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  • 4th Gen iPhone Getting 5MP Camera from LG Innotek



    Late Wednesday evening, news from the Far East began indicating that Korea's LG Innotek will be the formal supplier of 5-megapixel camera sensors in the 4th generation iPhone that may be introduced in a matter of weeks - perhaps even earlier than the initial late-June time frame. In the wake of the iPhone-Gizmodo debacle, some think Apple may get the "show on the road" sooner than expected.

    The Chosun reports that LG Innotek has already started to produce the cameras and will begin "mass producing" them in the second half of 2010, after the new iPhone is officially unveiled. Naturally, the bump up to 5-megapixels will be significant and is widely anticipated by Apple fans who have long complained that the picture quality provided by the iPhone is sub-par in comparison to the high bar the device sets in other aspects for modern smartphones.

    "Upgrading to a 5-megapixel camera will bring the handset into line with that offered by Google's Nexus One."
    It had been previously reported (by Rodman and Renshaw brokerage analyst Ashok Kumar) that the new iPhone would get a 5-megapixel camera with OmniVision as the supplier. They also hinted that the 4th gen model could debut at WWDC 2010. It now appears that only half of those predictions may come true, as all signs point to LG Innotek serving up the cameras for the new iPhone that could very well roll out June 7th at the start of WWDC 2010.

    In addition to a new 5-megapixel camera, the next gen iPhone is also expected to deliver some form of camera flash functionality - at least that's what the evidence gleaned within the iPhone 4.0 SDK suggests.

    Source: Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 4th Gen iPhone Getting 5MP Camera from LG Innotek started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. finalfantasy_lkta's Avatar
      finalfantasy_lkta -
      Quote Originally Posted by noop View Post
      How could you not like the prototype look? The last one (3G & 3GS) straight up looks cheap and out of place from all the other apple products. I really loved the look and feel of my first gen iphone over my 3g and 3gs. Most would agree with me.

      As for the 5 mp camera, about time apple I had a 5 mp camera on my Nokia N95 3 years ago.
      I agree with the look of 1st gen iphone. I'm not really into 3G and 3Gs looks, but this prototype resembles a " block " type phone, with the absent of smoothness from previous version. This is what makes me feel disapointed. hope final product will be more polish, or at least get some Mac-like smoothness.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Look at every other Apple product on the market.. they are all gravitating to silver/aluminum and black. iMacs... Macbook Pros.. Mac Pros.. iPads. It's all about product continuity. When I put my iPad next to my Macbook Pro next to my iMac they all look great.. then I throw my iPhone in there and it's like... who made that? The iPhone 3G and 3GS always looked out of place in the overall Apple product line b/c they're cheap. Apple doesn't generally go backwards in quality from aluminum to plastic.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      wow, people complaining about the 5 mpx. look at how great the photos look in the current iphone. compare them to any other 3 mpx device and it looks great.
    1. travelbytommy's Avatar
      travelbytommy -
      Who cares if it is 5MP? I have had a 10 megapixel camera since 2002, and even 12MP is almost standard for point and shoot cameras these days. Plus it is not about the number of dots (pixels) but how clearly it shoots, and no matter what they do it is still a cell phone taking the picture.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Apple doesn't generally go backwards in quality from aluminum to plastic.
      That is exactly what they did going from iPhone 2G to 3G.

      I think the trade off Apple had to make to get some aluminum on the device was to go with siding only as not to interfere with cell/3G signal on such a small device. Just look at the ugly black top that is on the much bigger iPad 3G just to let the 3G signal through, due to the aluminum backing.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      Quote Originally Posted by purpl3_bug View Post
      Only 5mp?? Most smartphones have 8mp and they are only gonna throw 5 on the new iPhone?
      So it seems you´re the last man on earth that does not understand that good photos need a high quality objective (like german hightech products from "zeiss") and NOT many megapixel. This is so embarrassing !

