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iPhone 4S Photos Begin Appearing on Flickr, Comparisons with iPhone 4

Photos taken by new iPhone 4S owners have begun appearing on Flickr. Apple has touted Flickr's Camera Finder in the past to show how popular the iPhone 4 is as a camera. Photos of eggs, a remote control and a parking garage have been posted and all look very impressive.

iPhone 4S on left, iPhone 4 on right

iLounge have also posted a number of comparison shots between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S cameras, including this pair of shots of peacock feathers. Left is the iPhone 4S, right is the iPhone 4.

Image courtesy iLounge

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47 months ago
How can you tell which has better color without knowing what it actually looks like? I mean, is the wall supposed to be richly tan, as in the 4S pic, or lightly tan, as in the 4 pic?
Rating: 22 Votes
47 months ago
Looks like the white balance is off on the 4S.
Rating: 14 Votes
47 months ago
I like the way colors look on the 4s. More natural it seems.
Rating: 8 Votes
47 months ago
Funny how everyone has managed to avoid mentioning the real improvement: less digital noise.

The warmer look of the 4S picture is not "better" -- that's just a difference in white balance.
Rating: 8 Votes
47 months ago
Actually, without being there it's hard to know which white balance setting is correct for the lighting conditions. Although auto white balance is always hit or miss except for general outdoor unshaded lighting.
Rating: 7 Votes
47 months ago
I opened both photos in preview to see the info:
First box: iPhone4. Second box: iPhone 4S
Rating: 5 Votes
47 months ago
The 4S gives a richer and more natural vibe.

But in all honesty, if you look at the picture in its original resolution, it's sort of underwhelming. I was expecting pictures like the ones on Apple's site. :(
Rating: 5 Votes
47 months ago

my wife's 4S just showed up, I will sync her to the same photostream as my iphone 4 and ipad, so i will have those HQ photos anyway. :D

Great way to see if she's taking pictures for someone she shouldn't be!
Rating: 4 Votes
47 months ago
Sweet Jesus, those are horrid photo's are they not?

Did someone load them into Photoshop and run a heavy noise filter over them? :eek:
Rating: 4 Votes
46 months ago

In terms of detail, the 4S sensor seems to do a better job (those extra pixels are resolving something significant).

But as far as image noise goes, it's not an entirely fair comparison:

iPhone 4 Image: ISO 800
iPhone 4S Image: ISO 500

As expected for ISO 800, the iPhone 4 is noisy, a better test would show the 4S at ISO 800 as well.

I think the advantage of having a sensor that accepts more light like the iPhone 4S has is exactly that under the same external conditions you can take a photo at lower ISO and therefore with less noise.
Rating: 3 Votes

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