iPhone 4S Camera to Compete with Point and Shoot Cameras
It’s no surprise that Apple upgraded the iPhone’s camera today. The camera has been steadily improving with each successive generation of iPhone model. Rumors have been circulating for quite some time that Apple would upgrade the iPhone’s camera to 8 megapixels. The fact that this rumor turned out to be true is not surprising, but what is surprising is magnitude of improvements that Apple has been able to make to this year’s iPhone model.
The iPhone 4S now features an 8 Megapixel camera capable of generating 3264x2448 resolution images. You’ll be able to snap pictures more quickly now as well, with only a .5 second delay between shots. The camera has been designed to let more light in, which should produce better quality images in low light settings. You can now take pictures with the lens wide open at f/2.4. This should produce images that are 30% sharper than the previous iPhone model's camera. Many will also be pleased that the iPhone 4S now records video at 1080p.
The lens includes 5 elements and should produce images that have better color accuracy and more color uniformity. The image sensor now has a hybrid IR filter and a backside illuminated sensor. This should produce better results in low-light environments. Hopefully, the days of grainy indoor pictures will be a thing of the past with this camera. Concertgoers should be able to bring home better quality photos from the mosh pit now as well.
The iPhone 4’s camera already produces wonderful pictures, especially considering that it uses a tiny imaging sensor. Apple hopes to compete with dedicated point-shoot-cameras with this latest iPhone model. Point-and-shoot camera sales have been on the decline in recent years, with more and more people opting to take pictures with their phones instead of dedicated cameras.
Recently, photo-sharing site Flickr released a graph showing the top 5 most popular cameras used to upload pictures to the site. The iPhone 4 beat out four popular DSLR models from Nikon and Canon.
It would seem that Apple is gaining popularity among photographers as well as everyone else. Photographers that make a living taking pictures will never abandon the DSLR. But for the rest of us, an iPhone is all the camera we need most of the time. Soon, you’ll be able to upload images directly to Twitter when iOS 5 is released October 12. I can’t wait to check out the new camera on the iPhone 4S.