iPhone 5S Camera Test Photos (Part 2)

December 29, 2013

The iPhone 5S camera doesn’t stop to amaze me, even after two weeks, I’m still thrilled with the quality of the image which is obtained from the 5S main camera.  I had quite a high expectations from the iPhone 5S camera when I bought this phone. However,  I didn’t expect the image quality to be that good. I mean, that sharpness, color depth, exposure, color accuracy and white balance — everything works in synergy to produce a magnificent photos at the end of the day.

A few days a go I went out to get some nice colorful colors at the market and also to take some sunset shots at the marina.  They say a picture worth a thousand words, and I agree — so let’s take a look at some iPhone 5S sample photos and I will explain more about each image.

Olives and olive oil on a table

Olives and olive oil on a table - captured with iPhone 5S camera (ISO 40, 1/60 sec, f/2.2, Pattern metering)

The image above was show with the Apple iPhone 5S in the market. The iPhone 5S tend to slightly boost the image vividness and add a touch of vibrance to beautify the image.  However, this touch of extra saturation doesn’t take from the image’s natural look, and I tried shooting many type of subjects with different colors, and the colors looked very natural. It also boost the greens and reds which compliment landscape shots, but makes every photo look more attractive to the viewer.


iPhone 5S lens is VERY sharp and colors are natural and pleasing the eye (ISO 40, 1/30 sec. , f/2.2, Pattern metering)

The above image shows you how sharp the iPhone 5S lens is — it seems like you are there, watching those yummy pomegranates with your own eyes without any optical barrier.


Bread image with morning light - iPhone 5S test photo (ISO 32, 1/800 sec, f/2.2)


The image above was shot using the iPhone 5S in the early morning when the light strikes the subject from the side and it’s still a bit soft.  It compliments the bread’s color and texture.  you can see that the 5S photo is rediciliously sharp. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting it to be that sharp. This is also the perfect time to shoot in the morning, and I recommend everyone getting up early and shoot early in the morning, preferably before noon.

Still not convinces? – here’s another images of cookies shot at at approximately the same angle. You can see the warm morning color tone on the cookies, so delicious that I feel like eating a cookie right now. You can also see that the image is very sharp even in the corners of the image.

Chocolate chip muffins tower

Shooting in different angles can make the photo more unique and interesting - test photo using Apple iPhone 5S (ISO 64, 1/125 sec, f/2.2, pattern metering, no flash)

In the image above I played with some angles to get more unique and interesting photos.  I can’t remember being so hungry for a chocolate ship muffin when shooting with my DSLR?…mmm.. 🙂

carrot juice

Carrot juice iPhone 5S sample image. Playing around with macro and depth of field (ISO 64, 1/30 sec, f/2.2, Spot metering, no flash)

The last test photo was taken with the iPhone 5S in the after noon before sunset. You can see that when being in the right place at the right time ca yield spectacular visuals, and there is nothing more gorgeous than watching the sunset in my opinion. The photo colors are original and untouched, straight from the iPhone 5S. The photo transfers emotions and I feel more calm just by watching it.

sunset boats in marina

iPhone 5S sunset photo (ISO 32, 1/160 sec, f/2.2, spot metering, no flash)

So this is just a glimpse of what the iPhone 5S camera is capable of. You can find out more by reading my iPhone 5S camera image quality part 1, with links to other parts that over the autofocus, low-light capabilities and more.

So if you still want to hear it out loud – The iPhone 5S ROCKS!! – Not just that you won’t get disappointed, but you will be amazed with the photos you get with this camera.  I will share more photos on this blog, so don’t forget to LIKE cameradebate facebook page and visit my iPhone 5S sample photo set 2 on Flickr for full resolution images.

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