The new iPhone 5 has been launched with a lot of new features and upgrades, however one the key upgrade of the new iPhone is the improved camera. Not everyone in the tech world has been able to grab and do a hands-on on the new Apple device, hence the Cupertino giant has released few sample images taken with the use of the iPhone 5's camera, which happened to be one of the main features that the company has discussed yesterday during the release of the new phone.
Regarding camera specs, iPhone 5 camera has the 8 mega pixel backside illuminated sensor. It will have advanced options like a hybrid IR filter, f/2.4 aperture as in iPhone 4S as well as five element lens. However the whole system in iPhone 5 is around 25% smaller making it compact enough to fit in the smaller case. There are also changes made by Apple with the new camera which improves the image quality. The new camera has a dynamic low light mode which as promised by Apple provides up to ‘2 F-stops’ performance. This means that the camera will be able to capture brighter low light images attributed to its ability to shoot images at up to 2 stops higher ISO value.
iPhone 5 camera will also be using precision lens alignment along and a lens cover made with Sapphire crystal. Sapphire is known for its sturdiness and will prevent the lens from scratches. A new Image Signal Processor (ISP) is also included in the system along with spatial noise reduction and smart filter. These features ensure reduced noise, improved low light performance and 40% faster camera speed.
A new panaroma mode is included in the iPhone 4 camera which allows it to take high resolution 28 mega pixel images. Video recording has also received an enhancement. Digital image stabilization has been improved although the resolution is still 1080p@30frames per second. The camera will be able to detect up to 10 faces while video recording. Users will also be able to capture images while recording videos.
The images released by Apple look fairly impressive at first glance. Detailing is good although from a closer look one can comprehend that there is a fair amount of luminance noise in the images. There is also evident highlight clipping on most of the brighter areas in the pictures.
Apple has not provided any panaroma images, so there is no way to judge the efficiency of the new panorama mode. The image quality allows one to comprehend that the sensor used is different in iPhone 5 compared to iPhone 4S. The sample images are shot at ISO 50 which is a lower base value compared to the ISO 64 in iPhone 4S.