Rear camera on Apple iPhone 6s said to employ 12MP Sony RGBW sensor

Rear camera on Apple iPhone 6s said to employ 12MP Sony RGBW sensor
According to a few sources, it appears that the rear camera on the next iteration of the Apple iPhone will be a 12MP shooter, a bump from the 8MP camera that adorns the back of the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. More information about this camera has leaked out from Asia, and according to these reports Apple will use a sensor built by Sony for the new shooter.

Additionally, there will be a small but significant change with this sensor that will allow the camera to be better equipped to produce quality images under low-light conditions. The addition of a white sub-pixel, making it a RGBW sensor, allows for improved camera performance when lighting is not optimal. There is also talk that the autofocus speed will be faster, perhaps with the use of phase detection.

Lastly, this report also pretty much puts the kibosh on the dual camera set up that some had claimed would be found on the next iPhone. Apple has been allegedly testing the camera for over a year to make sure that it is free of bugs and ready to be deployed. We could see the Apple iPhone 6s unveiled as early as August.

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source: Feng.com (translated) via GforGames

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96 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

On one hand that tech sounds amazing. On the other hand, I don't know how they want to stuff in so many pixels without enlarging that protruding cammera. And also, why not try spoiler alerts PA ?

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because you don't have to increase sensor size to cram more pixels into a sensor, it will have smaller less light sensitive pixels whitin the same physical space. They will do it right hopefully, Motorola was actually the first to try out this kind of sensor with their original Moto X (10mp, 1/2.6" RGBC sensor).

72. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I think this one will be different though because they're (supposedly) going to use an RGBW which has a white pixel but the Moto X had an RGBC filter with a clear pixel

12. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

So they are copying huawei ? how is that amazing ? Apple copying Chinese finally the reverse copying will happen.

54. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

OK I have to agree that iPhone's camera sucks big times :(

55. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Not as bad as the crap produced by HTC. From M7-M9, their camera barely improved, its is still crappy and worst out of all flagship devices.

68. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It sucks big time, yet consistently is ranked in the top 3-5 on the market. Yep...big time. You're such an attention w***e.

87. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Says the one that always denied to be an Apple fan. Jumping on to defend right away, without thinking what peoples writes. So, all iPhone's camera are in top 3-5 on the market? He just wrote iPhone's and didnt mention which iPhone. You statement is just based on Iphone 6. There are others phones that have better camera than iPhone's and read carefully this time what i wrote. http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles

93. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

When its being priced at the Top of all mobile devices, i wont take a 3-5 spot bruh.. It is charging top of the line price, I want top of the line Camera too. Which is something not acceptable even in 2015. Battery life too is not acceptable (Though I have to agree & even fan of iOS stand by time, its phenomenal) but when used continuously, it sucks big time then again the charging time :( Apple this year I am waiting for something revolutionary in every department like Camera, Screen, & Battery(In Performance its still a champ though) not just a big screen, I have invested heavily in iOS platform so bring me back to your world Please.

96. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

people that don't like it, don't have to buy it though.

83. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

No really. I have tried a lot of phone cameras over the past few years and the iphone always took the better pictures. In terms of the image being as close as what I was taking and not needing any post processing to correct any of the images. Also currently they have the best camera app IMO. It's easy to use and and very intuitive. It's not just about specs look at the HTC M7-M9. Great specs but the images are horrible. My last phone contract was the 4S and loved the camera. Currently the contract im on is the Xperia Z1C and the camera is a hit or miss and Sony actualy makes DSLRs.... I dont understand.

88. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

use manual mode to take photos.. reduce ISO to 100-400 depending on the light... u will get nice shots As everyone knows, sony's processing algorithm is a mess...lots of noise in superior auto mode..

91. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I normaly just jump to manual mode. But sometimes I want to access it quickly from lock screen. It goes to auto by default. Than I have to unlock anyways to go into manual. I just wish they would fix the auto mode along with their camera UI for manual mode. Dont even get me started on HDR mode. So stupid of Sony. They have the best Android phones in my opinion. Build quality, design, UI. Its their camera part that's really letting them down.

2. meloth1991

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Except for the low light performance I am pretty much blown away with my Iphone 6. Hope they also bring optical image stabilization to iPhone 6s

4. Kumar123 unregistered

iPhone has the best camera software and lens that's for sure. Even with such a small sensor they are able to take great low light photography is the testament of how great apple's camera software and lens are. iPhone is pure quality.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Please allow me to get you a napkin. Looks like that Apple left a something dripping off your chin.

11. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

isn't it easier to take good picture in low light with a 8 mp camera than a 16 mp one. so it's actually more impressive that Samsung S6 has been able to take good low light pics despite the higher resolution and clarity.

21. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

That's not how it works. Bigger physical pixel size helps with that as well as how fast the lens is. The Galaxy S6 and LG G4 have faster lenses than the iPhone so they're going to do better in low light. If you have a 5 megapixel and 50 megapixel camera with the same physical pixel size and f-stop, the low-light is going to be the same. That's why the HTC One M7/M8 had brighter low-light pictures because their pixels were huge compared to the competition. If only brighter low-light pictures were the only things those cameras were good at.

18. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Until it got trashed by S4, S5, S6, right?

22. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oh boy... the nationalistic fangirl is back. Brace yourself, flame war is coming. *Defending mode ON*

34. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll agree with the best software part, this coming from a Xperia owner.It is the highlight of iOS. I just wish an Android OEM could make one as simplistic yet functional. I think my Xperia has a few too many options for my simple mind to take into account, when it comes to photography.

59. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Nokia has better.

64. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sorry to say but iphone does not have the best camera! Nokia/MS Pureview phones are still on top camera wise!

76. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The 930/1520/1020 would say otherwise. Especially in their DNG format I can pull details etc out of the photo that no iPhone could even pick up with its lens or sensor. And if need be, I have access to such phones on a daily basis and would gladly take out a iPhone 6+ for a one-one comparo of a modified DNG file to the Jpeg pushed out of the iPhone.

3. Kumar123 unregistered

Hopefully no camera bump this time.

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah...and give us bigger battery Goddammit.

31. Kumar123 unregistered

This. I would take a slightly thicker and heavier iPhone with bigger battery over thinner and lighter iphone with less battery any day. I heard from people who own iPhone 6 plus that they are getting great battery life. Although I don't think they're going to use a bigger battery with iPhone 6s, lets hope we will get a bigger battery with iPhone 7.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Realistically, the iPhone isn't going to get thicker. It's just not what they do. And they're not the only ones guilty of this. There seems to be an obsession with making the thinnest phone. Why, I have no idea.

58. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I agree, I cannot find ANY advantages of slim phones, I like when my phone is bit heavy, makes me feel confident about it, that it's durable. It really isn't surprising that 6 Plus bends so easy, it's too thin

84. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Yes I don't get this race to thinnest. I have the iPhone 6 Plus and I do get great battery life, but it is too thin IMO. I have an otter box on it, I put one on all my phones cause I have a habit of dropping them and I like my phones to be in mint condition. But before I got the otter box, I felt like I was always going to drop it cause it was so thin it didn't seem like there was much to really grip even though the phone is large and wide. Honestly Id rather have the phone a bit thicker and fit a bigger battery since battery tech is lacking and has been for years. I really like the 6 Plus design but it just doesn't feel secure in my hand without the otter box. I handled the GS6 Edge at best buy and i like that design too but again it feels too thin to me.

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