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The new iPhone 8 Plus just came out and we wanted to take it for a spin and compare it to the iPhone 7 Plus. Both of these phones have amazing cameras so we wanted to stack them up side by side and do some dissecting. Please enjoy our unscientific, real-world comparison between these two great devices.
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hey guys Caleb and Jeffrey here from the moment team and today's video is all about the iPhone 8 plus versus the iPhone 7 plus is camera and deciding is it worth your hard earned money to upgrade and get the new device so last Friday the new iPhones came into the office is it Christmas and after RJ was done playing with them Caleb and I took them out and did some tests all right we just got our ticket for the ferry now we're going in line so to start the day off we decided to hit the ferry which just leaves right out of Seattle and we wanted to test the detail in the dynamic range of these cameras I don't know what that was did you hear that okay so to start off these tests we decided at first we wanted to build a rig what we have here is our dual iphone rig cone 8 plus iphone 7 plus we will be a shooting at the same level so all the shots are pretty close to accurate if you want to know what this is actually made from it's a company called shoulder pod that makes this wooden part it's like the base with the handles and then these are this two random iPhone like mounts well there was a must there's a delay in this line what when we got on the ferry one of the first things we're going to test was the detail both of these cameras were able to capture the iPhone 8 plus definitely did retain some more detail than the 7 plus especially when you zoom in on a cityscape you can kind of see on the edges of the building the iPhone 8 plus is definitely sharper the next image we captured was using the telephoto lenses built into both of the phones and we notice similar things the I play plus still a little bit sharper but both pretty great images the next test that we wanted to do was dynamic range this presents itself is a nice area to test dynamic range you have the bright outside and then followed by a bunch of shade kind of like randomly underneath that overhang so seeing how each of the phones handle dynamic range will be a proper test so between the seven plus and the eight plus in dynamic range there's not too much of a difference but again the slight advantage does go to the A+ so before we got off the ferry we also wanted to do a quick video test so we shot in 4k 30 frames per second on both devices and I'm glad we did because we noticed a bigger difference but then we did with the photos the iPhone 8 plus exposed correctly by itself much better than seven plus stood kept in those highlights they weren't a learner's blown out yeah the detail and the highlights for sure on the video it was a lot better on the 8 plus video upgrade in our opinion is noticeably better yeah also with the video on the 8 plus you can record natively 24 frames per second thank you Apple finally you can also record 4k 60 frames per second which is incredible all those frame rates we didn't want to stack it up against the iPhone 7 plus because this doesn't have it only as 30 at 4k but we did do a 24 frames test a little more so after we got off the ferry the first thing we had to go get was the Starbucks obviously so we just got off the ferry we got a bunch of nice tests done caleb is being a little baby and we have to fine him coffee so we know this is a real-world test and what's more real than you wanting to know how your Starbucks coffee looks on an iPhone 8 plus so we're do a test at the slo-mo movie these cameras so the best thing you can think of is pouring cream into our iced coffees and we had a cream and so we decided to shoot that in slow motion the iPhone 8 plus records 240 frames per second at 1080 which is awesome the iPhone 7 plus reports 240 at 720p and really if you're shooting 720p these days you might as well just not even shoot the difference between 1080 and 720 in the 240 frames per second is a pretty big difference it doesn't look incredibly sharp it's still your phone shooting at 240 but it is really good so we got the coffee shot and we also did some skateboarding we're here at the skate park we're gonna get some slo-mo test with a 7 plus and the 8 plus Caleb's gonna try to not kill himself all right Jeffrey's gonna set up the iPhones to shoot in 240 frames per second I haven't skated in a little bit and I'm wearing the wrong shoes so don't leave any hate comments yep at this point in the review I think my opinion for the A+ is if you're getting it more as a filmmaker less as a photographer it's totally worth the upgrade all right well that's reading okay portrait mode time the iPhone 7 plus introduced depth effect and we wanted to test it against the iPhone 8 plus to see if there was a big difference when we were looking at the photos on location we weren't that impressed but now that we're seeing them here on the computer we're actually noticing there is a big difference with the iPhone 8 plus the feathering on the 7 plus did not do too well when there was a lot of detail in the background trees branches and stuff it like had this random little edge so overall I think they don't do a decent job at it but the A+ does a little bit better job at creating the better feather around the subject and making it look a little bit more natural building on the depth effect introduced in the iPhone 7 plus iphone 8 plus introduced portrait lighting we're not sure about it maybe if you used