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Picture of Big Sur taken with the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S analyzed, there might be a bigger sensor now

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Picture of Big Sur taken with the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S analyzed, there might be a bigger sensor now
Apple posted the full-size versions of its promo camera shots with the new 8MP iSight camera on the back of the iPhone 5, saying that these are the untouched versions straight from the phone's internal storage.

One picture, of Big Sur in California, caught the eye of Scott Everett from DPreview, the famous photography site, as he was just recently there, and had taken a shot from a similar position, but with his iPhone 4S.

He put the two photos side-by-side for as close a comparison as we can get until the iPhone 5 hits shelves. The iPhone 5 sports a tad nicer colors and more detail, but the lighting that has been in place at the different times might have something to do with that as well, of course.

iPhone 4S photo of Big Sur
Big Sur promo shot with the iPhone 5

iPhone 4S photo of Big Sur

Big Sur promo shot with the iPhone 5

What's more interesting is that DPreview speculates the sensor inside of the iPhone 5 must be different than the one in the iPhone 4S, after digging in the EXIF data of the photo. The ISO went all the way down to 50 for this shot, in the case of the newest iPhone, suggesting lower minimum sensitivity than the iPhone 4S, which goes down to 64 ISO at the minimum. Apple claimed that the new and improved iSight camera has been created with low-light photography in mind, too.

Further prodding around the EXIF data yielded the fact that we might have a slightly larger sensor in the iPhone 5 - it uses a 4.1mm lens to achieve 33mm equivalent field of view, whereas the iPhone 4S has a 4.3mm lens, giving the 35mm equivalent.

Furthermore, a reader sent to Gizmodo a similar shot of Big Sur to the ones taken with the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, but snapped with his oldie-but-goodie iPhone 4, and its 5MP camera, so you can see the complete three-generational comparison in the collage below.

source: DPreview via Gizmodo

Picture of Big Sur taken with the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S analyzed, there might be a bigger sensor now

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:36 20

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


ummm if you really care about these photos and which one is better, then i feel sorry for you because there really isnt much of a difference.......

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:36 8

13. JC557 (Posts: 707; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Well to be fair the 4S and 5 look better than the 4 and the 5 is a bit sharper than the 4S. Of course it would only make a difference if viewed in full screen on the desktop.

I still have high hopes for the new Lumia 920... if Nokia would find a way to release it real soon.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:35 1

19. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agreed,each manufacturer has a better lens in their new models,apples here makes a little difference but certainly not by much. Although ifans probably will believe the apple quote of the new lens making "the world a more beautiful place"!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:47

26. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Each new model doesn't necessarily have a better camera. The Samsung Galaxy SII had a great camera, but the Galaxy Nexus's camera (released about 6 months later) had one of the worst cameras I've ever used. Phonearena said in a comparison between the SIII and the original Note that the "Images taken with both handsets are practically indistinguishable." The Note II was supposed to get a better camera, but they may go back to using the same camera found in the SIII because of supply issues with Sony. Also, the Evo 4G's camera (in my opinion anyway) is much better than the One X's overly saturated and unrealistic images.

And when Phil said that in the keynote, he was joking, lol. He also said "even kids look happier." It wasn't a serious comment. You're hater fo' life.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 06:24

21. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


true.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:03

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I suspect most of the difference (between 4S and 5) will be lighting related for photos taken in daylight. 5 should be able to produce better low-light photos due to improved image sensor. I doubt it is a reason to pay an early termination fee on a 4S, though.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:38 4

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Can't wait for the image comparison with sgs3,onex,razr hd,optimus g,iPhone5 and the lumia 920. I wonder which one will deliver the best images...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:40 6

15. pyradark (Posts: 712; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


you forgot xperia T, that sweep all said handset :))

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 04:12

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Oh right...forgot about that

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 06:25 1

22. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


camera test.. please. 808 ended it already :D

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:40 2

3. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Since no tripod was being used I think that maybe just the slightest move of the position could clearly corrupt the statement.... but hey.. who really cares , phones are for some instant photos of you and your friends... if you gonna go professional get a dslr and shut up!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:56 6

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


lumia 920 gonna be smoking them! :)

i like the iPhone though!

but looking forward for iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:17 2

8. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Just compare the looks of the lumia 920 with iPhone 5. Be honest and tell me what looks better! If you answer lumia 920 then u are probably blind! iPhone 5 sexy and irresistable! This comes from an owner of a Galaxy S3 and a new iPad (3rd gen)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:33 2

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


lumia 920 is sexy and so is iPhone...

they are both different! but capable on its own way!

i am only pointing out the camera comarison!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:04 1

24. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


You sound like wendygarrett hahaq

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:36 2

14. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


and oh... you think that s3 is sexier than lumia 920.. then your the most blinded person ever!!

but s3's cousin, the ativ s, is sexier than s3 itself!

even though nokia uses the same design of its polycarbonate body over and over again... you think iPhone dont? haha you're stupid!

and the polycarbonate body of lumia 820 is really good!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:43

25. vickysame (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


lumia 920 beat the s**t out of iphone 5 intermsof design. rest we all know. iphone 4/4s was better in terms of design. after giving same design with increased scrren size have killed beauty of iphone 4/4s. lumia 920 is new beauty.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:19

9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


https://twitter.com/heyimJUNFE/status/246104490040754176/photo/1

i wonder if nokia patent lumia 900/800/920 or N9's body/dress code... coz all i know that they patent lumia 610/710's dress code!

these new iPod really resembles with the lumia!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:03 1

5. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 353; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Rather you are an Appler hater or not, but I thought the iPhone 4's camera has done a great job in taking photos

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:09 1

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 886; Member since: 07 May 2012)


its nice to notice the less noise in detail when zoomed in on ip5 image, but overall i have to say the iphones have always done an above par job with the camera since the ip4 :)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:11 1

7. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Whats the point? These pics look crappy as compared to pics taken from lumia... i.e. Lumia 800/900

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:24 2

10. chongbh (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


For those who comment that iphone 5 is sexy, you are blind as well cos there is not much difference between the iphone 4S and 5, just that the iphone 4S went thru some slimming session and specs for display and camera still cannot compete with Sony Smartphones like the Xperia S so what a big deal with iphone 5.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:25

11. doejon (Posts: 311; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


if u ask me than the 4s looks even better xD just my favor..

but the cam of the lumia is expected to be much better
and even the lg optimus g will be much better!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:22

18. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I love the word "might", people are frequently using this word in apple articles, it seems.
"Apple A6 might be quad core for their most amazing..."
"...might be the first EVER smartphone to use A15 2GHz processor."
"Apple might be using Samsung components despite their hatred..."
Oh wait the last one we know...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 06:20

20. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


not even the thinnest smartphone available... there is a 1080p, 5", android jelly bean with full HD(not fake HD apple) and a whopping 444ppi all with just 6.65mm thickness... its called the oppo find5 x990... unless you like android and specs(ilovers say they don't but they do) you wont hear about this Chinese company

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