iPhone Photos Top Digital Camera

iPhone Photo

Digital Camera Photo

Most cameras, including digital SLRs, do not have the high dynamic range (HDR) capability. This feature, which is included in the recently reviewed Casio Exilim ZR-10, gives cameras the ability to combine multiple photos to produce one perfectly exposed photo that includes detail in the sky and the shadows. A similar feature is available with the iPhone through third-party apps, including Pro HDR.

The photo of the Cologne Cathedral above and to the left was taken with my iPhone. The photo below and to the right was taken with a digital camera that does not  include HDR. Which do you prefer? The digital camera photo may have more detail, but the iPhone is far more dramatic. More dramatic wins every time.

There are certainly situations, such as low light, when the digital camera will win every tim, but in this example where there is plenty of light, the iPhone comes out on top.

I recognize that there are special programs available for the PC or Mac that use special algorithms to combine multiple photos. The problem is that these programs require you to shoot multiple photos to begin with and then require a computer process to combine the photos. Not many people are willing to go through this amount of effort. The iPhone , on the other hand, is simple and easy-to-use, and it automatically does the work for you.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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