Apple iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review - Verdict

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Iphone 8 Plus (2)

Value For Money

The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at £799 sim-free with 64GB (the 256GB option is slightly more expensive) which is about on-par with those offered by competitors. 

Alternatives include the following:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, 6.3inch screen, dual 12mp camera, wide and telephoto, £869
Samsung Galaxy S8+, 6.2inch screen, 12mp f/1.7 camera, £779
Samsung Galaxy S8, 5.8inch screen, 12mp f/1.7 camera, £669
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, 6.2inch 18:9 screen, 12mp f/1.5-2.4 camera + telephoto camera, £869
Google Pixel 2 XL, 6inch screen, 12mp f/1.8 camera, £799
LG V30, 6inch screen, dual camera, 16mp wide-angle and 13mp ultra-wide-angle, £799
Huawei Mate 10 Pro, 6inch screen, dual 12mp camera, colour and monochrome lenses, £699
iPhone X, 5.8inch 19.5:9 screen, dual camera (wide and telephoto), £999

Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphones for Photography or have a look at the Best Smartphones under £300 for Photography for more options. 

 

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Verdict

The iPhone 8 Plus is a premium smartphone with a premium feel, build quality and looks. 

As with the iPhone X, improvements can be seen in camera performance and as for the overall performance of the phone in general, apps open up in no time at all and there's no lag. The screen is also excellent offering vibrant colours, good saturation levels and a really clear picture. 

You then come to the native camera app which is still annoyingly basic and for some photographers, it just won't offer enough in the way of manual control to keep them happy. Yes, low light performance has been improved slightly but not enough to make it groundbreaking and the built-in portrait modes do give portraits a more pro feel, when used under the right conditions, but these two things alone aren't enough to compete with the likes of the Mate 10 Pro with all of its manual bells and whistles. Although, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro doesn't feature the wide-angle / telephoto lens combo. Instead, one lens is colour and the other is black & white. The Samsung Galaxy S8's camera app also offers excellent control, particularly in the Pro mode, where you can change manual settings, and shoot raw images. Of course, you can download plenty of apps from the Apple app store which give you manual control and the ability to shoot in RAW. 

Yes, the rear camera on the iPhone 8 Plus can switch from wide to telephoto and the telephoto lens does have a good amount of reach but try and extend it with the digital zoom and you end up with images that look like they were painted rather than captured with a digital piece of kit. However, stay away from the digital zoom and the iPhone 8 Plus is very capable of capturing decent photos (even if the camera app is very basic). 

Other great features include the iPhone 8 Plus' water and dust resistant design, 4K video and the range of apps which are available for iOS.

The price is comparable with other brands on the market but it probably won't turn Android fan heads. However, you can guarantee that Apple fans will be happy to upgrade. 

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a lovely phone and it does take good photos but if you want access to manual controls you'd expect to find in more advanced cameras, you'll be better off looking at alternatives. The question of 'iPhone X Vs iPhone 8 Plus' will also come down to the amount of money you want to spend on a smartphone and if the bigger screen, smaller bevel and slight camera improvements are something you really need in your smart device. 

 

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Pros

  • Fast and responsive
  • Large screen
  • Dual lenses
  • Interesting portrait modes
  • Decent battery life 
  • Looks great
  • Photo quality is good

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Cons

  • Lacks a headphone socket
  • Camera app is really basic
  • Doesn't shoot in RAW
  • Portrait modes are a little hit and miss
  • Low light performance still needs some work (even though improved)
  • Expensive 

Features4.5/5
Handling4/5
Performance4/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict


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Comments


13 Mar 2018 11:47AM
iPhones still have heavy handed processing with detail looking like a water color painting if one looks closer, their jpeg output is not top tier, wish they (Apple) would dial back the processing as Samsung have done over the last 2 or 3 years. Until then the tiny pixels (1.12 micron) vs the Pixel (1.55 micron) and the way better Google processing will continue to divide the IQ quite easily.

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