Apple iPhone 5 comes with better 8-megapixel iSight camera

Apple iPhone 5 comes with better 8-megapixel iSight camera
The Apple iPhone 5 is all we think it’d be - larger screen, faster processor and LTE, but one thing we had little information about was the camera. Apple has just announced that it has kept the pixel count at 8-megapixels, but apart from that it’s added tons of new features and improved low light performance and added better stabilization.

The new camera still has a five-element lens and is still backside illuminated, but the new things are that it’s 25% smaller with dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment and sapphire crystal. Sapphire is a great choice of an element because it’s both hard and crystal clear.

With the better processor comes improved, faster image processing. Capture is 40% quicker and low light performance has improved.

"The ocean looks bluer, kids look happier... and the world is a more beautiful place," Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller joked.

As much as we like Apple’s suave presentations, here is a quote that made us smile. "But perhaps the most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called panorama," Schiller said on stage. Is it really? Panorama stitches images so you end up with 28-megapixel final images, and that’s impressive. But the most amazing new feature? We’ll let you decide in the comments below.

When it comes to video capture, you still have 1080p video, but with better video stability and face detection. You can snap still photos while recording video.

The front-facing camera also shoot HD video, and that’s about it on the camera side of things. An incremental upgrade over the already very solid shooter in the iPhone 4S. How do you like what you see?

source: Apple

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)




Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Do you guys know the specs' for the Front Facing Camera, is it still a 0.30 Pixel VGA for video chat? Is Factetime still restricted to WiFi??

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Think the front camera is now 720p,but in perspective that in itself is a feature other manufacturers having being putting into their phones a year or two ago

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

1.3mp im assuming considering the 720p limit means its a minimum of 1280*720

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

We expected minimal changes and thats what we got,Apple is however going to extensive lengths to make those few little changes seem like world changing things. Every manufacturer puts better lenses in their cameras each year,apples now however makes "the world a more beautiful place"!

5. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

HD ff camera on Non-HD Screen.... panorama really....HAD it on my 2009 Nokia 5800 xpressmusic

11. 23nikki1 unregistered

Sorry buddy...accidentally hit a thumb down button instead of liking your post

30. koolkat-uk

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I just thumbed up you apology ;)

32. andygallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Ha, I was just thinking that on panorama pics, I had that on my 2008 HTC Touch Diamond...

6. Savage unregistered

And people were blaming SGS 3 for not going to 12 MP...

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The title is misleading, as i was saying the Engadget liveblog they said it was the same camera in the 4S but smaller, AppleArena don't try to distort the truth.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Curious how the iPhone 5 camera stacks up to the Lumia 920 PureView. Unfortunately it seems we will have to wait until November (maybe longer if MS doesn't finish WP8 before long) to find out. I suspect consumers will just go ahead and buy the iPhone.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Honestly, I would be surprised if Nokia's camera is actually better. Apple has been pretty good with its camera quality, and the new camera looks even better. Nokia's pureview on the other hand, isnt actually in the Lumia 920, its just a standard (but probably good) 8MP. I'd be even more surprised if the 920 is better than the Nokia N8.

28. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

n8 was better the iphones camera, is the 920 better then the n8 well not sure but not a fair comparison the n8 and nokia 808 were function over form the 920 has to be form over function in many ways. if they had strapped the big sensor from the 808 everyone would have complained its too big so they focused on the floating lense tech keeping the size down 920 looks better too , apples cameras take over saturated photo's

9. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

so anything new on that iphon5 that we dont have on the samsung galaxy s2 because I have the galaxy s3 and I have a whole let better features than that

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Really Apple? Are you saying panoramic shots on the iPhone is revolutionary? If you are then that is plainly arrogant and pompous. At least state that we have implemented what our users have been asking for. But to say this is the best feature yet shows a lack of respect to all technology pioneers who invented these things. Please don't say this is resolutionary. Please.

22. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

panorama ? Woaw that's great I hope apple will patent the feature

23. Savage unregistered

What are you doing?? Sssshhhhh! Don't give them iDeas!

12. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Apple is so busy suing Samsung that they forgot to innovate/steal new tech for iPhone 5 development. I see fan boy denial in Phone Arena.

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

The apple iphone 5 is said to also come with a fresh LTE lawsuit which will be provided by the company known as Samsung and with a little help from the other known company HTC....stay tune for more news

16. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

hahahaha...Good one

14. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Wow Apple your a little late on panorama, sorry I can't get excited over something that was already on the Android device.

15. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Never buying anything Apple, but the few things they should actually be granted a patent on is innovative marketing, hype, magical presentation pizzaz, the ability to keep most of its sheep in their pen, outrageously offensive prices, & maybe also having exclusive use of the now watered down word "revolutionary".

17. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I am an Nokia Wp convert from Apple i-sheep hysteria!! Never again will I jump to Apple's side till they get there house in order!! This is just plain sad its the begining of the end of Apple in my opinion. Why Apple didn't even introduced NFC technology in Iphone 5 is beyond me????? The Nokia Lumia 920 looks like it beats Iphone 5 by leagues and bonds!! I am so disappointed in today's announcement!! Really Apple, Really this is the best you can come up with right now??? Not even Wireless recharging?? Nothing innovative other than being able to take advantage of T-mobile HSPA+ BANDWITH Sighs!! Thank god I converted in time to Nokia!! I am eagerly awaiting the Lumia 920!!

18. aneelamdani

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

haha NOKIA leads iphone by a long way now, this is apple's revolution, like seriously.. panaroma.. nokia has a pureview tech and they are saying there lens is 40% slimmer.. grow up apple come on.. Nokia 920 has floating lens f2.0 OIS, led flash, 1080p, best low light resolution.. beat that apple

19. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Alright, let's get this straight, NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO BUY THE NEW IPHONE. Go buy whatever You want and stop trolling people. The fact that u keep insulting the iPhone shows that u know deep inside that it's a killer phone and it is. Am not an iFan but look at the build quality. Beautiful. A premium appearance. A new display with 44% more color saturation. A high end camera. New speakers. I am a proud galaxy S3 owner myself but I have to say that this phone deserves to be respected!

25. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

where were you when the nokia lumia 920 was been slated for no micro sd slot . all people on here are doing is saying how its a complete unrevoluntionary device playing catch up. 44% more color saturation- yeah because saturation is whats key not natural colors. besides i doubt you have an s3, just think you say that to try and give your rant more validity

20. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Lol look whos coping now "Panorama stitches images so you end up with 28-megapixel final images, and that’s impressive. But the most amazing new feature? We’ll let you decide in the comments below. When it comes to video capture, you still have 1080p video, but with better video stability and face detection. You can snap still photos while recording video." Ok panorama and taking photos in videos is nothing new WHERE IS YOUR INNOVATION!!!!

21. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

First of all Kronic, I see a double standard thing brewing in Phonearena!! Did you not notice when Nokia introduced there Windows Phone 8 portfolio. The masses flocked into Nokia's postings and bashed away and now your saying that with our constructive criticism we are trolling!! I will have you know I had an Apple Iphone 4s recently and was an Avid Apple fanatic. Soory I am not a troll this phone has nothing innovative PERIOD!! Wireless Charging albeit introduced by Palm is innovative!! I NFC technology is innovative, heck Pureview is innovative!! There is nothing innovative about the Iphone 5 period!!

24. lumialove

Posts: 75; Member since: May 16, 2012

Nokia was full of innovations and got luke warm response...had apple did the magazines,techies would have told"wow it's B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T'...such biased reporting.

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

TL;DR: Sony didn't do much to improve the camera

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