Tuesday, September 15, 2015

iPhone 6S Camera — Less is More??

Behold the new photographer's dream machine, oh well, it's just an improved 12 megapixel sensor so let's not all get all too excited over it.

Finally, Apple has included 4K video at 30fps, which is pretty cool if you have a 4K UHD TV but for the rest of us, the 1080p 60fps would do. There is the OIS feature on the 6S, which you have to ante up to but beyond that. I am not too sure if there is any support for DNG files.

To be fair, I would still use an iPhone if someone gave me one to use but I won't be buying one as there are other camera phones in the market that basically beats this for what it is worth. The Panasonic CM1 is the top dog on the list and unfortunately the Apple iPhone isn't quite near that. Sure, the CM1 could be a tad slower to operate but what we want is picture quality, which Apple now is trumpeting with its new sensor which promises better color accuracy. It can't beat a Leica lens.

new 12 megapixel sensor

How Apple needs to be the Image Game Changer

The iPhone is getting more expensive. Think of the US dollar versus your local currency and the cost of an unsubsidized iPhone.

It has, for all sense and purposes become a status symbol instead of a high tech tool.

My tool is no longer just an email device or something which we play games with. It has to be useful and for mobile photographers, they are better off with an Android device.

Here is a picture, captured using Google's Camera App that works on KitKat and Lollipop. Notice the bokeh effect as the Tanggu drummer takes his place before the performance. It was later post processed with Google's Snapseed app.

This is something your new iPhone would have much difficulty achieving unless you bought yourself a bokeh app from the Appstore. For me, the Google Camera App was free to download and use. Snapseed is free for both iOS and Android.

Apple has been milking its brand name as a status symbol while delivering good results for casual shooters. I think that plan works but for the same price, you can virtually do the same on any Android device for far less.

Apple's new 'video' gif feature called Live Pictures is probably a gimmick which will appeal to casual shooters. But for the more serious mobile photographer, that won't be scoring any points. I for one would love to post this up on Facebook, which at this point is not allowing any GIFs to appear on any newsfeed. Instead, it has capitalized on Video feeds, a point made clear by Zuckerberg as it hopes to challenge YouTube with.

With such developments, I fear that if I was ever given an iPhone to use as ambassador of sorts in mobile photography, I would still switch to an Android device to shoot. For now, it just can't be beat.


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