How Does The iPhone 5 Camera Stack-Up Against Previous iPhone Cameras?

iPhone 5 Camera

Though iPhone 5’s back-facing camera has the same 8-megapixel, five-element lens with 2.4 aperture, which is similar to the iPhone 4S, but is 25% smaller and the same 3,264 by 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor, it comes with improvements such as 40% faster photo capture, improved low-light performance, and improved noise reduction.

Folks at Camera+ – developers of popular camera app that was recently released for the iPad, have carried out a series of tests to find out how the iPhone 5 camera stack-up against previous iPhone cameras.

Camera+ has compared the photos taken with the Camera+ app (iTunes link) using the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 in three situations:

  1. A well lit macro setting to test detail and quality of the cameras
  2. A skyline shot to test sharpness and saturation
  3. A candle lit low light macro photo to test noise.
Here’s the side-by-side comparison photos:

Macro Comparison

 Skyline Comparison

Low Light Macro Comparison

Lisa Bettany of Camera+ concludes:

It’s clear from the detail shots that the iPhone 5 produces sharper photos with more accurate white balance, contrast, and saturation. 

What do you think? We would love to hear what our resident experts think about the quality of iPhone 5 camera.

[via Camera+ blog]

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  • KW

    I think 8 meg is good for size.Any larger becomes to much info to store/share. Just keep improving hdw and software to improve image over the next generations.

  • hmmm?

    Not a huge difference from the 4s. And I hope they update the simultaneous capture because the photos are basically frames from the video. Don’t know why they have this limitation when Android phones can capture full resolution pics while capturing video.

  • Boss

    i feel iphone 4s is much better …more detailed if you look at macro comparison

    • greenshifted

      Look CLOSLIER :) What looks like detail is actually low light noise. The iPhone 5 just cleaned it up.

    • jjfunk

      so you own an iphone 4s then

      • Boss

        I have iphone 5

  • Seth Clark

    it would be nice to be able to click on those photos and see them in a larger size to really scrutinize the differences. The 5 really seems to do better than the previous phones in low light.

  • fluyfj

    not a big difference from 4s

  • iSteve Jobs

    where are all the apple’s ass lickers? no matter what they still say good about apple iphone. lol.

  • Nikhil Mattoo

    The 3GS did suprisingly well!