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Can an iPhone equal or replace an expensive digital camera?

Today, early March 2016, I received my new iPhone 6S Plus, which offers 12 megapixel stills and 4K video. I wanted to check what it could deliver, and it was a sunny day, so off I went to the local cemetery.

These are not straight out of the phone - I needed to resize them from their original 4032 pixels wide to something more manageable for my website, 1500 pixels. I did some minor adjustments, primarily darkening them a little, and just slightly warming a couple, which were a trifle cold. No sharpening was applied.

Verdict: at the size you can see them here, they are pretty damned good. At full size, they are impressive, but they fail toreach the quality of pics from my Pentax and its super duper 15mm wide angle lens. However, I always have my phone with me, and not necessarily a camera, and I would be perfectly happy to record moments on this phone.

In my hurry to get out I failed to really look at the settings, and since coming back I notice that you can select HDR as a setting. Checking this out, with and without HDR on, out of the kitchen window, it does seem to rein in the sky and lift the darkest shadows, so I will probably leave the HDR option permanently on.

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