Picture of Big Sur taken with the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S analyzed, there might be a bigger sensor now

Picture of Big Sur taken with the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S analyzed, there might be a bigger sensor now
Apple posted the full-size versions of its promo camera shots with the new 8MP iSight camera on the back of the iPhone 5, saying that these are the untouched versions straight from the phone's internal storage.

One picture, of Big Sur in California, caught the eye of Scott Everett from DPreview, the famous photography site, as he was just recently there, and had taken a shot from a similar position, but with his iPhone 4S.

He put the two photos side-by-side for as close a comparison as we can get until the iPhone 5 hits shelves. The iPhone 5 sports a tad nicer colors and more detail, but the lighting that has been in place at the different times might have something to do with that as well, of course.

What's more interesting is that DPreview speculates the sensor inside of the iPhone 5 must be different than the one in the iPhone 4S, after digging in the EXIF data of the photo. The ISO went all the way down to 50 for this shot, in the case of the newest iPhone, suggesting lower minimum sensitivity than the iPhone 4S, which goes down to 64 ISO at the minimum. Apple claimed that the new and improved iSight camera has been created with low-light photography in mind, too.

Further prodding around the EXIF data yielded the fact that we might have a slightly larger sensor in the iPhone 5 - it uses a 4.1mm lens to achieve 33mm equivalent field of view, whereas the iPhone 4S has a 4.3mm lens, giving the 35mm equivalent.

Furthermore, a reader sent to Gizmodo a similar shot of Big Sur to the ones taken with the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, but snapped with his oldie-but-goodie iPhone 4, and its 5MP camera, so you can see the complete three-generational comparison in the collage below.

source: DPreview via Gizmodo


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26 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ummm if you really care about these photos and which one is better, then i feel sorry for you because there really isnt much of a difference.......

13. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Well to be fair the 4S and 5 look better than the 4 and the 5 is a bit sharper than the 4S. Of course it would only make a difference if viewed in full screen on the desktop. I still have high hopes for the new Lumia 920... if Nokia would find a way to release it real soon.

19. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed,each manufacturer has a better lens in their new models,apples here makes a little difference but certainly not by much. Although ifans probably will believe the apple quote of the new lens making "the world a more beautiful place"!

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Each new model doesn't necessarily have a better camera. The Samsung Galaxy SII had a great camera, but the Galaxy Nexus's camera (released about 6 months later) had one of the worst cameras I've ever used. Phonearena said in a comparison between the SIII and the original Note that the "Images taken with both handsets are practically indistinguishable." The Note II was supposed to get a better camera, but they may go back to using the same camera found in the SIII because of supply issues with Sony. Also, the Evo 4G's camera (in my opinion anyway) is much better than the One X's overly saturated and unrealistic images. And when Phil said that in the keynote, he was joking, lol. He also said "even kids look happier." It wasn't a serious comment. You're hater fo' life.

21. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true.

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect most of the difference (between 4S and 5) will be lighting related for photos taken in daylight. 5 should be able to produce better low-light photos due to improved image sensor. I doubt it is a reason to pay an early termination fee on a 4S, though.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Can't wait for the image comparison with sgs3,onex,razr hd,optimus g,iPhone5 and the lumia 920. I wonder which one will deliver the best images...

15. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

you forgot xperia T, that sweep all said handset :))

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Oh right...forgot about that

22. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

camera test.. please. 808 ended it already :D

3. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Since no tripod was being used I think that maybe just the slightest move of the position could clearly corrupt the statement.... but hey.. who really cares , phones are for some instant photos of you and your friends... if you gonna go professional get a dslr and shut up!!!

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

lumia 920 gonna be smoking them! :) i like the iPhone though! but looking forward for iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920!!

8. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Just compare the looks of the lumia 920 with iPhone 5. Be honest and tell me what looks better! If you answer lumia 920 then u are probably blind! iPhone 5 sexy and irresistable! This comes from an owner of a Galaxy S3 and a new iPad (3rd gen)

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

lumia 920 is sexy and so is iPhone... they are both different! but capable on its own way! i am only pointing out the camera comarison!!

24. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

You sound like wendygarrett hahaq

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

and oh... you think that s3 is sexier than lumia 920.. then your the most blinded person ever!! but s3's cousin, the ativ s, is sexier than s3 itself! even though nokia uses the same design of its polycarbonate body over and over again... you think iPhone dont? haha you're stupid! and the polycarbonate body of lumia 820 is really good!

25. vickysame

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lumia 920 beat the s**t out of iphone 5 intermsof design. rest we all know. iphone 4/4s was better in terms of design. after giving same design with increased scrren size have killed beauty of iphone 4/4s. lumia 920 is new beauty.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

https://twitter.com/heyimJUNFE/status/246104490040754176/photo/1 i wonder if nokia patent lumia 900/800/920 or N9's body/dress code... coz all i know that they patent lumia 610/710's dress code! these new iPod really resembles with the lumia!!

5. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Rather you are an Appler hater or not, but I thought the iPhone 4's camera has done a great job in taking photos

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

its nice to notice the less noise in detail when zoomed in on ip5 image, but overall i have to say the iphones have always done an above par job with the camera since the ip4 :)

7. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Whats the point? These pics look crappy as compared to pics taken from lumia... i.e. Lumia 800/900

10. chongbh

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

For those who comment that iphone 5 is sexy, you are blind as well cos there is not much difference between the iphone 4S and 5, just that the iphone 4S went thru some slimming session and specs for display and camera still cannot compete with Sony Smartphones like the Xperia S so what a big deal with iphone 5.

11. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

if u ask me than the 4s looks even better xD just my favor.. but the cam of the lumia is expected to be much better and even the lg optimus g will be much better!

18. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

I love the word "might", people are frequently using this word in apple articles, it seems. "Apple A6 might be quad core for their most amazing..." "...might be the first EVER smartphone to use A15 2GHz processor." "Apple might be using Samsung components despite their hatred..." Oh wait the last one we know...

20. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

not even the thinnest smartphone available... there is a 1080p, 5", android jelly bean with full HD(not fake HD apple) and a whopping 444ppi all with just 6.65mm thickness... its called the oppo find5 x990... unless you like android and specs(ilovers say they don't but they do) you wont hear about this Chinese company

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