iPhone 4s: My New Ultra-Compact Camera of Choice

Aw come on, Siri. I had higher hopes for you! Kidding. So I picked up an iPhone 4S over the weekend, and I’m pretty impressed with it. Besides the fact that the geeky sci-fi nerd in me loves the conversations I can have with my new “digital assistant”, the photographer in me is loving this new camera.

Seems like Apple has finally focused more attention on camera performance with this latest generation iPhone. With improved optics, a better sensor, and more processing horsepower behind it, the new camera is, in my opinion, leaps and bounds better than the one it replaces. It won’t have me leaving my always-with-me X100 at home, but I’m afraid my little Canon S90 is done for.

I’ve only had a couple opportunities to shoot with the iPhone 4S over the last few days, but here’s a small sampling from my weekend with it:

Not bad for a camera phone. On top of all this, these images synced over the cloud while I was out shooting (edit: when I found a wifi connection), and were therefore waiting for me on my computer when I got home. The fact that the iPhone is a connected camera sets it apart from the traditional ultra-compact camera competition in a very significant way, even if image quality still doesn’t quite stack up to that of a high-end compact like the Canon S100 or Panasonic LX5. But personally, I’ll probably never buy another compact camera. Between the X100 and my iPhone 4s, I’m totally covered, and I’m looking forward to testing out the 4s a lot more in the coming weeks.


All Images: iPhone 4s

14 thoughts on “iPhone 4s: My New Ultra-Compact Camera of Choice

  1. No wonder my son has started hinting about the 4s. Your photos far outshine my own shot with my Canon t2i. I might have to get one for myself!

  2. The f-stop on the camera is f-2, so it’ll definitely be able to help you all day and night. And theres accessory lenses you can buy. But youre right about the cloud factor, to have pics waiting for you is so awesome, no more finding cables or losing cards.

    Pleasure to follow your blog.
    Nice to meet you,

  3. Hello Jon,

    Nice pic and thanks for sharing..4s indeed has a great camera. I think that no one is buying pns cameras anymore. 🙂

    waiting for more pics !!!!

  4. oh no! you can’t leave the s90! haha jk. nice post on the 4s. I’ve been a faithful Blackberry user and have been contemplating to switch over to the 4s. Thanks for sharing the review!

  5. Hi. The photo stream is only available over wifi so wouldn’t have been being uploaded as you shoot but rather as soon as you got into your wifi range.
    Aside from that I am so impressed with the camera! It’s simply incredible!

    1. You’re right! I probably thought otherwise because I had access to wifi hot-spots before I actually returned home, though I’m thinking I’ll probably be able to fix this “issue” with a jailbreak =)

  6. from what i can see, the ‘s’ is quite the photographer…
    btw, my x100 just arrived in the mail yesterday – luv it so far!!

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