Apple iPhone 5s: One photographer's first impressions
Erin Lodi | Published: Sep 23, 2013 at 18:19 UTC12
Our friend and Connect contributor Dean Holland of TakeBetterPhotos.com.au has been shooting with Apple's new iPhone 5s over the weekend, putting through its paces to see how the camera performs in various lighting conditions, and also how it stacks up to the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, and even a compact camera.
He was impressed with the speed of the iPhone 5s:
"Compared to the iPhone 5, the camera on the 5s flies," Holland writes. "The new burst mode discreetly shoots 10 full-quality pictures per second for 100 seconds, and it works very well. Too well. If you pick up the phone the wrong way, you can take 999 photos before you know what's happened. I did. Luckily, the Photos app lets you delete any or all of them together. HDR photos are now almost instant, with no 'Saving HDR' message. Just like any dedicated camera, the only thing you need to wait for is focus, and that takes the same amount of time as on the 5."
Holland also enjoyed the new slow motion video feature and found the latest model of the phone does offer better low-light performance. He saw less of the purple fringing that made iPhone 5 users cringe, and found improvements to the panorama mode account for changes between dark and light areas across a scene.
Holland offers plenty of examples to back his claims and some interesting comparison shots on his website.