Apple put a lot of work into the iPhone 5s camera, but is it worth it?
At 626px wide, this photo looks pretty decent. The Full-Res version is another story.
The true test of the iPhone 5s camera will come when it goes through our test lab. For now, though, what we can say is the camera now features an f/2.2 aperture, compared to an f/2.4 in previous iPhone models. Apple also made the sensor 15% larger. The pixel count is the same, at 8 megapixels, meaning the physical size of the pixels has increased quite a bit.
It is important to remember that pixel count means essentially nothing when it comes to image quality. What is important is just how good those pixels are. Are initial impressions on low-light shooting are positive. But we're curious to see how the iPhone 5s' images compare to the newest Nokia Lumia.
Multiple Exposure when Shooting a Panorama
The right portion of the images is definitely a few stops brighter than the rest of the image. Click for Full-Res.
The new pano mode on the iPhone 5s is pretty average, compared to other pan apps out there. That being said, one nice feature is that the camera will automatically adjust the exposure as you shoot. Meaning if part of your frame is very shadowy, the iPhone can compensate for that accordingly. However, as the above photo shows, sometimes the exposures in the pan vary too much and things start to look strange.
We expect this to get better with software updates.
Use of LED Light During Video Capture
Another small yet useful feature that people have been asking Apple to include for quite a while. Over the course of the past week I shot a whole bunch of slow motion videos after work, in some pretty dark scenarios. Color and light quality are still not perfect, but this could mean the difference between getting a video and totally missing it.