Review: How does Apple's new iPhone 5s perform as a camera?
Camera Features cont.
The 5s introduces a set of seven filters that you can apply when you take a photo or afterwards.
There are three black-and-white filters and four fairly restrained color effects that mimic various film looks. The underlying file isn’t changed; apps on the phone will see the “filtered” image, but if you copy the jpeg directly off the phone, you’ll get the unaltered image. You can export the filtered view by sharing the shot using the Photo app’s social media buttons. You can also open it in iPhoto and export it to iTunes, but in any case the output seems restricted to about 1-megapixel resolution.
Gallery and Image Editor
The 5s showcases iOS 7’s new and substantially revamped Photos app. There are three main tabs: Photos, Shared and Albums. Under Photos, images are now automatically sorted into “Moments” (photos shot around the same time), “Collections” (wider ranges of photos, grouped by time and place), and “Years.” In the year view, you get a page chock-full of barely visible thumbnails, but running your finger over them pops up an enlarged view that makes it much easier to find a given needle in the haystack of photos than endless flick-scrolling.
If that all sounds like too much for you, you can still peruse the whole Camera Roll the old-fashioned way. There are default albums for videos, panoramas, and your Photo Stream (a feature that automatically syncs photos across devices via an Apple iCloud account), and you can create your own within the app.
The Shared tab displays Photo Streams you’ve set up to share, privately or publicly, as well as those you’ve subscribed to. Authorized people can now add their own photos to someone else’s stream, too.
The Photos app share sheet provides shortcuts for sending photos to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or a Photo Stream, or sending them via email or the Apple Message app. You can also share photos and videos via AirDrop, a new feature that lets you send content directly to AirDrop-compatible iOS devices (iPhone 5 and up, latest iPad, iPad mini, and the latest iPod Touch).
The Photos app offers a very basic editing function. Its one-touch fix does a good job of tweaking contrast and color balance, and if it finds red eye from flash, it’ll effectively zap it. There’s a separate red-eye removal button that lets you manually select demon-eyes. The filters mentioned above are available here as well. You can rotate pictures by 90 degrees, and there’s a crop tool with free-hand and preset aspect ratio modes. Overall, it’s a bare-bones editor suitable for quick, basic enhancements before casual sharing.
During the initial iPhone set-up, you’re given the option of downloading a variety of Apple apps, including iPhoto. This capable image editor and organizer is now free for new iOS devices (it’s 5$ for everyone else) and is far more flexible than the Photos mini-editor. iPhoto isn’t as satisfying on the iPhone’s small screen as it is on an iPad (see our full iPad-based review of the app for more about what it can do) but it remains impressively functional even with the reduced working real estate.
The iOS app ecosystem remains the standard against which others are judged, though Android app support is now excellent as well. There’s a wide range of both image capture and processing apps in the Apple Store, and you can rest assured that any app-based service will put plenty of effort into their iOS offering.
The caveat of iOS from a photographic perspective is that Apple’s iron grip on how developers can interact with devices somewhat limits the flexibility of third-party camera apps. It’s because of this that iOS camera apps can’t offer something as basic as manual ISO control: Apple simply doesn’t allow it.
|Lake view night sky by purelightglow|
from Night Landscapes
|LOOKING UP IN THE CITY by tko|
from Your City - B&W Night Picture (rerun)
|Nature's Crowning Acheivment by Domenick Creaco|
Olympus has announced a special edition OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera that will feature a silver livery to commemorate its 100th anniversary.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a more powerful dual-grip evolution of the E-M1 II. Aimed at sports shooters it promises improved AF, including advanced subject recognition, along with the highest-ever rated image stabilization system.
With a double grip and double batteries, the Olympus E-M1X is the company's largest mirrorless camera to date - and yet, the big story is all on the inside.
After several teasers, Olympus has revealed its sports-oriented OM-D E-M1X to the world. This rugged camera has a 20MP Four Thirds sensor, built-in 7-stop image stabilization, a 121-point hybrid AF system, burst shooting at up to 18 fps with continuous AF, motorsports / train / aircraft recognition and much, much more.
