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iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison

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iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
One of the bigger improvements in the iPhone 4S over its predecessor is the all-new camera. This is because besides an 8MP sensor, it also comes with a few other enhancements like an optical system with five-element lens (as opposed to four in the iPhone 4), wider f/2.4 aperture, improved back-side illumination and color accuracy, and last, but not least – faster operation. So we thought, why don't we arrange a little shootout with the 4S and 4, and see just how better the new kid on the block is?

If you've been skeptical about this new camera on the iPhone 4S, believe us – it's much better! Upon opening the very first scene shot with both devices, the advantages of the new model in the camera department became evident. Pretty much every aspect of the photos taken with the iPhone 4S is better – they enjoy more natural colors (no more oversaturated tones), even greater detail levels, as well as better exposure (some areas of pictures taken with the iPhone 4 tend to get overexposed, which is not present with the 4S). But we'd rather let the images below speak for themselves...


iPhone 4S
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4



Video recording has also received an upgrade. Right from the start, we notice much more detail captured with the 1080p video of the 4S, compared to the 720p sample of the iPhone 4. Not only this, but colors also looked more natural with the 4S. On top of this, the iPhone 4S' camcorder also sports some additional features such as temporal noise reduction and image stabilization to further refine the footage you shoot. By the way, if you're interested in reading more about the new technology behind the iPhone 4S' camera, check out our dedicated article about it.

iPhone 4S video sample:




iPhone 4 video sample:



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posted on 01 Dec 2011, 03:58 5

1. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


4s' snapshots are way way better than the iPhone 4's. Perhaps the 4s is the best 8 megapixel smartphone out there. That's what you get when your camera sensor is manufactured by Sony. :>

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 18:23

12. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


I have always been amazed by how much cameras differ. And I always wondered where phonearena takes these pictures. I like the scenary.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 10:16

15. crysiss (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)


That scenery is from the city dubbed as "The seaside capital of Bulgaria", i.e. Varna. Search for it on Google maps.

posted on 22 May 2012, 13:41

16. buggerrer (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i think that the 4s has more "near to reality" photos but the 4 has much more beautiful ones

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 04:26 2

2. Anirbanrocks (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


i guess Sony Ericsson's Camera sensors are also manufactured by Sony..so why don't they give such awesome video and camera quality...:(
BTW on-topic..ya iphone4s' photos are definitely better than iphone4's photo..at least colors are natural :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 10:04 1

9. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


yeah something i don't get. If apple gets all there parts from tom, d**k and harry. how come tom d**k and harry don't have just as equally good products or vastly superior ?

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 04:38 8

3. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Iphone 4 always makes ugly photos. So oversaturated.
Now all iphone fans can look at those photo comparison and they must admit (must admit? of course they will. It's a new Iphone so it's the best and blabla...the previous version is no longer something to be desired).
Colors are not natural, never been and never will.
I don't like Iphone too much but this new camera unit at least proves that Iphone 4 never been so much good (it was overhyped).

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 06:38 5

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


And cuz everything you just said is true everyone will thumb down you :D

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 08:21

7. bucky (Posts: 1430; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Don't feed the troll.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:04

10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I think when someone has his own arguments and disagree with "apple/android gospel" must be a troll.
The only troll is you pal.
That's a forum. Check definition of this word.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 08:23

8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


let it be. I don't care:)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 07:28 4

5. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Waiting for iPhone 4s vs galaxy sII vs Nokia n8 camera comparison.
And this time it would be good if a DSLR is used to compare the images to instead of a standard compact cam

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 11:21

11. Q8cavalry (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Nokia N8!
Lame phone don't ever bring it with SGS2

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 20:37 2

13. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Camera wise, the gs2, 4s and n8 are probably the 3 best. (correct me if i\'m wrong) and the nokia n8 will most probably come out tops

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 16:09

14. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


n8 has the bst caméra.camera king. . . , . . Sgs2 speed king . . . . .iphone creativity king.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 00:00

17. Samkapoor (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Yes I agree, Iphone 4 camera is not good in low-light situation. When we capture a picture in low or dim light (usually Night) then we see its picture quality is effects it is due some problem in phone camera. Talking about Iphone 4s camera, its camera quality is good than iphone 4. Don’t worry I have solution for Iphone 4 camera I just found the best solution athttp://howmobile.net/apple-iphone/2853-solution-camera-issues-iphone.html. Hope you can like the solution. It’s very easy to understand. Hope the solutions solve your Iphone 5 camera trouble.
Thanks

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