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Shot on iPhone X: Apple's latest camera hits the streets

We took Apple's newest iPhone, X out and about to see what's new with the (increasingly powerful) camera in your pocket.

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We took the iPhone X out for 10 hours to see what's new with the camera.

With the lower f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization on its telephoto lens, nighttime shots, like the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, look much better.

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The submarine USS Pampanito, docked at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, shot with the rear-facing telephoto lens on the iPhone X.

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Stage Light on the front facing camera makes this costumed usher pop against the black background. (See more from the iPhone X's selfie cam here.)

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In low light, indoors at night, the image stabilized f/2.4 telephoto lens looks pretty good, with low color noise and pretty crisp edges. The beer was pretty crisp too.

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Trying to put two or more people into a Portrait Mode selfie can be tricky. Here, Mariel and I are at a relatively similar distance from the camera, but only I am in focus.

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Another low-light telephoto image, this time around the fire, shows nice detail and low color noise.

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At night along Grizzly Peak Road overlooking Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, the telephoto lens on iPhone X is able to capture some detail in the distant bridges across the San Francisco Bay.

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The telephoto lens during the day as a ferry arrives at port in San Francisco.

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Stage Light Mono on the iPhone X front-facing camera separates the cluttered background of the candy store from the subject.

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A quick stop for dinner at Drake's Dealership in Oakland. Even in the dim light, my pizza looks as delicious as it tasted.

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Natural Light in Portrait Mode makes even this fluorescent-lit kitchen  portrait something to keep.

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Each year at Halloween, landscaper Larry Schmidt produces "Driveway Follies," a free puppet show in his driveway in Oakland, where families pack into the tiny space and overflow into the streets for some spooky theater. This image was shot with the wide-angle camera on the iPhone X with the Instant filter. 

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The telephoto lens at the Driveway Follies puppet show in Oakland shows children watching the performance. The image is exposed for the stage, but manages to etch in the audience's heads with low noise and no well defined edges.

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A couple shot using Portrait Mode with the rear cameras on the iPhone X.

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The same couple shot using Portrait Mode with the front-facing cameras on the iPhone X shows the 7-megapixel camera does a pretty good job in both quality and producing the blurred background bokeh effect.

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A selfie using the iPhone X's front-facing camera without Portrait Mode showing a standard background.

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The same photo shot using Portrait Mode on the iPhone X gives a much more dramatic image as the distractions of the background fade away.

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When attempting to take Portrait Mode selfies in the direct afternoon sun, the iPhone X had some difficulties. This image failed to enact Portrait Mode, but I was able to make some adjustments to the framing that allowed the mode to be used, as seen in the next photo.

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By keeping the same position and pose, and by angling the camera down a bit and showing less of the bright sky in the frame, Portrait Mode then kicked in.

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The bright sun on the side of my face here was too much for Portrait Mode on the iPhone's front-facing camera. A dialogue popped up saying, "The subject is too bright."

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This image is the Portrait Mode Natural Light photo shot with the front-facing camera of the iPhone X.

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The same photo shown with Portrait Mode Studio Light shot with the front-facing camera of the iPhone X, which wraps the subject in a nice golden glow.

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The Contour Light in Portrait Mode gives a bit of edgy etching to the subject's face in this image shot with the front facing camera.

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Stage Light in Portrait Mode with the front-facing camera of the iPhone X drops away the background so we can focus on the subject.

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Stage Light Mono in Portrait Mode gives the same effect, this time in black and white in this image shot with the front facing selfie camera.

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