National Geographic Photographer impressed with iPhone 5s camera

One of the key features of the iPhone 5s, apart from the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, is a vastly improved camera system. So how good is the iPhone 5s camera?

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson who took his iPhone 5s to Scottish Highlands, instead of his Nikon DSLR, concludes that the iPhone 5s is a very capable camera after taking about 4000 photographs during his tour.

He writes:

With intense use (I’ve made about 4,000 pictures in the last four days) I’ve discovered that the iPhone 5S is a very capable camera. The color and exposures are amazingly good, the HDR exposure feature does a stunningly good job in touch situations, the panorama feature is nothing short of amazing—seeing a panorama sweeping across the screen in real time is just intoxicating. Best of all it shoots square pictures natively, a real plus for me since I wanted to shoot for Instagram posting.

Once I figured out what the camera could do well I began to forget all the things it couldn’t do at all. [..]

[..] What surprised me most was that the pictures did not look like compromises. They didn’t look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone. They just looked good. 

Here are couple of the photos he has taken with the iPhone 5s:

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing tweet the link to the article saying “iPhoneography.”

Apple has upgraded iPhone 5s’ iSight camera lens with ”a new, five-element Apple-designed lens” that has a larger f/2.2 aperture, as compared to the iPhone 5′s f/2.4 aperture, which helps improve the light sensitivity by 33 percent that results in better, brighter images with even more accurate colors. Notably, the megapixel count remains the same at 8MP. Apple instead choose to make the sensor area itself 15 percent larger than before to let each pixel become bigger at 1.5 microns, capturing more light, and resulting in a better photo. iPhone 5s camera also comes with dual-LED flash, which further helps in improving its low-light capabilities.

Check out Richardson’s article, or visit his Instagram page at @jimrichardsonng for all the awesome photographs taken using an iPhone 5s.