The iPhone 5S' camera has passed muster with National Geographic.
Photographer Jim Richardson of National Geographic -- famous for its dramatic covers -- traded his Nikon for an iPhone 5S in a visit to Scotland, according to a story posted on Monday.
"With intense use (I've made about 4,000 pictures in the last four days) I've discovered that the iPhone 5S is a very capable camera," he wrote.
The color and exposures are amazingly good, the HDR exposure feature does a stunningly good job...Best of all it shoots square pictures natively, a real plus for me since I wanted to shoot for Instagram posting...What surprised me most was that the pictures did not look like compromises. They didn't look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone.
That's high praise for a smartphone camera. CNET Reviews seems to agree.
"A suite of new and useful upgrades help make the already-good iPhone 5 camera into something even better," according to CNET's take on the 5S.
The 5S' iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor and a better aperture of f/2.2, compared with the iPhone 5's f/2.4. Both of those upgrades let in more light, among other benefits.
[Via MacRumors ]