Source: Austin Mann
I look forward to these reviews every year and this years might be the best. Can’t wait too see how the ultra wide does in normal day to day situations.
Went to Legoland this week was more impressed with my iPhone XS in low light than I thought I’d be.
Any movement will punish you but if you can keep it steady then it was pretty impressive.
I haven’t got a Pixel to compare it to anymore but would have been a great way to test Night sight.
I love having my iPhone with me to take shots when I’m out and about but for me nothing beats my Canon 70D. I’m off work at the moment and out and about on day trips and been using it quite a lot. For me the thing I love the most about the Canon range is that for me they reproduce the colour that I remember seeing when I was there taking the shot.
We went to Cotswold Wildlife park yesterday and I did my normal iPad workflow. I took the SD card out of the camera and used the Apple SD Card dongle to impart the images onto my iPad Mini. These then get uploaded to iCloud Photo Library and I can access anywhere.
My editing app of choice is Darkroom. I edited the one above using my iPhone XS and exported as a fresh copy.
This combination of a great DSLR and a really portable iPad Mini works great for me. They both fit in my camera bag easily (Lowepro 22l hatchback) when I’m away on holiday and want to get images off the card for backup.
Do you manage photos via an iPad? What’s your workflow?
Another go a shooting pano vertically, shot on iPhone XS at Dyrham National Trust bear Bath.
This is probably old news to a lot of people but I’ve recently started to use Pano mode on my iPhone taking taller images instead of using them for landscapes.
Just turn the phone sideways and start the pano at the lowest point and then move right up to the sky.
Something weird happened when I got a replacement iPhone last week, smart HDR got better. I have no idea how this happened unless the last one had a fault in the camera module (in store diagnostics didn’t show any) but the first day I had the chance to take some pics at sunset I was the most impressed I’ve been with the XS.
These are straight off the camera with no edits.
This is the one that changed my mind, check out the reflection in the pond – to me it’s balanced everything perfectly.
Another area I noticed was in skin tone where it felt a bit flat before and somehow the skin colour looked almost doll like, all one tone. In the testing I’ve done this weekend out in restaurants and out and about outside with my family I’ve picked up on the fact that skin tones suddenly look normal again.
I’m not running a beta just the latest released iOS 12.
Anyone else experienced this?
I’ve tried to use my iPhone as much as possible as a point and shoot and been very inspired by this Reddit thread highlighting what you can do with an iPhone. What’s nice is that it shows with the right lighting you can get stunning shots with any iPhone, you should see some of the iPhone SE and 6 shots in there.
Hope you find some inspiration here like I have.
I’ve been playing with the Sony RX100 mark VI for a few days now and I have to say I’m conflicted. On the one hand it’s very portable and after spending some time getting to grips with the over complicated menu system I’m not sure if I’m keeping it.
I’m trying to balance strengths vs weaknesses and for my use I’m not seeing many benefits right now for the outlay of almost £1000.
Whilst auto focus is lightning quick and the zoom fast I just can’t get it to be as versatile as my Canon or even as good as my iPhone XS (or 7) at getting close for macro.
You can’t zoom in to get macro you need to be close but even when I do I’m struggling to get the clear shots I want.
Here’s a shot I really like and perfect for the blog but it took a lot of get and about as close as I can get.
These sort of shots aren’t clear to my eyes and I’m unsatisfied with them compared to something I’d do with my Canon 70D.
Replacing a smart phone and carrying a light and portable point and shoot then the Sony does well but if you’re looking for versatility then I’m struggling to justify keeping it.
Video is great, especially slow motion but I rarely shoot any.
As a travel camera then the Sony is great but as a day to day replacement for my Canon it’s just not going to fit the bill I don’t think.
So, I think that this camera is for someone who I looking for an amazing travel and holiday camera that has the budget to invest in a camera for just this purpose. For me I think I’m getting my money back and either looking for something cheaper or waiting until they come down in price in a sale. I’d be happy spending £600 on one but not £1000.
I’m not a huge fan of screen protectors on my phone or iPad but I always get them for my cameras. I did some experimenting and landed on the Ormy screen guard glass.
Fitting it was easy using the included dust removal sticker and just placing it on the camera. It probably helps that the camera is new so didn’t have much time to develop much gunk over time 😀.
Here’s it fitted, you can see it adds a little to the screen height but it’s hardly noticeable.