Apple’s iPhone camera goes from 0 to good picture faster than anything else

“I was at Intel’s CES booth, composing a photo with my Android smartphone, when a pair of anonymous hands thrust a shining iPhone 6 Plus into my line of vision,” Vlad Savov writes for The Verge. “A nonchalant tap of the camera shutter button later, the hands were pulling back, having captured a stupendously clear and sharp picture on the first attempt. By the time I’d completed my routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself, the dude who’d beaten me to a better shot with none of the effort was already walking away. It was enough to make anyone sink into a deep state of gadget envy.”

“The iPhone’s lead as the smartphone to beat has rarely been defined by just one thing. At one point, the biggest advantage was the simplicity and speed of its interface; at another, it was down to the diversity and quality of available apps; and most recently, the iPhone has distinguished itself with the quality of its 8-megapixel camera,” Savov writes. “Today, the combination of all these things — simple and fast operation, strong optics and image processing, and a wide app ecosystem — is helping people create the best possible images with the least possible hassle.

Savov writes, “In all the years of Android’s existence, in spite of huge investments of time and money, there’s never been a standout Android cameraphone.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why settle for inferior wares when iPhone — the smartphone upon which all others are based; the smartphone to which all others are compared yet fail to measure up — is right there for the taking?

It makes no sense. Good God, man, dump that crappy Android phone! Life is far too short to settle for inferior imitations.

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Walt Mossberg reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone on the market’ – September 16, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone you can buy’ – September 16, 2014


    1. Apple’s iPhone 6 web page explains why.

      “Every day, people take more photos with iPhone than with any other camera. That’s because the iSight camera makes it so remarkably easy. Now, in addition to its large 1.5-micron pixels and ƒ/2.2 aperture, the world’s most popular camera is packed with new technologies to help everyone take more great photos.”

      “iSight. Our best camera gets even better.
      It takes innovative technology to make a great camera even better. That’s why we added features to the 8MP iSight camera like a new sensor with Focus Pixels, improved face detection, and exposure control. So you can take the photo and let iPhone 6 do the rest.”

      Plus having the 64-bit A8 processor helps a lot to do it even faster.

      1. Odd, that when iPhone was introduced, it was not described as a Internet Browser, Phone, iPod and Camera.

        Yet over the years, iPhone has placed top of the crop for taking pictures and ease of use; it keeps getting better.

  1. Maybe I am jaded having worked as a Pro Photographer in an earlier incarnation of life, but I am not a big fan of point and shoots. The iPhone camera is a really good point and shoot.

    Just like the fact that I prefer a Mac to my iPad and iPhone, I prefer a real camera with interchangeable lenses to an iPhone for photography.

    1. When I’m on vacation, I carry my “serious” camera, extra lenses, a tripod, the works. But it’s not all that simple to carry everywhere and I have my iPhone with me all time time. The best camera for use is the one you have with you. That’s why I take so many more pictures with my iPhone.

      Check out for a great example of what one photographer did with his iPhone.

    2. I’ve got a Canon DSLR. No question about this: it can take better pictures than can my iPhone 5s.

      But I don’t carry that DSLR everywhere I go, because it is bulky and heavy. The iPhone is usually in my pocket. So most of my pictures are made by the iPhone. I’ve got lots of memories captured that wouldn’t have been captured otherwise, and most of them look pretty good. 🙂

    3. The best camera is the one you got. Or do you always walk around with a DSLR strapped around your neck? And do you walk around town with a desktop Mac strapped to your back?

      We are talking MOBILE devices.

    4. remember cameras with film? I recall how you had to choose which film speeds to buy ahead of time, how you got 24, 36 exposures, and bought a couple roles, and you were set.

      Compared to the digital adjustments we can make on the fly, and the 100’s and 1000’s of shots we can get on a card now, those film cameras now look like the rotary dial phones of cameras.

      Anyway, I love the DSLR for its reach and for the control of the shot it gives, and I love the iPhone’s camera because it’s always there, and (with a little attention) gets a lot of stunning shots.

      1. I worked in the days of film and still have some of my old gear- some of the lenses can be used on DSLRs with adapters.

        Not a snob about point and shoot (snapshots) it is just not my interest in photography. The iPhone makes a very nice point and shoot but it is no way a replacement for a serious camera.

  2. A friend of the family at a recent get-together was showing off his Android phone and explaining why he thought it was superior to the iPhone: the camera. It just had so many options! He was showing off the options to someone else “look, you can do this and you can do that”. All I could think of was “why would I want to do any of that”. All I want to do is take a great-looking picture. If I’m such a control freak that I need to set multiple custom options, I’m not going to use a smartphone camera.


    1. Not to mention that if you want a more full-featured camera app for advanced picture-taking, it’s as simple as installing one of the dozens of excellent third-party camera apps from the App Store. You want an intervalometer? There’s a camera app for that. You want image stacking or advanced HDR? Apps for that. Motion blur? App for that, too. Want to control and trigger your DSLR from you iPhone or iPad? Apps for that, too.

      Even with all the advanced options, you have the simple, straightforward Apple Camera app for superior usability. Best of both worlds.

      Android has exactly nothing on iOS in the photography department.

  3. What I like most about my Samsuck S4 is the camera. But that is not saying much. I feel I am fairly competent at taking pictures and it is really difficult to get good pictures with the S4. The absolute worst thing is if the phone is locked you CANNOT access the camera. WTF? Really! With my iPhone swipe up from the corner and take a pic. Is it that difficult. Needless to say nothing in the S4 impressed my to discontinue use of my iPhone. (S4 is work phone.) Oh how I wish we still had Blackberries. So much better for work and email.

    1. That’s pretty sad that you can’t get at the camera quickly in the S4, it’s been in iOS since 2011 and iOS 5.

      My work HTC One m8 at least has the option to lockscreen-launch the camera app if you hold it horizontal and press one of the volume buttons.

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