Nice results from the HTC (and even from the iPhone 4S). I think it would have been more appropriate to have compared the iPhone 5 rather than the 4S, however. The iPhone 5 has significantly better results than the 4S.
peterstuckings: I have to disagree with this whole malarkey about smartphones. Firstly, smartphones are crap at photography. The image quality is poor, resolution is too low for anything but quick, light, superficial online use. High ISO noise, etc. But forget about all that - the responsiveness is rubbish - it takes whole seconds to shoot sometimes.Secondly, if it's about social media, I use a 3G iPad with camera connector when I'm on the road shooting stuff in countries like India, & get it online very quickly, but with the added benefit that I've started with a high-res, high quality file, then edited it in any one of a range of high quality photo-editing apps. Simple!And finally, if a photographer has trouble getting up close & personal with a conventional pro camera like a DSLR, then maybe they're not much of a photographer. Simple again.So with all due respect to Misho, I'm not convinced that smartphone photography is anything but a gimmick. Gets you in the press these days, that's for sure!
So what you're saying is, the camera makes the photographer? Interesting supposition.
I always thought that engaging content and good composition was what photography is all about.
Just my pragmatic two cents... I have a Nikon FX camera, 14-24mm, 50, 70-200mm and my Olympus E-M5, 14mm, 20mm, 30mm, and a lousy zoom that I rarely touch. Love them both, but especially love traveling with my E-M5.
All this equivalence such talk is interesting on paper but I find it hardly important in the real world. Go out and shoot and know you equipment. Advantages or disadvantages; learn them, use them, make a disadvantage into an advantage or become so skilled that the limitations don't matter. If you can do that, you know you're a great photographer.
I've been paid for images I shot with my iPhone. When they ask what equipment I used to shoot, they are stunned to find out what it came from. Didn't matter to them, though, they just loved my picture.
Go out and shoot!!!
JazzMasta: I think what upsets some of the 'real' photographers (whatever the hell that is!) is that with instagram, regular people are taking really good pictures without using 10k dollar cameras. This is causing stress and bitterness because it's like they are taking a shortcut, not buying all that expensive equipment, and 'not taking it seriously'.
Too all you bitter 'real' photographers:Yes we know, there are lots of crappy mobile pictures out there.But with millions and millions of mobile cameras out there, some pictures are bound to be good too, and some are really really good! All mobile camera users are not the same, please acknowlage that!
And don't blaim instagram or hipstamatic, that's just the final touch. Good pictures run through instagram may look even a bit better (to some) but a crappy picture will never look good whatever app you might use.
So, stop being anti and bitter and embrace mobile apps as a compliment to other kinds of photography instead of as a threat!
A "real" camera? Well, I guess Ansel Adams wasn't a real photography cuz he didn't use a Nikon D4.
I'll put my iPhone photography up against anyone's "real" camera photography any day of the week. I know how to use my iPhone's camera; I know its weaknesses and strengths. And that is the test of a true photographer.
I shot at the Chicago NATO protests. I got hundreds of amazing images with my Nikons but the one that I have that has gotten the most attention was shot with my iPhone and shared on Instagram. I caught something with my iPhone that I didn't with my "real" camera. Call it luck, call it a mistake, paint it whatever color you want, but anyone who says Instagram is not a "real" photo tool is just old and stodgy completely out of touch.
Dan Wagner: I don't need Instagram because there's no way Instagram can give me the look I get with my Rolleiflex, Tmax black and white film, and real vintage flashbulbs. Can Instagram do this: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3525816 ? I doubt it. Plus I scan at 30 x 30 inches 300dpi.
You've missed the point entirely.
Short answer, no. I don't think that Instagram or the like is any different than using any other camera. You either take bad pictures or good ones. The filters are fun and in some cases can add a certain flair to your images. It happens all the time in the studio when some extra processing takes place on a photo.
There are some really impressive images on Instagram. I treat Instagram as a creative exercise in photography. If I see something, I shoot it. My iPhone just might be the most handy camera I have. My Instagram feed (adriangalli), mostly I try to take more "artistic" shots; landscapes, architecture, etc.
I think a lot of people misinterpret "debasing" as it is easier to share. Are pictures worse or better than in 1965? No, but we certainly have an easier time finding the bad ones because of Flickr, Instagram, etc. I think one would be hard pressed to find statistics to show that more bad photos are taken now than good photos vs. that of the same comparison from 40 years ago.
FTW: What makes me somewhat upset is that way to start making mirrorless lenses with that useless 4/3 format when realizing lenses. I would have taken an OMD right away if it had been made with an apsc sensor. Oly and Pan users have a huge park of good lenses they can use while NEX users are just waiting for a better offer on low diameter lenses. Sony's 16 is not what we look for and Sigma found it useful to make a 19mm instead of a 12 or 14mm we wait all for.If Schneider just takes the Samsung NX lenses and adapt them to Sony E-mount, they can earn a huge amount of money.
A camera is only useless if you don't take pictures.
sdyue: Nikon using 5DMkII video to promote it's D800... sad... lame... desperate... FAIL...
So what? I own a film/TV production company and had we been hired to shoot that video we wouldn't have shot anything on DSLs. Red herring argument. Although, we do use Nikons for stills.
I'm sure GM has a Ford somewhere in its company. Apple probably has a PC or two somewhere in Cupertino. I'm sure a Coke exec. has a taste for Pepsi. Etc.