From what I have seen, XQ1 is better than S120 especially on high ISO. Why recommend a smearing machine?
If I were Apple, I would focus first on improving camera's sensor, image stabilization and ergonomics.
Holding a slippery brick with lousy IS and mediocre sensor is not encouraging at all even for noob photographers.
80 bucks? no thanks...
I'll buy a 50$ P&S and it will produce far better image than iPhone with or without lousy converter.
D1N0: Get the MX-1 it's les than $300, by far the cheapest.
It is a slow turtle and very annoying to use if you want to take the next picture.
Such a disgrace putting these important part of our history into a lousy frame with worthless filters.
Id rather buy a decent compact this holiday season and forget the miseries and nightmares of shooting with a mobile phone.
rdscibilia: One uses a smartphone because there are certain photos you can only get with a smartphone. Anyone who thinks you cannot make a good photograph with an iPhone not only has been asleep the last few years but is likely to remain asleep. The Revolution is here whether you like it or not. It is not whether the iPhone offers the best absolute quality, it is that you choose the right tool for the circumstances. The reality is that the iPhone can do the job more times than you may think. Do not dismiss this tool to quickly.
Lol what a joke. Anyone who thinks his iPhone can be used on anything other than on a static subject in a bright sunny day is hallucinating. You can do your so-called art of salvaging out of focus shot, blurred, smeared shot by PPing it to death and call it a photo if that is what you want.
Oh I remember from my recent trip, one lady is saying "damn phone, can't see a thing". She is trying to shoot a cute monkey inside a glass enclosure which has enough light on it.
jcmarfilph: Why would somebody waste time and resource in using a mediocre camera phone and a book just to get half-decent shot at best? I'd rather spend my money on a decent compact and don't even need to buy book on how to make decent shot from it.
Given the tremendous amount of so-called art or "manipulation" these artists are doing with the smartphone photos especially from the trying hard ones, I'd carry my pocketable decent compact anytime of the day and upload the SOOC pictures when I get the chance to connect to WIFI or upload pictures to my computer.
J One: Three comments from people completely missing the point and without any understanding of the art (yes - ART) that can be produced with a camera phone. Are there better options to shoot with, of course; stop worrying about the device and go shoot some interesting images. Check out some of the iPhone images by http://richardkocihernandez.com and realise that you have not shot anything as interesting - though feel free to give us a link to your amazing images.
He could have done it 10 times better with any decent compact and not worry about the "Art of manipulation " just to hide the mediocre quality of an iPhone.
Why would somebody waste time and resource in using a mediocre camera phone and a book just to get half-decent shot at best? I'd rather spend my money on a decent compact and don't even need to buy book on how to make decent shot from it.
jcmarfilph: Is does appear that iPhone 5s mid-ISO is as horrible as high ISO of the other 3 phones in the Studio Comparison low-light comparison.
Oh they gave up with the rubbish camera of iPhone?
Is does appear that iPhone 5s mid-ISO is as horrible as high ISO of the other 3 phones in the Studio Comparison low-light comparison.
Such as crappy IQ. Either bad copy or user error. Does it have NR setting?
A mediocre phone that hardly takes steady picture of still subject that is being used on this is type of shooting is catastrophe.
jcmarfilph: If you really want to shoot using smartphone, don't force yourself or just eat your pride and buy pureview phones and not an overpriced mediocre iPhones.
And what else are you trying to do with your phone other than make calls or send messages? Use it as an editing tool for your phone's mediocre photo and send it directly to instacrap? Document editing within the phone is more important than wasting your time with non-sense photo-related apps within your phone.
If you really want to shoot using smartphone, don't force yourself or just eat your pride and buy pureview phones and not an overpriced mediocre iPhones.
This actually is much better than using tablet or slippery smartphone brick with lousy or no physical control at all.
Just another run-of-the-mill publicity for Apple. Nothing new!
4/5 stars? Really?It's waste of money IMHO and also a waste of time trying to make smartphone do everything when it cannot for a very simple reason.
"For photographers, the Nexus 5 does not exactly stand out from the competition. Its 8MP camera looks an awful lot like the Nexus 4 camera, and compared to the pixel-packing competition, the Nexus 5 falls short at first glance."
Compared to 1020 and 808 yes but compared to iPhone5 it has the same horrible image of the iPhone. Funny thing is, in your iPhone5s article, you are praising it to death when the truth is, it is just another horrible phone from iPhone and not even worth-considering for serious photographers.