iPhone 5 pictures arent very sharp

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  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Anyone having this issue? If I take a picture at a distance of around 20 feet, its pretty clear, however, surrounding objects closer to me are blurry. Adding a little sharpness to the picture makes it look stunning, however, I shouldn't have to do this I wouldn't think? Pictures taken with the Galaxy SIII seem a lot sharper, but not really on the same level with color depth.

    Anyone running into this? I mostly see it when I take a picture of text though. Text on the GS3 seems way sharper, and I have to run filters on the iPhone to correct it.

    First iPhone:

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    GS3

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    iPhone 5 with added sharpness

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  2. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    Could you add the unedited pic for comparison?
     
  3. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The first 2 arent edited. First is iPhone 5, second GS3. The GS3 looks like it gets way more detail in the trees etc also.
     
  4. sandwicher macrumors member

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    Can't really tell the difference Before and After the edit for iPhone? Care to circle the difference?

    Anyway, the colour for G3 is so washed out. iPhone colour seems so much better.
     
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Maybe I'm just inept or blind, but I think the iPhone 5 pic looks the best. Oh well. :eek:
     
  6. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ya sorry about that, i didnt realize macrumors would shrink them that much :) There is a difference in the sharpness, I just didnt go overboard. Since it shrunk the picture, I guess it will look sharp regardless.
     
  7. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    It is not new that iphone 4-4s-5 now take very saturated pictures wich most people will find to look "better".
     
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    I agree that the iPhone is the better picture. :cool:

    And yes, shrinking the picture will sharpen it up a bit.
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Op take the same photo's again this time with HDR on.
     
  10. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    I feel like the GS3 is washed out... Where did you tap the focus on the iPhone when you took the pic? That might have something to do with the picture being darker as well.
     
  11. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I took a picture where i tapped on the door of the shed, and one where I didnt tap at all, and let it auto focus. To be honest, there wasnt any difference.
     
  12. dfinecy macrumors regular

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    I agree!

    either way...nice shed :D
     
  13. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oh I agree, but the level of detail on the GS3 is better. HDR pictures on the iPhone are unmatched though. The HDR on the GS3 is horrible. The HDR of the shed didnt make a difference, so I didnt bother posting it.
     
  14. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    HDR on the iPhone is really nice.
     
  15. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    1 looks better than 2.
    3 looks better than 1 and 2.
     
  16. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Looks like the GS3 has a wider view angle getting more of the picture in also.
     
  17. LouieSamman, Oct 10, 2012
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    LouieSamman macrumors 6502a

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    It could look less sharp than the G3 because of the colors. iPhone 5 has more of a darker rich color meaning somewhat saturated so you don't see details as much but it's still a sharp photo. The G3 colors are washed out so you see lines and details of the object more.
     
  18. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ya thats a good point. I think its better to add a little sharpness to a picture, than to try to add saturation.
     
  19. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I guess that's just a software difference.

    When saving a picture to JPEG, cameras add a certain amount of sharpness.

    Even with a DSLR, shooting a JPEG with default settings will get you a sharper image vs shooting in RAW. A lot of people are surprised by how not sharp RAW pictures are before editing. I know Canon DSLRs add +3 in sharpness to JPEGs by default (Standard profile).

    The point of RAW is that you can edit the picture later on and add the desired amount of sharpness without sharpening destructively at the time of taking the picture like JPEG compression does.

    It's really a matter of preference, whether you want an accurate picture or one that appears to be better by inflating the sharpness. It's a subjective debate like with screens (good color accuracy vs inflated saturation) or headphones (flat response or inflated bass).

    The GS3 probably adds more software sharpening than the iPhone 5 but it still looks realistic. If you have ever seen a picture taken with a BlackBerry PlayBook, you know how bad software sharpening can look if you add too much of it.
     
  20. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a

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    By the way. What app do you use to sharpen the photo?

    I use Afterfocus and/or Snapseed.
     
  21. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't this just bokeh?

    The iPhone has an 8% wider aperture than the sgs3 so it has a narrower depth of field.
     
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    The GS3 photo looks more washed out to me.
     
  23. Ishimaru macrumors 6502a

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  24. bova80 macrumors 6502a

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    this, look at the light between the trees in the upper left of the photo.

    iphone looks better in all cases.
     

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