Apple made a big deal about the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras, but since the announcement of the devices there’s been debate about just how much better the cameras actually are. Our own Jeff Bejanmin has noted of some of the differences with the camera, and now Consumer Reports is out with their analysis of the changes…

Consumer Reports says that as for the new cameras, the single 12MP camera setup does not produce images that are “significantly better” than the images produced by the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple said it improved its front- and back-facing cameras for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Our initial tests, however, found that still images produced by the main 12-megapixel camera were not significantly better than the ones produced by 6s-series iPhones.

With the iPhone 7 Plus, however, Consumer Reports says that the second 2x telephoto lens lends itself to produce “notably better” images than the other devices.

During the unveil event, Apple touted the camera changes as one of the biggest changes from the 6s series. For the iPhone 7, there’s a 12MP camera on the back with a f/1.8 aperture and digital zoom up to 5x. For the first time, however, the 4.7-inch iPhone features optical image stabilization. In the past, this has always been a feature exclusive to the 5.5-inch model.

On the iPhone 7 Plus, there are now two 12MP cameras on the back. One is a wide-angle lens, while the other is telephoto. The former has an f/1.8 aperture, while the latter has an f/2.8 aperture. Because of the two cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus offers high-res optical zoom at 2x, which is a first for the iPhone lineup.

With Consumer Reports claiming that the single 12MP sensor on the 7 series is not noticeably better than last year’s devices, what do you think? Have you noticed considerably better images? Take the poll below and elaborate in the comments…

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