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iPhone 5S camera impresses NatGeo photographer

Highly-regarded American photojournalist and National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson, has recently set out to the Scottish Highlands to take picture of its beautiful scenery using only the iPhone 5S. Check out what he came up with and what he thinks about the handset’s 8MP camera after the break.


In today’s standard, an 8-megapixel rear camera on a smartphone may appear sub-standard, especially when pitted against the likes of the Lumia 1020. But one can make the argument that there’s more to a camera than pixel count and Jim Richardson came to prove that through his snaps like the one above.

Here are other pictures that Jim took using the iPhone 5S:

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Note: All of these pictures were taken from Jim Richardson’s Instagram account. Follow him on Instagram @ jimrichardsonng.

After snapping away some 4000 shots in four days, here’s what Jim Richardson has to say with the iPhone 5S:

“What surprised me most was that the pictures did not look like compromises. They didn’t look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone. They just looked good.”

As world-renowned photographer Chase Jarvis once said, the “best camera is the one that you have with you”. That said, don’t let the lack of high-end camera limit you from taking good pictures and I bet that, with proper technique and a keen eye for details, you too can pull off beautiful snaps using your mobile phone.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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26 Responses

  1. indian says:

    nasa indian talaga wala sa pana

  2. evollove says:

    You misspelled Lumia 1020 with IPhone 5s.

  3. Miss Call says:

    What more if he used the Nokia 1020?

  4. Berkanoshow says:

    Too bad National Geographic actually promotes Nokia 1020 more. They even had Stephen Alvarez go to even more places to take pictures and have a dedicated microsite for it..


    Why didn’t you feature this?

  5. Jack says:


  6. abuzalzal says:

    ”They just looked good.”

    Oh yeah? Not to take anything away from the photographer, he is good but…

    Those are HEAVILY post-processed! Parang sinagad na yung mga level sliders sa Lightroom a hehe

  7. mang kan0r says:

    maganda ito para sa min ni jill rose

  8. Abdul Jakul says:

    mukhang na photoshop na eh..

    • abuzalzal says:

      Tama ka tukayo

      The deep blues and teal-ish greens are a dead giveaway

      Somehow the photographer implies that you can indeed get these shots straight from the iPhone without even breaking a sweat to post-process it.

    • Tata says:

      ….mayroon din kasing mgandang built photo editor ang iphone5s like sony… and I belib, from iphone nilod nia mina sa macbook for more post processing, at alam niu nman loaded ang macbook pgdating sa photo editor software… den post…
      In fairness un din nman kasi ginagawa ko sa iphone ko den to my macbook.. den finali post.. ..so yes, fair ang comment na inedit.. and yes too… lhat po nman kasi ng magazine ay heavily enhanced at edited.. pra magmukhang mganda ung medyo d mganda… like ung mukha at katawan halimbawa tanggalin ang tigidig or freckles or andaming nunal nia or tapyasan ng taba or lakihan ang bumpers nia or patangusin ilong nia or kaltasan ang baba, esp sa mga models…dats bisnez… And kya nga may software hehehe.

  9. CopyCat-droid says:

    I take the word of NAT GEO photo experts.

  10. Lourraine says:

    For sure a lot of Apple haters will come up with palusots why the photos look good. And maybe accuse Jim Richardson as a social climber. Well, that’s what they do. Poor taste, bad attitude.

  11. wew says:

    lol gandang ganda na siya sa iPhone 5S, eh pano pa kaya pag tinesting nya ang lumia 1020?hahaha baka sambahin na nya to lol =))))

  12. Kami says:

    ang pait lang mga comments.

    lagi nalang ganito. hohoho.

    hindi naman sinabi nung photographer na best phone cam yung iphone 5S, and most most all kinompeyr yung lumia 1020 at niyurakan. I THINK, WALA NAMAN NAGCOCONTEST SA PROWESS NG LUMIA 1020.

    its just so happen, iphone 5S yung natripan nyang gamitin.

    i bet if android phone yung ginamit dito, alang issue. tsk tsk tsk.


    • wew says:

      bakit wala namang kaming sinasabi na pangit camera ng iphone 5s ah…cinompare lang namin siya sa lumia 1020 na may pinakamagandang camera na nasa isang samrtphone kasi kung ung 5s nga naimpress sya we are sure na mas maiimpress siya sa lumia 1020….UN LANG

  13. abdulsalsal says:

    biglang dumami photo experts dito lol. nakakatawa lng

  14. BASILYO says:


  15. Bartolo Clon says:

    Another marketing strategy na naman ng iphone. Gumamit pa ng national geographic photographer, haha. LG G2 lang ang na pinakamalupit na camera sa telepono ngayon, may OIS, kahit pasmado kamay mo walang blurring sa image. Super linaw talaga, para kang naka-SLR.

  16. benchmark says:

    Sa tingin ko, makikita talaga ang galing ng isang picture/photographer eh kung gumamit sya ng OLD SCHOOL na camera na de-film at walang screen to preview the photo.

    Doon mo naman makikita talaga kung maganda ang kuha, wala yung mga built-in na nagpapaganda sa picture di ba? As in totally RAW ang pictures.

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