Olympus just announced its new flagship camera, the OM-D E-M1X, and Chris and Jordan are already here with their review. Tune in to see them put this new model to the test in the frozen north, and find out what they think of it.
Olympus has released the ultimate Micro Four Thirds sports camera in the E-M1X and we've been busy pointing it at as many fast-moving subjects as humanly possible. Peep our first samples.
Want to know more about the new Olympus E-M1X camera? DPReview will be hosting a YouTube Live event at 9:00 AM Pacific time with editors Richard Butler and Carey Rose to answer any questions you may have. They will also share their own first impressions of the camera.
Olympus announced the development of a pro-level super-telephoto zoom the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro. This hefty lens is equivalent to 300-800mm on Micro Four Thirds bodies without the teleconverter and 375-1000mm with it. The lens will be available in 2020.
Olympus today also announced a 2X teleconverter, which is compatible with its 300mm F4 and 40-150mm F2.8 lenses, as well as the 150-400mm which is under development. The company has also released an updated lens roadmap showing what's to come.
Arriving in late February, the FL-700WR is freezeproof, dustproof and splashproof and offers wireless radio communication to act as commander or receiver.
In addition to a new flashgun, Olympus has introduced new weather-resistant, wireless flash commander and receiver units.
Vitec Imaging Solutions, the company behind Manfrotto, JOBY, Gitzo and others, has announced it's acquiring Syrp, a camera accessory manufacturer that specializes in video motion control products.
Despite viral photographs suggesting otherwise, Instagram claims it's not limiting how many accounts particular posts reach.
Winning images will be seen on and offline across the globe but read the small print to understand what's happening to your images when participating in the contest.
Sony is reportedly forming a subsidiary in Amsterdam in an effort to avoid issues as a result of Brexit, but 'business functions, facilities, departments, sites and location of [Sony employees in the UK] will remain unchanged.'
Announced at CP+ in 2018, the Sigma 28mm F1.4 Art has proven itself to be one heck of a sharp lens in our use so far.
EIZO has released an updated version of its display calibration program ColorNavigator 7 that brings along new features and support.
An incredibly rare contact sheet from the last known photo shoot of Marilyn Monroe has appeared on eBay for $195,000.
After teasing it last autumn, DJI has announced the pricing and availability of the optional Multilink accessory for its Inspire 2 and Cendence controllers
The Live Planet VR System is an all-in-one package designed to simplify the process of creating, storing and sharing immersive video content on-demand with a high-powered 16-camera array at the center of the platform.
Samsung's latest image sensor offers a high pixel count in a tiny package.
Meike has released a budget 50mm lens for Canon and Nikon's full-frame mirrorless camera systems.
One of three lenses launched alongside the Nikon Z6 and Z7, on the face of it the Z 50mm F1.8 S might appear the most pedestrian of the group, but it might just be the niftiest fifty we've ever seen.
Panoram is a simple app that makes it easy to split up panoramas so it's easier to post on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat 'Stories.'
News results from Google might be missing a few images if a new EU Copyright Directive passes.
Professional commercial photographer Moe Lauchert shares an incredible gallery of film photographs he captured on Ilford HP5 with a Nikonos 5 while serving as a diver at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.
This week, Sony introduced its newest APS-C camera, the a6400. Of course, Chris and Jordan were on hand to take it for a spin and test out all the new features.
The Sony a6400 is, in many ways, just a refreshed a6300, but its overhauled AF system makes a big difference. We look at how it compares with its rivals in and beyond the E-mount system.
Glove and Boots take a humorous look into the history of photographs and how far technology has come since the days of caveman hand selfies.
We've been shooting with a beta version of the Sony a9's upcoming firmware 5.0. While there's much more analysis to come, we can say it makes for a dead simple AF tracking user experience. Take a look at some of our samples.