iPhone 6 Rear Camera to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor, Offer Improved Image Stabilization?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision saw its stock take a significant dip yesterday amid rumors that Apple will not be upgrading the resolution of the rear camera for the iPhone 6 later this year, reports The China Post.

    The report cites analysts from Nomura Securities who indicate that while the iPhone 6 should see some camera improvements such as enhanced optical image stabilization, the device will continue to use an 8-megapixel sensor rather than a higher-resolution sensor in the 12-16 megapixel range.
    Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s back in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5 in 2012 and iPhone 5c last year. Apple's 2013 flagship iPhone 5s model continues to use an 8-megapixel sensor, but achieves significant camera improvements through increased pixel size, a larger aperture, new "True Tone" dual LED flash, software enhancements, and more.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 Rear Camera to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor, Offer Improved Image Stabilization?
  2. sransari macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2005
    I'm waiting for iPhone 9, I heard it was supposed to be good.
  3. Nik macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    You are wrong. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel sensor on the 4S!
  4. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA

    It's not just the sensor that takes great photos. It's the lens too!

    It's actually lenses that take up a bit of the space, right? FIVE elements in the 4s 5 and 5s.

  5. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  6. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    This is the way to go. Thanks Apple!

    I'd rather have really good 8MP pics than mediocre 40+ MP pics.
  7. Sandstorm macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2011
    Riga, Latvia
    I'm absolutely OK with 8 megapixels, much rather I'd like to see further improvements to low light performance and overall picture quality.
  8. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Probably won't be called the iPhone 6...not such an attractive marketing name as iPhone 5. But then again, if they divert from the number scheme that rules out a 6S in 2015....and who wouldn't want the iPhone Success!
  9. goodcow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    More megapixels also requires more data center space for Photo Stream.
  10. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    Anything Apple makes, I will want.

    End of line.
  11. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Maybe... but I've been feeling like Apple has been falling behind on the iPhone camera hardware a little too much. I'd like to see more substantial improvements.

    One nice thing about more MP is that one could crop in and still retain decent resolution. That's a nice thing about Nokia's 41MP lumina. Only problem with that is that its a windows phone.
  12. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    I hope you're not referring to the Lumia 1020. They're far from mediocre.
  13. Nikiaf macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2013
    This is IMO the best decision as per the camera. It doesn't make sense to have a ridiculous number of megapixels and then stick a terrible lens in there. 8 megapixels means you won't use up all your storage after taking 3 pictures; and improving the optics will mean these pictures will actually be good.
  14. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    the size of the sensor is more important than the "size" of the Megapixels.

    it was a bit surprising Apple didn't increase the megapixel...as they have and other phone makers have but at the asme time it seems silly to have 12-16-40 MegaPixels in a camera on a phone.

    and When I had my first DSLR it only have a 6 Megapixel...and I have printed a 40+ " print...heck, even using photos blown up on a box truck wrap.

    and who needs megapixels when too often people just make them crappy with instagram filters
  15. BenTrovato macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2012
    They already wrote articles saying 2013 was the year the iPhone camera finally replaced your point-and-shoot device so anything beyond what's in the 5S will be overkill anyway :p
  16. SR71 macrumors 65816

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    While it is true that the amount of megapixels doesn't equal a better picture, it does seem to help with getting more details. I've seen this first hand from a Galaxy S4 with a 13MP sensor vs. my iPhone 5. It took much more detailed pictures than my 5 ever did. Still hoping that Apple will move up to 13MP and keep it at that. Seriously the only thing I miss from that horrible (IMO) S4.
  17. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Yes.. 4S = 8 MP. iPhone 5 = 8 MP with some "enhancements". iPhone 5S = 8MP with some "enhancements".

    iPhone 6 = 8MP with "enhancements"??

    I know megapixels aren't everything, but good luck telling the masses that the camera is really improving if you try that again.
  18. Technarchy macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    I'm okay with this. I don't need the larger photos.
  19. room237 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    How do you know they're going to call it the iPhone 6? :rolleyes:
  20. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    I tend to feel that way too...

    ...Except the iPhone has no passable optical zoom, so when zooming and cropping an 8 MP photo after the fact....a lot of the quality is lost. This is where more megapixels really shines.
  21. Bazonga macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    seems MacRumors is forgetting the iPhone 4s, introduced 2011, with 8 MP already, the iPhone 4 (2010) had 5 MP.
  22. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    I think it is important to note, that the larger pixels are due to a larger sensor in general!

    Bigger sensor over Megapixel for me ;)
  23. Jsameds, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014

    Jsameds macrumors 68020

    Apr 22, 2008
    For MacRumors this is actually quite late!
  24. mainer4101 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Unless you're printing pictures, you don't need double digit MP.

    99% of photos being taken with the iPhone just go up on FB, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

    Things that actually affect the photo (light, color tones, depth, speed) are what make the photos great, not the size of the file.
  25. gto55 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2010
    Tel Aviv
    Samsung, LG, Motorola... reactions

    Apple fans reactions

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