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IPhone 3GS Camera Improvements

Focal Selection from the iPhone 3GS

Nikon D200

There is no huge advantage when jumping from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS. The fact that you can get a subsidized 3G iPhone for $99 is very attractive for most people and I would have no hesitation recommending people explore that direction when considering an iPhone.  While the advantages may be slight to the average user, they still mark a healthy improvement in areas that needed attention.

The camera is something I use every day, for a multitude of reasons. For myself has become one of the most important features of this device. Given the choice I would carry the SLR around everywhere, as there is no replacement for it’s quality. I can’t have the SLR all of the time so I fall back onto the iPhone to at least capture the moment.

Being able to take close up pictures,  under 12 inches away, was a huge disadvantage until this new phone. I found myself trying to take pictures of device serial numbers, peoples business cards and anything else I just wanted to remember. The pictures were out of focus and typically illegible.
The new iPhone 3GS addresses this challenge and then some.
nutrition photo testHaving the ability to choose the focal region in the shot and have it not only focus, but also adjust white balance and light settings, makes a world of difference. When the entire area is in the same focal length the camera automatically focuses. Perfect for capture business cards and documents and I

plan on using it to record my receipts. When the area covers a larger focal region, choosing that focal area ensures the picture is focused on what you intend.

Not only does the focus changes to the selected region, but it also adjusts white balance and aperture.  Previously taking pictures at dusk, I would have to point the phone down to adjust for the darkness in

White Balance at Dusk

White Balance at Dusk

the yard, then pull up abruptly to take the picture of the sky.  Otherwise the entire silhouette of the yard would be black as the brightness of the sky took over.  With the iPhone 3GS, selecting the area of the yard as the focal area, it handles this automatically, without having to trick the lens into what is happening.

The camera upgrades for myself were worth the expense, but I average 10-15 pictures on the phone a day.  If you are a casual user, this expense may not be worth the extra cost of the 3GS.

Golisano Building at Rochester Institute of Technology

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