iPhone 5 keeps the same camera and lens, adds new features

On top of all Photokina announcements this week, Apple also revealed their new iPhone 5. The camera and lens inside the new iPhone remain similar to the previous version, but 25% thinner in order to accommodate the new design.

What's the same:

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • Autofocus
  • f/2.5 lens with 5 optical elements
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Photo and video geotagging

What's new:

  • Dynamic low light mode
  • Sapphire crystal cover
  • Panorama mode - can produce a 28MP image
  • Faster image capture
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Snapshots during video recording

Sample images:

More full resolution photos taken with the iPhone 5 can be found here.

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  • EvanK

    More interested in the Lumia 920, and its 8MP PureView.

    • ProtoWhalePig

      If only we had some genuine footage/shots by which to judge it!

  • David

    This phone isn’t impressive at all compared to what’s around now. Apple is so proud to offer some features to its customers that others have been using for a couple of years now. And it is not the thinnest smartphone either. There are a couple of others including a Chinese smartphone. So much marketing BS including downright lies when it comes to Apple.

    • lazybeans

      I don’t own an iPhone, but I do currently own an Android, Blackberry, and a Windows 7 Phone. I also own an iPad. The iPhone is no longer something special, but the ecosystem is brilliant. You buy an iPhone because it’s a very well made phone and it has a well integrated ecosystem. It may not be the best phone out there, but if you want a reliable phone with good app support there isn’t anything better.

    • Iknowyoudontlikeit

      Obiouvsly you simply CAN’T Find a smartphone so we’ll built.

      The Galaxy III is plastic, with a washed color screen in respect of the iPhone. The apps on iPhone are MUCH better.

      And now you have a new construction with iOS on top of that.

      Android still confusing people and has not so great apps. And mostly are free. Android users are not willing to pay apps because there are few valid apps on it. On App Store there’s a better selection and you know what? People that spent 200$ in iPhone apps won’t change the entire ecosystem if they have to re-pay for apps that aren’t or that have not the same quality.

      Apple is going to break every record with this iPhone. I think 50 millions only in the christmas quarter.

      • CHD

        The Galaxy III feels like a cheap piece of plastic and this iphone 5 is no big deal IMO. I bit the bullet 3 weeks ago and purchased an HTC One X and haven’t looked back. I was worried I would have buyer’s remorse when the iP5 came out…but nope:) The One X is awesome…blazing fast on LTE with big, beautiful screen and awesome build quality.

        • Iknowyoudontlikeit

          That’s not the point

          • Tyler Evert

            I really love when people comment on things with bad grammar and spelling, so I can laugh at them and totally dismiss their opinion. We’ll, I think you mean well.

          • CHD


            The point is that Apple isn’t the only one who makes a well built phone. The HTC One X is top notch quality wise and IMO looks better than the iphone.

      • bliblablu

        “Obiouvsly you simply CAN’T Find a smartphone so we’ll built.”

        The HTC One S features a unibody shell made of Aluminium

  • hah

    Same phone.. new advanced price.

    • ProtoWhalePig

      In fact the price has not changed for several generations. If you’re gonna troll, at least make an attempt to troll based on facts.

  • dave

    woopee!!!!! apple crap. pay for the name and get a dud product.

    • Thatsthepointandshoo

      A dud product that works damn well and that give access to the best mobile apps on the planet. That’s the point. I probably have spend LESS than some fandroid out there.

      I keep my iPhone for 3 OR more years and I have updates through 3 OR more years. Look the 3GS: 2008 phone that now has iOS 6.

      I had a 3G and now a 4S.

      Common fandroids change their phone every 6-12 months. Because android’s phones don’t receive updates for so long.

      So normal android user spend MORE. I.E.

      And android is fragmented.

      • Mike

        AMEN! I had a Blackberry Pearl in 2007. It fell and the screen died. The 3G was new then and it was cheaper than replacing the BB and cheaper than replacing the BB’s screen. Best thing that’s happened to me as far as cell phones go. In the last 5 years I’m on my 2nd iPhone (4s). My brother conversely has had two Palm Pre’s, HTC, and a Samsung and all I hear is how ceappy they are. Yet he doesn’t want to have an iPhone because of how proprietary their system is and some other perceived restrictions. I have an iPhone and iPad and I see how slick the Apple system is.

        There are so many Android versions and permutations and phone models out there it confuses the crap out of me. Apple is about simplicity. 3G, 3Gs, 4, 4s, 5. Can’t get much simpler than that.

        • Mike

          p.s. It’s far easier to take an existing idea, concept, design and make it better versus coming up with it yourself. Samsung et al., saved a lot of resources by taking the iPhone idea and ripping it off. Why should they benefit? I have no qualms with the judgment against them in California courts. Let’s face it. If Samsung were still designing Blackberry knock offs, Apple iPhones would have an even bigger share of the phone market. But their success is due, in part, to Apple’s design and platform success. Satellites get much of their needed velocity to travel to other planets by mooching gravitational energy of off the Earth. Samsung is no different to Apple.

          • CHD

            Mike…..who cares that Samsung took Apple’s idea…that happens in business all the time. In the car industry Audi put out some sweet looking LED headlights and now almost every new car out there comes with LED lights. I could give you many more examples but I’m sure you can think of them on your own.

    • Coocconn

      Dud product but that works damn well. And has the best apps on the planet.

      Android Phone’s lack in support. iPhone 3GS (2008) has iOS 6.

      Google don’t care users. Google attention is on advertisers.

      Apple attention is on customers.

      Android is fragmented. iOS not. And fandroids are spending MORE $/year in respect of iPhone’s users. Because fandroids change their phone every 6/12 mo.

  • Zaph

    DPReview says it’s a new camera.

    • Bow

      According to dpreview, the sensor inside the new iPhone 5 is actually an updated 8 megapixel back-side illuminated sensor. So its interesting to see photo and statistical comparison between the iPhone 4S and 5.

  • Camaman

    What are the focal lengths of iPhone cameras?
    I always wondered about that.

  • Rob-L

    I’m not sure why you’re stating the camera is the same. It has the same amount of megapixels, sure – but only a sucker thinks that more megapixels = a better camera.

    It has a new Back-illuminated sensor with (supposedly) better noise control. Let’s be real, there’s only so much that can be done with a camera phone lens and the only real improvement needs to come from the sensor and processor.

  • ariliquin

    This is not the same sensor. This is possible the new Sony next generation stacked BSI sensor announced by Sony earlier this year. This sensor has greatly improved IQ over the previous generation.

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