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How the iPhone 8 Plus sees San Francisco

The iPhone 8 Plus gets upgrades that put a powerful camera in your pocket.

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Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise
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The Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise as seen from the Marin Headlands.

Rich detail seen in the concrete of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy sign at Point Lobos.
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Rich detail seen in the concrete of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy sign at Point Lobos.

Overlooking San Francisco's Sutro Baths toward the Pacific Ocean.
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Overlooking San Francisco's Sutro Baths toward the Pacific Ocean.

A flag flaps in the wind on the ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island State Park.
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A flag flaps in the wind on the ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island State Park.

Rich colors in the waters of the San Francisco Bay along the coast of Angel Island.
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Rich colors in the waters of the San Francisco Bay along the coast of Angel Island.

A street musician plays his saxophone along Columbus Avenue in North Beach, San Francisco.
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A street musician plays his saxophone along Columbus Avenue in North Beach, San Francisco.

A group of motorcycles stops along the Great Highway in San Francisco.
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A group of motorcycles stops along the Great Highway in San Francisco.

A dramatic portrait of a boy shot with iPhone 8 Plus in Portrait Mode with Stage Light Mono lighting.
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A dramatic portrait of a boy shot with the iPhone 8 Plus in Portrait Mode with the Stage Light Mono setting.

Looking down the colorful Grant Street corridor of San Francisco's Chinatown.
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Looking down the colorful Grant Street corridor of San Francisco's Chinatown.

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in rehearsal at Davies Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony.
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Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in rehearsal at Davies Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony.

The Unicorn Room at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.
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The Unicorn Room at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.

Freshly caught lobster at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
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Freshly caught lobster at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

The iPhone 8 Plus renders both highlights and shadows well.
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The iPhone 8 Plus renders both highlights and shadows well.

Waves crash along the rocky coast at Land's End in San Francisco.
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Waves crash along the rocky coast at Lands End in San Francisco.

Even in the near-darkness of sunset, the iPhone 8 Plus can capture images with low noise.
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Even in the near-darkness of sunset, the iPhone 8 Plus can capture images with low noise.

Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, San Francisco.
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Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, San Francisco.

Statues at the Palace of Fine Arts.
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The stone statues at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Dried shrimp, just one of the many rich images of San Francisco's Chinatown.
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Dried shrimp, just one of the many rich images of San Francisco's Chinatown.

Walls lined with books at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.
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Walls lined with books at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

Just married and riding the ferry from Tiburon to San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
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Just married and riding the ferry from Tiburon to San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

A portrait of CNET's Lexy Saviddes shot on iPhone 8 Plus.
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A portrait of CNET's Lexy Saviddes shot on an iPhone 8 Plus with Portrait Mode Contour Lighting. The setting gives her face a dramatic, model-sculpted look and adds highlights and darkened lighting effects.

The Golden Gate Bridge seen through the window of a ferry from Angel Island to San Francisco.
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The Golden Gate Bridge seen through the window of a ferry from Angel Island to San Francisco.

Hiking through cypress trees at Lands End in San Francisco.
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Hiking through cypress trees at Lands End in San Francisco.

The dramatic arches of the rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts.
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The dramatic arches of the rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts.

A fisherman.
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A fish hooked at Ocean Beach on a cloudy San Francisco morning.
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A fish hooked at Ocean Beach on a cloudy San Francisco morning.

Colorful scarves for sale along Grant Avenue in San Francisco's Chinatown.
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Colorful scarves for sale along Grant Avenue in San Francisco's Chinatown.

A portrait shot on iPhone 8 Plus using the Stage Light Mono lighting effect.
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A portrait shot on an iPhone 8 Plus using the Stage Light Mono lighting effect.

A colorful stained glass window at Grace Cathedral atop Nob Hill in San Francisco.
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A colorful stained glass window at Grace Cathedral atop Nob Hill in San Francisco.

Good depth of field effect in Portrait Mode shown here as Lexy holds out her ice cream.
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Good depth of field effect in Portrait Mode shown here as Lexy holds out her ice cream.

Overlooking Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.
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Overlooking Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.

A Fieldwork Brewing Co. beer and a combo slice of pizza for lunch at Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach, San Francisco.
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A Fieldwork Brewing Co. beer and a combo slice of pizza for lunch at Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach, San Francisco.

The iPhone 8 Plus did a good job freezing the motion of flags blowing in the wind on Telegraph Hill.
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The iPhone 8 Plus did a good job freezing the motion of flags blowing in the wind on Telegraph Hill.

A souvenir smashed penny against the wood of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
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A souvenir smashed penny against the wood of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

A selfie taken taken with the iPhone's front-facing camera aboard the ferry to Angel Island State Park.
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A selfie taken with the iPhone's front-facing camera aboard the ferry to Angel Island State Park.

The colorful neon sign for In-N-Out Burger in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
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The colorful neon sign for In-N-Out Burger at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.

Colorful worn posts at Astro Park playground near Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif.
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Colorful worn posts at Astro Park playground near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Sunglasses on display at the Barneys New York flagship store in San Francisco.
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Sunglasses on display at the Barneys New York flagship store in San Francisco.

Ring toss in a very pink room at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.
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Ring toss in a very pink room at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.

Shopping along Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown.
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Shopping along Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown.

The lines and color of the ceiling inside the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.
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The lines and color of the ceiling inside the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.

Mariel, Lexy and John take sefies in the Sprinkle Pool at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.
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Mariel, Lexy and John take sefies in the Sprinkle Pool at the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.

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