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Rick Holly

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National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson took the iPhone 5S to Scotland and after taking 4,000 photographs, Richardson called the camera on the device “very capable” with pictures that “didn’t look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone.” Apple’s Phil Schiller tweeted a link to the article this evening and commented on it saying “iPhoneography.” 

The following was mentioned by Richardson in his article regarding the iPhone 5S camera:

With intense use (I’ve made about 4,000 pictures in the last four days) I’ve discovered that the iPhone 5S is a very capable camera. The color and exposures are amazingly good, the HDR exposure feature does a stunningly good job in touch situations, the panorama feature is nothing short of amazing—seeing a panorama sweeping across the screen in real time is just intoxicating. Best of all it shoots square pictures natively, a real plus for me since I wanted to shoot for Instagram posting. 

Once I figured out what the camera could do well I began to forget all the things it couldn’t do at all.
Although the iPhone 5S still uses an 8-megapixel camera, it utilizes a sensor that has a 15% large surface area, meaning it will produce higher quality photos in low-light conditions. It also has a 5-element lens with an aperture of f/2.2, an improvement over the iPhone 5’s f/2.4 aperture and the pixels are also larger at 1.5 microns, for better light absorption. Overall, the iPhone 5S also has a 33% increase in light sensitivity.

Those of you interested in reading more and/or seeing some of the pictures Richardson took from his trip to Scotland should hit the source link below!

Source: National Geographic 

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