Every year we can see the best photos taken with an iPhone thanks to the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) and 2021 is no different. The IPPA unveiled its winners for this year yesterday, and they are all stunning photos. But most notable is the fact that few of the winners were hired with the latest hardware. In fact, one was taken with an iPhone 5s.
Yes, on the iPhone 5s. Since 2013. And the resulting image is impressive. You would definitely have believed me if I told you it was taken with an iPhone 12 Pro, that’s for sure.
See what I mean?
I find it quite amazing, really. In fact, very few of the winners used anything that came close to the best iPhone for photography: the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
What might surprise you is that out of 54 winning shots, only seven were taking the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, proving that you don’t need the best iPhone available to take stunning photos – one was even taken with an iPhone 5s!
Flipping through the winners, we see some iPhone X devices. An iPhone 7 produced a blast and some photos of the iPhone XR look great too. But let’s remember for a moment the camera that is on that iPhone 5s.
Moving on to 2013 Rene Ritchie:
For general photography, the iPhone 5s camera performs excellently, as expected. It’s the same 8-megapixel count as last year’s iPhone 5, but the new Image Signal Processor (ISP) in the Apple A7 chipset manages to better balance hue and saturation and produce truer color. The shutter speed is impressive too. Where before you would take the photo and then wait to see how much you could count before the animation finished and your photo was saved, now you take a photo, the screen flashes and it is saved. It’s so fast that sometimes I don’t even realize it has happened and I end up shooting again. A lot of that is thanks to the new interface in iOS 7, but part of that is the A7 chipset. For example, it makes focusing faster. Apple claims 2x. It is difficult to measure, but it is appreciable. That whole chain from “I want to take a picture” to the picture being taken, that rush to shoot, feels better every step of the way.
Oh so the humble iPhone 5s actually has the same camera hardware as the iPhone 5. Since 2012. That was nine years ago!
We’ve always known that iPhones have taken great photos, but seeing such old cameras doing such great things, when compared to something like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, is fascinating. Apple surely never expected an iPhone 5s to win photography awards in 2021 and I’m sure it would love for the iPhone 12 cameras to do the same in 2029. Will they? We’ll have to wait nine years to find out, but the fact that it’s something we’re talking about potentially Happening is crazy.
But I wouldn’t want to bet against him!