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iPhone 5S v iPhone 5 video review

We demo the iPhone 5S additions to see if it's worth the upgrade
Tue Oct 29 2013, 14:20

GADGET DESIGNER Apple's iPhone 5S makes subtle additions to the popular smartphone rather than major overhauls. In this video, we put the iPhone 5S head to head against its predecessor, the iPhone 5, to see if it's worth the upgrade.

Of the key differences, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is one of the major changes. Touch ID adds an extra layer of security by locking the device with your fingerprint, meaning data can't go astray if your iPhone 5S is lost or stolen.

Apple has also added a few features to the iPhone 5S camera. The firm has increased the sensor pixel size of the 8MP camera by 15 percent to 1.5 microns, which along with the f/2.2 aperture is designed to let more light and colour into images. The iPhone 5S also has a dual-LED flash designed to apply exactly the right colour combination to your photo's subject.

Our favourite additions to the camera are the Burst and Slo-Mo modes. Burst lets you hold down the shutter button and take 10 shots per second, so you can then pick the best photo.

Slo-Mo lets you shoot video at 120 frames per second at 720p, then choose a section to slow down to a quarter of that speed. For example, you could film somebody jumping from a window, or running down the street, and slow down a section to highlight their movement, or a car driving towards you, and then slow it down to see the passengers in detail.

There's also a faster A7 processor, and the M7 coprocessor, which analyses data from various motion sensors to better preserve battery life, among other benefits. µ


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