Recently we dropped our telephone land line and went totally wireless. As part of that change we ended up with two Apple Iphone 4s (The latest model is the Iphone 5). The Iphone 4 has a 5 megapixel camera. The camera is supposed to take decent picture but I don't know if it's because I'm old school (or just getting old) but it seems almost impossible for me to shoot a picture that isn't blurry. It the first place the phone is a rectangle and very light and trying to hold it steady is very difficult. In addition, to trip the "shutter" one has to tap the screen with one finger while trying to hold the phone steady. Maybe if people are young and all their photo experience is with phones they can do better but I can't. I do like the freedom of having a phone with me but I guarantee you that it's not because of the camera!
Phone cameras are wonderful, in some people eyes, frankly they are very poor in photographic standards. They work with more colourful contrasty shots quite well, and appeal to "Lomo" enthusiasts, the school of colourful controlled/uncontrolled blur!! Some results I have had are good, but never approaching even a basic reasonable camera. Iphone seem the best of the bunch, they are acceptable, just! The problem is cost, they all use pretty bog standard sensors, and plastic aspheric lenses, the whole optical unit part costs a few pence to make. most are the very same units made to fit the cheap camcorders etc., and are not more sophisticated than digital cameras had ten years ago. There are exceptions , it is becoming more common to make a camera that has a phone built in!! Several makers are working on this principle, with even a mirrorless reflex from Sakar (Polaroid branding), that has an Android tablet in the camera body, oddly with the sensors in each lens!! Samsung are experimenting with the same principle, with a full Android phone system in an NX type body, in effect a phone that takes micro 4/3 lenses!
Wayne, I can't exactly tell from your post, why you can't get decent pictures out of your iPhone 4s, but you should be able to, I think.
OF COURSE, a phone camera can not be compared to a DSLR regarding a creative work with the depth of field, etc., but it should be at least capable of taking sharp, colorful and well exposed pictures and that is, what it normally does. I don't own an iPhone myself but I saw many excellent pictures taken with it. Here also a very simple and surprising comparison between your iPhone 4s and a Canon 5D Mark II: I think, the iPhone 4s camera is quite good for what it is
Or ... there is also an older video, I like pretty much, taken with a GH1 AND the even older iPhone 4 model. Hard to tell for me in some shots, which camera has been used.
Newer iPhone models ( I am not sure, if 4s or 5 though ) are also pretty strong at low light. You can usually get indoor pictures in very good quality, which haven't been possible without using flash before ... plus a lot of cameras apps, which let you get various effects but also different controls over the camera. THAT is probably the main benefit of the iPhone ... it can be any camera by design. It does not have a fixed firmware and it just depends on the app, you are using.
But I am currently involved in a struggle with those who know better including the instructor who gave me 100% in my 80th year old geezers' driving test, to get a cell phone for my car in case of emergencies.
I hate them, my wife got me a touchy feely phone when I lost my old Nokia, and I think there might be about 3 or 4 pictures on it, and she took them to show me the marvel that is a phone with a camera. But, I also hate mobile phones, if they ring someone always wants something!
Mine is the 4 not the 4s. The 4 has 5 mpx resolution and I believe the 4s is 8 mpx. I have seen some decent photos (for a phone) from the I phones. My problem is the phone is thin and light and shaky by nature and I have trouble holding it steady. No big deal as the only photos I try to take with it are of the graddaughters so I can send them to their mom when she's at work.
The phone does have it's advantages, however. I can shoot a photo of a product box in a store the the phone will tell me where the product is available on line and how much it costs. Pretty remarkable technology.
Post by andys93integra on Jan 16, 2013 2:23:49 GMT -5
I also stepped in to the smart-phone world in December when I got my iPhone 5 and I would also agree that the camera on it is actually quite good with its 8 megapixels. I love many things about it but the main thing I love is iCloud, any picture I take is sent to the cloud and also appears on both my desktop and Laptop.
And Wayne, when using the camera you can also use the volume up button as the shutter release, a little more steady that way.
I was finally coerced into buying a cell phone by being presented with dire scenarios of what might happen if.......... All I wanted was a phone. Phat chance. I don't like the phone and the camera is even worse. Merely entering a new phone number is frustrating. Okay. I'll keep it charged and carry it with my diabetes stuff in a fanny pack so it will always be with me. I have only given my new phone number, which I have forgotten already, to my son, brother, daughter-in-law and grandchildren with strict instructions not to call me unless it is an emergency. In the three months I have had it I only used it twice and they were not emergency calls. Once to see if it worked and once to call the service provider. I have received 4 calls - perhaps many more but I haven't checked. I don't want people to grow accustomed to calling me so I keep it off all the time.
Way back when I worked for a living I bought my first cell phone. It was a General Electric. It weighed 25 pounds and had a lead acid wet cell battery. It had a standby time of 20 minutes. I only turned it on and used it for outgoing calls when closing real estate transactions. When I retired 13 years ago they had almost shrunk to the size of today's phones. But they were still only phones and relatively simple to use.