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  1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar

    The inclusion of a 5 megapixel camera on the new iPhone 4 remedies a long-lamented shortcoming: Apple's phone cams have far underperformed the competitors in its class. If the first batch of images off the device are any indication, Cupertino has more than made up for lost time. Apple posted what it claims are unretouched photos on its website, and the quality is, frankly, stunning.

    The iPhone's rear-facing camera is reportedly manufactured by Korea's LG Innotek, and - as Steve Jobs said from the stage at Moscone Center yesterday - they didn't just cram more pixels onto the same sized chip, but instead made the whole chip bigger. As a result, the camera achieves a pixel pitch (space between sensing elements) of 1.75 microns, which brings it to about the level of a decent point and shoot camera. A higher pixel pitch gives better signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, and low-light performance. So while the iPhone 4's cam is not about to replace your DSLR, it might be good enough to take the place of a pocket camera.

    Some evidence in this regard is in the photos Apple is showing off on its website. These are obviously pictures that were specifically chosen to show the camera's imaging qualities under ideal conditions, so what you mostly have are shots taken in broad daylight with good contrast. Even given those caveats, however, the camera performs very well. Apple is saying that the photos on its website are unedited images straight from an iPhone 4, and Gizmodo (who as you may recall has no reason to love Apple) has taken a look at the EXIF metadata. The one photo they analyzed appears to have been taken in full-automatic mode, and is slightly over-saturated and over-exposed, which Giz notes is similar to the way Nikon cameras process their images.

    However, the mystery remains of how these cameras will perform in darker conditions. The low-light images on Apple's website are not specifically noted as being unretouched, and you would think they'd make a big deal out of them if they were. The back camera has (finally!) a built-in flash and backside illumination for better low-light imaging. The back-illuminated structure of the sensor means that incoming light doesn't have to pass through circuitry before reaching the light-sensitive components. The sensors used on the current iPhone, for example, have wires and components in from of the collection layer, which blocks some photos from getting through, making a darker and noisier image. So backside illumination - on paper at least - should make iPhone 4 images brighter and cleaner.

    We're just going to have to wait and see how the camera does in the dark. Even so, the quality of the images under optimal conditions means that at least some of your camera pics - and videos - will be comparable to those taken by dedicated point-and-shoot or flip cameras. Which is pretty good for something that fits in your front pocket.

    Take a look at Apple's gallery here.

    image via Apple
    Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 2010-06-09 at 02:18 AM.
    2010-06-09 02:16 AM
  2. jrlrule's Avatar
    tldr; but that pic looks incredible lol
    2010-06-09 02:19 AM
  3. tgabriel123's Avatar
    That picture really does look amazing..can't wait (:
    2010-06-09 02:19 AM
  4. lfc_'s Avatar
    Oh wow that looks stunning
    2010-06-09 02:19 AM
  5. PM5K's Avatar
    I've said it from the moment I heard it and I'll say it again and again: This is the same type of technology that Sony uses called Exmor R, which is a backside illuminated sensor, which makes for incredible low light detail, something people complain about to no end when using the cameras on smartphones.

    I think this is one of the most underrated changes in the new iPhone 4, and it means that while it's only 5MP it won't matter when compared to other higher resolution cameras because the quality will be remarkably better.
    2010-06-09 02:22 AM
  6. mortopher's Avatar
    Amateur porn just got reinvented!
    2010-06-09 02:35 AM
  7. battlecrushr's Avatar
    looks amazing.
    2010-06-09 02:37 AM
  8. PM5K's Avatar
    No question we'll still get out our full sized cameras for our most important moments, but now we'll be able to take reasonably good photos of those moments when we don't have our cameras.
    2010-06-09 02:37 AM
  9. awesomeSlayer's Avatar I want one.
    Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
    2010-06-09 02:52 AM
  10. adp's Avatar
    They posted a ton of unedited pics in just after it was released. They all look amazing. Another reason for me to get this phone.
    Last edited by adp; 2010-06-09 at 03:42 AM.
    2010-06-09 03:01 AM
  11. whereswaldo's Avatar
    i didn't even read half the article because i was drooling while looking at the image
    Name? whereswaldo
    iDevice + Firmware? 32GB Black iPhone 4 iOS 5.0
    Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
    Location? Toronto
    Found yet? No
    2010-06-09 03:08 AM
  12. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
    Bring out the iPhone 4 already, June 24 is too long. Them images look so awesome.

    MBP 15" 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo Nvidia 9400M 9600GT 256MB OS X 10.6.4 Windows 7 June 2009
    iPhone 4 August 28th
    2010-06-09 03:09 AM
  13. hoqts's Avatar
    The pictures and camera features looks nice and released the phone already!
    2010-06-09 03:29 AM
  14. lj22s's Avatar
    Will the iPhone 4 be available for pre order without AT&T contract?
    2010-06-09 03:38 AM
  15. one1's Avatar
    Now let's look at the last pics from the 3gs release, stunning again. Amazing. Not really, you will never get pics like this unless you are the 10% in photography class that own an iPhone.
    2010-06-09 03:56 AM
  16. CMOSlabs's Avatar
    Been a photographer for a long time. A kodak moment only lasts about 2.3 secs. This will be nice when you don't have your monster 20 mb camera handy
    2010-06-09 04:12 AM
  17. lolcats1's Avatar
    Amateur porn just got reinvented!

    how that everyone can make HD video recording, and edit them, on the go

    2010-06-09 04:13 AM
  18. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
    Amateur porn just got reinvented!
    Haha thats hilarious.
    Soon all porn will be shot with an iPhone 4.
    Wait.....all MOVIES!
    2010-06-09 04:18 AM
  19. DaMan05's Avatar
    I'm sure the new camera is amaaaaaazing, but I HIGHLY doubt that those pics are untouched :/
    2010-06-09 04:43 AM
  20. pakijawan's Avatar
    anyone checked out Nokia n8 picks ,is it same tech?
    Last edited by pakijawan; 2010-06-09 at 04:59 AM.
    2010-06-09 04:57 AM
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