portrait lighting in addition to some some editing you could get something that looks good I think out of the camera by itself portrait lighting look at that that looks this one that looks weird on my face yeah that one's not bad and then that one's pretty normal when looking through these options it does feel a little bit gimmicky but it's important to note that this feature is still in beta so who knows what could happen in the future yeah I think there's good potential in the different lighting effects but right now the first one studio lighting is probably the only one I'd use okay so this is the pier I wanted to check out it's pretty cool so the next test we wanted to do was a color test we found these kayaks that had really vivid colors a bunch of reds yellows and blues the goal of this is to see how natively the cameras represent the colors and if there a big difference between the two overall you could see a difference in the colors between both of the phones it's not something that's gonna drastically make me want to buy the 8 plus necessarily some people actually even prefer a flatter image to start with less saturation if they want to do more editing but it does look good I will say if there's a gun to my head I would say alright so we're wrapping things up on Bainbridge Island and now we're gonna be late for a ferry when we got back onto the ferry we were able to get a tap defect shot that we were really happy with I think with the depth effect in general if the fall-off is much easier like a sky or a background that's a little more plane it does a better job of processing the image and making it look more natural okay so we're just finishing up a few more tests taking the ferry back home everything's been looking really great so far pretty evenly matched but we're really excited to test those later tonight are the low-light capabilities of both these cameras can zoom while recording you can it's just slow so after we got off the ferry we waited for it to get dark to do our final test which was low-light alright so we just pulled up to this donut shop that's open 24 hours it's late at night obviously the sun's down now so we can test wait what are we testing the low-light capabilities of the seven plus versus the A+ so this is the part of the video where I was excited to test because low-light is a huge deal with such small sensors in the phone so having the new technology in the phones that helps with the noise reduction right off the bat we did notice that the 8 plus is exposing a little bit better on the really bright lights of the donut shop so looking at these images side by side you're able to see that the iPhone 8 plus is really able to get that exposure a lot more under control whereas in the 7 plus there's so much detail lost in this shot obviously we are shooting at a very bright subject so this isn't much of a low-light test we'll go around the corner and do one where we'll really see the grain go a little more basically we just came over to this wall that it's like the most bland light kind of shining off from the donut shop but it's basically this know like light source over here this is really the test where we're gonna see the grain in the image so I'm looking between both of these photos you can tell that there is less noise than the iPhone 8 plus the iPhone 7 plus even around the face does look a little bit muddy the next feature on the iPhone 8 plus we wanted to check out was the slow sync flash basically it combines the quad LED flash and does like a slow shutter with a pulse of flash it's such a big difference actually essentially expose the background and the foreground more evenly not sure if you'll be ok so this is with the 7 plus and you see it's your classic flash look it's like he's super bright the backgrounds like nothing but dark this looks way more like a proper DSLR flash like where there's actually exposure in the background and also he's exposed but it's more even if you are into shooting flash on your phone this is a huge upgrade and probably one of the better features they put into this device this wasn't the best example rings yeah this is nice photo is just me quickly giving cuz we wanted to go eat donuts so the last thing we wanted to test in low-light was the video capabilities of both these cameras alright so when I'm setting the phone's up to shoot video in dark settings like this I'm exposing for the highlights meaning I'm kind of tapping and bringing that bringing down the exposure to lock it and what that does is help the image look a little bit more like less blown out in the highlights and then keeps the shadows less noisy too again we did notice that iPhone 8 plus retained more detail and color accuracy in these videos alright but is it worth the upgrade the final question on a high level I'd say yes if you were a filmmaker or getting into video the upgrade is definitely worth it the better frame rates and resolutions to me are a big deal if you're into photos on all regards like detail color and dynamic range it's slightly better and I don't think it's just worth it based on that fact alone the big features of the iPhone 8 plus that I think set it apart are the slow sync flash and the portrait lighting options so in conclusion Jeffrey would you buy this phone or this phone if I already have the 7 plus I probably wouldn't go to the 8 plus but like me I'm coming from the 6s so I think that's a huge upgrade today plus and definitely worth it there's your answer thanks so much for watching we hope this review was found a little bit helpful I thought he was ending sooner I'm already punching the clock dance that cliff you