I suppose I should say something about the new iPhones that Apple released. The iPhones seem like a nice upgrade, but I wasn’t blown away while watching the event live. Honestly, I’m not really eager to have a larger phone in my pocket. Plus, I’ve never owned an iPad, so I’ve never been spoiled by a larger screen to work on. I still need to get my hands on the 6 and 6 plus to see if they feel like a reasonable size. Maybe they’re not as big as they look.
At any rate, I hope Apple doesn’t make the screens any larger, moving forward. I know that the iPhones are going to get faster every year, but my 5s is plenty fast for me. I’m mostly interested in the cameras in the iPhone these days, so thats what I’ll focus (see what I did there?) on.
When I first heard about the changes to the iSight camera, I was underwhelmed. The advances sounded minimal, but then I saw some photos and video. There is a noticeable upgrade in quality, especially in the 6plus. The new autofocus system is great for video, as you can see in Austin Mann’s review below. Here’s a fun video by Ben Canales.For an in depth review of the iPhones, go check out Austin Mann’s review.
He got some great comparison videos and images with the 5s and 6 plus. Below, you can see the 6 plus has better contrast and clarity. In other examples, you can see the dynamic range has improved in the new phones, as well. I’m always interested in extending dynamic range, which is why I use HDR apps.
I have seen some people complain that the new iSight camera lacks contrast, compared to the 5s. I think, what these people are actually seeing is more detail in the shadows and highlights, which is a result of the dynamic range being increased (a good thing.) Guess what, if the image lacks contrast, you can easily add some.
Personally, I prefer to start out with less contrast when I’m editing in photoshop. It allows me to make creative decisions on where I want contrast, and how much of it I want. If this is really an issue with their algorithm, it should be an easy fix for Apple to make in an update.
This video below compares the video capabilities of the 6 and 6 plus. Spoiler alert, the 6 plus is significantly better because of the optical image stabilization.
One more video comparing the camera in the 5s to the 6 Plus.
There is also a report of the iPhone getting bent if left in your pocket too long, or sat on.
If I come across some more good comparisons, I’ll be sure to share them.
Will I upgrade? No. I can wait a year or two to see if they make any big advances with the camera, and other features. If I had a 4s or older, it would be a no brainer to upgrade. If I had a 5, I might be tempted to wait another year, or wait for a good sale.
Are you upgrading? Seeing as Apple reportedly sold 10 million of them the first weekend, I’m sure some of you were pretty excited by the new iPhones haha. If you have any questions about the new iPhones, please feel free to ask. It would be cool to have a dialogue about them.