The megapixel count is a standard metric used by customers to compare the camera sensors offered by various gadget manufacturers. But as we have often noted in the past, this is only one of the several factors that determines the actual quality of the camera.
The argument over the right metric to measure camera quality has once again cropped up after Apple unveiled its latest iPhone this week. The new iPhone 4 sports a 5-megapixel camera and it is being argued that the camera on iPhone 4 may not match up to those offered by rival devices like HTC EVO 4G that comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
Steve Jobs had downplayed these arguments during his keynote address claiming that the new camera system on iPhone 4 shall come with a backside-illuminated camera sensor technology that will render high quality images under normal and low-light conditions. These claims are now supported by a series of photographs published by Apple on the iPhone 4 Camera features page. Apple has claimed that these are original and unretouched images that is aimed at giving users an idea of the high quality image sensor that they may expect with the new iPhone 4.
Folks at Gizmodo have confirmed using the meta-data of the published images that these photographs are indeed original and unretouched. The website also notes that the image processing technology on iPhone 4 CMOS tends to render pictures with the same quality as offered by cameras from Nikon. You can checkout the iPhone 4 photo gallery (larger images) over at Apple's website.
iPhone 4's camera system also supports 5x digital zoom, tap to focus, and simple sharing options. With the new iPhone's ability to additionally capture high definition videos (720p) videos at 30fps, the iPhone's camera could be regarded as one of the best among the smartphones in the market today. Are you impressed? Will iPhone 4 replace your digital camera? Let us know your views in the comments.