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]