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Apple iPhone 4S camera samples

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Apple iPhone 4S camera samples
Along with the dual-core processor, the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4S is the most important upgrade in hardware. Most of us know - the megapixels don’t tell the whole story and it’s the pure quality matched with the right software algorithms that make a camera stand out. The iPhone 4 is a great example - its 5-megapixel shooter has become the most popular camera on Flickr, but pictures taken on it are also all over Facebook and other websites.

To continue the legacy, the iPhone 4S’s camera is not only better in terms of megapixels. It also features image stabilization when shooting videos, a larger aperture (f2.4) for collecting more light during shots and an additional, fifth lens element. The actual camera samples tell the whole story much more accurately than specs, though, so feel free to browse them below and let us know your impressions.

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Apple iPhone 4S camera samples
Apple iPhone 4S camera samples
Apple iPhone 4S camera samples

Apple iPhone 4S camera samples
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Apple iPhone 4S camera samples

Apple iPhone 4S camera samples
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posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:17 6

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Source: Apple .. LOL
Waiting for PhoneArena full review :)

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:55 4

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

The iPhone 4S is a mid-tier phone. It's not high end at all. I really want to see PhoneArena.com's review to see if they give it a mid-tier score on their review. The best phone in the world right now is the Samsung Galaxy S II & it got a 9.0. The phone to dethrone it will be the Google Nexus Prime. I expect the iPhone 4S to get an 8.0 at the most. It has a dual-core, it won't be 1.5 GHz, it won't have 4G which no high-end phone should be without, & the design is identical to the iPhone 4. sorcio46 I am with you, I am waiting for the review.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:34 3

29. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Before the review of 4s i am waiting for ICS and most of all.. Mr Nexus Prime :D

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 22:04

41. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Wow, Apple just invented putting a camera lens on a phone!

Oh wait...welcome to Samsung circa 2009:


Did Samsung patent putting a lens on a phone? I hope so, then they can sue the hell out of Apple!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:25 4

2. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I know there are criticisms of the i4S, but the cameras on Apple devices have been very good, and I expect this shooter to be very well recieved.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:48 4

12. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

There will be 10megapixel android phones by december.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:36 1

20. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Yeah, but will they have good lenses, sensors, apertures, software, etc.? "Most of us know - the megapixels don’t tell the whole story and it’s the pure quality matched with the right software algorithms that make a camera stand out."

Not trying to rain the Android parade, but there have been some dud cameras. The Droid 3 is a prime example.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 14:02

35. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Well right now Nokia has the cameraphone to beat in the form of the N8. . That make this one still obsolete in my opinion. . .

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:12 1

27. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

If you enjoy blown out colors and mediocre details, then yes, they've been very good.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:30 2

3. js (unregistered)

I am not doubting that these pictures are from the i4s. But these are probably taken by professionals that had perfect lighting and new exactly what they were doing.

I am sure these photographers could have done the same with a much lesser camera too.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:37 3

4. ecml490 (unregistered)

Well, it does take nice photos.... Still not buying.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:46 3

5. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

Well the photos are nice but it would be nice if they ware uploaded to Flickr by the iPhone 4S so we can really see if the iPhone 4S can take this photos without any support...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:58 3

6. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

I am hobbyist photographer.

As a photographer you have to have an eye and practice shooting a lot of photos. So good hardware is nice but a good photographer can take photos with any camera. You do not need a nice camera you need a good eye. The camera is only a tool it just sits there you actually take the photo.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:13 2

7. Apple Conspiracy (unregistered)

WOW! It took them 4 years to rise from 2 megapixels to 8, and to realize that optics is important part of photography. No one could predict that, and no one did it before! Revolutionary, Apple, revolutionary and brilliant!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:25 1

8. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Talking about photography. How about the contest with the cell phone photos moderators. How is that going?

I put a nice photo in the contest I took with my ole Nokia 6126...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:47

11. Apple Conspiracy (unregistered)

Everything you said abou photography is true. However, we are not talking about artistic potential of photographer nor artistic quality of photos he took. Here we are talking about technical possibilities of photographic equipment.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:04 2

16. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

The new sensor is good but it still the person behind it that actually takes the photo.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:13 1

17. Apple Conspiracy (unregistered)

Now you're going on my nerves. You're mixing two very different aspects of quality: one is artistic quality of the photograph, and the other is the technical quality of mechanical reproduction technology. When two HIFI audiophiles talk about quality of sound reproduction, they do not talk about the musicians and their talent. This is not a site where artistic impression should be discussed, but equipment itself. Get it?

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:53 2

22. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

The sensor is good

The photographer takes the photo.

Plus I can discuss whatever I want. Unless you are a moderator.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:16 1

25. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Mooooo, it's a given that a picture will only turn out as good as its photographer. But at the same time, a photographer can only take as good of a picture as the camera will allow.

The point Apple Conspiracy is making is valid; we can talk all day about how much impact the photographer has on the photo, but on a tech review site, the goal is to judge the capabilities of the hardware. Obviously, this works best when you have the same photographer use various different equipment so you can eliminate the variable of the photographer.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:36

26. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


And Penny you are a good man.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:37 1

9. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Samsung released a new 16mp camera for mobile which is bad for Apple for not getting it because of on going lawsuits and counter lawsuits.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:00 2

23. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

16 MP? Seriously? When is anyone going to need a sensor that big in their phone, and how are the rest of the camera optics possibly going to warrant it? All you get with a big sensor and a small lens is photos that look the same but take up more storage space.

I can see 16 MP on a professional camera, but in a phone it's a waste (or a wasted bragging point).

