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IPhone 5S uses Sony sensor


The latest teardown of iPhone 5S by Chipworks shows that IPhone is 5S using  Sony IMX145 stacked CMOS Exmor-RS sensor, the sensor is approx 15% bigger compared to old sensor and hence the system delivers a 33% increase in light sensitivity.

From past year Nokia high-end Windows phone become the first choice of photographers due to larger sensor size and excellent low light capability, now from iPhone 5S we can clearly see Apple is also putting attention towards BIG sensors to improve image quality and attract more photographers.

src – Chipworks

iPhone 5S features 15% Bigger Sensor and New A7 Processor


iPhone 5S announced today and it features new newly developed sensor that comes with same 8 megapixel resolution but approx 15% bigger in size compared to previous iPhone 5 sensor, hence the sensor will show more dynamic range, better low-light performance and true color and contrast.

The other major improvement that is new 64 bit A7 processor, due to the advance ultra-fast processor we will see
1. Improve low-light performance,
2. Fast continuous shooting speed upto 10fps (shoot at 10fps for as long as you can hold it)  and
3. Improved video recording capability that allows you to capture 720p HD video at 120fps,

Another major improvement is introduction of new type of flash – True Tone, which uses two LEDs, one cool and white and the other warm and amber. iPhone 5S comes with Apple-designed, 5-element lens, with a maximum f/2.2 aperture, you can also capture 28MP panoramic shot with auto exposure adjustment as you pan.

The iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or “space gray,” and will sell (with a cellular contract) for US$199 for the 16GB model; US $299 for the 32GB model; and US $399 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 5s goes on sale on September 20, 2013 in the U.S.

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Positive Restraint: How the Limitations of iPhoneography are actually its Creative Strengths by Amy Cobbfeels


I don’t like to admit this to many other photographers, but I have to confess: I rarely use my DSLR anymore. Even when I’m shooting a photograph that errs more on the side of “artsy” than “snapshot,” I’ve started to default to the shutter on my iPhone. I know that this makes some photographers, well, shutter, especially my friends who are still committed to physical film and their insistence that the materiality is the heart of photography.

I didn’t always disagree. In college, I developed an obsession with artist CaroleeSchneemann, who reveled in the physical nature of the film by painting directly on the stock. In doing this, not only did Schneemann add a textural element to her films, but in a more general sense, she took the limitations of film—and motion pictures—and created art out of it.

Orson Welles once stated that “[t]he enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” The age of digital media and Adobe Photoshop seemed to introduce limitless possibilities to the world of photography. I certainly bought into it—I loved that I could make a shot appear to be in focus using filters on Photoshop. I loved that I could put my digital camera into “burst” mode so that I didn’t have to worry about the cost of each shot. I hardly missed working with film, though if you would have asked me as an undergrad, I would have talked extensively about loving the tactile experience.

Nevertheless, my photos became boring.  My only limitation was my lack of interest in clicking through the million photos I took of my town’s 4th of July Parade. I had a big memory card and an even bigger backlog of photos to edit. My phone can only hold so many photos, and while I can easily load them on my computer, I can’t do that while sitting cross-legged on a church lawn with an America flag in my other hand.  My iPhone reintroduced limitations to my artistic practice, and I think my photos are better for it.

iPhoneography is a growing niche in the photography world. Technically, iPhoneography involves capturing and processing photos on an Apple iPhone as opposed to another digital device, and purists will claim that you ought to edit your photos on your iOS device as well. While apps make it possible to edit photos as one would on PC or Mac-based editing software, the size of the screen itself has proven to be a worthwhile limitation for some artists.

As for the everyday photographer, the popular Instagram app and community has forced iPhone photographers to consider composition in a whole new way. You will not be able to fit your entire image on Instagram—it must conform to a 612×612 pixel square, not the standard 4:3 aspect ratio that so many of us have learned to consider as we shoot. This limitation has inspired photographer/developers to develop apps that either hack Instagram or help photographers see the square on their screen while shooting as opposed to having to consider the composition in their heads.

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And what about photo quality? My iPhone takes great quality photos, but they’re never as sharp or nuanced as what I can capture with my DSLR. I know this. As my interest in Schneemann’s films may reveal, I’m a sucker for art that reveals something about the medium itself. The iPhone is easily the device of our time, and when I take photos within the grasp of its limitations—or that hacks its limitations like the physical manipulation of film—I’m not only capturing a visually-striking moment, but I’m also able to say something about photography in the digital age. If I wanted to, I could make a comment about the democratization of art photography. The ability to both make compelling images and contribute to the larger photographic discourse makes me more of an artist than simply taking pleasant photographs.


photo credit: Alícia

But the limitations presented by shooting with your iPhone will spark your creativity—force you to make connections and deal with the physical realities of the technology at hand—even if your goal is to make your friend who lives across the covet your dinner via Instagram every night. Perhaps the ubiquity of iPhoneography hasn’t diluted the appreciation of interesting, well-crafted images, but has instead created the ideal situation for more photographers to identify and engage in well-crafted photography.

