Apple put a lot of work into the iPhone 5s camera, but is it worth it?
The new iPhone 5s was announced and the tech world let out a collective “meh.” Then, of course record numbers of people rushed out to buy them. One of the big driving factors behind the iPhone dominance is the camera, and the 5S actually has quite a few upgrades in that department. We’ve spent some time with it and have found some things we like a lot. Others, not so much. Here’s a rundown of the new stuff.
120 FPS Slow Motion Video Capture
Note: The quality of the video got chewed a bit during compression. Special thanks to Antonio Gonzalez, Mick Junks and Erick Céspedes for helping out.
On paper, slow motion sounds like a bit of a gimmick. It brings to mind a heap of cheesy Baywatch jokes. Using it, however, quickly turned that opinion around.
After you’ve recorded something with slo-mo turned on, you’re presented with your clip and a pair of scrubbing bars. One controls the length of the clip and lets you trim it. The other controls which portions of the video are slowed down.
You can share the 120 fps footage via email or upload it to Facebook, Youtube or Vimeo. If you want to share your slowed down video to Instagram or Vine, you'll need to email it to yourself (which adds compression) open it in your email and resave it to your camera roll. If you do try to upload your slow motion video to any unsupported app, it will play at regular speed.
I can go back anytime I like and remove the filter from this image. Click for Full-Res.
In addition to hardware upgrades, Apple also vastly improved the photo/video viewing/editing app. Users can crop, remove red-eye, "enhance," or place anyone of 8 filters over their images." Enhance", for the record, works much in the same way as the auto contrast option in Instagram, which is to say, poorly. However, once a change is made and saved, users can literally go back to that image at any point in the future, click edit, and revert back to the original.
You will still likely want to use an external editing app here and there, but this is a big step in the right direction for the iPhone. Control is something users want and sometimes a thing Apple isn’t willing to give.