The camera of the Apple iPhone X is one of the best I've seen from a 2017 flagship smartphone. The phone has a dual camera setup with two 12 MP wide and telephoto sensors similar to the camera setup in the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. Both sensors support Optical Image Stabilization and comes with an f/1.8 and an f2.4 aperture respectively. This means that the zoomed-in pictures shot on the Apple iPhone X are more stable than the ones from Apple iPhone 8 Plus and they're also brighter due to the wider aperture allowing more light to enter the camera sensors.
The performance from the camera is top notch, with great level of detail in images. The two rear cameras deliver fantastically in a variety of situations. In low-light, the telephoto lens helps capture more light and create cleaner looking photos with less noise. This is a major upgrade from the Apple iPhone 8 Plus's camera where it can be seen that the camera struggles in low-lighting conditions. The other camera takes similar photos in both good and bad lighting conditions. The results from it aren't as good as that from the Google Pixel 2, but it's a match for all its other rivals. Exposures are spot on, autofocus is reliable and handling noise is much more elegant than on many phones in the market.
There's a new feature by Apple introduced with the Apple iPhone X called the Portrait Lighting. The feature allows you to create an effect of a professional studio's lighting rig, enabling you to capture some really interesting and professional looking portraits. It works on both the front and rear camera, creating a depth map with the help of data captured by both lenses and ensuring that the lighting falls on the subject as it should. Of all the different effects this mode offers, the Studio Light is my personal favorite choice as it adds brightness to the pictures without changing the overall exposure and contrast. The results are lovely, as it really lifts the picture quality, especially the face, even in bright sunlight. At the end of the day, you end up having some excellent DSLR-like pictures. However, some other mode's lighting is almost laughable but Apple gives you the option to apply and change Portrait lighting modes to any of your portraits that are shot from the Apple iPhone X so you can try and chose the one you like the most.
The front camera of the Apple iPhone X is the same 7 MP camera found on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus having an f/2.2 aperture. It takes decent quality pictures and with upgrade in technology, the camera now captures Portrait selfies using the same AI depth effect used on the rear cameras. This is the first time a phone has featured portrait selfies and the results are somewhat mixed. In some conditions, the selfies come out to be pretty good with good depth effect, while in others, the edges get blurred out and the photo looks like a mess. Another feature introduced by Apple is the Animoji. This creates an animated emoji using the phone's front camera which you can share with anyone. What it does is create an animated emoji video of .mov file format using the phone's front facing camera, mimicking your facial expressions and creating a Snapchat like clip of an emoji doing and saying what you do and say. Not many would agree that this is what was needed in the next iPhone, but it is a feature and as it's only the Apple iPhone X, it ends up being a subtle advertisement that the sender of Animoji owns the latest flagship by Apple.
The video capture on the Apple iPhone X is one of the best I've seen so far. The camera is capable of capturing videos up to 4K at 60 fps, which is quite impressive as it makes the phone one of the few phones to have that ability. At 1080p, you can shoot at a whopping 240 fps which is just amazing. The video shot at 240 fps might struggle with autofocus a bit but the end result is great with even some professional cameras not having the ability to shoot 1080 at 240 fps. The Slow-Motion video looks great, especially in good lighting conditions, however, in low light the video captured turns out to be grainy at times.
Overall, it's a great camera for a phone which takes some stunning quality photos and great fluid videos. Apple needs to work on its portrait selfies as the ones taken from the Google Pixel 2 look clearly better. In all other departments, the photography experience is overwhelming and nothing you wouldn't expect from a flagship phone by Apple.