Review: iPhone 7Plus wide and 2x tele sample photos

When I ordered the iPhone 7 Plus a few weeks ago, I wanted to get it fast! When pre-ordering started at 9:00, it seemed the black models were sold out at 9:00:05. So I tried to find a color with a short delivery period. The gray one was available with a two week delivery time. Luckily I didn’t have to order rose-gold.

I received it at the end of September just in time for a weekend hiking trip to Salzburg. On Saturday, I hiked along the two beautiful Gosau Lakes and on the second day I hiked down 3300 feet in altitude from Schafberg [mountain]. I put the iPhone 7 plus to a thorough test on both days using the stock camera app and ProCamera app using both the wide and tele lenses.

The first question I asked myself was if the optical 58mm “zoom” lens on the iPhone 7 plus is similar to my Moment 2x tele lens with 60mm. I still think the Moment 2x tele lens is the best lens available, but as I love to travel light, I’m looking to carry as few things as possible (unless the Moment guys figure out a way how to use the 2x tele lens with the built in 2x tele lens giving me a 4x optical tele on an iPhone). By the way, the Moment guys are blogging about the status of mounting plates and cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 plus over at their website.

Now for some photography tech talk:

The 58mm tele lens on the iPhone 7 plus has an aperture of f/2.8 compared to an aperture of f/1.8 of the wide angle lens. The two lenses are a little more than a full f-stop apart.

This means that under identical light situations the tele lens get’s only half as much light as the wide lens. Apple seems to compensate that using a slower shutter speed when you switch to the tele lens. So everything will be fine unless you plan to use the tele in low light situations. You may need a tripod (or a calm hand) then.

iPhone 7Plus wide angle and zoom lens sample shots

So here are the iPhone 7 plus wide and tele sample shots I took with the iPhone 7 stock camera app. All of those shots are out of the camera with minimal adjustments and only square cropping.

Cable Car to Gosau-Zieselalm wide angle shot with iPhone 7Plus at 1/1076s, ISO 20

Cable Car to Gosau-Zieselalm wide angle shot with iPhone 7Plus at 1/1076s, ISO 20

Cable Car to Gosau-Zieselalm 2x zoom shot with iPhone 7Plus at 1/271, ISO 20

Cable Car to Gosau-Zieselalm 2x zoom shot with iPhone 7Plus at 1/271, ISO 20

Dachstein Glacier shot with iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/1996s, ISO 20

Dachstein Glacier shot with iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/1996s, ISO 20

Dachstein Glacier shot with iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/894s, ISO 20

Dachstein Glacier shot with iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/894s, ISO 20

Restaurant at Gosau Lake shot wit iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/1916s, ISO 20

Restaurant at Gosau Lake shot wit iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/1916s, ISO 20

Restaurant at Gosau Lake shot wit iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/377, ISO 20

Restaurant at Gosau Lake shot wit iPhone 7 plus wide angle lens at 1/377, ISO 20