Running their camera apps, there’s nothing too different with their functions and interface. Everything is again kept simple, as the UI isn’t cluttered up with many things. It’s still lacking in the shooting mode department, as we’re only presented with these various color filters. And when it comes to manual controls, you can forget about it on both. With the iPhone 5s, though, it gains the benefit of featuring a slow motion video capture mode, which delivers some slick Matrix-like effects.

Already proving itself on paper as the ideal thing for shutterbugs, the iPhone 5s seems like the leading candidate between the two. Is that really the case? Well, as we peek into the sample images from each iPhone, it’s clear that their qualities don’t differ much with outdoor scenery where lighting is ample. Seriously, our eyes have difficulty in telling the two apart, seeing that the results are the same with their sharp details, neutral color reproduction, and balanced exposure – so yeah, we’re shocked by this revelation considering the better camera gear in tow with the iPhone 5s.

Although the iPhone 5c is giving its sibling a good run for its money, the true telling with the iPhone 5s’ camera superiority is seen with low lighting situations. Thanks in part to its larger aperture and pixel size, which enables it to capture in more light, the iPhone 5s delivers the more satisfying image compositions with its iSight camera. Actually, it’s pretty darn good with the iPhone 5c, but shots from the iPhone 5s are noticeably brighter, which in turn draws out more details in the scenery – plus, there’s a bit more noise seen with the iPhone 5c’s set of images. Finally, the amber and white LED flashes of the iPhone 5s enables it to produce the more natural skin tones with our subject.

Yet again, the same results persist with their 1080p high-definition video recording qualities. When lighting is ample, the difference between the two is nearly impossible to tell apart – so they’re pretty darn good looking. However, we’re again presented with the low lighting superiority of the iPhone 5s, as it delivers the sharper visuals and smoother recording. In contrast, the iPhone 5c’s video is softened a bunch by the distracting evidence of noise.


You heard right folks! Cover flow mode is no longer available with these two new iPhones, as iOS 7 phases it out in favor of a new, yet more conventional looking music player. Cranking their volumes to the max, there’s no question that they’re able to emit tones that are robust. However, the overall volume output of the iPhone 5c is a smidgen lower than the 5s.

Well, this isn’t a shocker, especially when they feature the same display, but the video watching experience is 100% identical. Playing the same movie trailer, the two iPhones play it with relative ease thanks to their processing might – while their sharp displays help to complement the experience.

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