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iPhone 5s And Signs of Halloween in Taipei

By John Saboe | Taiwan

Oct 18
Halloween Old Downtown - Taipei - shot with the iPhone 5s

Halloween Old Downtown – Taipei – shot with the iPhone 5s

The New iPhone 5s

Yesterday I walked around the old downtown section of Taipei across from the train station. Halloween in Taipei is certainly not the commercial extravaganza that leads into the Christmas season in North America. However there are some signs that the ghosts and goblins will make a stop in Taiwan on October 31st. I thought it would be a good time to test out my new iPhone 5s’ iSight camera.

Shopping mall entrance - Zhongshan District - Taipei - shot with the iPhone 5s

Shopping mall entrance – Zhongshan District – Taipei – shot with the iPhone 5s

Normally I shoot all my images for this sight on a Nikon D800 with various professional zoom lenses. Very easy in this situation to discount point and shoot and mobile phone cameras. The iPhone 5s camera along with it’s counterparts are not going to replace professional cameras, lenses, and the creative features they are capable of producing. They definitely have a place in everyday use though and yes can even be used in professional applications as well.

Halloween in Taipei - Jason's Supermarket - Q Square - shot with the iPhone 5s

Halloween in Taipei – Jason’s Supermarket – Q Square – shot with the iPhone 5s

In the future I will give a more detailed review and assessment of the features the iPhone 5s iSight camera offers.

Store front in Taipei's old downtown section - shot with the iPhone 5s

Store front in Taipei’s old downtown section – shot with the iPhone 5s

I’ve always liked taking my iPhones with me on my travels. Their mobility alone is convenient. They’re also very stealth for street photography. The latest iPhone has a great new sensor with 8 megapixels. Some cool features including the ability to preview a shot with eight different filters and a smart groupings app that automatically sorts your photos by date and event. Video shooting features include slow motion and pinch to zoom which up until this model was only available for stills.

Store front in the old downtown - Taipei - shot with the iPhone 5s

Store front in the old downtown – Taipei – shot with the iPhone 5s

Unfortunately the iPhone 5s can’t replace my back breaking arsenal of lenses, D800, and Sony pro video camera, but I will continue to experiment and use it for appropriate situations. iPhone is the camera with the most uploads to date on Flickr. Amazing when you think about it. The iPhone right now is responsible for documenting more events than any other camera on the planet. Makes you wonder if this is what Steve Jobs envisioned. My guess is yes!

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I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.