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Is this the Death of the Point and Shoot

A detail shot of the RAW image from the iPhone 6s.

A detail shot of the RAW image from the iPhone 6s.

Apple announced a bunch of new stuff a little while back – the iPhone 7 series and a new iOS operating system. So what you ask? Well, that’s what I asked myself. I have an iPhone 6s and have been pretty impressed with the images it produced but now I am completely blown away. You see, I upgraded to iOS 10 and with it came the facility to shoot and edit RAW images, and this has changed everything!

We headed up to Geluksburg near Bergville in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa with some friends – Bruce and Sharon over the weekend. They have the same little adventure bike that we do – a Honda CRF250L – and the idea was to tackle some of the mountain passes there, most noticeably Bezuidenhouts Pass and the Sandspruit Pass, the former being quite a challenge. (We will post a detailed account of the trip on or Motorbike Safaris Blog in a day or two). This was supposed to be a fun trip so the heavy guns stayed safely at home while I used my iPhone and GoPro to record the action – both stills and movies.

To say that I’m absolutely stunned at the quality of the RAW images coming out of the iPhone would be an understatement. WOW! Look, it’s not Nikon D800 or Canon 5DsR quality but then no one would really expect this. But it is easily point and shoot camera quality. In you phone. That you always have with you…

The Bezuidenhout Pass near Geluksburg can be fairly daunting. This was shot on the iPhone 6s in RAW.

The Bezuidenhout Pass near Geluksburg can be fairly daunting. This was shot on the iPhone 6s in RAW.

A detail shot of the RAW image from the iPhone 6s.

A detail shot of the RAW image from the iPhone 6s.

I’m impressed. It would be really interesting to see how the iPhone 7 performs. Now let’s see… when does my contract come up for renewal?

I have no idea what other phones are like – Android and Windows. Please comment – would love to hear about your experience with your phone and what the image quality is like.

Photo Details: iPhone 6s. 4,5mm lens, ISO25and 1.1250 sec at f2,2.

Roger de la Harpe

1 Comment

  1. Bruce Houghting says:

    Hi Roger – it was a superb weekend away at Geluksburg doing something we probably wouldn’t have done had we known what lay ahead!
    As you know I am a fan of Sony cell phones. My current phone is a Sony Xperia M5 – not sure yet if I can capture RAW images (I’ll will check) but I have found the Jpeg images to be superb. I tend to use the camera on manual and set at either 16 or 21MP resolution, auto ISO and without a flash of any sort unless absolutely necessary. But I do agree with you – the images produced by your iPhone are quite amazing… As you’ve noted – are the days of the common or garden “point & shoot” camera numbered? All the best, cheers,
    Bruce

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