The iPhone 5S is here and one of the features that Apple is highlighting is the camera. While still at 8MP, the new camera has a 15 percent larger sensor and bigger pixels measuring 1.5 microns making it a better camera than the outgoing iPhone 5- which was pretty impressive by itself. Although I haven’t received my iPhone 5 yet (Apple says October), the swell guys at JadoPado invited me to their office to play around with one. I took the Xperia Z1 and the Lumia 1020 with me to grab some quick shots and compare them against the new iPhone 5S.
Do let me make it clear that pictures from all three phones were taken in auto mode. There wasn’t much to play around with in the room I was in so think of this as a casual comparison. But then again, I would say that almost 90% of the time people keep their phone cameras on auto and take pictures without thinking twice. So here goes.
1) Keys on the table
While all three phones take a good picture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the best colour reproduction matching the wooden table to its original colour the closest. The Xperia Z is a bit on the dull side while the iPhone 5S is more vibrant.
2) Zoom on the key
Same picture, but utilising the zoom on the phones to their maximum. The Xperia Z1 zooms in the most but also produces the worst picture. Again, the Lumia 1020 looks best but the iPhone 5S also does an extremely impressive job with zoomed in photos.
3) The light
Although the Lumia 1020 looks the most beautiful out of the three, it is much warmer than the actual light. The Xperia Z1 takes a much more realistic shot. The iPhone 5S on the other hand produces a darker shot and is the least impressive of the three.
4) Shot in the dark
This picture was taken under the table with not much light and without the flash turned on. Both the Lumia 1020 and the iPhone 5S do a pretty good job with it. The Xperia Z just could not focus in such low light and with the object being close- I tried quite a few times but this was the best result.
So there you have it. Again, this is a casual test taken completely on Auto modes on each of the phones- which is the mode that I presume most people will use their phones on. Although the iPhone 5S loses out to the Xperia Z or the Lumia 1020 in all tests, it performs rather consistently- even in tests where it came out last, the picture quality is quite impressive.
People who like to switch to manual mode or prefer more control over their pictures will be better off with the Lumia 1020 or even the Xperia Z1. However, for putting pictures on platforms like Facebook or Instagram or even sharing over emails, I think the iPhone 5S does a fantastic job.