Apple has made a number of improvements to the iPhone 5S, which were definitely needed to bring the iPhone camera up to date with modern smartphone photography technology.
The firm has increased the sensor size on the iPhone 5S’s 8MP camera by 15 percent to 1.5 microns, which along with the f/2.2 aperture is designed to let more light and colour into images. The 5S also has a dual-LED flash, designed to apply exactly the right colour combination to your photo’s subject.
These join a number of new photography tools on board, such as automatic image stabilisation and a new camera user interface in iOS 7 that enables users to add filters such as Noir, Chrome or Fade to images.
It’s easy to scroll through the five different shooting modes via the bottom of screen in the camera app, picking from Photo, Square, Pano (as in panoramic shot), Video and Slo-Mo, with filters accessible by clicking the three coloured circles to the right. However, one glitch we noticed with the camera app is that if you take a photo with a different filter applied, when you share this with PhotoStream on your MacBook or a PC it will revert to the standard colour mode.
Our favourite additions to the camera are the Burst and Slo-Mo modes. Burst lets you hold down the shutter button and take 10 shots per second, so you can then pick the best photo. We’re not sure how many shots you can take in all, we got past 100 and gave up. Apple has also handily decided to group these burst photos as one shot in your Photos folder, so you won’t suddenly be faced with 108 pictures of your cat in the same position.
Slo-Mo lets you shoot video at 120 frames per second at 720p, then choose a section to slow down to a quarter of the speed. For example, you could film somebody jumping from a window, or running down the street, and slow down a section to highlight their movement, or a car driving towards you, and then slow it down to see the passengers in detail.
You can also read our full iPhone 5S review, or watch our iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner video.