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iPhone 5s compared in our new studio test scene


Dpreview's Studio Manager Kelcey Smith was quick to put Apple's new iPhone 5s through our studio test scene today to learn more about its camera's performance.  We're taking the phone out for the weekend to get shots for a gallery on Monday. 

In the meantime, you can take a look at how it compares to the competition in our new studio widget.


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Posted a quick evaluation and comparison to the forums here:

(Sorry for the link - it's too long a post, I'd have to separate it into several consequtive comments if I wanted to replicate it here.)

I only replicate the Conclusion section:

- the 5s delivers less noisy images than the iPhone 5
- it, however, has somewhat worse corner sharpness than the previous model (as was easy to predict, given that the lens is brighter and the sensor larger, while the lens is of the same size.)
- the 1020 delivers considerably better images, both noise- and resolution-wise, than any of the iPhones, if you shoot full-size and downsample on the desktop. Before it’s fixed, avoid using the output in-camera downsampler for serious shooting!
- however, the 1020 has definitely worse corner & border sharpness than even the iPhone 5s, let alone the, in this regard, better-than-5s iPhone 5. Shoot in 16:9 and crop afterwards to compltely get rid of the problem.


Every other test of the iPhone 5S has found its IQ significantly better than that of the iPhone 5.....


Well, you may not have read all of them, then, not in the least... for example, Engadget's one ( ) states the following:

"As you might expect, our daylight shots were roughly on par, though there were a few times when the 5s won out by a slight margin, offering just a little more detail. All told, the 5s plays in the same league as all those other flagships with a bigger emphasis on imaging. Even so, our sample shots still showed more noise and less detail than the same images taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020. "

That is, in daylight, it's not exactly *significantly* better... and it's still not a 1020.

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I have comparison images here:

If you scroll around, you'll see that each has sharp areas and blurry areas, and those are random and unaffected by wind or shaking. My conclusion is the lenses are both uneven in quality at many places across the lens.


as far as the resolution on the new studio scene is concerned - the last 3 lines are the only ones i can't read with the 1020, which is the same with the D800, 5D MkIII and RX1R


From the looks of it, the sensor size increase did not help at all.


It did. It has significantly less noise / applied NR.

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