Go here to Apple’s website and see a slideshow of unretouched photos taken by the iPhone 4S. As a photography enthusiast myself, I am blown away by the quality of these images. Usually tiny phone-sized sensors imply limited dynamic range — i.e. blown-out highlights and muddy black shadows — and poor color accuracy. Not here. These photos look better than those produced by most compact cameras. Thing is, with the iPhone 4S, you get the nice camera plus, umm, the PHONE and MUSIC PLAYER and MAPPING DEVICE and COMPUTER — for just a bit more than you’d pay for a dedicated Nikon or Canon point-and-shoot camera. Assuming photos of this quality can be regularly reproduced by independent reviewers, it’s unclear how long camera makers can continue to compete against Apple for this market. Technical details about the camera from Apple here.
[UPDATE: I deleted the sample that originally appeared here, because the process of uploading it to the blog compromised the quality. So check out the original at the link above.)