iSight for Sore Eyes

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The iSight camera built into the iPhone 5S boasts a larger aperture (2.2) plus meatier pixels in its sensor, for better low-light performance. Two “True Tone” flashes – an amber and a white LED – will engage based on the colour temperature (thus improving the image balance). Other new features include auto image stabilization, burst mode, “best shot” mode and slow-motion video (120 frames per second).

Naturally you can download apps (including ProCam) to give you more manual control over the iPhone camera, but its auto power (ie, the default iOS7 Camera app) is formidable. Take the new image signal processor, for example. In addition to white balance and auto-exposure, it now takes care of tone mapping (adjusting brightness, contrast and colour).

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Click for larger image. Shot with iPhone 5S burst mode.
Click for larger image. Shot with iPhone 5S burst mode. Even at high noon on a sunny day, the auto tone mapping prevents blow-out.

Due to the new A7 chip, the camera is faster, a trait best demonstrated in the burst mode. Pressing and holding the shutter button now takes a quickfire series of shots – 10 frames per second, up to an editing nightmare of 999 total images (from which you can cherry-pick later).

Click for larger image/ Shot with iPhone 5S auto.
Click for larger image. Shot with iPhone 5S auto.
Tank Range, December 2013.
Shot with iPhone 5S auto.

Auto mode delivers such punchy, even-keeled images, you won’t need to edit a lot afterward. And to enliven a dull-light shot, take your choice of photo filters accessible in the Camera app (and applicable before or after shooting).

With the Transfer filter applied.
Modelling Horny Toad’s Heartfelt Blanket Hoodie. Shot in auto, with the Transfer filter applied after.
Shot in burst mode, with Chrome filter applied after.
Shot in burst mode, with Chrome filter applied after.

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