Apple iPhone 5s camera leaps two years ahead of entire camera industry – all cameras, not just smartphone cameras

“The camera in the iPhone 5S basically moved the needle two years ahead of the entire camera industry,” Patrick Rhone writes for Minimal Mac. “Not just smart phone cameras — all cameras. There is a well known photography adage that states ‘the best camera is the one that’s with you.’ Well, if you have an iPhone 5S that statement will remain true no matter what other camera you may have available. This is largely because the new 64-bit processor means that they have all the raw processing power they need to be able to execute features and techniques that not even the most expensive professional SLR cameras can deliver.”

“And, what is interesting and absolutely marvelous about what Apple is doing here is that, when approaching how to make the best camera available today (and, I feel the need to stress, not just the best phone camera), they knew that did not mean specs,” Rhone writes. “That it was not about who had the most megapixels, or biggest lens, or largest sensor. They know that none of that, at the end of the day matters. What mattered, in fact, was the one thing that, in a race to equate more megapixels with “better”, even most of the camera industry had too long overlooked. Apple focussed solely on how they could use that massive and fast 64bit processor combined with industry first features and ideas to do one thing — give you the best looking photos. And, if you can get that right when you take the photo, you don’t need a bunch of software to ‘fix it in post.’ It’s all about capture.”

Rhone writes, “Disruption. Apple just put the point-and-shoot camera industry (and some of the ‘prosumer’ dSLR one) out of business.”

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  1. What does it matter if they have the best camera, if the consumer doesn’t know it. Apple needs ads that inform people of their advantages, and they need them NOW. Samsung has been flooding the internet and television with innuendo, inconsequential features, creating an aura of unfounded superiority. Apple needs a big ad budget to counter Samsung’s unprecedented advertising spending.

  2. Apple is doing some interesting stuff, but I’m calling Bullshit. In an earlier part of my life I made a living as a photographer and the headline is marketing hype and fanboi hyperbole.

    You want disruption? How about a device about the size of an iPhone that will mount a whole catalog of quality lenses and shoot still and video in that would make anyone at Apple cream their jeans.

  3. Unless it shoots RAW, I ain’t interested, although what Apple have done is certainly very interesting for the consumer. Almost certainly this will disrupt the point-and-shoot market.

    The truth is you can’t compete with proper large sensors and proper glassware. I’d love a Canon C500 with a complete set of Cooke Series 5i prime lenses—but I’m being stupid 🙂

  4. I look forward to the day when a camera isn’t just a passive device to capture light, it is an active devise which scans the field of view to measure location and distance of light source & its intensity, distance of objects from the lens and triangulate the distance of objects in relation to each other in front of the lens. When we reach this point, focus becomes meaningless and true infinite focus becomes possible.
    I’m sure with Apple, this is only a matter of time.

  5. Well, MegaPixels are actually quite important. Especially if you want to print it out later. Even a 12 MegaPixel sensor, bigger than the iPhone 5S’s I think won’t give you very large print outs in an ok resolution.

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