The iPhone 5S and its Promise for Better Images
Well first off, I am not positive anyone actually retained what the specs on the new iPhone 5S are going to be. Mostly because I’m sure the only thing running through their minds was ‘I love goldddddd’ from Austin Powers Goldmember. But lets push aside the fact that you can rock a phone that will glisten in the sunlight like a shiny olympic medal and talk about some of the much needed upgrades on the new 5S.
With the upgraded 64 bit A7 chip, the new processor will allow some new fangled features and upgrades to the camera. Most of the new features will please iPhone photographers everywhere whether they’re taking photos of their kids or shooting fashion photography. The new camera will come complete with a 1.5-micron pixels on sensor. Which means while it will still be 8 megapixels, the sensor is 15 percent larger than its younger model iPhone 5 as well as carrying 33% more light sensitivity. The new 5-element lens will have a f2.2 maximum aperture, while the iPhone 5 was a measly f2.4. For those action photographers hoping to catch that missed field goal at their next football game, the 10fps burst mode lets you capture multiple shots. It starts by snapping 10 photos per second then it will then have real-time analysis that suggests individual shots that you might like best. You can also shoot 120fps Slo-Mo video in 720HD for instant replay to really make those friends with their non-upgraded iPhone feel inferior, or to recreate those Baywatch scenes while you’re at the beach.
A major aspect of the previous versions of the iPhone was the flash. It’s been upgraded with almost every model, so it was only warranted that it still needed to be improved. The true-tone flash will white balance after the flash, rather than pre-flash like previous models as well as taking into account both the flash light color as well as the ambient light. What this does is hopefully provide better color and white balance control when shooting with the flash enabled. It will also have increased image stabilization for stills, you know for when you’re sliding down the mountainside on your snowboard and really need to take a selfie. The dynamic tone mapping will automatically analyze the scene and do local adjustments, allowing more definition in the highlights and shadows. As for a few extra editing features, you now will have the ability to shoot in square mode and apply filters in case you’re too lazy to go into your instagram.
Last but not least it comes in GOLD. All kidding aside, the upgraded features on the new iPhone 5s are solid. The change between the 5 and 5S is a bigger leap than the 4 to 4S in which most people were disappointed. However, in typical Apple fashion, full specs come off more as fluff than solid data, so we’ll have to wait to see how it performs with a hands on before we can really say if these upgrades are significant.
Even though their photos don’t test the camera’s new capabilities like some professional photographers could, check out some of the photos via Apple.