Scouting Series

iPhone 7 Plus Camera Review. by Dzulkanean Ali

So it's been 2 weeks since I've paired up with my Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, it's Jet Black. 2 weeks into the Jet Black and still no scratches aye?

Right off the bat, the iPhone 7 Plus takes a longer time to get charged and it lasts a little bit longer compared to my previous 6. Not that significant, but still an improvement.

As I was saying, it's been 2 weeks since I've lived with my iPhone; which meant 2 weeks of daily commute, web surfing & photography—doing everyday stuffs with my iPhone.

My aim was to push the capabilities of the 7 Plus. I wanted to see if it could replicate what my Lumix could; mainly the night lowlight & long exposures.  Yes, I know that Apple never claimed that it could replace your mirrorless/DSLR. But you want to fully utilise the phone; what if I didn't bring my Lumix mirrorless and there's a long exposure opportunity that I just have to capture? I'm talking about those in-the-moment kinda things.

Note: These are photos taken over 2 weeks. I've photographed these from morning till late evening. All the photos are taken in RAW using Lightroom, ProCam & Manual except those taken on the native app; and edited using VSCO.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // iPhone Telephoto Lens // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // iPhone Telephoto Lens // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

Native Camera // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

ProCam RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Somewhere here, I decided to buy a few apps for long exposure photography on impulse. This is what exactly this test is about; those in-the-moment kinda thing. The ProCam app is only able to have a shutter speed of 1/4s. Not long enough for even a decent light trail shot. So I bought 2 apps; Manual Cam & Slow Shutter Cam; and it was a horrible experience.

Slow Shutter Cam TIFF Format // Processed in VSCO App.  Despite the low res, I can see how this app reigned supreme during it's prime. 

Slow Shutter Cam TIFF Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Despite the low res, I can see how this app reigned supreme during it's prime. 

Manual Cam could only go up to 1/3s and Slow Shutter Cam wasn't even updated for the iPhone 7's camera. The resolution was way beyond saving (1.6MP? Seriously?). It was a disaster. Although I will admit, I read the latest update log and it clearly state there that the last update was 6 months ago. But Manual Cam was disappointing besides the fact that the UI is 💯% cleaner than ProCam.

Manual RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Manual RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Manual RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Manual RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Here's how I feel about Manual app.  20 mins into using it, I find that the UI is seriously clean & cleverly put together such that you can access them using only one of your finger—way simpler than ProCam. As the name suggest, everything is in FULL manual—except apeture. However with it being full manual, I find it hard to focus on a subject. It takes quite a long time to get your subject in focus. In some situations, it's either a hit or a miss. Also, RAW images that I took turned out poor quality due to what the developer claimed to be the native Photos app does not support DNG viewing properly. 

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in Lightroom App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in Lightroom App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in Lightroom App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in Lightroom App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

Lightroom RAW Format // Processed in VSCO App.

To be honest, ever since I've owned a mirrorless, I've stopped my iPhone photography game—just cause the iPhone has this "flat" detail to it. But from the results that I've gathered, it's hard to see that "flat" detail now. I mean it's still there, but you have to zoom in all the way. Overall, it's pretty decent, and I might just get back to the game again. 

#ScoutingSingapore » 12.03.16 by Dzulkanean Ali

Photo by Hadziq ( @ziggyzq ).

Photo by Hadziq (@ziggyzq).

In the month of March, we gather at Marina South Pier for another series of Scouting Singapore. It's always thrilling to be walking and exploring Singapore with a bunch of friends, and just be inspired by everyone's creative mojo. You don't have to be a photographer to enjoy positive vibes; just cruise along and chill, and enjoy the views.

Panoramic view.

Panoramic view.

Starting off the scout at Marina South Pier.

Starting off the scout at Marina South Pier.

Too much heat here in SIngapore.

Too much heat here in SIngapore.

The AT-AT's assault on Singapore.

The AT-AT's assault on Singapore.

Photo by Hadziq ( @ziggyzq ).

Photo by Hadziq (@ziggyzq).

Light Bokoh.

Light Bokoh.

Testing out some lighting techniques on the Recce Leader.

Testing out some lighting techniques on the Recce Leader.

Won't be visiting Lau Pa Sat ever again.

Won't be visiting Lau Pa Sat ever again.

I've been wanting to take this shot for a year.

I've been wanting to take this shot for a year.

#MKEXPLORESGP by Dzulkanean Ali

Featured shot on MightyKillers. 

Featured shot on MightyKillers. 

Pretty surreal to have won & getting featured in one of my favourite Instagram collective feed! 

Falling in at The Float (Marina Bay Platform) .

Falling in at The Float (Marina Bay Platform) .

It was definitely an experience; coming out for my first Instagram street meet w/ Nikk La and gang! I'd make a guess of 50+ enthusiastic photographers attended the street meet(?).

The Helix Bridge.

The Helix Bridge.

Sail ⛵️ 

Sail ⛵️ 

End of the Boardwalk. 

End of the Boardwalk. 

And so the walk begins! We started off from The Platform > Helix Bridge > Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk 🔁. 

It's seriously too hot to be staying outdoors for an hour in Singapore. 

It's seriously too hot to be staying outdoors for an hour in Singapore. 

The man himself; Nikk La of Mighty Killers. 

The man himself; Nikk La of Mighty Killers. 

Having made a U-Turn back to the platform, we waited for a chance to photograph some sunset vibes. 

Shazwan says hi.

Shazwan says hi.

Casually snapping of people not expecting to be photographed while waiting for the magic hour. 

Full Panoramic shot off my Lumix.  A great view to call it a day! 🌆

Full Panoramic shot off my Lumix.  A great view to call it a day! 🌆