iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: camera comparison
One of the bigger improvements in the iPhone 4S over its predecessor is the all-new camera. This is because besides an 8MP sensor, it also comes with a few other enhancements like an optical system with five-element lens (as opposed to four in the iPhone 4), wider f/2.4 aperture, improved back-side illumination and color accuracy, and last, but not least – faster operation. So we thought, why don't we arrange a little shootout with the 4S and 4, and see just how better the new kid on the block is?

If you've been skeptical about this new camera on the iPhone 4S, believe us – it's much better! Upon opening the very first scene shot with both devices, the advantages of the new model in the camera department became evident. Pretty much every aspect of the photos taken with the iPhone 4S is better – they enjoy more natural colors (no more oversaturated tones), even greater detail levels, as well as better exposure (some areas of pictures taken with the iPhone 4 tend to get overexposed, which is not present with the 4S). But we'd rather let the images below speak for themselves...

Video recording has also received an upgrade. Right from the start, we notice much more detail captured with the 1080p video of the 4S, compared to the 720p sample of the iPhone 4. Not only this, but colors also looked more natural with the 4S. On top of this, the iPhone 4S' camcorder also sports some additional features such as temporal noise reduction and image stabilization to further refine the footage you shoot. By the way, if you're interested in reading more about the new technology behind the iPhone 4S' camera, check out our dedicated article about it.

iPhone 4S video sample:

iPhone 4 video sample:

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

4s' snapshots are way way better than the iPhone 4's. Perhaps the 4s is the best 8 megapixel smartphone out there. That's what you get when your camera sensor is manufactured by Sony. :>

12. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

I have always been amazed by how much cameras differ. And I always wondered where phonearena takes these pictures. I like the scenary.

15. crysiss

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

That scenery is from the city dubbed as "The seaside capital of Bulgaria", i.e. Varna. Search for it on Google maps.

16. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i think that the 4s has more "near to reality" photos but the 4 has much more beautiful ones

2. Anirbanrocks

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

i guess Sony Ericsson's Camera sensors are also manufactured by Sony..so why don't they give such awesome video and camera quality...:( BTW on-topic..ya iphone4s' photos are definitely better than iphone4's photo..at least colors are natural :)

9. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

yeah something i don't get. If apple gets all there parts from tom, d**k and harry. how come tom d**k and harry don't have just as equally good products or vastly superior ?

3. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Iphone 4 always makes ugly photos. So oversaturated. Now all iphone fans can look at those photo comparison and they must admit (must admit? of course they will. It's a new Iphone so it's the best and blabla...the previous version is no longer something to be desired). Colors are not natural, never been and never will. I don't like Iphone too much but this new camera unit at least proves that Iphone 4 never been so much good (it was overhyped).

4. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

And cuz everything you just said is true everyone will thumb down you :D

7. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Don't feed the troll.

10. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I think when someone has his own arguments and disagree with "apple/android gospel" must be a troll. The only troll is you pal. That's a forum. Check definition of this word.

8. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

let it be. I don't care:)

5. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Waiting for iPhone 4s vs galaxy sII vs Nokia n8 camera comparison. And this time it would be good if a DSLR is used to compare the images to instead of a standard compact cam

11. Q8cavalry

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Nokia N8! Lame phone don't ever bring it with SGS2

13. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Camera wise, the gs2, 4s and n8 are probably the 3 best. (correct me if i\'m wrong) and the nokia n8 will most probably come out tops

14. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

n8 has the bst caméra.camera king. . . , . . Sgs2 speed king . . . . .iphone creativity king.

17. Samkapoor

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Yes I agree, Iphone 4 camera is not good in low-light situation. When we capture a picture in low or dim light (usually Night) then we see its picture quality is effects it is due some problem in phone camera. Talking about Iphone 4s camera, its camera quality is good than iphone 4. Don’t worry I have solution for Iphone 4 camera I just found the best solution athttp://howmobile.net/apple-iphone/2853-solution-camera-issues-iphone.html. Hope you can like the solution. It’s very easy to understand. Hope the solutions solve your Iphone 5 camera trouble. Thanks

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