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Apple iPhone 5S camera samples: is this the new smartphone gold standard?

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Apple iPhone 5S camera samples: is this the new smartphone gold standard?
The Apple iPhone 5S comes with a vastly improved 8-megapixel camera - with a bigger sensor that captures more light and a new wider aperture lens.

While all that might sound complicated the actual photo samples taken with the new camera tell the whole story right away, and you can find them right at the bottom of this article.

So, what’s new about the iPhone 5S’ iSight camera? 

Dual LED flash


Apple iPhone 5S camera samples: is this the new smartphone gold standard?
Now, there’s one difference that you can tell right away and that’s the dual LED flash. Usually photos taken with the flash on are colder and just don’t look natural, but Apple claims to have improved on this and now the camera will actually measure the color temperature before it fires.

Then, there is one white and one amber LED light that fire providing the right color for natural skin tones and great colors even with the flash on.

Larger sensor


Apple iPhone 5S camera samples: is this the new smartphone gold standard?
Next, Apple brings a 15% larger sensor that will capture more light. The aperture is f/2.2, wider than the f/2.4 on earlier iPhones and again allowing more light in. All of this combines to allow better images in low light and more stable ones in daylight. To make things better, Apple actually captures multiple shots when you press the shutter key and selects the sharpest image. The camera does not feature optical image stabilization, but this improvement should improve things with shaky hands and blurry pictures.

On to the new features, there’s now faster burst shot mode capturing 10 frames per second. That’s particularly useful for sports shoots when objects move faster and you want to capture that one perfect moment.

Apple iPhone 5S camera samples: is this the new smartphone gold standard?

For video, Apple brings traditional 1080p full HD video recording at 30 frames per second, but also adds two neat options. The first one is slow-motion video recording at 120fps for a Matrix-like twist to your videos, and the second one is 3x live zoom while you record regular (non slo-mo) video.

Finally, we’ll let the actual iPhone 5S camera samples tell the whole story themselves. We have six downsized images that will load faster, and the next six are the same pictures in their full-resolution glory for you to explore every detail. So what do you think, is this the new smartphone camera gold standard?

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:48 3

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Wow, 120fps

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:56 14

8. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The Lg viewty did 120fps video in 2007/2008 !

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:03

14. gust3r3u (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


yeah i remember, it was a resistive touch screen phone, does not compare

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:38 5

17. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Of course it did,it was a 2007 handset and 2007 screen tech. Do you want to compare the iphone 5s favourably against a 2005 handset maybe??!!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:07 2

24. Victor.H (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 May 2011)


And it recorded in horrendous 240p :) But it was a great feature for the time, loved it!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:13

25. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Galaxy S4 octa does it in 720p...120 fps

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:59

30. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Galaxy S3 does too apparently (didnt know about it until I opened up a video from an S3 in 720p in Sony Vegas)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:00 14

11. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


And Galaxy S4 octa does it too,,,along with the new Note 3..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:48 10

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7721; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Photo samples really good, but calling it the "new smartphone gold standard" is a bit too far. Can't wait until the Z1 and 1020 camera test. :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:57 11

9. McLTE (Posts: 644; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Of course they are the gold standard! PA LOVES Apple!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:45

21. Finalflash (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It was a actually a line said at the conference I think (one of the execs on stage), so they're just poking at that description.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:58 6

10. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


it really depends on the author as to how 'impressive' the new iphone camera is. But calling one or two unverified press release photos gold standard is certain a bit zealous

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:01 1

12. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


There you go:http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z1s-20-7mp-snapper-gets-compared-to-nokia-lumia-1020s-41mp-pureview-monster/

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:51 8

5. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Forgive me for not trusting apple provided sample pictures, I\'ll wait for real world tests/comparisons. Just like with the Z1

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:17

26. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


\\\" I\\\\\\\'ll wait for real world tests/comparisons\\\\ \\\" - Are these the same phone arena tests that make sure every Nokia sample featured in their cameraphone shootouts has camera shake, incorrect exposure/white balance, and the wrong ISO setting??
I\\\\\\\'d trust Apple\\\\\\\'s PR samples before phone arena\\\\\\\'s any day.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:24

27. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


\'something is seriously wrong the commenting software: you can\'t add an apostrophe without \\ appearing

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:52 2

6. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)


wow this camera is good for making a scandal videos! neat! XD

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:25

16. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


As a Lumia 928 user, I'll admit those photos do look pretty good! But zooming in all the way, I'm not sure they retain the same level of clarity as other leading smartphone cameras. As always though, I'm pretty sure it'll at least be a fast, easy to use camera for your average consumer, So good job to them.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:39 5

18. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)


WOW! I\'m really NOT impressed with this \"vastly improved 8-megapixel camera\" that PA is toting. Why don\'t we compare photos, to the 41mp Nokia, the 21mp Xpreia, the 13mp S4, Note3 & G2 and then we can talk. No OIS, dont worry, you dont need it! Really! I thought that PA was suppose to give us unbiased reports before the makes a claim like this! GOLD STANDARD? WHERE? WHEN? PROVE IT! I expect better from you guys-guess I should lower my standards! PA is so gullible, they bought Apple\'s BS, hook-line-and sinker! I know its a new phone and they are trying to drum up businesst, but lets not be Jack Rabbits or people will think that there Jack A$$es instead.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:45

20. amats69 (Posts: 1018; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


LOL relax! Did you see the "?" On the title of this article?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:47 1

22. Finalflash (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Once again, the title is the question form of a line quoted by an Apple exec on stage during the conference. The article is practically asking "IS IT?" which isn't really sucking up.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:43

19. amats69 (Posts: 1018; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Photo sample is really good! If apple only make the scerren size at least 4.7 then im sold... Screen size is the deal breaker for me..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:34

28. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


wow. you don\'t want to post the full resolution photos? afraid to show the noise?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:37

29. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


ah sorry. there are full resos. they look really good! waiting for the real samples now...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 02:03

31. Sonny_09 (Posts: 48; Member since: 24 May 2013)


OIS > Digital Image Stabilization
If you don\'t have it, you don\'t.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 03:32

33. boosook (Posts: 936; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Apple did the right thing: 8mp are enough and it's better to have 8 good megapixels with larger size than increasing the number to a point where noise starts to be a problem (like in the Z1 for example). The dual led flash is a wonderful idea: it increases the amount of light and thanks to the different color of the leds increases color accuracy. Of course a xenon flash would have been better, but look at the devices that use it (Nokia 808 and 1020): it really needs too much space. The dual led flash is the best compromise and it's such a simple idea that I can't understand why it took so long for a manufacturer to implement it.
And I'm saying these things as an Android user. The only missing thing is an optical stabilizer: we all know that the digital stabilizer won't achieve the same. Apple saw that Android phones are starting to use OIS and since they were not ready they implemented a software stabilizer which is just a marketing gimmick. The lack of the OIS is probably the reason why we won't be able to call the 5s the best cameraphone on the market.
So the best Android cameraphone in this moment is the LG G2: it has the best compromise between sensor size and number of pixels, it has a clean and sharp output, it has an optical stabilizer. If it had a dual led flash, it would easily have been the best cameraphone on the market. Anyway, the iphone 5s changes mean that an already good quality will become even better, without having to boast 20 or 41 megapixels.
But the truth is that the 5s will deliver a very high quality, enough to convince apple users that they can stay with the iphone again.

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