iPhone will never take the place of a true DSLR. I will concede that for the average user, it’s just fine and will work perfectly.
“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” — Chase Jarvis