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The iPhone 5s camera and the 5 face-to-face in Patagonia

The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5 have taken a tour of Argentine Patagonia. Photographer Austin Mann has brought the camera of the two smartphones face to face, going through either pan mode or burst mode, the new slow motion video or testing the dynamic range of the sensor. Don’t miss these spectacular images between mountains and incredible lakes.

Many are coming face-to-face between the new iPhone 5s and its competitors, as well as its smaller brothers, on both the iPhone 5 and 4S. We wanted to take the challenge of comparing them a little further, and so we bring you the comparison made on the ground by Mr. Austin Mann , photographer.

The iPhone 5s camera and the 5 face-to-face in Patagonia
The iPhone 5s camera and the 5 face-to-face in Patagonia

Specifically, the test has been done in Patagonia. Last year it did the same when the iPhone 5 came out juxtaposed to the iPhone 4S. This year it was de rigueur to do the same again just two days after the iPhone 5s went on sale.

Before you start, in case you don’t know yet, the iPhone 5s camera has a new lens with f2.2 lens brightness, a 15% larger sensor than the previous model, and a new video mode at 120 fps. Below you’ll see it among mountains and glaciers.

Pan mode

It’s one where theoretically the iPhone 5s has improved quite a bit. The interesting thing now is that the 5s dynamically adjusts the exposure as the panorama picture is taken, as not all areas of the picture will have the same light. As you can see the panorama photo has a different range of brightness at each end. No doubt the lights and shadows are well captured by the new camera.

Burst mode

On a trip through Patagonia, where most of the landscape is inert and motionless, simply altered by the weather, it was difficult to test the speed of the new iPhone’s burst shots as the photographer tells us, so he could only test it on a family photo.

Slow motion video

The new camera of the 5s reaches the same speeds as a GoPro: 120 frames per second in 720p , which really leaves us with impressive images. The ones that accompany this entry were taken with the SlowPro application.

Dynamic Range Processing

This is basically the ability to put more or less detail in lights and shadows , especially in photo editing: when we adjust the photo these little details -or defect- come out. As you can see, the sensor of the iPhone 5s wins after lightening the shadows.


The camera of the iPhone 5s gives an overview of each of the sections we have touched on. Referring to the speed of capture there is no delay at all when taking photos, it’s something instantaneous when you drop your finger on the screen. Even if you are capturing with HDR mode there is almost no time difference. You can see the rest of the images in high resolution on the Austin website.

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