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iPhone 5 Camera Parts Show No Attached Flash


Apple.pro has posted photos comparing parts of the iPhone 5 camera components alongside the iPhone 4 camera components. (via 9to5mac) Notably, the iPhone 5 rear camera does not come with an integrated Flash attached to it. This would suggest that the case photo posted earlier today may be accurate, and that the next generation iPhone's camera flash will be located separately from the camera.

Apple.pro offers this photoshop mockup of the camera and flash in separate locations:


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45 months ago

People don't realize that if they put the flash off center like that, it will increase side shadow tremendously...


Ideally, you want something like



but it does make it harder to carry your phone.
Rating: 23 Votes
45 months ago

Steve my iPhone 4s loses signal when I hold it

"You're holding it wrong..again." -steve jobs

Never heard that joke before.
Rating: 18 Votes
45 months ago

I don't know anything about photography, but if moving the flash provides a better picture, hooray for us all.


In dusty environments, it minimizes back-scatter increasing contrast and color saturation. Likewise, keeping the flash separated from the entrance pupil helps minimize red-eye.

It will increase cost since it will make a single module 2 modules and a single large hole 2 smaller holes. Might be why others don't do this and instead simply add MP. Adding MP is literally free and on these small sensors degrades IQ substantially; easily influenced spec miesters, however, don't really care.
Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago

No way this is the design.. looks like your hand would cover the flash in landscape mode.


You'd quickly learn that you were holding it wrong.
Rating: 11 Votes
45 months ago

I don't know anything about photography, but if moving the flash provides a better picture, hooray for us all.


Actually it does, the further away the flash source is from the camera, the better. That's why professional flashes are quite tall and sit high above the camera, or some professionals even use cables to be able to place the flash further away. This allows for more natural shadows, as you rarely have the sun coming from right next to your eyes.

There's nothing wrong with shadows, as they make the subject look more real and less "flat". You get a "flat" effect from flashes due to the fact that the light source is too close to the lens, thus lighting the subject from the center and creating a very thin contour with a sharp shadow, which is very unnatural.

Though the placement of the flash is still very close to the camera, it won't change much. It would need to be 20-30 cm away to for a noticeably better effect, but the iPhone isn't big enough for that :D
Rating: 9 Votes
45 months ago
I'm a Photographer and can assure you that moving the Flash is a great idea, my guess is that when they were desperately trying to fix the light spillage issues with the White iPhone they concluded that this was one sure fire way to get better photos...
Rating: 7 Votes
45 months ago
I don't know anything about photography, but if moving the flash provides a better picture, hooray for us all.
Rating: 6 Votes
45 months ago
Hopefully that is the case. Having the flash offset from the lens helps to eliminate redeye. Notice that in virually all point/shoot cameras the flash is to one end or the other. That's no accident.
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago

People don't realize that if they put the flash off center like that, it will increase side shadow tremendously...

Apparently, you have never used a point-and-shoot camera in your life.

Having a two-inch separation between the lens and the flash does almost nothing to create "side shadow." What it does is reduce red eye marginally.

Besides, "side shadow" is more flattering than deer-in-the-headlights lighting. That's why wedding/event photographers use flash brackets, diffusers, and/or bounce.
Rating: 5 Votes
45 months ago

Steve jobs on the new flash - on stage - black turtleneck..

"so our friends in the industry have been placing the flash close to the lens creating washed out photos. Well we said we can do this better. Well we've been working out butts off on this new flash - looks great - no red eye - no washed out look - we call it - iflash - isn't that great guys?"


And before u say it my friends

Yes it has seams!


Humor...less. Sorry, but from a comedic standpoint, this is what most would call a fail.
Rating: 5 Votes

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