Rumor: iPhone 6 may feature an 8-megapixel camera (again), but with improved Image Stabilization

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Analysts from Nomura Securities expect Apple to again use an 8-megapixel camera in iPhone 6.

Stocks of Largan Precision, the company that supplies iPhone camera module, fell by nearly 7 percent based on news that iPhone 6 may not come with an upgraded 13 or 16-megapixel camera.

The China Post reports:

According to Nomura Securities, Largan’s recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers. Apple’s decision is based on the design requirement to retain the handset’s more portable form factor, said Nomura Securities. In addition, the company’s prospects are also expected to slump in the first quarter, with revenues expected to decline by 33 percent in the traditional slow season.

Largan retains a leading edge among competing suppliers, as even though the camera’s pixel count remains the same, the company is among the few companies capable of coping with the complexity of the camera module, said Nomura Securities. The production of smaller-factored camera modules would require significantly improved optical aperture and resolution attributes, which are the company’s competitive strengths, said Nomura Securities.

The report however notes that iPhone 6’s 8-megapixel camera will come with some improvements such as improved image stabilization etc.

If this rumor turns out to be true, then Apple would not have gone for a higher resolution camera for second year in a row. iPhone 5s launched last year also comes with an 8-megapixel camera like the iPhone 5 launched in 2012. iPhone 5s camera however offers significant improvements such as larger image sensor, f/2.2 aperture, true tone flash and offers features such as slow-motion video, burst mode and more.

Would you be disappointed if iPhone 6 comes with an 8-megapixel camera or the megapixel count isn’t everything when you buy a camera phone?

[The China Post via MacRumors]