While I was out biking, I tried taking some photos with my new iPhone. Here are the results of my first iPhone picture shoot. My conclusions appear below this slide show.
[These thoughts written on March 22, after using the iPhone for taking photos for 1 month.]
The iPhone has has a mediocre camera which can still be used effectively if you take into considerations it strengths and weaknesses -- and if you use some of the neat apps that have been developed to work with the iPhone camera.
Because of it's fixed length, fixed focus lens and relatively slow speed sensor, you have to plan your shots carefully. It does best, as do most cameras is outdoor settings where there is lots of light. And, you have to hold the camera very still -- something that is made worse because there is no viewfinder to rest against your head. Colors are not always registered true.
There are a couple of great apps for producing interesting iPhone pictures. One I have does a decent job of both taking and stitching together panoramas. Another allows you to make most of the photo black and white and have the subject of the photo in color -- very dramatic. Another app uses the motion sensor in the iPhone to wait until the camera is still before taking the photo.
The iPhone is never going to be thought of as a great camera, not even a great point and shoot camera. But, you can get some interesting shots from it if you work with its strengths (it's always with you) and compensate for its weaknesses. Here are some of the better shots that I have taken.