iPhone 5S - The everyday camera


I’ve been using the iPhone 5S as my primary phone since its launch. My previous thoughts have been confirmed over the past few months – it’s a device with very few flaws.



There’s going to be a large wave of exciting new posts in the coming weeks: I’m currently using the Nokia Lumia 1520, the largest phone I’ve ever used. There are posts also posts about the Xbox One and my new Côte&Ciel backpack in the pipeline. Bowers & Wilkins are also sending me their brand new P7 headphones, which I’m predicting to be stunning.



My extended use of the phone has revealed one surprise though - the iPhone 5S is an amazing camera and more capable than I had originally made it out to be. It’s great not necessarily because of its hardware but because of its software. The camera app’s HDR makes every photo look great and when paired with a great app like VSCOcam, the results are unbelievably good. I’ve picked out some photos taken with the 5S from my Instagram feed to show you how good it really is.

I love the iPhone’s camera because it’s proof that you don’t need a fancy camera to shoot great pictures. Stop complaining about your camera’s specs, just go out there and shoot.




The iPhone 5S' camera is only great because of software. The phone is brilliant at processing these images to produce natural renditions. Here’s a bunch of cars in different lighting scenarios.




These are all photos taken in bright locations with plenty of sunlight. This scenario is where most cameras perform the best.



White balance

This phone is a monster at white balance. No phone can compete with the iPhone here. It might even be better than most cameras in this department.



Low light

Although the 5S has a much smaller sensor than the Lumia 1020, it still does a pretty good job in low light. Turn on HDR and just hold really still.




There’s something aesthetically pleasing about the iPhone’s imperfect rendition. Noise is the iPhone’s biggest weaknesses but in some situations, particularly with landscape shots, this is adds to its painterly aesthetic. 




Most of the photos I end up taking are macro/closeup shots. The iPhone is very sharp and focuses at surprisingly close distances. If there’s one area that the iPhone just destroys the Lumia 1020, it’s here.