THE technology behind Apple iPhone 8 Plus photography is mind boggling.
The A11 Bionic chip is capable of 600 billion (yep that's billion, not million) processes a second.
In Portrait mode, the results are stunning - and quite unbelievable.
The new facial landmarking feature allows you to take a portrait photo with different effects and then edit the photo after you have taken it - changing it to a natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light or stage light mono.
I took a portrait of my father under fluorescent lighting in a building. He has wiry, white hair.
The camera was able to blur the background perfectly and then when I added the stage light effect, it created a perfect deep etch of my father's face against a deep black background.
For a graphic artist to deep etch the hair, it would have taken forever. This happened in seconds.
I did the same with a series of photographs of an obliging pelican in daylight. Again, stunning results you would be happy with from a DSLR.
As the pelican took off, the camera, which has improved focus speed, was able to capture a sharp image, even while I was still in portrait mode.
Like many top of the range phones, the iPhone 8 plus has two cameras - one wide angle and one telephoto - still at 2x optical zoom.
The wide angle camera has an improved ƒ/1.8 six-element lens, optical image stabilisation, and a larger, faster 12MP sensor. The telephoto is an ƒ/2.8 lens.
In comparison, Samsung's Note 8 also shoots incredible portrait photos with a Bokeh (blurred) effect. But the post editing options are not as fancy as the iPhone 8 Plus.
I did another photo shoot with my teenage son and a friend.
Both of them deemed the outcomes to be Instagram worthy. High praise indeed.
The natural light option is normally very good, but if you are looking for something a little more stark, contour lighting adds more dramatic shadows with highlights and lowlights.
Stage light mono produces some beautiful black and white images.
Video capability has also been improved with full HD at 240 frames per second, 4K in 60 FPS, and faster compression to upload videos more quickly. The flash system is also improved with slow sync flash meaning true toners and less 'hotspots' in your pics.
When it comes to the screen display, the iPhone 8 Plus is more realistic in colour presentation than some of the latest Androids, which tend to be more vivid. It also adjusts better for your light settings.
Playing games and listening to music, you certainly notice the improvements in the sound capacity of the phone which has 25% louder speakers. Coupled with Apple's Airpods, it remains my favourite device for listening to music.
One of the coolest features of the iPhone 8 is augmented reality.
We checked out an AR Ikea catalogue which allowed you to browse through their online catalogue and then place furniture in your home (on the screen) to see what it would look like.
It's a pretty cool party trick.
Using the Insight Heart app, you can go even further, watching - and hearing a beating heart as it hovers above you.
You can pinch the heart, zoom in and even go inside the beating heart while learning about different abnormalities.
Again, it has to be seen to be believed.
So the question everyone asks is should I buy the iPhone 8 or wait for the iPhone X.
Apart from the all new 5.8 inch super retina screen and the facial recognitions, the 8 Plus has all the features of the X and keeps the home button.
And at $350 cheaper than the X, price is certainly a consideration.
That said, I'll be looking forward to checking out Apple's X factor phone next week.
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