During his latest trip to Scotland, National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson snapped over 4,000 photos using his new iPhone 5s. And he had nothing but good things to say about the smartphone and its camera.

In a Nat Geo blog post, Richardson shared some thoughts on using the device, noting that what surprised him most was picture quality. He never felt like he was settling for photos because he was using a mobile phone…

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

“With intense use (I’ve made about 4,000 pictures in the last four days) I’ve discovered that the iPhone 5S is a very capable camera. The color and exposures are amazingly good, the HDR exposure feature does a stunningly good job in touch situations, the panorama feature is nothing short of amazing—seeing a panorama sweeping across the screen in real time is just intoxicating. Best of all it shoots square pictures natively, a real plus for me since I wanted to shoot for Instagram posting.”

Perhaps just as interesting is that the blog post was brought to light by Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller. Schiller tweeted out a link to Richardson’s post along with the caption: ‘iphoneography.’

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Phil has been very active on Twitter this year, tweeting out a link to an Android malware study asking users to “be safe out there.” And more recently, he linked to an ArsTechnica report calling out Samsung’s benchmark “shenanigans.”

But back to the iPhone 5s. Although it retains the same 8-megapixel sensor from previous iPhone models, the 5s camera features several upgrades. And it has thus far been praised by reviewers for its ability to capture low-light photos.

To see more of Richardson’s photos, click here. To learn more about iPhoneography and how to take better photos with your iPhone, click here.

  • RarestName

    I’d like to see him tweet about the faulty sensor calibrations the iPhone 5s has.

    • Kamal Ahmad

      I bet you’re one of those stupid fandroids who are always looking for problems in the iPhones, and Don’t look at the good things about it.

      • RarestName

        One halfs call me an iSheep, and the other half calls me a Fandroid. This is getting interesting.

        Anyway, I am interested in upgrading from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5s. I often use Google Maps to navigate myself, so I find the compass issue huge.

      • Kamal Ahmad

        It’s only on some iPhones, I think. Because of the motion coprocessor there are some cool things you can do, suppose I were to get out of my car and start walking, it’ll automatically switch to walking mode.

        iPhone 5S is also quite good for gaming, and photogrpahy.

      • RarestName

        Yeah, I really hope that there will be a calibration update. It’s the only issue that I see on the iPhone 5s.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        You do know the compass issue won’t affect Google Maps, right? It uses GPS, where as the Compass uses an actual compass sensor. Besides, even if the compass issue actually did affect Google Maps, it’s only off by a few degrees. Due to the auto-correcting parts of the software, it would never actually send you in the wrong direction (north instead of south or even east instead of north).

        Don’t worry about it, Google Maps on the 5s will be just as accurate, if not more so, than Google Maps on your 4S.

      • RarestName

        I walk a lot and in Google Maps, there’s a compass mode where it shows you where you’re facing.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        Fair point. Are you walking in areas without roads? As long as you’re walking somewhere with roads, Google Maps should be able to tell you which way you’re facing based on your movement.

      • RarestName

        I usually walk on pavements (sidewalks).The country that I live in is relatively packed with blocks of flats (apartments) and sometimes the compass mode helps with locating the location of a specific building.

      • Mahjikk

        The direction in which you go (if you tap the arrow thing twice) or where the arrow is pointing is set by the Compass. The location is set by GPS, the direction you’re facing is set by the compass sensor. I know because I use Gmaps on the 5s. It tells me I’m looking straight when I’m looking left. The 5 doesn’t do that.

      • Mahjikk

        It’s not “looking for a problem” if you’re using a maps application and it points you in the wrong direction, or you actually try to use the compass as a compass, which I think is the point. The iPhone is a pretty solid phone but for a company that always tauts “perfection”, it gets irritating when an older version of my phone is better. But what truly pisses me off is when an Apple genius claims my problem as being “within spec” when it clearly is a problem. i.e., flickering screens, scratches, and now the calibration issue. But apple “fans” take the cake. Easily offended and so full of them selves. I focus on the product, not the brand; so if it doesn’t meet my expectations (or the expectations the company set itself) then I have every right to be mad about it and complain. Complaining about an issue doesn’t make you a fan of a competing company, and guess what, the world isn’t only just black and white. Sorry, just came back from an Apple Store /rant.

    • Maxim∑

      Stop trying to change the topic of the article this was about the camera, not about the sensors on the iPhone.

    • Ted Forbes

      I am sure its software issue, they are not done with iOS7 fixes yet. The iPhone 5s camera is undeniably superb.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Why would he do that? If a sensor is faulty then so be it. Just take it back and get a replacement device or repair since the device will still be within its warranty period…

      • RarestName

        To address whether Apple has officially acknowledged the fault with the iPhone 5s. Up till now, we’re not 100% sure whether it’s a software or hardware bug. A confirmation would be good.

        Also, the original thread on MacRumors also include comments saying that replacement sets were no better than the original ones. Most of them were faulty. Even the display sets were faulty.

  • Guest

    @kokhean:disqus I bet you’re one of those stupid fandroids who are always looking for problems in the iPhones, and Don’t look at the good things about it.

  • Tom Brady

    I am losin patience waiting for mine to come

  • Schmitt

    The article is incorrect. The sensor in the 5s is entirely new. It shares the same number of megapixels with previous generations, but is physically larger. Meaning, among other things, that the actual photosites are larger and can capture more light without increasing the charge to the sensor. This improves the quality of image capture across the the entire range of shooting situations, from low light to color accuracy.

    • iThinkergoiMac

      That’s exactly what I came here to say. It retains the same resolution, but not the same sensor.

  • felixtaf

    Great pics… Its not all about the camera, its about the photographer too…

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  • bigtalk

    yeah the 5S camera is the best cell phone camera …. nokia is dead so their camera with a phone built in does not count/…lol