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Report says Apple iPhone 5S will feature 12MP camera with improved low-light performance

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:50

According to a source who works for Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the next iteration of the Apple iPhone will carry a 12MP camera. Although Wonderful Saigon Electrics makes camera modules for Apple, that doesn't automatically make this solid information. The Apple iPhone 5S is due after the Summer, according the story, and will do a much better job at taking pictures under low-light conditions than the current camera on the phone. Apple was pushed to improve low-light picture taking after the success that the Nokia Lumia 920 has had with its camera in this area...

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:38 4

13. bucky (Posts: 3112; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

You want to have to use both hands at all times on your phone??? That's one of the reasons I'm still using the iPhone. If there was a top spec android phone with 4.3" screen is be using it. Sgs2 international is still the best android I'v ever used.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:55

16. Hemlocke (unregistered)

The i9100, and if you have big enough hands, the NII, are Sammy's best phones, to date. I owned the 777, as well as three S3's (9300, and two U.S. variants), as well as the international NI, and I didn't like any of them. The GNex was okay, but i liked the Nexus S better.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:36 4

12. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 88; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I love how apples best camera is currently a 8mp but all new android phones have 13mp and apple considers 12mp a upgrade. When compared to android devices apples upgrade is still considered a step backward to the android community. I don't get why people still buy apple phones.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:39 8

14. bucky (Posts: 3112; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

The iPhone 5 still has the best camera even with a lower number. Typical, chasing specs for no reason...

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 22:28 5

20. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

apple likes to pander to the hipsters and soccer moms that still buy their novelties. Since hipsters like retro, apple likes to be two years behind Android. Hell they're behind Windows and RIM at this point.
But they are very shiny and pretty.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:03 1

40. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

The veneralbe Nokia N8 also has a 12MP shooter. The difference is its sensor is relatively massive at 1/1.83, versus the rest of the field which is operating in the 1/3rd range. Coupled with more precise optics (Carl Zeiss), a properly spec'd Xenon flash and tailored algorithms....this is what makes the difference...not simply the number of MegaPixels.

I'm sure, at least I hope, Apple has more up its sleave than a simple megapixle increase. Based on its recent track record in this area and ability to invest, I suspect this is the case.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 22:07 1

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

They may be using Sony's Exmor RS Sensor, or they're may be using Nokia's PureView! :P

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:38

50. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

nokia never give their tech to anyone.
it's unique tech from nokia so.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 22:23 3

18. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

Wow. Maybe they can put more than 3 options in the camera menu. Seriously, I was unfortunate enough to get a demo iphone 5 and it literally has 3 different "settings".

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:03 1

22. Droiddoes (unregistered)

Too bad it will be attached to an iphail.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:12 3

24. byazatt (Posts: 297; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Apple iPhone 5 camera already shines in many aspects ..low light will really be a plus. How I wish Samsung followed the same path.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:59

39. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

If Apple installed a single lens OIS, like HTC One, I bet the low light performance would improve materially. They can't do the Nokia route due to patents, but the more conventional HTC appraoch is also possible.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:18

25. byazatt (Posts: 297; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

come to think of it, this low light thing might be software based because if they are using Sony's Exmor RS Sensor,then I doubt the hardware is wired with real low light potential like say HTC one or lumia 920.. just thinking.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:34

26. BigBoss10 (Posts: 278; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

12 MegaS H I T :D

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:41

27. shamataa (Posts: 240; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

If you people think Apple will do this you are not a smart person. Just saying from past history and collect it and brainstorm it.Why would you take low light photos anyways?.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:07 2

28. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Well, think about why people haven't taken many low light photos....got it yet? Because they don't have a camera optimized for such things and their photos always turn out too dark or look unnatural with the flash on.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:08

34. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

And then they will call it innovation and sue Nokia and HTC :D

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:14

36. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

LOL... Apple is chasing competitors now. But there are only two ways to improve low-light performance: 1) use a bigger sensor (or a lower resolution), and 2) use an optical stabilizer.
The Nokia 920 uses (2), while the HTC One uses both (1) and (2).
These solutions are hardware-based. There is also a third way, which is only marketing gimmick (a software-only solution): a sort of night mode that pumps up the sensitivity (ISO). Something tells me that Apple will choose this last option, will give it a name like "Digital Stabilizer" and will try to market it as equivalent to hardware solutions...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:58

38. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Actually, the HTC's sensor is not any larger than the compeititions here. Only the indivudal pixel size is larger (2 micron versus 1.4)...but this is not as impactful as an overall sensor size increase.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:56

37. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Unless Apple increases the physical size of the sensor, I can't see how an increase to the new 12MP spec will have a material benefit to the consumer. It only serves to address a perception gap, nothing more. It may, in fact, push beyond the limits of the 1/3rd sensor and degrade performance relative to the current 8MP shooter. To really get a benefit, Apple would need to introduce a larger sensor...but that would imply moving away from its thin/design mantra.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:19

43. yero789 (unregistered)

The iPhones have one of the best camera's on the phone!I mean it's sensor is made by e Sony,but Sony's smartphones have such a bad cameras(well it's not too bad,but compared to iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4,they are pretty poor.I hope Sony will fix this soon!And the iPhone with 12mp camera would be great! :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 06:47

48. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

12mp is useless if it does not have a 5" screen!

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