Available since September 22, the new iPhone 8 Apple sets the bar a little higher photo. We tested the improvements and new features of the smartphone.
Always more ? If it is now common knowledge that Apple’s new iPhone 8 (released September 22) has technical specificities very similar to those of iphone 7, the firm at the apple however insists on the care once again brought in the photo section of his toy.
For the record, the iPhone 8 is equipped on the back with a dual 2 x 12 megapixel photo module (a 28mm wide-angle lens with f / 1.8 focal length and a 56mm f / 2.8 module). Let’s face it: the untrained eye will certainly struggle to differentiate between the photos of the iPhone 7 and those of the iPhone 8, as the quality is approaching.
In daylight, the images made are excellent. They are even more so when the conditions of light are good. We can even zoom quite strongly in the clichés made to find that their level of detail is really very rich. A particularly good point if you have a habit of storing his photos (or if you want to print them by enlarging).
In the same way, the colors are rather faithful to the reality (perhaps a little warmer than with the iPhone 7), the image processing applied by the new processor A11 Bionic of the iphone 8 avoiding their give this “digital” aspect still too often put forward by some competitors, or to over-smooth the materials. Very correct results, therefore.
Beware, however, in low light: the iPhone 8 finds the flaws usually seen on its elders, with a grain quickly apparent and a slight mottling in the image that increases as the light decreases. At this level, the LG G6 smartphone is always better.
Portraits in the making
True novelty nevertheless, with a Portrait mode “Studio” supposed to recreate lighting conditions worthy of a professional work around the subject.
Still in beta, this feature allows you to select multiple types of lighting: natural, studio lighting, edge lighting, stage lighting (with soft focus on the back of the subject), and monochrome stage lighting.
Simply place the face of the person you want to “carve” in the center of the screen, in the circle provided for this purpose, and choose at the bottom of the screen, the nature of the desired lighting . Behind the scenes, the 56mm photo module captures the subject, while the 28mm module handles work on the image in the background. Thus, the scene is reconstituted in 3D, allowing to play on the light and the contrasts at the back of the person that one immortalizes.
For now, the results are very good as long as we do not select the two functions “stage lighting”. Indeed in this case, the results obtained seem still random, as the processor manages to find it difficult to trim at certain times the hair of the subject. Consequence: images sometimes unusable. But not enough to sulk his pleasure: by taking again several times, even by modifying the conditions of the shooting (by asking about him to change his pose, playing a little light), we finally end up with the sesame, with portraits that stand out.
If these new features improve, they should be a disaster on the next iPhone X (available November 3), since the front sensor of the smartphone should allow him too to enjoy. No, certainly, the selfies, it’s not over!