You may have heard. . . Apple released a new iPhone last week. With every new iPhone release there comes a host of new features and technical advances. This release is no different. With a much improved f2.2 Apple designed sapphire (scratch resistant) lens, a 15% larger 8mp sensor, it’s a big step up. The fun doesn’t stop there. Using bigger pixels on the sensor provides better shots in low light situations. The true-tone dual flash greatly improves color accuracy. Burst mode provides rapid fire shots at 10 frames a second. And possibly coolest of all is the ability to shoot slow-motion in 720p at 120fps. I can see the slow-mo vine fails now.
As the devices in our hands become more and more powerful, journalists are no longer the only source for high quality news imagery. As we watched the flooding unfold on the front range of colorado last week, most of the more compelling imagery came from people on the ground with mobile devices. As this has become quite commonplace over the past decade, we’ve come to expect peer content as a news source. The advent of social media has given people both a voice and an audience. As mobile device cameras become higher and higher quality, the amateur is giving the professional a run for their money. May the most popular content win, by a jury of social peers, rated with likes and shares.