Report claims Apple's iPhone 6 will stick to an 8MP camera

Report claims Apple's iPhone 6 will stick to an 8MP camera
Another day of CES obviously means more Apple rumors, and the latest bit of news about Apple's next flagship smartphone is regarding the phone's camera. There had been some rumors claiming that Apple was planning to bump the camera to a 16MP sensor; but, a new report from China is saying that Apple will stick to an 8MP sensor and offer improvements in other ways.

We are all pretty familiar these days with the fact that megapixels aren't such a great determinant of camera quality, and it seems that Apple believes that. The report says that Apple will stay at the 8MP mark for the iPhone 6, but will offer optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as other improvements. Unfortunately, there isn't any word on what those improvements may be. 

Apple's iPhone 5s also stuck with an 8MP sensor just like the iPhone 5, but improved performance in other ways - making the pixel size larger for better low-light performance, making the aperture wider, changing the lens material, adding dual flash, and slow motion video. 

Apple apparently doesn't see value in following other companies who use higher megapixel counts as a replacement for optical zoom. Nokia is tops in this with its 41MP Lumia 1020 and 20MP Lumia 1520; Sony's flagships offer 20.7MP cameras; and, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a 16MP sensor. 

source: The China Post via BGR

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62 Comments

1. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Not true. Every iPhone Apple introduces, "CPU, GPU, Camera is a must upgrade"

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

they didn't last time....

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

And sadly this is the most believable rumor about the iPhone.

4. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Iphone has been on 8MP since the 4S (2011)

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As Apple has shown with the past few iPhones, and as LG showed with the Nexus 4 and 5, adding megapixels is not the only way to upgrade a camera.

20. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

It doesn't mean the camera isn't substandard when compared to the rest of the industry and where it is headed...

28. stealthd unregistered

It doesn't mean it IS substandard either. Bigger numbers don't guarantee better results.

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3, S4, G2, Z1, and all Lumia phones prove your comment wrong.

43. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

While that statement is in itself true, pixels aren't the only thing being upgraded by competitors. Competitors are also working on sensor size, working on image stabilization, working on software features, enthusiast oriented features, etc. The iPhone still produces pretty good JPEGs, but there's no indication that Apple intends to make any strides in this department. Competitors are making strides in overall quality and features, not just pixels.

44. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have a Canon EOS 20D (I also have a 60D, saving for a 6D), it is an 8.2 megapixel digital SLR. I can do prints upto 11 X 14 before you can start seeing blur. When was the last time any of you printed, let's say an 8 X 10 from a picture you took? 8mp is honestly all most people need. I like the bigger sensors they're using now though. Although I feel a Zeiss lens would help out too on phones (not a problem for Nokia ;-) )

51. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

And your lenses are probably 10X the size of what is in the normal smartphone. Of course it's going to look better at 8.2 than the average 8MP shooter on a smartphone. Not to mention you have an optical zoom and most smartphones still have digital ones.

57. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Actually I only use Zeiss primes. But if they used a sensor the size of the 1020's but 8mp with Zeiss optics you would get solid low light performance and should be able to squeeze out some decent 5 X 7 sized shots, maybe 8 X 10 with modern sensor tech.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Apple Strategy: Don't waste money, keep it going same, it saves you a money.

19. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Agree. My iP5s is still using 3 years old screen, not even does it have a 720P screen. And still uses a 1500Mah battery, atleast a 2000Mah would be great. Apple is charging customers so much for a device that is classed not even a midrange.. dam sure do they know how to takes peoples hardearned money...

29. stealthd unregistered

720P is just an arbitrary resolution. The screen is not 3 years old. If you've seen a 5 or 5s screen compared to an actual 3 year old phone, like the iPhone 4, sure the resolution is the same, but the brightness, contrast, and color saturation are all better. Sounds like you're stuck on meaningless numbers.

52. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I am a bit disappointed that my iPhone 5S has a 8 MP shooter, but it also came with a 64-bit processor. I'll take the 64-bit processor, thank you very much!

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Nah, i don't think Apple will be that dumb to stick with the same cameraresolution the next time

5. cwiley5045

Posts: 23; Member since: May 07, 2010

Why play the game of upgrading pixels when thats not the problem with the quality of camera phone. Everyone else is doing it as a sells pitch while Apple wants to make that 8MP work better then there 16MP and larger. I think its a great idea.

10. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Pixels is one part of making a good camera. When you improve ,you go on every aspect. Don't try to argue that a 16Mp and 8Mp is same cuz it isn't at all

30. stealthd unregistered

He didn't say they were the same. He said Apple could make an 8MP camera that could be overall better than a 16, which is potentially true. MP count is a great number for marketing, because a lot of people think it indicates the cameras quality, when it really doesn't.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't at all bro. +1

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

There are a lot of 13 MP or higher cameras that are better than the iPhone's 8 MP shooter. Don't make it sound like Apple's the only one focusing on quality.

34. stealthd unregistered

There are 13MP cameras that will get a little more detail in perfect lighting, but they are not better in lower light conditions than the 5s.

48. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

iPhone 5s has one of the smaller camera sensors for a smartphone and no optical image stabilization. It performs admirably for being so handicapped, but it can't perform as well in low light as phones like the Nokias, with optical image stabilization and larger sensors.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Camera on the Note 3, Z1 > iPhone 5S

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've been doing shoot outs with my note 3, and 5S, and to be totally honest, the iPhones are just a tad better most of the time. I'd say 6 outta 10 times.

6. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

8 MP for the 4th year in a row !! Well thanks Apple P.S : I own an iPhone 5, A Galaxy Note 3 and an iPad 3. I prefer Apple's ecosystem over Android but seems like Apple is digging their own tomb !! Don't tell me Apple has costumers and these stuff If you saw my previous comments you know I was an Apple fanatic maybe my Profile Pic still says it !! But I decided to leave because of the lack of innovation and these useless speed bumps that are barely noticeable Enough with that Apple, surprise us !! Make something ... The world reached 41 MP on a phone and soon a 4K display and Apple still has 8 MP and Retina !! Come on now, are you kidding with us ??

35. stealthd unregistered

Are you serious? You basically just said "Apple's not giving me bigger numbers!" Bigger numbers don't always make a better phone, bigger numbers are just easier to market. Yes, "the world" reached a 41 MP camera phone, that's more camera than phone. Yes, there are 4K displays, on TV's not phones, and what's the point of adding more pixels when they're already too small to see?

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What they don't tell you is that the pics, and vids on that 41 meg camera are generally not shareable. That's mostly for printing them out.

49. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

But they do tell you that the phone takes both a 38 megapixel and 5 megapixel photo simultaneously, and the 5 megapixel photo is sharper and cleaner than anything you'll see out of any other smartphone because it benefits from pixel binning. And at 5MP, it's very shareable.

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