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iPhone 5S May Come Equipped With 12-Megapixel Rear Camera and Improved Night Shooting

rearcameraApple's next generation iPhone may feature a 12-megapixel camera with an improved night shooting feature and HDR reports Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn [Google Translation] (via iPhoneinCanada).

According to the site, the rumor comes from a source at Wonderful Saigon Electrics in Binh Duong, which specializes in providing camera modules for the iPhone.

An improved camera has been a long rumored feature of the iPhone 5S, but there are few specifics available.

The iPhone 5 features the same 8-megapixel rear camera with an f2.4 aperture that was introduced with the iPhone 4S, but it has a sapphire crystal for improved clarity. A further improvement to 12-megapixels with a lower aperture to improve low light photography does not sound out of the realm of possibility.

Camera improvements have been a staple of Apple's "S" phone releases. The iPhone 4S featured an 8-megapixel rear camera, a significant upgrade from the iPhone 4's 5-megapixels.

Apple has also been dedicated to enhancing the camera quality of the iPhone with each iteration as it has become a popular photography device, adding features like panoramas and a volume shutter control. The iPhone has long been the most popular camera on photo sharing site Flickr.

Tinhte.vn has shared several Apple prototypes in the past, notably offering up a preview of Apple's redesigned EarPods and an early version of the fourth generation iPod touch, the first to come equipped with a camera.

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19 months ago
Why do we need 12 megapixels for photos that will inevitably end up on Facebook!? I'd rather have an 8MP sensor that kicks ASS in low light or even a 5 MP sensor at a F1.8 at 5 or 8 MP than more useless megapixels.
Rating: 42 Votes
19 months ago
They should take note from the HTC One with their camera. It's less megapixels but a much larger sensor. The pictures, while smaller than an 8 or 12 megapixel shooter, look great and night shots/dark environments come out excellent without artifacts and visual disturbances. I'd gladly take a 6mp sensor that takes excellent pictures than a 12mp one that just takes huge ones.
Rating: 17 Votes
19 months ago

Why do we need 12 megapixels for photos that will inevitably end up on Facebook!? I'd rather have an 8MP sensor that kicks ASS in low light or even a 5 MP sensor at a F1.8 at 5 or 8 MP than more useless megapixels.


More MP = better pictures to the general public. AKA: Marketing.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago
Is the sensor size still the same? Then there's little point. :rolleyes:
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago
"Hey, how come I can't e-mail this photo? It says the photo is too large"
"Hey, how come this photo is taking forever to upload?"
"Hey, how it's taking so long to download these photos?"
"Hey, how do I zoom out?"
"Hey, I can't copy these photos to my USB drive cause they're too big and I'm out of space. Can you make it smaller? How do you shrink it?"

-Parents

And now we're moving to 12MP...
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago

Here's an idea, frame your shot better.


Too much ignorance/inexperience in this post to even start replying. Try again after you've had to do even basic photo editing.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago
Bumping the megapixel count is a sure sign that they're out of ideas. Even the Android manufacturers have gotten away from that game in the past year. Would have rather them focus on optical stabilization and larger sensors e.g. HTC and Nokia.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago
Exciting technological times we are living in.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
Why are people complaining that they're increasing the megapixels without improving the low light shot quality when the title says they're doing both. Personally, if both of these go through, I'd be excited.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 months ago

Why do we need 12 megapixels for photos that will inevitably end up on Facebook!? I'd rather have an 8MP sensor that kicks ASS in low light or even a 5 MP sensor at a F1.8 at 5 or 8 MP than more useless megapixels.


Because the more pixels you capture, the more you can crop out. In other words, you get a really good digital zoom.

I shoot at 36.3 megapixels on my Nikon D800. Do I need to print something the size of my house? No, of course not. But I do appreciate getting a crystal clear photo of a portion of my photo that I later noticed would make a good shot in of itself. I use those extra pixels all the time.

That works out to a very fitting feature for an iPhone. In a rush, pull out the phone, slide to camera, shoot without composing, then zoom in after the fact and compose the object you really wanted into a close crop.

A 12MP iPhone is going to be awesome, specially with a wider aperture. More pixels produce better low light photos.
Rating: 6 Votes

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