iPhone 4 Food Porn Photos

Let’s face it, the cameras on the last generation iPhones are rather unsatisfactory.  With the camera on the new iPhone 4 being touted as a vast improvement over the previous generation’s, would it be robust enough for taking casual food porn photos?  Let’s find out.

I dined out at quite a few places for the last few days and I tried to capture as many pictures as I could without being utterly offensive towards my dining companions.  All pictures have not been retouched and flash was turned off. Click on the picture to see the original.

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Breakfast at a local diner.  Indoor lighting and slight natural sunlight shining through the windows.

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Beef Bowl from Chipotle.  In door lighting and slight natural sunlight

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Chirashi from Joy Yee Plus.   Indoor lighting and filtered sunlight.  Colors look a bit overly saturated, but it does make the dish pop out.

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Octopus Confit from Blackbird. Indoor lighting and filtered sunlight.  There’s a tad of overexposure on the upper right hand corner of the picture.

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Daikon and Beef Brisket from Chi Cafe.  Indoor lighting.  There’s a slight yellow tinge to the picture.

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French Toast and Fruit from Chi Cafe.  Indoor lighting, less yellow tint as I moved the dish towards the fluorescent wall light.

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Beef Brisket and Rice from Tasty City.  Indoor lighting.  There is a strong yellow hue over the picture.  I could see the camera was having some trouble trying to auto-balance the white.

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Homemade Oxtail and Rice from my apartment.  Direct sunlight.  There is a bit of overexposure on the rice, but the oxtail itself looks great.

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Falafel from Rezas.  Overcast skies, subtle indoor lighting.  Again, some overexposure towards the left of the picture.  I tried to get a closer shot, but the camera was struggling to focus on the subject.

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Kabob and Rice from Rezas.  Overcast skies, subtle indoor lighting.  All in all, a good picture, considering the lighting conditions.

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Kabob Macro Shot.  Overcast skies, subtle indoor lighting.  The camera decided to focus on everything but the center.  The upper quarter of the picture is much sharper than the middle portion of the picture, even though the focus bracket was on the middle piece of meat.

Verdict: The quality of the pictures have greatly improved over the last generations’ iPhone cameras.  However, with the absence of image stabilization, the slightest shake will cause motion blur.  There seems to be slight over exposure when objects are taken up close under direct sunlight, especially if there is a lot of white in the framed subject.  Indoor pictures without sunlight-aided lighting seem to have a white balance issue as many pictures ended up with a yellow hue.  Pictures seem to perform best under a combination of indoor lighting and filtered sunlight.   The camera has some struggles with close subjects.  Focusing on the nearest subject for macro shots can be hit or miss.  All in all, not too shabby, and some imperfections can be corrected with image editing software.  Some sort of customization to change the aperture and shutter speed would’ve been nice as well.  Not a bad backup to use in case I forget to bring my S90 along.

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