iPhone 4S Camera Test

OK, here we go. These images have been imported from the phone into Lightroom, but have not been tweaked or twiddled with, so as to give a reasonable idea of what actually comes out of the camera. This is particularly good to know if you’re planning to post pictures from the device while you’re out and about…

Starting off in Saltwell Park, we have some ducks:

Ducks

Ducks

And some geese

Geese

Geese

Nice detail and reasonable exposure in both of these.

Crossing over to Newcastle, and here’s Grey’s Monument.

Grey's Monument

Grey's Monument

This is nice – it’s managed a good balance between the bright sky and sunlit buildings with the shadow areas.

And now here’s a frequently challenging subject – Central Arcade. There’s bright sunlight coming through the glass roof, bright lamps, and relatively dark tiles. But I think this image is quite acceptable:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

And now on to Bath Lane, where there’s the brightly reflective sculpture, sunlit stone walls, and some shadowed areas. And overall, this isn’t bad:

Bath Lane

Bath Lane

Nice exposure here, with the leaves in the foreground

Robert Sinclair

Robert Sinclair

Now here’s one where it struggled a bit – the sky at top left is burnt out, but it was very bright, with the sun not far out of frame. I’ve seen worse results than this from compact cameras under less challenging conditions

Discovery

Discovery

Most of these images could be improved with some minor editing, but they’re not too bad as they are. And with dimensions of 3264 x 2448, there’s plenty of scope for cropping to get a better picture.

So, yes. Seems like a nice camera, but we’ll have to see what it’s like when it’s not so sunny…