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Check out iPhone 8 Plus 2x optical zoom camera samples

There are lots of reviews of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. You can read from:

DXOMark – Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.

Tech Radar – A solid iPhone, but a clear evolution from previous Plus models. Compared to the iPhone X it’s unexciting, but it offers the far better experience over the iPhone 8.

The Verge – After spending a week with the 8, I can’t think of a single compelling reason to upgrade from an iPhone 7. The 7 is still extremely fast, offers virtually the same design in a lighter package with a bigger battery, and will get almost every feature of the 8 with iOS 11. If you really want Qi wireless charging, you can get a slim $15 case that supports it. And if you’re dying for Portrait Lighting, there are tons of photo apps in the App Store that offer similar effects. Of course, if you’re upgrading from anything older than an iPhone 7, the improvements in the camera and the overall speed of the phone are going to really impress you.

The Guardian – The iPhone 8 Plus is a big, chunky phablet that stands out like a sore thumb in the crowded marketplace filled with sleeker rivals. It’s massive, and not in a good way, in an era where a big screen doesn’t have to mean a big phone. That design was ok in 2014, not too bad by 2015, bad by 2016 and downright rubbish in 2017.

MacWorld – It’s difficult to put a label on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It’s a definite update from 2016’s iPhone 7—even though it looks almost exactly the same—but it’s different enough that it doesn’t deserve to be given an “S” naming scheme. To me, it feels more like an “iPhone 7 and three-quarters”: Too different to be a 7, not quite different enough to be bumped into a new category.

iPhone 8 Plus key camera specifications:

  • 12MP main (wide-angle) camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 lens
  • 12MP telephoto camera, f/2.8 lens
  • Optical zoom, with digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Optical image stabilization (main camera only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow sync
  • Autofocus with focus pixels
  • Wide-gamut color capture
  • Body and face detection
  • AutoHDR

I want to show the comparison when using the optical zoom features between the standard and the zoomed in pictures.  This is the first time that I have owned a phone with 2x zoom and I am quite impressed.  It is a handy and neat feature to have when you want to take that perfect picture 🙂 Here are some sample photos taken around Sydney Harbour at sunset.


Opera House Wide

Sydney Opera House – Normal wide

Opera house - 2x zoom

Sydney Opera House – 2x zoom

Harbour Bridge - Normal wide

Sydney Harbour Bridge – Normal wide

Harbour Bridge - 2x zoom

Sydney Harbour Bridge – 2x zoom

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