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The iPhone 5c is a little heavier than the sub-4-ounce 5s and doesn't claim the premium pedigree of its metallic sibling, which comes in gold, silver or space gray. To me, the 5s is the iPhone to have (if you've got room in your budget), even though I consider the additions to the hardware to be more evolutionary than revolutionary. But that doesn't mean you won't appreciate them.
Here's a closer look at new features on the iPhone 5c, 5s and iOS 7.
While the 8-megapixel camera in the 5c is very good, the shooter in the 5s is the one to brag about. It, too, is an 8-megapixel camera, but the pixels are larger, among other improved optics, resulting in excellent pictures.
Of course, there's vibrant competition among camera phones nowadays, and companies such as Samsung, HTC and Nokia, among others, can already claim "been there, done that" with features Apple is just getting around to.
One fancy feature in the 5s is a burst mode that lets you snap up to 10 pictures a second and up to 999 in a single burst, terrific for shooting action. You can keep each snap if you want, but the iPhone helps you prune the selection by suggesting the best photos. But other devices, including Samsung's Galaxy S4, also let you take a burst of shots on the quick.
Another feature in the 5s, auto image stabilization, can help a photographer compensate for the shakes, by combining into one the best of four images. It works in video, too. You can also shoot slow-motion videos in the 5s and determine which part of the video to play in slow-mo -- this, too, we've seen in other phones.
One thing not seen elsewhere is the True Tone flash system in the 5s. It is based on two flashes working in tandem to determine the intensity and best combination of flashes. I got generally lovely results taking flash photos, though I noticed it sometimes took an extra second or so before the camera actually took a picture. (continued...)
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