Apple iPhone 5 main camera is made by Sony

Apple iPhone 5 main camera is made by Sony
The Apple iPhone 5 is here and it packs a great slightly but noticeably improved 8-megapixel camera, but up until now we knew little about what company actually manufactured the shooter. Now, ChipWorks reveals that the 8-megapixel primary sensor on the iPhone 5 is actually manufactured by Sony.

A very closeup photo shows the Sony branding, and you shouldn’t be too surprised as Sony has both the tradition and most recently the aggressiveness to deliver the camera on what’s expected to become the best selling smartphone so far.

Earlier, Sony chief executive Howard Stringer revealed that his company is supplying Apple with camera technology and now it’s perfectly clear what he meant.

Interestingly, Sony only supplies Apple with the rear camera. The front-facing shooter that you mostly use for video conferencing and funny self-portraits is manufactured by Sony’s rival OmniVision.

source: ChipWorks

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30 Comments

1. GUNDAM

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

sony and nokia make the best camera for smart phones

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

nokia doesn't necessarily make the camera. They design it, but other company makes it. It's like apple's a6 processor, apple designs it, and samsung manufactures it. :)

14. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Apple designed and made the A6. They had acquired palo alto semiconductors back in 2008. Therefore they aremanufacturing the chip.

15. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

ha? samsung manufactured it.

22. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

sorry, but apple says "Designed in California, Made in China". Yes, they acquired a semiconductor company back in 2008. But it is a fabless semiconductor company. They design, then outsource the manufacturing to China or wherever like Taiwan. Apple does not manufacture their A6. You know Samsung, Taiwan Semiconductor Company(TSMC), Texas instruments, fujitsu etc. :) hahaha.

24. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

SO All the Credit for the iSIGHT Camera goes to SONY Now... Like.No Other....

2. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

I wish Sony comes up with a tech that can compete with Nokia PureView's monster 41MP shooter.

3. GUNDAM

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

i think 41 megapixels for a phone is kinda unnecessary... it is the sensors that matters for good pictures

4. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes, and this 41 MP sensor is the highest quality sensor on a mobile phone to date. And 41 MPs are not here because of mere quantity of pixels, it's because of quality, for instance lossless zoom etc.

7. GUNDAM

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

i agree. the only problem is that the pureview is a mediocre phone with a great camera. and it's also quite thick. If i wanted to take good pictures, i would much rather get a dedicated camera and or use a phone with above average picture quality like an xperia t or lumia 920 once it gets released

9. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

PureView 808 is just a testing machine, a pilot programme, it's not intended to be a sales hit. It's for showing of the technologies on which Nokia is working. It showed that it isn't yet matured for everyday mobile phone buyer. For that, they need to solve those issues you mentioned. That's why they put it on Symbian, not WP. They have switched to so-called PV Phase 2 on WP, but that's more of marketing trick than the real thing, although it's far away from being mediocre.

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I got to agree with what you said that 808 is not really intended for being best in terms of sales. Nokia stated before that they've release this phone to end the never ending quarrel regarding of which smartphone has the best camera. The main reason that it is used in symbian because, symbian OS is a home-brewed OS by nokia that they could easily modify, unlike WP. Also, they've manage to support a whooping 41MP camera in symbian, while WP can't support it. Let's just wait for a pureview smartphone with graphene sensor. That would change everything. Might be used on PV Phase 3, where a PV Phase 1 and 2 are combined in a slimmer module due to the fact that graphene is extremely thin.

17. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Android does not support that kind of camera natively yet. If you're used to using custom ROM, you're gonna have a bad time with that kind of camera in your phone

6. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

it is if you want noise cancelation losless zoom and oversampling in 3,5,8 mpx

29. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

They use 5 megapixels out of those 41 to create 1 ultimate megapixel. So it's basically like an 8 megapixel digital camera you would find in a store. Quality wise I mean.

30. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No. Quality wide, all that matters is the sensor, and it's type, size and density defines quality of produced image. However 41 megapixels in this context are utilized to achieve some extraordinary performance when set to "only" 8 megapixels, which makes PV 808 even better than standard consumer cameras. Of course, it cannot compare with large CCD sensors of professional grade cameras, but for a mobile phone, it's a breakthrogh.

8. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

But the phone's look will have to be sacrificed. It will have to be as chunky as PureView 808

31. Jericho unregistered

I think the 808 looks and it certainly feels good. I don't get why are people getting crazy for a slim phone. Chunky is good as it feels better in hand than slim phones. Look at LG Optimus Vu It is slim but a pain in the ass to carry around, the same goes for Galaxy Note(i know samsung is famous now so i probably will get thumbs down from S-haters).

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Aww, can't make your own s**t Apple?

13. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Aww why can't you make your own phones? Why you buy samdog's?

27. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Maybe due to the fact that he doesn't manufacture phones???? Don't be stupid.

16. darkdroid

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

not surprising ...apple cant make their products as whole , displays or processors of samsung , camera of sony , then the assembling the parts in china ...apple is just a stain in the name of innovation ..sigh

18. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

i guess sony is still one the best manifacturers to make camera's sensor. camera's sensor is something that normally other company like to buy. both samsung & apple buy their camera's sensor from sony.

19. b4mv_01

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

And still iphone is regarded as best camera in reviews,not sony...thats fishy

20. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

iOS driving the camera is doing the best. Nokia using a dedicated chip in 808,even the latest CPUs wont support more than 2pMP. 808 is just to show the people what can a smartphone camera from Nokia do and to stop that Megapixel race to end and its a niche device.NOT for the masses.

21. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Typo: 20MP

23. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

no wonder they have panoramic features just like xperia line up.

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

after reading the tittle of article one question came to my mind if camera is made by sony Display by Samsung(if still true), chipset by some xyz company what APPLE makes its self @_@

26. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Nokia PureView tech is gaurded by somewhat 80patents. Apple dont want to pay Nokia in billions again. Remember:Apple paying 500mln/annum to Nokia for patents.

28. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Would be better if it was Nokia.

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