iPhone 5s Camera Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by watchthisspace, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. watchthisspace macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    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?
  2. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Well my visions are not that great but your iPhone 5s photos are amazing. I am sure no one can tell the difference. :apple:
  3. MacintoshDan macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    They look awesome to me especially taken on an iPhone.....
  4. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    Look very good to me. Glad to see what the iPhone 5s can do as I am thinking about getting one. And not have to carry a camera with me at all times. (Just some times.)
  5. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    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.
  6. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    The "loose" power button is actually how Apple makes the iPhone 5S, unfortunately. :(
  7. watchthisspace thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    Really? When the phone vibrates, it makes a racket :(

    Cheers! I think I was expecting more from the camera, when really it is producing decent photos.. Low light shots are great though!


  8. g4manimac macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2013
    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.
  9. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    Well that could be a different issue, but I'm not 100% sure.
  10. watchthisspace thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    When I put my finger on the stand by button and the vibrate goes off, no racket :)

    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.
  11. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    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
  12. watchthisspace thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    The photo's aren't taken with HDR. Didn't even think to use that feature.
  13. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    The iPhone also uses HDR's multiple images to sharpen a picture.


    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. ;)
  14. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    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.
  15. watchthisspace thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    Just my expectations being too high, not Apple's fault :)
  16. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    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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