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CALL THE SHOTS

Sizing up the two top camera phones; plus, how to shoot like a pro.

The Case for Lenses

Aside from screen size (5.5
inches, compared with the
iPhone 7's 4.7-inch display),
the real "plus" of the 7 Plus is a
second telephoto lens (56mm,
in addition to the single 28mm
wide-angle lens on the 7),
which brings action closer
without using the digital zoom.
In a nifty trick, the 7 Plus can
shoot with both lenses simultaneously in portrait mode, using
the 56mm for the near subject
(people, animals, food) and
the 28mm lens for background
for beautiful, gauzy shots with
more dimension. The new
28mm lenses capture 50 percent more light than their predecessors for better detail in
low-light settings, and both 7s
now have larger, 12-megapixel
sensors. $649 for iPhone 7 and
$769 for iPhone 7 Plus.

Google's first phones made inhouse, the Pixel and Pixel XL,
feature 5- and 5.5-inch screens
respectively, 28mm lenses,
and 12-megapixel sensors, and
come with free Google Photos
cloud storage, which is a bit
more user-friendly than Apple's iCloud setup. The native
Pixel photo app also has some
fun advantages over Apple's;
for instance, snapping a series
of images by holding down the
shutter automatically stitches
them into a sharable GIF. But
perhaps their biggest advantage for world travelers is that
Pixels can use Google's Fi
network for data, which costs a
mere $10 per gigabyte in 120
countries - a fraction of the
cost of data plans from AT&T
and Verizon. $649 for Pixel and
$769 for Pixel XL.

SHOOT WITH APPS
After setting up
a shot, photographer Kevin Lu (see
right) rarely taps
his phone's built-in
camera app. Here
are three of his
current favorites to
shoot with.

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Adobe's Lightroom preserves more fine details
through its DNG format
(an uncompressed image file versus
a JPEG's compressed format),
among other cool features, such as
an exposure compensation slider to
easily lighten or darken scenes. Free,
iOS and Android.

T H E W O R L D I S VA S T. G O E X P L O R E .

Average Camera Pro
snaps up to 128 images in
a batch at customizable
intervals, from 1 to 30 seconds.
Lu uses it to "average" the shots
together for time-lapse images,
such as a trail of traffic taillights or
water rushing in a stream. $1, iOS.

Cortex Camera takes
as many as 99 shots very
quickly for a super HDR
effect, then fuses them together in
one balanced, ultra-richly colored
photo. $1, iOS and Android.

(MOMENT C A SE AND LENSES) PHOTOGR APHY BY
CHRIS PL AVIDAL, S T YLING BY HEIDI A DAMS

iPHONE 7 PLUS VS GOOGLE PIXEL

Exterior camera-phone lenses are a
growing field, but we haven't tested
any as slick as - or, frankly, near the
quality of - Moment's telephoto,
wide-angle, fish-eye, and macro
options for the iPhone and Samsung
Galaxy. Attach the mounting plate
to your phone, then simply screw in
your lens of choice when ready to
shoot. Moment's full-phone cases for
the iPhone 6 and 7 feature integrated
threading and work with the phones'
Bluetooth to provide a physical shutter button for steadier shots. Lenses
from $80 and iPhone cases from $40;
momentlens.co.



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