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.
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.
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.
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.
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.