Austin Mann, professional travel photographer took Apple’s new iPhone 7/7 Plus for a test drive in Rwanda. Ker & Downey was pleased to curate his safari for the trip.
Packing light for a safari could get a lot easier with the release of the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Professional Travel Photographer Austin Mann took the newly released iPhone for a test drive with Ker & Downey in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, setting aside his traditional camera gear to discover what the new iPhone’s camera features are, and whether or not they could make his pictures better.
To fully test the camera capabilities, Mann and his crew spent time tracking and photographing gorillas, putting the iPhone 7 Plus 2x optical zoom to the test.
“In terms of quality, I found the 2x zoom lens to be equally as sharp as the iPhone wide-angle we’re accustomed to. However, I do not recommend the digital zoom beyond 2x.” The quality of digital zoom degrades quickly and I find it unusable for photography (although it’s actually kind of nice as an animal spotting tool).”
After wrapping up his time in Rwanda, Mann and his crew flew to Tanzania to continue testing the new iPhone’s camera capabilities on game drives in search of the Big Five. You can follow his adventure live on Instagram.
While the iPhone won’t replace the dSLR, it seems it’s definitely a great camera to have in your back pocket. And if your luggage restrictions are tight, you might even consider leaving the dSLR at home. Watch the footage below.
Read Austin’s full review of Apple’s iPhone 7/7 Plus and see footage from his trip with Ker & Downey here: http://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-7-camera-review-rwanda
Don’t forget, our photo contest is ongoing. Whether you are shooting with an iPhone or a dSLR, we want to see your Ker & Downey travel photos. Share them with us using the hashtag #GoKerDowney on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or emailing them to us.