First real world camera samples from the Apple iPhone 4S

First real world camera samples from the Apple iPhone 4S
By now, some of us have probably marveled over the eye popping camera samples that were taken on the iPhone 4S, which were in fact provided to us from Apple directly, but there’s always that small inkling in the back of our minds telling us that they were somehow glammed up. Nevertheless, now that we’re in possession of our very own Apple iPhone 4S, we decided to take out with us on a short trip to New York City to check out what the talk is all about with its improved 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.

Needless to say, we really want to show you all what it’s capable of doing, but without spoiling all of the fun, we simply decided to snap four photos to give you a sampling of what to expect. Rather than taking shots in brightly lit or sunny conditions, we ended up taking them mostly in the evening to show its prowess in capturing photos in less light. Considering that it features a larger aperture (f2.4) and backside illumination, things should appear much better than your typical smartphone camera.

Without spoiling all of the fun, you can decide for yourself if the handset’s camera lives up to all the hype, but until we get a good well-rounded feel for its camera, we can’t chime in with our final judgment.

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



35. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010


27. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

The pictures are nice but they look grainy. I dont know if it's cause of the uploading to a website (as in, if these are the pictures actual sizes) but you can see the grain, especially in the sky of the first picture. They also seem a little unfocused, the picture with the chairs, I think the lines could be a little sharper but still looks a little fuzzy. And I think the picture of the plant combines the grain and the fuzz the most out of all the pictures. I think for facebook or something similar they'd be great photos, but I don't expect to start seeing this camera used by proffessionals anytime soon haha :D (though, I have seen amazing work done by proffessionals with just a disposable camera. So who knows?)

28. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

These photos are taken in low light conditions. Don't expect bright photos from low lighting. Don't expect blue skies on photos taken at night time.

34. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I didn't expect to, but I have seen clearer picture when taken at night. I know low light doesnt ever help picture quality, but some of these are a smidge past just the low light effecting it. :) Like I mentioned, they're still nice photos, great for what most people will be using the iphone camera for: social media, picture messaging and sending the latest cute thing their cat/child did to their friends/relative haha I was just kind of hoping for clearer images considering how much they talked about the camera and the effort they put into it,.

40. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@jd. You've seen clearer picture of this exact scene taken at the same time with the ip4s? Where? I thought this is solely ip4s pictures. I didn't know there are clearer ones taken by other camera phones at the same time as this :) Yes, these are nice photos nevertheless, considering that flash was not even used. Especially that last photo of the plant where they took the shot in front of those bright lights. Now, if only they used those other phones that you're talking about for a side by side comparison, then I might just believe you that there are other camera phones better than this.

42. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Haha I didnt mean a picture of the same exact same scene or with the same phone. But you're right that this is an article just showing the IP4S picture quality But actual comparison between phones would be even better. :)

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

As usual people try to discredit Apple. The pictures look great.

20. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

They do look great. But no matter how great they look, antagonists will of course try their best to discredit it. Just look at Andy Rubin discrediting Siri now. But see what happens in the future when everyone implements their own Siri-like assistant. They'll all pretend that they never said anything against it.

46. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

They are blurry do you need glasses?

18. SweetLou

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

eh, just like people said about the recent photos taken with the nexus, its mostly the person behind the camera.

14. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

Couldn't get a pic of occupy wall street?

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well...N8 is like unwanted black sheep in family. Most don't care and try to forget it even exist. Truth is, that beside of that "weak" ARM processor and outdated hardware, N8 is still the best cameraphone around. Even dual cores allmighty S II cannot be a real threat. That's why I'm curious, why in every single comparison, there is no N8. Is it too good, and it's so obvious for everyone, or sites like this one or crappy engadget, trying to erase N8 from mobile phone map? because it's running Symbian, which is "dead" for sheeps? It will change when Nokiasoft presents ancestor of N8, running Mano 7.5. Android never been a good partner for photos.

11. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Seeing how everyone is comparing the photos to the supposedly best camera phone out there, the N8 (never seen it myself), it seems to me this shooter is in good company. Those pictures are pretty damn impressive, probably the best I've seen from a camera phone. Looks like it beats the SGS2 to me; give credit where credit's due. Can't wait til they have us vote on all the new phones.

12. jacko unregistered

HELL NO the SGS II s**ts all over this all the pics are blurry

10. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The 4s photos are impressive. This proves that you don't need to fake and ruin the N8 for impressing us with 4s photo. 4s is almost or the same quality with Samsung S2. N8 is still better but damn, 4s as all grown up with good amount of depth a more realistic colors. P.S. Engadget is the worst asshole and sabotaging N8 photos is the lowest thing I've ever seen and their excuse infuriates me that I will throw feces at their staff.

26. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@chunk. You just don't like it that the ip4s produces better results than your n8.

41. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Hey dumb ass. N8 was never ever blurry as shown in Engadget. You never have seen the true quality of N8. It was never about 12mp or fan support, it just has all the right elements for good photography. I praise 4gs for the improved photo performance remember. I own a N8 but I am well aware of its photo weakness and never did I sugar coat it like you. I love the performance of s2 and 4gs but I am also aware of its performance. You fanboys( Apple, Nokia, Android and etc) wrap the truth and believe that your units are invincible and lie to the teeth and even fake the test like Engadget did. I speak the truth like a true camera phone enthusiast. I am a big fan of true camera oriented phones from K800, N82, Satio, Pixion 12 and to today's photo monster the N8. I am beyond brands and OS and my only requirement is the best overall photo performance. For the record I give all my respect to S2 for the best video. Stop being a idiot and face the truth. Only those who haven't seen both(4gs and N8) will pretend that their's is better without understanding why.

9. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Engadget is an asshole for rigging the test.

25. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@chunk. What did you think of engadget when they were all praises for the n8? But now that the ip4s does seem to produce better results, they're now assholes?

6. djmuzi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

You mean first iPhone 4S photos from YOUR iPhone 4S ;) I have shot real world photos a few days ago :) Your photos are sharper than mine. But I agree the SGS II has better camera. The good old N86 has a much better camera too. The N8 is still a class of its own. The press photos from Apple (you posted them too) were too good to be true as expected :(

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

the N8 needs not to be compared to the likes of the iPhone 4s because if you were able to try it and viewed its official. flickr accnt. its on a very different level from my point of view. The iPhone 4s has a Very good 8mp.

15. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You're a iSheep, really! You believe what Apple told to you. You never even try N8. When you talk about camera - till now even with 4S, Nokia N8 is still the best on the market.

17. SweetLou

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

lol wut?

24. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@yann. Anyone who prefers the iphone is an isheep for you. I saw Engadget's review, and the n8 is the clear loser :)

45. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I wonder if Engadget gets Paid any money from Apple?

33. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

S2 makes really good pictures too and N8 because of its big sensor but for now SE Xmore is the best that's the truth

38. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dark. The only truth that you have proven on here is that you are an iphone hater :)

3. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Those pictures are not so good IMO. Something wrong with the focus... Not bad at all. Still, my N8 make a lot better pics.

23. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@yann. You're just an n8 blind fan. The ip4s shows better results so far when compared to the n8 on engadget's review. There will be other reviews soon, so let's wait and see if the ip4s can prove itself to have the best camera on a phone.

32. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

hahaha n8 fan hahahahaha it looks like you are isheep fan

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