We have a bit of bad news for folks who may have just purchased a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. After some initial testing, Consumer Reports doesn’t believe there’s much of a camera upgrade, if at all, from last year’s iPhones.
“Overall, we found few significant improvements from Apple’s iPhone 6s cameras when it comes to still photography taken from the rear-facing 1x (non-zoom) cameras found on both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus,” Consumer Reports said noting that 1x zoom “did not outperform cameras on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.” It also said that it didn’t find discernible performance differences between last year’s phones and the iPhone 7 in lowlight situation. The flash, too, didn’t seem to boost much.
Consumer Reports said the zoom on the iPhone 7 plus produced sharper images and also found the front-facing camera was better than on the iPhone 7, which is weird since they should have the same module.