Posts tagged camera iphone
Posts tagged camera iphone
I’ve had my iPhone 4S about a week now. It’s quite simply amazing and so much better than my iPod Touch (with which I was already delighted). But all the tiny things make a huge difference. Speed, superior camera, better build, the convenience of the always-on Internet, GPS, compass, etc.
I’ve now got a bit more used to shooting with it (mainly with the excellent Camera+ app) and can deliver my verdict. Drum roll… it’s absolutely fabulous! In fact the camera is a strong contender for the one thing I most love about the iPhone 4S. So what’s so good about it — it’s only a phone camera after all, right?
To answer this, first, let me say where I’m coming from. My ‘normal’ camera is a DSLR — a few years old admittedly but still a decent enough camera (a Canon 400D). Early on I abandoned the kit lens (18-55mm zoom) for a couple of bright, good quality (and cheap) prime lens: a Canon 50mm f1.8 and a Canon 35mm f2. Even though neither lens allows me to zoom in and zoom out, they both more than make up for it in terms of optical quality: I get lovely, contrasty, sharp images with the option of having a very shallow depth of field if so desired. Because both lens are bright, I almost never have to resort to flash. For all the convenience of zoom lens, you lose out massively in terms of optical quality. I find instead that the prime lens forces me to be more creative. You have to learn to photograph with whatever is available to you and both of these lens make excellent walk around lenses — versatile, light and a field of vision that will get you most shots.
So, how does an iPhone 4S compare? Well it’s a completely different beast — in some ways you’re comparing chalk with cheese. With the right lens, set-up and photographic skill, the images produced by a DSLR can easily blow the iPhone 4S out of the water. However, see the way I said ‘With the right lens, set-up…’? That’s the crux — the iPhone 4S is always with you and at almost any point you can whip it out of your pocket or bag and take a photo (it’s really quick to power on). I have my DSLR with me a couple of hours each week max. As the adage goes, the best camera for the job is the one you have with you.
OK, so the same could be said for any phone camera. What’s so special great about the camera in the iPhone 4S? The best review I’ve read on this is by Ars Technica. Your experience may differ but here are the main points I’ve noted so far:
The things that took me a bit longer to adapt to (and which I still half hope Apple might some day do something about):
But they’re minor gripes — really minor. As I said above, you have to make use of the equipment available to you and the restrictions force you to be more creative.