We were told that the iPhone 5 does better under lowlight conditions than the iPhone 4S. We decided it was worth testing that out. We had a dimmer in the room and took the same photo three times under the same conditions. First, a photo with the dimmer set at 100 percent brightness–in other words, a fully-lit room. Then at 50 percent, and a final photo was taken at 25 percent.
Here are the results.
As a note. We resized the images to fit the blog formatting, but we did not adjust colors or brightness, nor did we crop photos. Aside from resizing, they are as they come from the handsets. They are scaled exactly the same, so any changes should reflect on both:
Dimmer at 100%
Most immediately notable are the perfume bottles seem to have a bit more of a brownish golden color and the ruler’s details are a bit nicer.
Dimmer at 50%
The iPhone 5 seems to be better at picking up foreground and background objects a bit more clearly here. Most notably the razor in the background. The brightness is definitely a difference, but the difference may be negligible, especially since most of us won’t need to be doing side-by-side comparisons.
Dimmer at 25%
There is a very noticeable difference here. Sure, it’s still not great at low-light photos, but it’s much better than before.