iPhone 8, 8 Plus Vs. iPhone X Camera: Which Is More Suited for Photography?

As most of us know, the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X were just recently announced. As a photographer, I have learned to love using my phone as a camera and have been digging a bit deeper into which phone I want to get next. Of course Android makes a few phones with great cameras, but the iPhone has always been known for its photography and definitely markets their phone camera towards it. In these new models, we see some improvements that may be a game changer for any photographer on the move.

It's funny to see how far phones have come along in the past few years. I remember when they were first throwing a 1.3-megapixel camera on a flip phone which was the starting point of mobile photography. The camera on these phones didn't put out the best quality but I can remember that it was mainly used for capturing moments when necessary. Today, smartphones are pretty much capable of putting out professional quality photos and videos with all of the new technology that is around. I have to say that I am amazed with the quality my iPhone 7 Plus shoots at and am interested in seeing if these new iPhones can outperform that camera.

iPhone 8:

  • 12-megapixel camera (f/1.8)
  • All new Ssensor
  • Deeper pixels
  • New color filter
  • Optical image stabilization

iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Dual 12-megapixel cameras (f/1.8 on the wide camera, f/2.8 on the telephoto camera)
  • All new sensor
  • Deeper pixels
  • New color filter
  • Optical image stabilization (only in wide camera)

iPhone X:

  • Dual 12-megapixel cameras (f/1.8 on the wide camera, f/2.4 on the telephoto camera)
  • Larger and faster sensor
  • Deeper pixels
  • New color filter
  • Quad LED True Tone flash
  • Dual optical image stabilization (both cameras)

The camera on the new iPhones don't vary too much, but it is clear that the iPhone X has the most improvements in this area. If I had to upgrade my phone, I would lean towards the iPhone X for that wider aperture and stabilization in both cameras. I find that this is really helpful when I shoot with my phone because I am able to get smoother shots when recording video and some pretty clear, awesome stills when I want to. The biggest upgrade in the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X is the advancement in portrait mode. Portrait mode was a really cool new feature Apple added with the iPhone 7 Plus, and believe it or not it works pretty well. With the new models, Apple really advanced this technology and they now allow you to change the lighting in the photo just by selecting a few different options in the camera app itself. Apple also upped the video quality to 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps.

Photo from iPhone 7 Plus.

Photo from iPhone 7 Plus.

All in all, I think that these are some pretty good upgrades and I look forward to seeing more reviews on the camera along with some comparisons against older iPhone models. It would be nice to see the camera take a leap forward with low light, especially with the telephoto lens that I love to use so much. In the images above, you can certainly see some noise, but aside from that you can really get great photos with the camera that is on this phone already (iPhone 7 Plus camera). I know I am not the only iPhone nerd out there, so I am sure many of you are thinking about which phone you want to get next. Hopefully this article and video can give you a bit more insight on the new iPhones if you are looking to get one, but then again, I think any upgrade comes down to how much you think it will benefit you and your work.

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I have traveled over 100,000 miles over the last 18 months and I always bring a Nikon D500 or D800 to get the epic shots. But for everything else, I found out the my iPhone captures the essence of the trip and use it extensively. I will be upgrading to the X for the camera.

The LG V30. But on a serious note, the Iphone 8 has a beautiful camera, a very fast CPU but a completely outdated 720p screen.

720p screen?

The Iphone's screen has a very low resolution.

No iPhone has 720p resolution or low resolution. Compared to say the Samsung competition, it simply has less resolution. The lower resolution display on the iPhone 8 comes in at 326 ppi and the iPhone 8 Plus comes in at 401 ppi, and everything looks as pIn sharp on the iPhone 8 as it does on my iPad mini 4 with the same 326 ppi, and that's with magnifying reading glasses. All Samsung did was unnecessarily bog down it's CPU, GPU and battery by using much higher pixel density displays where it is very unlikely anyone will be able to tell the difference in detail compared to the iPhone 8s. Meanwhile the iPhones crush the competition in performance.

I find the information about the 3 iphones confusing, it was stated before that all 3 phones have bigger sensors, in this article it's written that only the iphone 10 has larger sensor, is this true?

From my research I could not find anything to show that the sensor is different on the X. I brought up the same issue in another comment.

my week is now complete with not one but two iPhone camera articles in one day. thank you jesus.

I think the iPhone is the most used camera in the world. If true then it deserves such attention.

You have a different description for the sensors and yet from all the information I have read, including that on Apple's site, it appears the sensors are the same for the 8 and X.

The only thing I recommend for taking photos with the iPhone is to use a third party camera app that allows for RAW capture. The difference in image detail between Apple's JPGs and RAW is stark. It's a shame that Apple is not allowing RAW capture with it's own camera app, because they do a great job otherwise. Hopefully they have improved their JPG image quality.

iPhones now give you the option of JPG or HEIF formats. Have you researched HEIF? I’m curious if it is better than JPG in terms of compression.

Yes it is better compression, which is why they introduced it, but it still isn't RAW. The images are going to be cooked, just like the JPGs.

On the positive side, I see from reviews on the iPhone 8 that Apple's JPG superior to those on the iPhone 7. I think they finally got into their heads how awful their JPGs were when it came to retaining detail. I'm wondering if iOS 11 also brought that same improvement to the JPGs on the iPhone 7s. I will have to test that on a friend's iPhone 7 Plus.

So nice to have sample photos from iPhone 7 in article about iPhone 8 and X.

Check out the DXOMARK review. Both models are now number one and two of the best reviewed smartphones.

https://www.dxomark.com/apple-iphone-8-plus-reviewed-the-best-smartphone...

Good to know. It even beats 91 of Phase One IQ180 :)

Still see this as a very good example of modern journalism/advertorial...

Why would they only include Optical image stabilization in wide camera lens and not telephoto???...Granted its just a phone not a real DSLR, but isn't telephoto where one would need it the most???...Am I going insane or something?