Sports Illustrated Photographer Uses iPhone 7 Plus Camera at NFL Game

Sports Illustrated Photographer Uses iPhone 7 Plus Camera at NFL Game

Last week Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the later featuring a 28mm wide-angle and a 56mm “telephoto” lens, and both sporting a faster f/1.8 aperture with a 12-megapixel sensor. At today’s Titans-Vikings game, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho shot some of the first images with the iPhone 7 Plus before the phone’s September 16 release date.

Looking at the images on the Sports Illustrated website, I can see why Apple would want to get the phone in Klutho’s hands for a feature. An NFL game offers several different photojournalistic shooting opportunities from action to portraits, with all that brilliant color mixed in each shot. The photos offer a good selection of the wide-angle and telephoto lens options, and I will let you draw your own conclusions about image quality.

You can read about all of the new features of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, including the improved camera system, here on Fstoppers.

[via Sports Illustrated]

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"The best camera is the one you have in hand."

And if it's your phone — THIS phone — wow!

Good times ahead, having a backup like this ...

Spy Black's picture

This never gets old for you guys, does it?

Anonymous's picture

How did he shoot without the headphone jack?? ;)

Chad Andreo's picture

Haha!
Good one!

Adam Ottke's picture

He had all the right dongles, of course ;-)

Should make alot of people here happy. Broke compatibility with selfie sticks.

Anonymous's picture

Are this adverts necessary each time iphone get a newer version ?
When not advert why you are not making such much articles about samsung or lg ?

Chad Andreo's picture

I'm pretty sure if a SI photographer did this with a droid phone and got these results, there would be articles and blog posts about it on various sites.

TImothy Tichy's picture

Only if one of the other phone manufacturers paid to have their phone used by said photographer. Even then I doubt we'd hear too much about it, and likely nothing about it on FS. ;) Apple is the technological equivalent of a boy band insofar as how their users/fans behave.

Anonymous's picture

ummm pretty much every camera company does this as well so who cares? they always give camerass to pros to test out and show their results. whats the big deal? I'm happy to see a pro shoot with the iphone 7 and see the results. how is apple like a boy band? the way users/fans behave is all in your head I think.

Anonymous's picture

I did not mean this current article .. i mean the whole campaign about it. Each time when new iphone appear you have 5+ articles about each stupidity they come with this new phone ... and yes some photographer are payed to use iphone to shot some interesting event so the iphone is more visible or just make them selves visible ,,,,, but i`m asking are you paid to propagate iphone or you just follow ?

Eric Lefebvre's picture

If they WERE being paid, they would have to offer full disclosure or run afoul of FTC rules on endorsements.

https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsemen...

"If an endorser is acting on behalf of an advertiser, what she or he is saying is usually going to be commercial speech – and commercial speech violates the FTC Act if it’s deceptive. The FTC conducts investigations and brings cases involving endorsements under Section 5 of the FTC Act, which generally prohibits deceptive advertising."

David Love's picture

One of these pics was shot with an iphone.

Eric Lefebvre's picture

Top one?

I say that because the image is very contrasty (potential indicator of a lack of dynamic range caused by the smaller sensor) and the images at the bottom seem to be using off camera flash (could be LED light panels of course).

Both shots are great of course.

Pretty amazing. Love to see where the smartphone-industry goes to.

Is it just me or are the photos extremely dark (contrast)?

Eric Lefebvre's picture

Yes but you can't expect a sensor smaller than my pinky nail to offer a wide dynamic range. I have the same problem with my Galaxy Note4 ... physics win every time.

dale clark's picture

Since I photograph for a living, I do not take my "pro gear" on trips, etc. I like to have a break from my job just like anyone else. I use to take a Sony RX100 P&S because the image quality is really good. Now, I just use my phone. So nice to walk around and not worry about carrying a camera. Plus, I find it fun to challenge myself with a fixed lens without using the pinch zoom.

Eric Lefebvre's picture

Same here. I shoot Canon but I've been eyeing Nikon's DL 24-85 luxury point and shoot cameras as my personal camera:

- 1 inch sensor,
- good focal range (24-85 equivalent),
- fast glass at f1.8-2.8,
- small / compact,
- 4K Video (something Canon doesn;t seem to want to give us),
- 700$,
- good selection of PHYSICAL dials,
- ...

I just hate lugging my DSLR around with my big glass (24-70 f2.8 or 70-200 f2.8) and there is the worry of something hapening to it before a paid shoot ... I have backups but still ...

Could be a decent 4k camera for talking head videos or as a bcam as well ... can;t wait to see proper samples and reviews. I know it only has a 1 inch sensorr but Canon's XC-10 and XC-15 also only have a 1 inch sensor so ...

vic hernandez's picture

Regina from mean girls voice* "stop trying to make iPhone Photography happen"

Mike Schrengohst's picture

After you run them Prisma what difference at this point does it make?

Binky Bass's picture

I have taken some " keepers" with my blackberry z10 and iphone 5.....does anyone care or seem surprised that cell phone cameras are improved on ? I bet you still cant get service with it north of where I live..I cant call for help in an emergency but I will be able to take award winning photos of my demise.

Bill Peppas's picture

I'm not seeing anything special in the sample photos.
Sorry, doesn't seem to do any better than a mediocre low-priced compact camera.

Matt Burt's picture

I bet it makes a better phone than they do.

Bill Peppas's picture

They're not presenting a compact camera like a groundbreaking cellphone.

Here, we have a very... "revolutionary" manufacturer advertising their smartphone camera as a P&S killer if not even DSLR contender ( some reviews sites went that far hahaha ).

All I'm saying is, I simply, do NOT see anything groundbreaking in the sample photos.
Mix those with photos from other "top cameraphones" and I doubt you'll be able to pick which one was shot on the iPhone and which on another smartphone with a "decent" camera

Anonymous's picture

The P&S is already dead and has been for years.

Personally I think it's pretty amazing what cellphones can do with photos.

I bet if we put up a bunch of photos from high end DSLRs you wouldn't be able to tell the difference either.

They review and put up images from canon,Nikon etc here. Why not smartphones as well?

Bill Peppas's picture

If you are inexperienced and don't have a sense of the dynamic range of a scene, you may not pick the smartphone photos from a bunch of DSLR photos.

An experienced photographer can easily discern the DSLR photos from smartphone shots if they are uploaded in decent quality & resolution ( above 720p )

Anonymous's picture

That's not at all what I said

You mentioned mixing photos from other top smartphones with the iPhone 7 and that you doubt you'd be able to pick the iPhone one from the bunch

What I said was you could do the same with different DSLR's and not be able to tell the difference between canon,Nikon etc.

Basically I was saying your point didn't really work.

Bill Peppas's picture

What are we discussing then ?

I said that it doesn't look great to me, neither much better ( if at all ) from other smartphones with good cameras ( not just any top smartphone, a smartphone with a "top performance" camera ).

dale clark's picture

Apple's goal is not to sell the phone as if it has a pro level camera. Apple's goal is to replace the P&S. Many here on Fstoppers easily see the limitations. However, most P&S, and many entry level DSLR shooters for that matter, leave the camera on "auto" full time and have never changes any settings.