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Photos from the iPhone 4S camera

Yesterday, I bought my first iPhone. I’ve wanted one since they were first launched in 2007, so I feel very lucky to finally have one.

Here are some photos taken with the iPhone 4S camera on a walk along Regent’s Canal on a sunny afternoon in London. Many were taken underneath bridges to test the dynamic range of the camera.

Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Canal: Note the detail in the shadows and the bright reflections.

 

Reflection of a modern house built to 18th century plans (reversed)

 

Under the bridge
Underneath a (troll free) bridge to show low light with some highlights

 

Underneath the A40 Westway, London

 

A40 Westway - taken on an iPhone 4S

Without doubt, the camera on the iPhone 4S is excellent, and has a refreshingly simple user interface. Tap any part of the screen to focus or meter there, and take the shot.

I’m hoping to post more regularly to Flickr now – my account has languished recently and I’m hoping a shiny new phone with easy tools to integrate with Flickr will give me a little encouragement.

I’ve created a “Photos from the iPhone 4S” set of photos on Flickr which will doubtless grow in days to come:

Since this is my first iPhone, I can’t comment on comparisons with previous models, but for the times when I don’t want to carry my DSLR around, I know that I’ll always have a very capable camera with me. Consider me pleased!

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Gadgets Photography

Nokia E71 Review: Part Two – The Camera

I’ve now had my E71 for a couple of weeks or so, and I’m still loving it.

The camera is renowned (from reviews that I’ve read anyway) for being between utterly average and really poor. These definitions are, of course, subjective. After a few weeks of use, I would prefer to call the camera “idiosyncratic”. It behaves with quite a mind of its own.

So rather than going through the camera’s interface (that can be found elsewhere), I’ll talk more generally about it.

Let’s begin by letting this Flickr gallery do some of the speaking for me. Adjustments made to these photos range between none at all, to drastic. Most of them were done ‘rough and ready’ in iPhoto.

I’ll be tagging photos with “E71” for a while, so feel free to see what else I have taken over on my Flickr pages.

The phone that the E71 replaced was the 3 Skypephone, whose camera really is utterly, utterly awful (in the 1st generation phone at least). Bear that in mind when I say that I actually think that the E71’s camera is reasonable. I probably say this because I’m used to editing photos, and I don’t mind a bit of camera noise. I like to take arty (in the loosest possible terms) and unusual shots, and for the odd snap with friends, it fulfills those needs entirely.

I sometimes find that it takes an abnormally long time to take a photo, and often when this happens, it is very overexposed. However, in some of the occasions when this has happened, I’ve loved the results! In a way, since the camera is a bit of a novelty really, I love this unpredictability.

The Boot Inn

In low light conditions, there’s lots of noise, which according to some renders it unusable. I prefer to ignore that and use it to my advantage. I’ll make grainy and gritty photos instead:

Salisbury Gasometer II

I’m finding that the limitations of the camera is making me think more about composition, that’s for sure!

In the next post I’ll focus on some of the software that I have thus far installed.

A walk in the country
“A walk in the country” – The only adjustment was a slight desaturation. The lens blur is from the optics.