Apple iPhone 4S camera samples

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.

source: Apple

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The iPhone 4S is a mid-tier phone. It's not high end at all. I really want to see'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.

29. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

41. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 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!

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

12. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

There will be 10megapixel android phones by december.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

35. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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. . .

27. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

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.

4. ecml490 unregistered

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

5. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 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...

6. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

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!

8. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 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...

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.

16. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

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

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?

22. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

The sensor is good The photographer takes the photo. Plus I can discuss whatever I want. Unless you are a moderator.

25. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

26. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

True And Penny you are a good man.

9. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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).

10. kmichalec

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 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?

13. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

15. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

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

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

19. SMB

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

24. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

28. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

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