iPhone 5s Camera Question

watchthisspace

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I've recently upgraded to an iPhone 5s from the 4 and things have been pretty good, except for a loose stand-by button.

Today I decided to use it to take photos when I went up to the mountains, but I found the results to appear the focus is off? All the shots I have tapped the focus to be in the centre or left the iPhone to focus itself.

Sample 1: http://i.imgur.com/lewwmBT.jpg?1

Sample 2: http://i.imgur.com/Ow1LfMR.jpg?1

Sample 3: http://i.imgur.com/wFw2I2u.jpg?1

Sample 4: http://i.imgur.com/TyL7Rim.jpg?1
Similar to sample 4, but shot using an iphone 4: http://i.imgur.com/VKOBAWl.jpg?1

What do you guys think?
 

mpantone

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The photos are fine.

Due to the iPhone camera's fixed focal-length lens design, anything farther than 15 feet will likely register as "infinity focus". Whether you focus at 100 feet or 2000 feet won't make a difference at all.

This is no different than shooting with a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The focusing system on matters on objects relatively close to the camera (between 1-20 feet).

For further information, please read a basic book on photography. There are tons of them at your local public library.
 

yeah

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The "loose" power button is actually how Apple makes the iPhone 5S, unfortunately. :(
 

watchthisspace

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The "loose" power button is actually how Apple makes the iPhone 5S, unfortunately. :(
Really? When the phone vibrates, it makes a racket :(

The photos are fine.

Due to the iPhone camera's fixed focal-length lens design, anything farther than 15 feet will likely register as "infinity focus". Whether you focus at 100 feet or 2000 feet won't make a difference at all.

This is no different than shooting with a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The focusing system on matters on objects relatively close to the camera (between 1-20 feet).

For further information, please read a basic book on photography. There are tons of them at your local public library.
Cheers! I think I was expecting more from the camera, when really it is producing decent photos.. Low light shots are great though!

http://i.imgur.com/4DHUOdp.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fm0gMF7.jpg
 

g4manimac

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So let me get this right,your asking if your seemingly shot from helicopter...wallpaper quality pictures LOOK BAD? I love iPhone users and photographers alike lol I do know what your talking about kinda like a very light almost non existent blur thats not focused in one spot but all over.
 

watchthisspace

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Well that could be a different issue, but I'm not 100% sure.
When I put my finger on the stand by button and the vibrate goes off, no racket :)

So let me get this right,your asking if your seemingly shot from helicopter...wallpaper quality pictures LOOK BAD? I love iPhone users and photographers alike lol I do know what your talking about kinda like a very light almost non existent blur thats not focused in one spot but all over.
I wish I was on a helicopter! Just on top of the rocks. But yes, everything looks blurry, or like there's a lack of sharpness or something. In samples 2 and 3, I would of thought the grass would be more detailed and not look like a painting... But I guess since the sky is in good exposure, I lost detail of the grass and rocks to compensate.
 

cRuNcHiE

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I usually find HDR photos are not as sharp because it's more than likely that your hand will have moved slightly , or the wind will make grass/trees move etc
 

watchthisspace

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I usually find HDR photos are not as sharp because it's more than likely that your hand will have moved slightly , or the wind will make grass/trees move etc
The photo's aren't taken with HDR. Didn't even think to use that feature.
 

PNutts

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I usually find HDR photos are not as sharp because it's more than likely that your hand will have moved slightly , or the wind will make grass/trees move etc
The iPhone also uses HDR's multiple images to sharpen a picture.

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What do you guys think?
They look great. Look at the road sign almost center frame in the two photo photos you called out (5s vs. 4). On the 5s you can see that it's a line curved to the left. On the 4 it's a black line if you use your imagination. ;)
 

mpantone

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Cheers! I think I was expecting more from the camera, when really it is producing decent photos.. Low light shots are great though!
Apple (or any other smartphone hardware company for that matter) has yet to invent a cellphone camera that will override the basic laws of optical physics.

Sorry about that.
 

watchthisspace

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Apple (or any other smartphone hardware company for that matter) has yet to invent a cellphone camera that will override the basic laws of optical physics.

Sorry about that.
Just my expectations being too high, not Apple's fault :)
 

Merkie

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I don't think your photos are fine. Not every part of the photos is properly in focus. However, it's hard to tell since it's hard to draw conclusions from the photos you posted because there are a lot of fine details at a large distance. It's easier to check whether your camera focuses properly by taking pictures of building or streets (a lot of straight lines makes it easier to compare the focus in the same photo).
 
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