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Re: Camera quality
In my opinion this second pic is along the lines of acceptable. Like Sean mentioned, it is not that difficult to take a bad shot whether accidental or simply due to ignorance in photography (not by any means referring to you or anyone as ignorant). There are many times where I will snap several of the same photo just to be sure one is acceptable. Sometimes the focus is lost before snapping, or the angle of the camera throws off the lighting, or a last second shake of the hand. There are many variables that can throw off a picture. Remember also to keep expectations reasonable. While the camera on the iphone 5 is arguably the best cell phone camera short of Nokias, it is still a cell phone camera with a limited sensor, LED flash, etc. But I think that is one of the things you are doing here, getting a better understanding of what you can/should expect.
Originally Posted by HafMan
In the sticky section ( http://forums.imore.com/iphone-5-for...ne-5-here.html ) there is a thread where many have uploaded pictures taken with their iphone 5. That will also give you an idea of what the camera is capable of. Remember, keep the lens clean, tap to focus, steady hand, utilize HDR if the situation calls for it, experiment to see if flash helps or hinders a shot, move the focal point of the pic slightly in different directions to see if it helps or hinders (the light sensor will adjust to the natural lighting of the scene), etc.