Apple iPhone 5s Hands-on – The Photographic Perspective

Earlier today Apple announced the new iPhone 5s (yes, the s’ is lowercase). The new iPhone brings to the table several interesting features and improvements which could interest mobile shooters – we compiled a list of the main ones:

  • A 15% larger CMOS sensor compared to the iPhone 5 (33% more light collection power).
  • A new f/2.2 lens (the iPhone 5 had a f/2.4 lens) with 5 elements designed by Apple itself.
  • 10fps burst mode at full resolution (the images are saved
  • Slow motion video – 720p/120fps (the user can choose which part of the video to use slow-motion on – a nice simple editing capability in one click).
  • A 28MP panorama feature.
  • TrueTone flash uses dual LED with variable kelvin temperature to match subject giving the user better skin tones and better exposed images.

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The video above by slashgear is a quick live demo with the new iPhone 5s and some of its features including the camera.

If you are interested in some of the other (non photographic) features of the iPhone 5s here is a short list:

  • Apple A7 processor  – twice as fast as the A6 on the iPhone 5 (and the first ever mobile phone with 64bit processor).
  • Apple M7 processor (a dedicated motion processor which continuously measures motion data – good for sports apps etc.).
  • Touch ID finger print scanner based touch security system (see video).
  • iOS 7 operating system.
  • 10 hours of talk time over 3G, 10 hours of LTE browsing and 10 hours of video, 250 hours in standby mode as a full day longer than on the iPhone 5.
  • 3 colors – black, gold and silver.
Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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