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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  • Display 4.7 inches
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62 Comments

60. twagn

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Who were tupac and biggies murderers other than low lifes? Wait.….who are tupac and biggie?

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They weren't phonearena nagging fanboys. That's for sure.

46. jamesedward318 unregistered

Funny how this debate has started over rumors and nothing factual. Let's argue over who killed 2pac, Biggie, John Lennon and JFK. Seriously folks relax!

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lennons killer is known (Mark David Chapman), JFK's fatal shot came from the front, and tupac and biggie's murderers were senseless low life's. I do wonder who they are/were though.

45. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Newsfash. This just in! iPhone camera stays at 8 megapixels, yet takes better images than most phones with 13 megapixels!

42. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

LOOK!!! An 8MP shooter! = Innovation! LMAO!

41. twagn

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

I had a 4mp Canon S2IS ....6-7 year old tech that would embarrass any of the so called king of smartphone camera's..

27. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Apple likes applying lipstick on pigs?

25. twagn

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

8mp is fine, a larger sensor (1 2/3") faster aperture (f2.0) would be a nice improvement

24. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I am not an apple fan at all, but megapixels doesn't mean anything. My old Sony Cybershot with 7.2 megapixels took better photos than any camera phone today. Its all about the optics, firmware, and then lastly megapixels.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It already has the overall best camera, why screw it up.

26. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Ehmm...

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That I would disagree. Note 3 has a better camera than the 5S, and the Z1 and the 808/1020/1520/929 triumph all.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that I have both devices Smurf, I think the 5S generally takes the better pics.

47. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How can the L929 triumph anything? Unless you are talking about life in the virtual world.

36. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why even upgrade anything at all then since the iPhone is perfect exactly how it is...really?

21. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

No surprise here, Apple has been recycling their phone with minor upgrades since launch. The 5S was a larger leap then normal, but still not nearly enough for me to look back and wish I hadn't given up my iPhone

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What u rockin now JT

50. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I have a Droid Ultra, and I love, I also have a GS3 but i rarely use it anymore. Touchwiz drives me nuts, and the reception is pathetic compared to my Moto. I just got a G Pad and sold my Galaxy Tab for that. I'm going to preorder the Z1S on T-Mobile as soon as it goes on preorder on the 13th, and I'm drooling over that. I'm definitley not a Spec whore, hence my choice for the DROID over the GS4 or G2, but 8MP AGAIN seems pathetic IMO. You sir?

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gnote 3, ip5s, iPad mini with retina. Apologies for the late response. +1

56. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

might want to read that story about sony's terrible battery issues before you take that leap. Especially coming from a droid ultra. You would go from getting great battery life to crap battery life.

18. SPIDERMAN4

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

8 mp in 2014?

17. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

It won't stop the iFans.

14. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

This have anything to do with the amount of cloud storage they give each user?

13. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Is allways the same thing, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 "S".

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Won't work.

9. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I don't think that OIS can be built into a 6mm thin smartphone

7. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think this report contradicts another previous one that claimed that the next iPhone will be ultra-thin. I believe that things like a sizable, bright sensor and optical image stabilization cannot fit in a 6mm body. I think e.g. that you can fit easier a sensor with higher resolution in a slim body, than an 8MP sensor accompanied by OIS. All smartphones with OIS are thicker than 9mm except the Nexus 5 (which is also only marginally thinner). But ultra-slim and OIS? I don't think it will happen soon. Which says something about the credibility of all these roumors.

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?

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