      With 5MP you can print posters, so what is neccessary for you: Childish Megapixel madness or quality

      By the way: The nexus has 5mp cam but is not even avaiable in most countries at the european continent and makes lousy pictures.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      a flash on the camera is well needed. 5MP is gonna be appreciated also.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by purpl3_bug View Post
      Only 5mp?? Most smartphones have 8mp and they are only gonna throw 5 on the new iPhone?
      quit whining. Most phones DO NOT have 8. You're exaggerating. Most phones have between 3-5. Very few have 8. Some people just love to complain and complain about what they think is best. Watch when it's 8 you'll probably be one of those clowns that says "what?? only 8? Most phones have 15." greedy clowns.

      Quote Originally Posted by baabaa View Post
      What you said is true in some way but you are talking about viewing/printing the pictures in normal/small size.

      I don't care how good the quality your 5MP camera can be. Try viewing the picture on a big size monitor/TV and it will look like crap. That's why more pixels are always preferred.

      We Apple fans have all been brain washed by Apple's marketing by bringing 3 years old technology. The worst part is we still get excited about it when they upgrade only a few things.
      How can you say they brought 3yr old product...when other manufacturers are doing the same? I mean if you're going to be in a situation where you know you're going to take pictures and lots of them..why not go with a real camera? I'm not going to sit there and take everything with a phone. But i guess to each his/her own.
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      I for one think this is the final product as im sure case companies have the shells to make cases for. Im also wondering, they said they took it apart but yet they dont know which cpu/gpu it uses or how much ram/rom it has or anything else for that matter.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That would make sense. Apple got to keep up with the competition
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by equlizer View Post
      I for one think this is the final product as im sure case companies have the shells to make cases for. Im also wondering, they said they took it apart but yet they dont know which cpu/gpu it uses or how much ram/rom it has or anything else for that matter.
      They don't know the CPU,GPU, and RAM/ROM because they were afraid of taking the phone apart at its' core. All of the components on the prototype are miniaturized and it was difficult. So, instead of possibly breaking it they decided to hold off.
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      here's an idear (yes, idear) for you people that dont like the looks of the new iPhone. You ready? GET A CASE! oh, hey, get a case that LOOKS like the 3g/3gs! someone has to obviously make them considering this prototype was in one! *gasp*
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jabregousmc View Post
      here's an idear (yes, idear) for you people that dont like the looks of the new iPhone. You ready? GET A CASE! oh, hey, get a case that LOOKS like the 3g/3gs! someone has to obviously make them considering this prototype was in one! *gasp*

      Or better yet: D...R...O...I...D Incredible!!!!!!

      It has a 8 megapixel camera, and yes you can even get a case for it!

      An for you Photo challenged folks, the reason for more pixels is for size/clarity not just a bragging point. A 8 megapixel will produce a larger more clear image than a 5 will and so on..... I belive I read somewhere that one of the reasons why 12 megapixels where so wanted was because of the fact that professional photo-buffs wanted to re-create 35mm film digitally! And they needed 12 megapixels to achieve that.

      A better arguing point would be the LUX factor or amount of light needed to operate. Most of these phone cameras are poor in that area (need lots of light). That totaly distorts the ability of the phone camera in my opinion.

      Can't wait till me contract is up!!!
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Please read up on the megapixel myth people.

      "The megapixel myth was started by camera makers and swallowed hook, line and sinker by camera measurebators. Camera makers use the number of megapixels a camera has to hoodwink you into thinking it has something to do with camera quality."

      The Megapixel Myth

      Stop being a measurebator!

      Also, it takes about 25MP to simulate 35mm film.
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      with 5mp, it's enough to leave a camera away
    1. Maor949's Avatar
      Maor949 -
      only 5MP?!

      the "New Generation" Phones even get 12MP camera like staio of sony ericson and the X8 of nokia..

      im disapointed..
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maor949 View Post
      only 5MP?!

      the "New Generation" Phones even get 12MP camera like staio of sony ericson and the X8 of nokia..

      im disapointed..
      I saw a comparison between the Nexus One 5MP camera and the Droid Incredible 8MP camera. The Nexus One 5MP won.

      For the bizzillioneth time, megapixels don't matter!