So on the outside the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus make it look as though Apple have not been working on any new designs; which looking at it from the front you're not wrong. But with that being said a simple design change such as adding a glass back really does a lot from the way the device feels in hand, as it adds more weight making the smartphones feel just the tad more premium. Also by adding features most android companies have had for many years such as wireless charging, fast charging, Bluetooth 5.0 along with technologies such as TrueTone to help make things easier on your eyes, its true this iPhone lineup might not be for everyone; but lets see if this smartphone is good enoguh for you.
Benchmarks can be a good place to start when comparing the output of one device and comparing it to another, in this case comparing the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Also just for good measure ill also throw in the scores of a few of the more popular android smartphones. Benchmarks also give us a chance to see how much has actually changed generationally between smartphones, so you'll also see these iPhones compared to their predecessor. I will show you the results using two of the most popular benchmarking applications on the market; Geekbench 4 & GFXBench Open GL. This will give you an insight into how well the new devices perform when handling both single and multi threaded tasks, along with how they function with higher and lower intensive graphical tasks.
Above you also see the scores of the GFXBench Open GL tests comparing the iPhone 8 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus and as you can see there has been some rather big improvements; if you look a the graph titled ' GFXBench Open GL iPhone 7 7 8 Plus' you can see how the score that i got for the lower intensive tasks for the iPhone 7 Plus is now 25% higher on the newer iPhone 8 Plus.
It's no secret that iPhones typically debut with a cameras that shake up the industry, and surprise surprise its no different this time around, the iPhone 8 and its larger counterpart the iPhone 8 Plus both come with the same primary 12 mega pixel camera which has an aperture of f/1.8 which should help you out when it comes to taking images in low light situations; by allowing more light to enter to camera and be captured giving the images slightly more detail whilst also giving these images their own natural 'bokeh'. Talking about bokeh the iPhone 8 Plus with its secondary camera allows for 2x telephoto zoom (10x Digital) it also gives you the ability to add a more noticeable 'bokeh' which apple call portrait mode, which has been around since the last iPhone the iPhone 7 Plus. This time around along with the camera itself getting hardware improvements there's a new software feature which apple are calling portrait lighting. This allows you to use artificial intelligence to adapt and change the lighting in a scene, while this feature is currently in 'beta' it's an interesting thing to use and its great when it works as intended.
The new cameras also allow for 4K/UHD video recording at up to 60 frames per second (FPS), which means if you want to record footage that its not only crisp but also smooth then you might want to seriously consider purchasing or at least trying out the new iPhone as this is a feature that not many smartphones currently have. If you enjoy taking slow motion video then rejoice as these iPhones also allow you to record slow motion footage at FHD at both 120 & 240 FPS.
12MP wide-angle & telephoto camera (iPhone 8 Plus)
Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture (iPhone 8 Plus)
Optical image stabilization
63MP panoramic images
4K @60 video recording
So it’s no secret that when a new iPhone comes out that there is also a new contender for the best camera in a smartphone, and it’s no different this time around with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus just like we had last time around with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus the smaller 4.7 inch smartphone has the single camera, whereas the larger 5.5 inch model will house the duel lens camera system, which will allow for 2x telephoto zoom.
The iPhone 8 Plus will be the model i will be writing about this is as it shares the same primary camera found in the smaller iPhone 8. It's only when I mention using the telephoto camera where you would need the larger iPhone.
The iPhone 8 does a good job at taking still images and video footage. The areas where i would say the camera slightly falls short is when it comes to exposing correctly and fast enough when moving from a dimly lit environment to a well lit one. I find there are other smartphones that can expose faster. Along with this i also find that sometimes it can take a little longer when it comes to focusing correctly; but both of these can be sorted by tapping to focus and by sliding the exposure to a suitable level.
Video footage taken on this device turns out very good, in-fact it's up there perhaps in the top five smartphone cameras thus far when it comes to the quality and clarity of the footage. Being able to shoot video footage at 4K/UHD resolution at up to a maximum of 60FPS is a welcome new feature, along with this we can now shoot slow motion video at FHD at either 120 or 240FPS which is fantastic, as long as you can imagine yourself swiping over to use that feature.
The Secondary telephoto camera on the iPhone 8 Plus is great and I honestly wish every smartphone had one, you only understand why you would need one when it comes to zooming up on distant subjects. Not only does this work while taking still images, it also works when recording video footage; though you have to select the telephoto camera before you hit record. That being said, I find the telephoto camera works very well when taking close up images as you cannot pick up focus using the primary camera.
With all of that said, it also allows for portrait mode, which seems to be a lot more refined this time around than it was with the introduction of the iPhone 7 Plus. Subjects tend to be well in focus with an artificial 'bokeh' blurring out the background. While using the portrait mode you will have access to another new feature dubbed 'portrait lighting' which allows you change and adapt the lighting using artificial intelligence, you will be able to contour the light on the subjects face, down to having a studio light which will brighten them.
The front selfie camera isn't exactly the best on a new smartphone for 2017/2018 especially when you can pick up last years Samsung S8 which can record up to 1440p on the front camera for £300/400 cheaper. I might be nit picking now but i would also like to see it having a slightly wider angle so i can fit multiple people into an image using the camera without wriggling around to get the best shot. Other than that the front camera is good, and you won't have much issues with it.
So as you've gathered the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus has a great cameras, but it could defiantly be improved in some areas. A lot of these can be improved with software updates, talking about the software i think it's about time the iOS camera application get an update as its really not changed much from iOS 7 which was released half a decade ago. The addition of a 'Pro Mode' would be welcomed giving us the ability to change the shutter speed, ISO, focus and much more. One final thing i would like to see is apple allowing us to directly change the camera settings from the camera application as opposed to going to the settings application.