Originally Posted by steelbom
From what Apple said in the Keynote it sounded like they put a fair bit of effort into it. I'm no expert but perhaps the softness comes from Apple using HDR?
They say they've added a fifth lens, a larger aperture, an infrared filter, a DSLR quality ISP in the A5, and a better backside illumination sensor.
Here's the info page on the camera, tell me what you make of it: http://www.apple.com/iphone/built-in-apps/camera.html
Softness is due to the lens, aperture and image processing. You'll notice softness around the edges due to the limits of the lens design. HDR is achieved by taking multiply exposures from different levels and combining them into a single image. Unless this phone can bracket 3 shots and combine them together, it's not HDR.
I'm not saying it's a piece of crap or hating on it. I'm just stating from a photographer's point of view, it has it's limitations, and it's uses. A larger aperture also results in softer images. Stopping down the aperture will result in sharper images.
Edit: It appears it takes actual HDR images. I'd like to know how long it takes to process the three images into the one final image.
dSLR quality image processor is very ambiguous. It's marketing hype.
Larger aperture is great for letting lots of light in so the user doesn't need to lower the shutter speed/raise ISO. This is a good thing at night, but during the day, the ISO should be set to base and Aperture set around F/8 (I'm making an example from what several dSLRs shoot best at).
I would personally love to have a camera of that quality and compactness with me at all times. After all, it's the camera that's with you takes the best pictures, the other camera is at home. Carrying around a big bulky dSLR all day is tiresome.Edited by one-shot - 10/5/11 at 1:56am