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:40 3

10. kmichalec (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2010)

Something doesn't smell right here. Last time I checked, the iPhone doesn't have an optical zoom, only a crappy digital zoom, which imho, is almost worthless, because the pictures get really blurry/grainy when used. Check out that picture of the squirrel. It's crystal clear, meaning either an Optical zoom was used to get that close of a shot, or someone had to walk up on the squirrel, and get right next to it to take that picture with a non optical zoom camera.

How many squirrels have you seen that will let someone walk right up on them, shove a camera in their face, and snap a picture, while it's eating, without bolting?

Am I the only one who doubts the validity of this pic being taken with the iPhone 4S?

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:52

13. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

I work outside and i havent run into any squirrels that are aggressive but i don't think they pose for pictures. Nice pictures though.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:02

15. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

lol!!! iphone 4s big flop!!!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:13 1

18. Fiveizzo (unregistered)

Everyone always talks about apple this and apple that and this apple product is gonna flop...lmao, get a life. Apple is the worlds most profitable company and they could put out an apple sauce jar connected to a string and still sell billions. When will u clowns learn that there are millions of people who are apple loyalists and will purchase whatever apple puts out. People like what they like and you saying something is not that great means nothing in their minds. Remember, the majority of people in the world, dont browse these phone sites like we do!!! IJS

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:28 1

19. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)

Its amazing that everyone compares this iPhone's camera to Android ... did you even read the article? I have owned two Android phones all claiming to have higher MP than the iPhone4 (original) ... and my iPhone4 still takes better pictures. Its not about MP's, its about the hardware and software that runs the camera.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:05

24. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

That is a pretty damn good camera for a phone guys. Seems a lot of people on this site are unwilling to give Apple the slightest bit of credit, even where it is clearly due, as if doing so would automatically make you an iFanboy. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but at least try to be a little objective.

Obviously these are photos released by Apple itself, so we will get a better understanding of how the camera performs when the phone is tested by the usual review sites. But based on these images, I for one would be extremely pleased if my phone could take pictures of that quality.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:19

28. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Great, now the most ignorant people on earth will think Apple makes an even better camera phone. Meanwhile, the Nokia N8 will still have the best camera out there. At least I can still laugh at them when they hold the phone wrong when recording video and taking photos.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 11:44 1

30. Metropolis1802 (unregistered)

I've never had a squirrel let me get that close to it. Maybe he's the one that stole the prototype.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 11:56

31. dizzymaker (unregistered)

give another phone 2000 megapixels... it still wont take great photos, MP's dont determine the quality of a photo onoly how much a photo can be blown up without blurring. people are so ignorant sometimes. hardware specs also dont mean much. i had a 1 ghz processor on a nexus s which ran circles around a moto atrix with a dual core processor. that being said a phones overall quality isnt necessarily based on its specs, people get way to caught up on specs these days! a phones overall quality is determined by a number of factors, and in this case the iphone is the most stable, most reliable, and overall the best phone available imo. galaxy s 2 is very nice but will but outdated in a few months by quad core processers and plagued with random force closes because its OS is fragmented and flawed. furthermore, why change the design of a phone that is already perfect? maybe it could be a little bigger for some, but im sure iphone 5 will be... apple is a genuis when it comes to marketing, they know what they are doing. this hype wasnt built up by apple rather the fans. so there is no dissapointment. i would still pick an iphone 4 over any phone out right now. facts based upon experience. i have recently owned a nexus s 4g, htc hd7, droid x2, galaxy s 1, and more...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 15:55

36. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Ideally I think Apple should have considered at least one more sku with a larger screen, probably in the 4-4.3inch range. They could have made it same resolution and specs and everything and this would probably be satisfactory to a lot of people. 3.5 is on the small scale these days. I mean come on, even BLACKBERRY has a phone with a bigger screen than the Iphone, and we all know how far behind they are, LOL.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 12:03

32. dizzymaker (unregistered)

really want to compare phones, base it on the user experience, not the specs. apple got it right a long time ago. others follow. look at the galaxy s 2 OS "touchwiz", its almost identical to an iphone layout. samsung definately new what people liked. look at all the tablets out on the market now, ipad started it all. given tablets have been around a long time ago, they died and apple brought them to life again. now everyone wants one. front facing camera anyone? everyone said who the hell wants one of those when iphone 4 released them, now all new phones have them... imagine that.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 13:34

33. J (unregistered)

There were front facing cameras on phones long before the iphone4...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 13:56

34. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Yep, my Samsung SCH-A930 flip phone had a camera that you could rotate to face the front or the back.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 16:18

37. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Look at all the android fanboys trying so hard to put down the ip4s even when it obviously takes great pictures, hahahahahaha.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 16:27

38. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

i own an iphone 4, epic, and nexus s. the epic definitely grabs more light and i believe it takes better pictures in low light settings. in seattle it's almost always low light or indoor lighting scenarios

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 17:26

39. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

Oh, man... :/ These are much better photographs than I've ever seen taken from any andriod phone, 8.0 or no. However, not quiitteee enough of an incentive to go Apples.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 18:27

40. display name (unregistered)

When I4 was out the Stock photos showed what it could do, i use it in daylight and camera was awsome for a cameraphone. The i4s will probably do great photos too in daylight. The real test is indoor (portraits) and low light, night shots. LED will always be s**t, u need a flash. Stop all the moaning and the what ifs, just wait for the reviews. Buy it cos u like it. Who gives a f**k about android vs apple, u like what u like.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 02:28

42. macmyday (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

great images. you guys did a great job? or did you??? i just noticed the date of this post is before iPhone release? is this your video and your shots. or is this misleading? who took these. did you have the camera (iPhone) before every one else? how did you do this? love to know and always believe in complete honesty and transparency!

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