Buying a New Phone, and Want the Best Camera? iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5

A good comparison between the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5. There is a part in the beginning that’s about the speed of the processor, but after that it’s a good comparison between the cameras.

(Found on Feber, source: iTwe4kz on youtube)

Sony RX-100, test update

So, a few days more have gone by since I bought my Sony RX-100 as my new “carry-with-me-cam” and I must say I’m starting to really like this small friend of mine. Of course there are down sides, but overall it feels like a really good camera, price and size included in the comparison.

On the down sides… I still can feel a little bit frustrated about the time factor, since I’m used to faster cameras, and I sometimes struggle to find a good focus. I also find it hard to adjust some of the settings that’s usually found directly on buttons, instead of in menus. The later can be solved partially by attaching functionality to the buttons (like the fn-button).

Here are some new photos taken with the Sony RX-100. The photos are unedited if it doesn’t says other under each image, except for adding the text in the bottom. All photos are saved “for web” in Photoshop with an image width of 1200.

Last of all. This test isn’t a professional test where I compare this camera against 10 others. This is just my personal opinion about the Sony RX-100.

I hope you all have a great ending of this weekend, the last one before Christmas.

The first article “first thoughts” will be found here

© Pedro Hansson - Sony RX-100 - Test in low light conditions
© Pedro Hansson – Sony RX-100 – Test in low light conditions
© Pedro Hansson - Sony RX-100 - Test in low light conditions
© Pedro Hansson – Sony RX-100 – Test in low light conditions
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My current top iPhone Photo Apps

One of my first posts on this blog was about which iPhone Photo-apps I preferred. And since then I now and then have posted and reposted that list.

Instagram

(link to app-store) – From my previous post
If you like filters and sharing images with the rest of the world you’ll love Instagram (my nickname on Instagram is @pedrohansson). I’m surprised how creative and actually really beautiful images that are shared at Instagram. And many of those just using their iPhone (1) What I think separates Instagram from many other “filter-apps” is their strength as a company. You can feel the quality.


© Pedro Hansson – iPhone-Image using Instagram-app
Upplands Väsby Sweden

(1) A portion of the images at Instagram are shot with professional equipment

Perfectly Clear

One of the downsides with “phone-photo” is usually noise, and dealing with the small sensor. With this app I’ve rescued many images that sometimes get to dark, with to much noise, and so on.

It’s not a traditional photo app with ton’s of filters and picture bending operations, but it’s a great tool to use to enhance images.

© Pedro Hansson – Perfectly Clear

Camera+ 

Link to the company:

I think that almost everyone that’s interested in taking pictures with the iPhone have come across this app. In my opinion it’s one of the easiest out there to use, and it comes with quite a lot of features as well.

Here’s a youtube review of the app:

Snapseed

Link to the company: http://www.snapseed.com
Link to app-store: https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8

I downloaded Snapseed quite a long time ago (in technology terms) and I immediately liked the GUI. Professional and really easy to use at the same time. I can’t say that this app is the best in terms of amount of filters or in number of parameters you can change, but I think it’s one of the best apps in quality and GUI.

Startscreen in Snapseed

Photoshop Express 

(link to app store) – From my previous post
I guess Adobe don’t need any further presentation. In the image-industry they are one of the biggest, and the Photoshop-software have been around for quite awhile. With Photoshop Express you get one feature that I think is necessary if you’re keen on getting the noise out of your pictures, Noise Reduction (this feature is actually the single feature that I use in this app but Noise is almost always a problem when you’re using mobile phone cams so I use it on almost every pic I share).

Below you have the same picture, with and without the reduce noise function in Photoshop Express.


iPhone-image of Visby sunset without reduce noise function (Click image for large version)


Same picture as above, but now with reduce noise (Click image for large version)

A note to using this function is that, when you reduce noise, also loose details so the result will, as always, differ depending on what you want to show. Photoshop is free but you have to spend a few bucks on getting the Reduce Noise Function

Pro-HDR

Link to the company: http://www.eyeapps.com/Home.html
Link to app-store: link to App-store

One of the apps that I’m using the most. The iPhones built-in functionality for HDR is quite good but this app is so far ahead in terms of control and image quality. If you don’t know what HDR is and are interested in getting some new ideas for your photographic session I suggest that you look into it. In short HDR is using several exposures (over- and under exposed) to create one image. By using several exposures you can use the lighter information in the under exposed image and vice versa. HDR-apps can also being used for creating motion and ghost-like effects.

Another side-effect with HDR is that you can find colors that otherwise aren’t possible due to over- and under exposure-difficulties.

A side effect of using two images is that you need keep the camera absolute still, otherwise you get some blurry effects.


© Pedro Hansson – iPhone HDR-image of
South Kensington Station in London

I hope you can use some of the app-tips above. Happy for comments. What is your best photo-app and how do you use it?

PhotoToaster

Link to the company: http://www.eastcoastpixels.com/cgi-bin/product.php?p=4
Link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phototoaster-photo-editor/id433671262?mt=8

This is, together with ProHDR and Photoshop Express the photoapp I’m using the most. I started off with using the “junior-version” but upgraded to the full version later. What I really enjoy with PhotoToaster is that it has some really nice filters to enhance the picture without making them look “too funky”. Focus on many of the filters are almost like a pre-set Photoshop app.

© Pedro Hansson – photo of Piteå City Church in PhotoToaster JR

Powercam

Link to the company: http://powercam.wondershare.com
Link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powercam/id453180850?mt=8

The last app on this list is PowerCam. This is app that I only use when I wan’t to do Tilt-shift images. With Tilt-shift I don’t just mean the effect when things will look like a miniature world. I use it more frequently when I wan’t a nice bokeh (from Wikipedia: the blur,or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image). This app does that better than any of the other I’ve tried on the market.

© Pedro Hansson – Photo taken at Liffeys in Stockholm with PowerCam

iPhone used at some parts of the movie “The Avengers”!

As some of you have found out I’m a quite heavy user of using my phone as a camera, but this was a true surprise. Seamus McGarvey, the man behind the movie “The Avengers” now reveals that some shots in the movie actually was made with… an Iphone!

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