Author – Amy Cobb feels most at home behind a keyboard or a snapping shutter. She’s a Jill-of-All-Trades media refugee turned blogger who, since jumping ship from the Fourth Estate, blogs on all things media and media-education-related. Most recently she’s worked on cataloging the best photography colleges. When not writing, Amy is thwarted by square foot gardening or playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Snarls Barkley.

iPhone 4S vs Canon 5D Mark II

Fingernail vs Full Frame sensor – iPhone 4S vs Canon 5D Mark II, The video quality of iPhone 4S is really amazing..see the comparison video (below) and share your thoughts

iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison from Robino Films on Vimeo.

***You can download the full 1080p version of this video for a more accurate representation.

Here’s a “fair” test between the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D MK II. I made a little rig that allowed me to shoot both cameras at the same time side by side. All scenes are perfectly synced together so you can pause and scrutinize the frames! See photo of the makeshift rig in the photo area.

Exposure, shutter speed, frame rate and picture style were matched as close as possible between the two cameras.

This test shows that the tiny F2.4 lens and sensor on the iPhone are pretty nice. It even got a little depth of field!

I did not note accurate 5D settings per shot because it’s pretty useless in the end for an iPhone comparison… I tried to matched the iPhone so no “Cinestyle” / 24p here.

Here are the settings:

iPhone 4S
– AE.AF locked. That’s all you have!

Canon 5D MKII
– Canon 50mm 1.4
– ISO 160 ~ 640 (varied per shot to match the iPhone)
– F 7~22 (varied per shot to match the iPhone)
– Shutter 1/60th
– Auto WB

– Standard Picture Style
– 1080p 30

iPhone 4S uses Sony Sensor

iphone 4s image sensor

copyright chipworks

According to chipworks iphone 4S uses Sony 8 megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor, The chipworks used infrared microscope to look through the structure of this image sensor.

src – chipworks

8x Zoom lens for the iPhone 4

New Rollei 8x zoom f/1.1 lens fro your iPhone, The manual focus lens will be available from end of April 2011 and its expected price is €34.95.

src: Rollei

Samsung SH100 Wi-Fi - How it works?

The SH100 uses built in Wi-Fi capability to deliver unique new experiences for all camera users. By selecting the PC Auto Back-up function, your camera will automatically find your PC and download the latest photos onto it, even if the PC is turned off. This feature is compatible with the Wake-on-LAN (WoL) system which many modern home PCs are already equipped with.

Innovation in Control Helps you Capture the Moment
The Wi-Fi capability on the SH100 also allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control and viewing device for your camera. If you’re shooting over a crowd at a concert, you can enable the Remote Viewfinder function, meaning that you can hold your camera high over your head while you see a preview of the picture in real time on your phone screen. It’s also ideal for taking self shots as you can zoom in and out using the 5x optical zoom, and access basic menu functions including parameters and shooting modes. When you’re happy with the shot, you can operate the shutter remotely too, and the camera will record the GPS information for photo geo-tagging.

SH100 Specification Sheet
Image Sensor: 1/2.33″ (Approx. 7.76mm) CCD, 14.2 Megapixel
Zoom: Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X, Play mode: 1.0X ~ 12X
Lens: SAMSUNG Lens f = f4.7-23.5mm (f26∼130m 35mm film equivalent)
Image Stabilization: DIS (Digital Image Stabilization)
Dimensions: 93mm X 53.9mm X 18.9mm (TBD)
DLNA: DLNA Compatible: DMS & MRCP
– Still Image(2M), Movie(720p)
– DLNA with DTV : DMS & MRCP
Device Connection: Camera to Camera
– Movie Clip Size Max 35MB, Imaage Size Max 10MB
– Should be compatible among CL65, CL80, ST80 for Image Sharing
– Movie file Sharing available between ST5500, ST80 and SH100
AP Connection: Global : Boingo SDK & AP Compatible, Korea : KT
Auto Backup: Basic Function for PC
– Backup Program Install > Backup > Auto Power Off
– Wake-on-Lan supporting PC
– Prerequisite : No CMOS PW, NO Windows PW Condition
– Backup Program Install > Auto Power-on > Backup > Auto Power Off
Additional features:
Smart Auto 2.0
Smart Filter 2.0
Self Portrait
Face Recognition
Beauty Shot
Out-focus Portrait
Wireless connection (802.11b/g/n)
Samsung SH100  Price: $199.99
Availability: March 2011