iPhone 5S photo quality improvements over iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

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Raphaël LEssinger Junior Member • Posts: 38
iPhone 5S photo quality improvements over iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

I saw a first iPhone 5S review (at least the camera of the iPhone was reviewed) here (http://www.iphonologie.fr/test-appareil-photo-iphone-5s/). It seems on the 100% displayed images that we can see some pretty interesting improvements on resolution and signal to noise ratio. Have some of you got their iPhone 5S and compared to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S ?
Did you compare it to an HTC One, a Galaxy S4 or one of the latest Lumia Nokia is so proud of ?

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Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,439
Re: iPhone 5S photo quality improvements over iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

According to the DPReview studio shots at http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2170241431/iphone-5s-studio-comparison?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_0 ,

- the 5s delivers less noisy and, in low light, less oversharpened images than the iPhone 5

- it, however, has somewhat worse corner sharpness than the previous model (as was easy to predict, given that the lens is brighter and the sensor larger, while the lens is of the same size. 808 vs. 1020 effect, albeit not as pronounced.)

- the 1020 delivers considerably better images, both noise- and resolution-wise, than any of the iPhones, if you shoot full-size and downsample on the desktop. Before it's fixed, avoid using the output in-camera downsampler for serious shooting!

- however, the 1020 has definitely worse corner & left/right border sharpness than even the iPhone 5s, let alone the, in this regard, better-than-5s iPhone 5. Shoot in 16:9 and crop afterwards to compltely get rid of the problem.

- the 5s applies less oersharpening as it doesn't need to do as much NR as with the iPhone 5. This is why for example the text rendering (see my just-posted article addition at http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52204330 ) is decidedly better on the 5s than on the 5.

Nevertheless, it's still a long cry away from the 1020, apart from the blurred 6.6% part of the frame next to the left/right borders.

Also see my thread HERE.

OP Raphaël LEssinger Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: iPhone 5S photo quality improvements over iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

Thanks for your detailed answer.
I have gone through the studio scene comparison and was stroke by the huge gap in definition between the Lumia 1020 and the iPhone 5S although anyway, I am not considering any other phone than an iPhone...

On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z is way behind competitors. That is a pity knowing how good Sony is at manufacturing great sensors...

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dale thorn Senior Member • Posts: 1,758
Re: iPhone 5S photo quality improvements over iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

Raphaël LEssinger wrote:

I saw a first iPhone 5S review (at least the camera of the iPhone was reviewed) here (http://www.iphonologie.fr/test-appareil-photo-iphone-5s/). It seems on the 100% displayed images that we can see some pretty interesting improvements on resolution and signal to noise ratio. Have some of you got their iPhone 5S and compared to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S ?
Did you compare it to an HTC One, a Galaxy S4 or one of the latest Lumia Nokia is so proud of ?

Both iPhone5 and 5s have very uneven quality at random points across the image - much worse than a decent pocket camera. I have examples posted here on the iPhone5/5s comparison topic that can be viewed at 100 percent.

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