iPhone 4S Has a Great Camera

Rather than play with my new iPhone 4S, I learned how to replace a sump pump down in my basement. We had some heavy rain last week and my old pump decided to stop working. Definite bummer. But now that I have that fixed I’ve started playing with my iPhone.

I am amazed at the camera. The clarity of the shots, shooting in low-light, the dynamic range, and the white balance are shockingly good. There are many comparisons out there between the old and new iPhones. Here is one on Digital Photo Buzz.

I don’t have any direct comparisons, but here is a closeup of a shot I took in a dark room with these candles burning. The candles were really dusty, so that is actually how they did look.

Closeup of a candle
Closeup of a candle. Photo taken with iPhone 4S.

The full resolution shot is posted on Flickr. I didn’t do any post-processing of the image, it is straight from the iPhone 4S.

Candles with iPhone 4S
Full view of picture of candles. Photo taken with iPhone 4S.

I’ve also taken a number of shots in local pubs and cafes and gotten great shots in those low-light situations. Outdoor shots do a great job with the dynamic range (even without using the built in HDR). The other thing that is really noticeable is the speed with which the camera app starts. You don’t have to wait two seconds while the virtual shutter opens up.

I didn’t yet qualify for a fully subsidized iPhone upgrade, but since I am a big fan of photography I’m glad I paid the extra bucks to upgrade to the 4S. If photography isn’t high on your list of wants, then it might have been a tougher decision.

Totally away from the photo side, I’ve already become a bit addicted to Siri. The tough part is it has been down quite often and then I forget how to do things manually. I guess selling 4 million iPhones in 3 days is causing a few network issues.

Like many others, I’m hoping Siri gains a bit more access to the iPhone in the future. I’d love to be able to say, “Siri, take a photo in 10 seconds.”

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