Classic car, house, falling leaves...

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by dalethorn, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Like my other recent images, this was taken with the iPhone-Cortex app, but in this case the content is on-the-street rather than 1/2 mile away across a swamp. I think this image illustrates the potential of this camera app better than the others, especially since it didn't require a tripod.

    iPhone 6s-plus, handheld braced, Cortex app.
    Charleston_Downtown43_s.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm staunchly in the "cameras are for taking photos - and telephones are for making phone calls" camp. But this photo makes me want to sell all my cameras. I really should.... I never even pick them up anymore.
     
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The worst part is that this is from a man that owns a Leica Q.
     
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  4. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    I did some side-by-sides today - maybe post later. The Q has certain advantages, such as being able to capture its images of representative quality handheld, where the camera app needs some stability by bracing it or using a support. The Q does most foliage far better, but urban images seem about the same, although again, quick street shooting favors the Q. One area the camera app, or probably more specifically the iPhone 6/6s does much better is OOC colors - you'd need some RAW processing to pull as good of colors out of the Q.
     
  5. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    I think having a good pocket camera handy as a backup is always good. Something with a fold-flat lens like the Nikon Coolpix A - that's a camera I love, although when I can get another camera the same size with an f2 or faster lens, I'll be on it stat!
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I wonder if this is the first Leica vs. iPhone comparison on the forum.
     
  7. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Not so far - I'll have that up in a bit. There are some surprises there, but even then, the Leica Q single image still has more detail - especially with foliage, than a 25-image merge from the iPhone. So anyway, it's interesting.
     
  8. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    First, the comparison of the 25 or so merged frames from the Cortex phone app to the single JPEG-only Leica Q image. The lighting changed slightly between these exposures, but not enough to change the essentials. The foliage and grass etc. with the Leica Q are obviously way better, while the brick pattern on the background building is much closer, still favoring the Q. But I think the phone does color much better, at least when comparing to the Q's JPEG-only images. I resized the Q image down slightly to where the building was the same height as the phone's building, then cropped each to get the approximate same perspective. This also favored the Q, very slightly.

    The bridge was brighter overall in this image than in the previous image (with the wispy fog above the bridge), and so there's much less noise and also better detail.

    iPhone 6s-plus, tripod, Cortex app.
    Test49_Iphone6sp_Cortex_s.

    Leica Q typ 116, handheld braced, shot as JPEG only.
    Test49_Leica_Q116_s.

    iPhone 6s-plus, tripod, Cortex app.
    Charleston_Bridge34b_s.
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    OK, I hadn't realized that this was a composite image coming from the iPhone. Do you hand hold it?
     
  10. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    It can be hand held with good results - I did a couple that way, but I got more consistent results by turning off the "remove motion blur" option and supporting it instead. Either way you go, moving objects like people will blur, and foliage in the wind can be a problem.