Apple’s got a jazzed-up new camera integrated into its latest flagship iPhone 5S, which packs a bigger sensor, larger aperture, and other snazzy camera features. A sample gallery of iPhone 5S photos arrived on Apple’s Web site Tuesday, giving consumers a better idea of what to expect out of the device’s photographic capabilities. In this photo, we see an impressive flower in bloom, a picture that’s quite improved in comparison to this similar iPhone 5 sample photo.
During Tuesday’s iPhone event in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller referred to the iPhone 5S’ camera as "dSLR-level stuff." However, upon closer examination at full resolution, CNET Senior Editor of Digital Imaging Lori Grunin thinks that even though this flower shot is ISO 32, “it has a lot of processing artifacts in it that you wouldn't see at an ISO sensitivity that low on a dSLR. The sky looks especially yucky.”
A beautiful picture of a sunset as seen through the lens of the iPhone 5S. Apple notes that compared to the iPhone 5 camera, the iPhone 5S packs a 33 percent increase in light sensitivity. CNET Digital Imaging Senior Editor Lori Grunin noted that there's "a lot of contouring in the colors" of the image.
An example of a shot obtained from the iPhone 5S camera's burst mode.
While the iPhone 5S camera is impressive for a smartphone, it isn't dSLR quality."I suspect most people would be perfectly happy with these photos," CNET Digital Imaging Senior Editor Lori Grunin says, "especially if they never view them at full size."