Apple iPhone 5 gets a better camera

The iPhone 5 features an improved camera over the previous iPhone 4S. Photo by Apple.

By Andrew Hudson Published: September 12, 2012 Updated: January 9, 2017

By Andrew Hudson Published: September 12, 2012 Updated: January 9, 2017

The iPhone 5, announced September 12, 2012, has an improved camera. Although the same resolution as the previous iPhone 4S, the new camera is much sharper and has better colors, as the following images demonstrate:

Comparison of iPhone 4S (top) and iPhone 5 (bottom), using similar photos from DPReview by product manager Scott Everett (top) and Apple (bottom).

The sample photo from Apple of McWay Cove waterfall in Big Sur taken on the iPhone 5.. Click here to see the comparable iPhone 4S picture by DPReview.

“The 8 megapixel iSight® camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images.”
Apple press release, Sep 12, 2012


iPhone 5 camera specs

Resolution:3264 × 2448
Lens:f/2.4 aperture
35mm equivalent:33mm

“The phone’s powerful new A6 processor provides new noise reduction, better color matching, and 40% faster image capture.”

The iPhone 5 will also include a panorama mode, for sweeping 28-megapixel images.

Sources: PetaPixel, PetaPixel, DPReview, Apple

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