Apple iPhone 7 Review

November 4, 2016 | Amy Davies |


The iPhone 7 is a very capable smartphone camera, that will of course be hugely popular the world over. It doesn’t represent a huge jump in quality when compared to the 6S though, especially if you are using it predominantly in good light.

Although Apple says that this is the best camera it’s included on an iPhone, it’s through a series of small upgrades, rather than anything hugely revolutionary. That said, when you add all of those small upgrades together, then you get something which performs very nicely.

It’s good to see Apple introducing the ability to shoot in raw, even if it’s something you find you’re not doing for the majority of shots. We’d perhaps like to see a bit more control afforded in the native app, but it’s understandable that Apple wants to keep things simple for the majority of users who aren’t enthusiast photographers. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different apps which you can download if the standard app isn’t giving you what you want.

Low light performance is good, but it could be better, and it’ll be interesting to see how Apple continues to develop this area of its camera performance. It’s good, but you can’t yet ditch a real camera for this by any stretch of the imagination, and if the light is very very low, you’ll be left with pretty low quality images.

This being an iPhone, it’s not a cheap purchase by any stretch of the imagination. However, you can get some good deals if you buy the phone on contract, making it a more affordable option. If you already have a 6S, waiting a while for the price to drop may be a good idea, but if you’re coming from a 6 or a 5S, then you’ll probably notice more of a difference in the camera making the upgrade more tempting.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5