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Apple switching to Sony camera sensor and optics for the next iPhone

0. phoneArena posted on 24 Feb 2011, 03:22

Apple's traditional camera module supplier OmniVision is having trouble with production of its new 8MP camera sensor, so Apple will probably ditch it for the excellent 8MP Exmor R camera sensor and Sony optics in the next iPhone...

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posted on 24 Feb 2011, 04:27 2

1. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Awesome. I'm already quite happy with the iphone4's camera. This would even bring it up a notch better.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 04:33

2. IOS5 (unregistered)

Why no canon! It's a good news but where is canon and kodak in this game!

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 04:45 2

3. calamazoou (unregistered)

because mobile sensors are a totally different ballgame than point-and-shoot cameras...

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 09:07

7. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

Yes, because canon is a tiny little company that only makes a few point and shoot cameras. That's their entire contribution to the world of imaging lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 14:39

14. justsaying (unregistered)

.....um....maybe you have just lived under rocks or fail to watch tv...or read other gadget sites.....but canon has some of the best rated digtal cameras out on the mark for professional use that go way beyond a point and shoot.....but i can understand if your knowledge of cameras is limited to what you see in stores...because then yes i would say it is dominated by canon for point and shoot.....it is almost as if they know what they are doing.....by places point in shoots in generic department stores for the average buyer......anyway some time if you happen to ponder a little site of cnet you can see some of the awesomeness that is canon...i mean its no nikon...but that might be advanced yet

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 20:14

16. Zack (unregistered)

Canon, Nikon and Pentax all use Sony sensors in both their point and shoot and DSLR cameras.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 05:30 2

4. and1one66 (unregistered)

Wew, can an Exmor-R sensor of Sony Ericsson handsets beat or at least make as good as what Nokia did to their almighty N8 (set aside of 4 extra megapixels of Nokia N8)?

Well, I think you should check out first if this Exmor-R sensors that Sony Ericsson boasting can be compared to Nokia N86 8MP's (with latest firmware of course) variable aperture camera.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 00:19

18. symbian santibanez (unregistered)

lol..i've test camera n8 with my xperia arc....without flash and low light condition..n8 suck....

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 08:18

5. calamazoo (unregistered)

since when Nokia N86 does Full HD video at 30 fps? :-)

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 17:10

10. and1one66 (unregistered)

Did I say N86 can record HD videos? I'm just talking camera here, photos, right? Please, use your senses when posting comments.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 08:56 2

6. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

if apple is so great, why don't they use an apple camera? Oh, i forgot, apple doesn't manufacture anything. Well, i'm sure slapping together a bunch of sony and samsung parts will work out in the long run lol. It works for the sharper image roflmao. Everything on spec. Pathetic....

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 10:08

8. Dave DaDude (unregistered)

Are you serious with that comment? Apple uses components from other companies and still manages to outsell those same companies. But I guess you're so busy hating Steve Jobs and everyone in Cupertino, that you forgot to take note of that!

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 20:28

12. coolkalpesh (Posts: 9; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

I just saw BaiGanyo's comment on some other article as well.. he doesn't know a thing.. he is almost wrong with all his comments.. there is no point in replying him.. he is wrong period..just move on..
I think he hates apple/steve jobs/cupertino and can go to any extend of making false comments to make them look bad..good idea will be to just ignore his comments.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 12:28

9. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

"Well, Sony Ericsson's cell phones have probably the best cameras in the industry, if we don't count the almighty Nokia N8, and that sensor doesn't really fit in a very slim phone, so we can't blame Apple for swapping OmniVision with the best. Now put a Xenon flash next to that 8MP sensor, too, Apple, and we will be completely sold."

First of all, the N8 is the best in the business, like you said, so Apple isn't going for the best. They're going for second best (which hasn't even really been proven yet). As far as I know, the Pixon 12 is still second best, a with the Satio right there as well.

Second of all, you're not going to see a xenon flash in an iPhone, so long as Apple is trying to make devices so thin, paper will be referred to as chubby. You need a good amount of space for that flash, which is why the N8 has the hump it does. Frankly, all these phones getting thinner and thinner it's getting rather annoying because we aren't going to see any really good camera flagships from anyone other than Nokia. I was hoping to see a SE with a 12MP sensor as good as the N8's with xenon and Android on board, but if the Arc is any indication, LED is all we'll be seeing from now on. It's BS.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 17:18

11. and1one66 (unregistered)

Your right about that. Xenon-powered phones are rather thicker than those of Apple iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S II, and Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc. Apple iPhone 5 seem to be thin also as its predecessor, hence you cannot put a Xenon flash in there. That is why even it has Exmor-R sensor, still, its shots are only good for cellphones, but not like Nokia N8 whose shots can even beat an 18MP DSLR camera! Can you imagine that? A 12MP camera from a phone can outdo sometimes a DSLR camera?

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 15:14

13. bob de grau (unregistered)

The bump in Nokia N8 is mainly from camera module not the flash.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 02:13

15. franklin (unregistered)

the hump in N8 is really coming from the mechanical shutter. But you don't really need mech shutter to adopt 12mpix camera and xenon flash. you can have decent xenon flash with global shutter and then you can eliminate that 1-1.5mm hump. So I don't really see why iPhone 5, or 6 for that matter, cannot have xenon flash.

posted on 13 May 2011, 13:34

17. Speedfreak (unregistered)

C'mon people! You guys really thnk that the N8's better! It's only because u guys have tested it. I'm damn sure neither one of you have got ur hands on the S006. Just watchng some gud samples or reading some reviews wont do. Has there ever been a benchmark involving the S006 and the N8? When there will be you'll know. Moreover, the K800 was released in June 2006 initiating the production of the cybershot lineup. N8 is not even able to beat that!!! N8 might be gud but is no match for the S006 and when the latter is available globally, the former will vanish...

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