More on iPhone's Camera

by Charlie Miller

In my first post about my new iPhone, I wrote that I wasn’t interested in uploading its photos to Aperture. Now that I’ve had a few days to explore my new gadget, I’ve started using its camera, so I decided to give Aperture a second look as a tool for managing my iPhone photos.

Getting your images from your iPhone into Aperture is as easy as you would expect: simply connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch Aperture. The Import Panel will slide down immediately and you’ll be able to preview your photos right off the iPhone — the same way you would with your other cameras. Choose which photos you want to import, add metadata, and import.

I wanted to see how good (or bad) the iPhone’s image quality is, so I took some shots side by side with my Canon Rebel XTi. I created a new Project in Aperture named “iPhone Test” and I imported all the photos. I created two Smart Albums within the Project, one for each camera’s photos. To do this, I created a new Smart Album and on the Query HUD that appears, I clicked the “+” icon to add EXIF as a new criterion. Then I was able to choose “Camera Model is” and type my camera model into the field.


The iPhone’s photos are JPEGs at 1600px x 1200px and range in size from around 100KB to 500KB, depending on the amount of compression used. And the results? Pretty impressive actually. I’ll echo what many others are saying about the iPhone’s camera: when the light is good and your subject is still, the camera takes surprisingly good snapshots. With low light or moving subjects, the results are less impressive. I’m including some sample photos for comparison below.

Canon Digital Rebel XTi (f/6.3, 1/400, ISO100)

iPhone — good light, good photo

Canon Digital Rebel XTi (f/1.8, 1/30, ISO1600)

iPhone — lower light, mediocre photo


2007-07-08 08:50:46
Charlie, thanks for posting this test. It's quite helpful. What surprised me about the iPhone was its inability to make any adjustments at all while shooting with the camera. Even my little SE W810i has white balance, low light, self timer, etc. The good news, IMHO, is that some of these capabilities might be added with software updates in the future. For more information, you can read my review of the iPhone camera.
2007-07-10 15:19:16
What sort of lens were you using on the Canon? Also
2007-07-10 15:33:56
Armando- lens is a Canon 28mm/1.8.
2007-07-20 15:00:42
is that your teddy bear?