iPhone Camera: How Do Past iPhone Cameras Compare?

iphone 5 photo Rumored

Supposed iPhone 5 photo

The iPhone 5 is rumored to have an  8MP camera, which will provide a much higher photo resolution than past iPhone models.

Today, an image surfaced, and it’s rumored to be from an iPhone 5. Supposedly, the photo claims that the image was from an iPhone 4, but website, Pocketnow took a look at the EXIF data and found that it was cropped and actually came from a larger image than was claimed. The original is said to be 3264×2448, which would make it just about 8MP.

Also interesting about the image is that the lens was record as a 4.3mm f/2.4. Larger than the iPhone 4’s 3.85mm f/2.8. This is something that Pocketnow says puts the lens closer to a point-and-shoot camera lens. Further research shows, based on the GPS location data,that the photo was shot around Apple HQ at 1 Infinite Loop. Adding to this all? The photo was removed from Flickr. It’s also worth noting that Apple employees get awesome lunches.

For comparison’s sake, we’ve put together an image composed of photos taken from past iPhone models  overlaid on top of each other. We also got the supposed iPhone 5 photo and added a border to represent an 8MP image size. They are all actual size (click on image for full-size) so their relative size to each other is accurately represented. Looking at it gives you a real idea of how much the iPhone camera has changed over the years.

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iPhone - 2MP - 1600x1200

iPhone 3G - 2MP - 1600x1200

iPhone 3GS - 3MP - 2048x1536

iPhone 4 - 5MP - 2592x1936

iPhone 5 (Unconfirmed) - 8MP - 3264x2448 


More Thoughts

It’s important to keep in mind that megapixel count isn’t everything. It means that the image is larger. The major factors in image quality are the lens and the sensor. Still, the iPhone 4 camera was rather nice, and it seems that the iPhone 5 camera will be just as nice, at least for point-and-shoot purposes, which is what most of us use it for anyway.


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