iPhone 5 to have 8MP camera!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Goldfrapp, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    This is just a rumour.
  2. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    Northeast Ohio
    Rumors are true sometimes you know? Someone high up in apple that is already carrying around an iPhone 5 could write a blog saying everything the iPhone 5 will have and it'd still be considered a rumor until the phone is announced.

    My point is this is a better rumor than any we've gotten before this.
  3. anonymous guy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2010
    while Sony Ericsson phones have been lackluster over the past few years, the only consistent bright spot is the camera sensors they've been packing.
  4. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    Megapixels don't mean jack. The sensor is what actually matters. Stop focusing on numbers.
  5. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    So true. The human eye can't notice a difference beyond a certain megapixel anyways, so it's all just a number.
  6. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    IF only more people knew this fact. :cool: So many people I know care (and only care) for "Megapixels". :(
  7. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    Penfield, NY
    i was going to come here and post that. thanks for enlightening everyone :)
  8. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    So why does my iPad 2 takes crappy ass photos compared to iPhone 4's then? :rolleyes:

    Sensor, huh.
  9. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    Try cropping an 5mp and then crop a 21mp picture and tell me it makes no difference... ;)
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Yep. Seriously megapixel almost means nothing. You have to have a sensor with large photosites and a good quality lens. Those are more important than megapixel any day.

    If you don't believe me go hang in the photography forums and ask. There are cameras that are 2 megapixels (early digital SLRs) that still take better shots than 12 megapixel point and shoots.

    Not to mention in most cases more megapixels on smaller image sensors make the picture look worse by introducing noise. Higher megapixels need larger image sensors. Canon used to have a whole explanation on their site.
  11. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    So how good are Sony sensors? Better than OmniVision I hope if Apple decided to go with them.

    And yes, megapixels mean jack! I wish manufacturers would stop at 5MP, 8MP an absolute max and that's it, just work on sensors instead.

    Here's Sigma's ~3.5 megapixel camera as an example...


    Nothing, not even Nokia N8's overbloated 12MP camera can match this.
  12. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    Megapixels don't determine quality, and at today's levels I agree that they "don't mean jack" for cameras with optical zoom, but for a phone camera they do matter. If one can't get close enough to a subject, such that zoom is needed to get a decent shot, then the only option on today's iPhones is to zoom digitally. On today's iPhone 4, trying to emulate a 3x optical zoom involves zooming into the middle 1/9th of the image which, for a 5MP sensor, is the equivalent of a 0.55MP sensor for the zoomed-in area of the photo.

    With today's technologies, boosting megapixels for a given sensor size reduces quality significantly, so I'm not advocating huge MP sensors because the quality would then be rubbish for all photos but I'm saying that, if aliens were to land and deliver Apple an unlimited supply of 45MP sensors at the same quality as the iPhone 4's 5MP sensor, it would actually be useful to have in the iPhone 5 because it would then be possible to have a decent quality zoom function in a mobile phone camera which would make it a more viable replacement for a regular compact camera.

    I saw an article somewhere about some research project with concave sensors where the curvature of the sensor itself was being varied to give genuine optical zoom within a much thinner unit that a traditional telescoping lens arrangement so if that ever makes it out of the labs then that is another alternative for getting genuinely useable zoom options into the thickness of a mobile phone.

    If the sensor quality is good then I'm perfectly happy with 2MP photos for my holiday snaps with maybe 3MP as a high end luxury version so, to get a digital equivalent of a 3x optical zoom on a 2MP camera needs a raw resolution of 18MP and for my 3MP luxury option it's 27MP. The technology is nowhere near that yet but, for the reasons I gave above, I can see a use for high quality sensors of that resolution in a camera unless/until concave variable geometry sensors come along and solve the problem or some fieldishly clever retracting lens assembly that can retract fully into the iPhone 4 body when not in use can be created.

    - Julian
  13. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    You can not say that megapixels do not matter. Good image ability comes from a blend of both sensor and lens. The sensor must have enough pixels for decent resolution while not crowding too many on the same sensor so you loose the ability to collect clean noiseless images. You also need a decent lens to get a coherent image onto the sensor. I see not reason for Apple not to use a 8mp sensor, it would cost under $10 for them to buy it but 8mp sensors capture a lot of information and make BIG files that today's carriers just do not want to deal with!

    No matter what you have for a plan today, we will all be charged more for the bandwidth we use. We can thank our president for allowing the FCC to pass new regulations for all the carriers to allow than to be able to charge more for those who use more.
  14. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.

    Seriously? You have a tablet computer, and you're saying it has a bad camera? Really?


    IT NOT A CAMERA. Its a computer. If you want nice and pretty pictures, I suggest you research and then purchase a nice camera that is designed to take said pretty pictures.

    Please, I"m not trying to slam you or your opinion. I'm merely trying to point out that you're complaining about an orange that doesn't taste like a steak.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    People should focus more on sensor size then MPs. Packing more Mega pixels into a tiny sensor actually reduces the image quality not improves it. The larger the sensor the more light it can take in.

    I like the iPhone 4 camera, apple can keep the MPs but improve upon what they already have. More does not equate to better.
  16. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I agree. The sensor at it current concentration on pixels could be improved along with a better lens and we would get better images without using more bandwidth. The camera were never meant to replace your digital camera but really intended for general snapshots of which I think it does remarkably well!
  17. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    Agree a good Sensor means way more then MP. Nice examples what camera model were these shot from?
  18. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    This rumor has been around for over a year. I believe it
  19. Smtevo macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    This is pretty much confirmed. Every year they improve the camera.
  20. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
    Really...Who confirmed it? Perhaps you have a link, that you would be willing to share.
  21. anonymous guy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2010
    So many people repeating the same Apple talking point about megapixels.

    What's wrong the benefit of both higher image quality and a megapixel bump? Again, the image sensors on Sony-Ericsson phones tend to be of very good quality.
  22. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    What? No. No.
  23. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    Penfield, NY
    you think you can notice a difference between a 5mp 3x5 and a 3mp 3x5? i very much doubt that.
  24. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
    I agree...At the sizes/res, that most users view their photos in, you can't tell the difference.
    Of course if you increase the size of the photo, the difference is readily apparent.

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