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These are the first real-world shots taken with the iPhone 7 Plus

Let's see the Microsoft Surface do that.


AJ Dellinger


Posted on Sep 12, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:05 am CDT

A good test of a camera is how well it handles action shots, and you’d be hard-pressed to find more action than at a professional sporting event. That’s why Apple gave the iPhone 7 Plus, complete with its dual-camera system, to professional sports photographers to see what they could shoot.

Photographers Landon Nordeman—working the U.S. Open for ESPN—and David E. Klutho—on the sidelines of the week one NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans for Sports Illustrated—were able to capture some incredible images with the phone’s dual-camera system. 

The photographers made the most of the iPhone 7 Plus’s new 12-megapixel telephoto lens, which is capable of 2x optical zoom or 10x digital zoom. The pictures benefit from being taken on days with near-perfect skies and weather conditions, but they’re still incredibly vibrant and detailed.

Klutho was able to capture some memorable moments during the Titans-Vikings showdown in Tennessee, including Titans running back Demarco Murray’s first score—topped off with a diving finish.

Nordeman was able to get shots from just about every angle inside and outside the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the U.S. Open and managed to document top-rated men’s tennis star Novak Djokovic during an impromptu public appearance. 

The photographer thanked Apple on Twitter for the chance to test the smartphone for his photos and said, “I love it!” 

The full set of photos from Nordeman can be found on ESPN, while Sports Illustrated has the complete collection of iPhone 7 Plus shots captured by Klutho.

H/T Sports Illustrated, ESPN

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*First Published: Sep 12, 2016, 4:23 pm CDT