As many have already said, the iPhone is a surprisingly good camera, on par with most high-end point-and-shoots. But on a recent trip to New York, I developed a new found appreciation for it and liken it closer to a quality 35mm. In particular, the iOS7 Panorama mode is actually quite incredible. And this is on a previous-gen iPhone5!

Panorama mode works by joining frames as you pan the camera left-to-right, with up to 180deg field of view. There are some artifacts that you wouldn’t get with a true panoramic lens (see the motion blur of rushing travelers in Grand Central Station). Yet the responsiveness was quick enough to not muddle the messages of the flashing screens in Times Square, and the ability to stitch the frames of Liberty Island despite the rolling of the boat is really quite amazing.

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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

 

9-11 Memorial, North Reflection Pool

9-11 Memorial, North Reflection Pool

 

9-11 Memorial, South Reflection Pool

9-11 Memorial, South Reflection Pool

 

Coney Island Beach

Coney Island Beach

 

Liberty Island, from Miss Liberty

Liberty Island, from Miss Liberty

 

NYC Skyline, from Miss Liberty

NYC Skyline, from Miss Liberty

 

Times Square, W46th

Times Square, W46th

 

Times Square, W45th

Times Square, W45th

 

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