The best camera you have is the one you have with you.
Most people do not carry their digital SLR and lenses with them on a daily basis, but there’s one thing I never leave home without, and that’s my iPhone. That’s why the iPhone 5 Camera is so important. It’s part of the best selling camera in the world, and it’s improved with every update.
Enter the iPhone 5, and we have yet another improvement in the iPhone camera. For such a small device, it packs a very powerful 8MP camera, which will hopefully encourage more and more people to take photos.
Apple have just released some preview photos on their website, including the high resolutions, which we can preview. Lets have a look at them, and I’ll give my take on the photos at the end of the post. You can click on any of these photos and they will take you through to the full resolution photo on Apple’s website.
Let me start by saying that I’m quite impressed, they’ve clearly put a lot of effort into the camera, as it’s such a popular function of a modern smartphone. They look great, far better than photos were looking when 8MP cameras were first hitting the market.
They’ve kept the resolution to 8 Megapixels, and there’s lot’s of nice features such as an f/2.4 aperture, a hybrid IR filter, noise reduction, dynamic low light mode, 40% faster capturing speeds, and a panorama mode capable of capturing a total of 28MP.
But that’s about all the praise I can give them just yet though. There’s no real tests of the dynamic range there, nothing shot in midday sun, or low light either. The photos look crisp and sharp, but that’s to be expected really from such good lighting. The colours also look really vivid.
Now for something that really bugs me, and something I wish they had changed… the aspect ratio.
A 35mm piece of film has an aspect ratio of 3:2. This means that it’s 35mm wide, and about 24mm high. This is the same as a sensor in a digital SLR, and has been the modern standard for decades. Every photo you take on your SLR will have this aspect ratio.
A lot of cheaper point and shoot digital cameras have an aspect ratio of 4:3 though, and this means that if the photo is 400px high, it’s 300px wide. It ultimately means the photo looks a more square, and less visually appealing in my opinion. Before when the iPhone screen wasn’t as tall/long, the 4:3 aspect ratio made sense, but now that they’ve changed this, it would make much better sense to use a 3:2 aspect ratio.
I for one would love to see Apple use the 35mm standard aspect ratio of 3:2, but that’s just me. Rant over. Great iPhone 5, great camera. What do you think?