Everything you ever wanted to know about the new camera in Apple’s iPhone 5S is now available for public consumption but it’s obvious Apple isn’t playing the megapixel game with Samsung or Micronokia.
As an official card-carrying professional photographer wannabe, I found nine specific details about the iPhone 5S camera which will mark the demise and destruction of the point-and-shoot camera industry, and make me wonder why I spent so much on a new DSLR.
Square Photos – We’re an Instagram family and square is where it’s at. Set the iPhone’s camera to square mode and compose instead of crop.
Photo Filters – About time. Sure, there are photo filter apps all over, and many are free, but it’s nice to see some options at the source.
Panorama – If you haven’t used the Panorama function on your iPhone, please try it. Apple made panorama stitching instant and effortless (other than holding the camera steady).
Large – Apple recognizes that megapixels are not the whole story in a digital camera, so the built-in iSight camera now has a larger sensor with bigger pixels and an f/2.2 aperture so the photos get more light when there’s less light.
Bursting – One click-and-hold gets you a burst mode of 10 photos per seconds, and the iPhone camera app is smart enough to select what it thinks is the best of the bunch.
Flash – No, not the kind from Adobe that everyone hates, but the built-in flash for the iPhone that was never all that good. Now it’s better with an amber LED and a white LED and some magic in the software to adjust both flash intensity and temperature.
Zoom – I’ll believe it when I see it, but the live video zoom is a welcome addition. I can only imagine how contorted my fingers need to be while holding the iPhone and working the controls.
Slo-Mo – Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Slow motion, baby! The iPhone now does 120fps at 720p HD and any segment of the video can be played back in one-quarter slow motion. Look for a few gazillion kitty cat slow motion videos to hit YouTube by the end of the month. Anyone wanna bet that the iPhone 6 has 1080p slow mo?
Auto Stabilize – Historically, I’ve never been a fan of auto image stabilization because the videos were not as sharp as the original, and I’m a tripod kinda guy. Still, anything that helps remove the noise, motion, and tames shaky hands and slows down the jitters from moving subjects in the video is a friend of the Mincey folk.
There you have it. My list of the nine best things about the new iPhone camera.