While the iPhone 4S camera is among the best on any cellphone, Apple is not resting on its laurels, so we’re going to see a much improved camera on the iPhone 5.
The A6 chip in the new iPhone opens the door to better specs, including faster capture of photos, noise reduction and better low light performance, which Apple claims will yield up to 2 additional ƒ stops, which is significant. It will be interesting to test against the new Nokia Lumia 920 which is also touting excellent low light performance. Apple has also added a panorama mode. Move your camera from side to side. The resulting image can be up to 28 megapixels.
The camera hardware specs are similar to the 4S, with an 8 megapixel sensor, and a 5 element lens. Apple is also adding a sapphire lens crystal cover, along with a new image processor built into the A6 chip that adds what Apple calls a ‘smart filter’ to do better color matching.
Apple also says it has improved the video performance, with better video stabilization and facial recognition. Apple has also added the ability to grab a still from a video.