I’m testing the new Olympus XZ-1 (report coming soon) and enjoying the creative possibilities of this high end digital compact, but bemoaning its miserably poor battery life. I’m currently in Washington DC attending meetings with the elected Massachusetts delegation and, as tends to be the case in DC, photo ops abound… particularly now as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Reaching for the XZ-1, I was surprised and disappointed to see that the battery life had depleted, leaving me only with my trusty iPhone 4 to capture images. One of the nice features of the iPhone 4 is that you can shoot in HDR mode. Readers of 2 Guys Photo know that I’m a fan of high dynamic range photography and so am glad to be able to tap the on screen HDR button on the phone’s camera to enable the capability. I don’t know whether the iPhone actually merges multiple renditions of a photo (with software induced variable exposures), which seems pretty unlikely, or just simply employs technical wizardry to mimmic the effect. Either way, I’ve been pleased with the ability to pull details out of shadows… but not so pleased with the artificial, cartoon-like appearance of some of the images.
The two photos below illustrate. The first was in “normal” mode and the second in the iPhone 4’s HDR mode. Which do you like better?
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