Camera phones have come a long way. The iPhone 5s’ camera boasts a lot of improvements, but is it really better than previous generations?
From Apple’s website:
iPhone 5s features a state-of-the-art sensor that increases the area available for pixels by 15 percent, and yet it still fits inside the incredibly thin iPhone. The pixels are larger, too — 1.5 microns, to be exact. We also bumped up the size of the camera aperture. Now it’s at ƒ/2.2 to let in even more light. All in all, the iSight camera on iPhone 5s features an impressive 33 percent increase in light sensitivity. And that means you get amazing-looking photos every time.
There are a lot of numbers and strange words being thrown around in that statement, so we decided to do a side by side comparison to see if the 5s camera is really that good. We compared the iPhone 5s with the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4s.
The first test we did was in a well lit setting.
iPhone 4s Well Lit
iPhone 5 Well Lit
iPhone 5s Well Lit
Seeing these three photos side by side it’s clear that the 4s looks washed out, and the 5 and 5s look nearly identical (although the 5s is slightly brighter). Now lets see how these cameras take photos with the light off.
iPhone 4s Dark
iPhone 5 Dark
iPhone 5s Dark
It’s clear that the iPhone 4s is far too underexposed and the iPhone 5 is very noisy and grainy. The iPhone 5s has a great exposure, and you can even see some of the details in the reflection of the table. Now we’re going to take a photo in the same dark room, but this time with the flash on.
iPhone 4s Flash
iPhone 5 Flash
iPhone 5s Flash
Looking at the photos with flash, the iPhone 5s’ flash looks the most well balanced in terms of exposure and color. There are no outstanding highlights or bright areas caused by the flash, and you can see the details in the blacks and in the reflection in the table.
Overall it’s safe to say that the iPhone 5s has one of the best cameras I’ve ever seen on a phone. If you’re upgrading to a iPhone 5s and you want great picture quality, you’re not going to be disappointed.