The iPhone camera is lagging behind

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Fondaparinux, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Fondaparinux macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2013
    Photography is part of our daily lives. Smartphone gave us that capability. The best camera is always the one that is with you.

    Nokia just announced the Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixels, Carl Zeiss technology with 6 physical lenses.

    The iPhone camera is not perfect. And it's not shockingly amazing or innovative either. Why can't Apple deliver similar - or even better cameras? It's clear that Apple's (And Samsung's, and almost every other smartphone out there) has poor image quality.

    It's no longer an opinion to say that Nokia Lumia's camera is superior - it is a fact. Apple needs to step up and beat the Nokia Lumia.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. dvoros macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2010
    iphone camera

    Apple simply cannot compete with the other companies. Thats why the screen is tiny and the camera is so so.

  4. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I don't know what you're talking about, the iPhone 5 has a great camera. The Lumia powerhouses are bulky and fat.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    In my opinion, most people who take photos with a phone are just casual photographers who want the ease of use and accessibility to the camera. They aren't professionals seeking the latest and best equipment. If they were, they wouldn't be using a phone to shoot.

    I think the typical users are taking pics of their friends, things happening around them, candid shots, events, etc. to share with friends, post on FB, share on Twitter or Instagram, etc. and are apparently quite happy with the results without having monster spec cameras in their phones.

    I took an Alaskan cruise with no other camera besides my iPhone 5. I took over 800 pictures and 50 videos and was very pleased with the results. I have no issues with the iPhone camera.

    I wouldn't turn down a better camera in my iPhone, but I am not dissatisfied and running out to get a Nokia or anything else because of it either.
  6. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    :rolleyes: WTF? They can't compete so they make tiny screens and crappy cameras cause they know they'll lose anyway?

    Oh wait.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Yes, because megapixels are clearly the only factor in photography. Since you're also obviously a professional photographer like all people who own a phone, why don't you clearly explain how the average consumer will directly benefit from having a 41MP camera in the phone?
  8. AppleCruncher macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    And the iP5 is thin and bends.

    The Lumia is more of a camera that can make phone calls rather than a phone that can take pictures. It's clear that they didn't set out to make a super thin phone just to say they have the thinnest phone and sacrifice other things. They designed a very good, thin camera and gave it the ability to make calls.

    The two are different creatures. Lumia was built around the camera, to be a good camera.

    I would love to see a iPhone with a fantastic camera but I don't see it happening. In fact, I don't see many phones going the super camera direction. The iP camera is good, but not great. I would love to see better low light ability and a good zoom but thin thin thin doesn't lend itself well to adding stuff like that.
  9. 3rd Rock, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 7, 2013

    3rd Rock macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Over here
    This subject comes up all the time on this board and the thread starters have to be taught that its not just the pixels. The Sensors have a great deal to do with it as well. And I don't want a smartphone with a big bulky lens on it either.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Why? Give us some supporting arguments. The Lumia's a niche product. Why does Apple need to compete with it? How much in sales are they losing to it? Why would imitating the Lumia improve Apple's marketshare? What's the demand for the Lumia's features like?

    Otherwise your argument is just the usual forum armchair industry analysis -- the old "X must copy Y to remain competitive that gets endlessly repeated about every company out there.
  11. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    You do understand what megapixels are dont you? The more you have then basically the bigger the image.

    My super pro DSLR (yes, I am a photographer). shoots at 22mp. Are you telling me that the Lumia is better because it has more? No, the problem with the Lumia is that to fit that many MP onto a small sensor they have to be small pixels. Small is not very good, especially in low light.

    If the technology was that good, why dont they include it on all the other Lumia phones in their lineup?

    Heres a shocking bit of info that I know will cause many here to curse me as the devil.... Ready???? Your camera phone.... is never going to be as good as a pro DSLR... OMG I SAID IT!! Its good for taking on holiday and snapping pictures of your penis to send to your lady friend.


    Plus, do you know what you get if you throw all the best features from each device to make the best possible device? You get the homer

  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    You left out the part about Carl Zeiss lens being used.

    Don't think we need to explain how better lens technology leads to better photos.
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    Yes but Carl Zeis also make ****** cheap lenses too. I've had quite a few Lumia phones with 'carl zeis' lenses and the results have been atrocious. From the N9 (meego), Lumia 800 & Lumia 820. All make the HTC One's camera look like a hasselblad ......
  14. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    The iPhone 5 has been out since last September.

    Wow, the camera's lagging? No ****, Sherlock.
  15. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    1 - Oversampling via pixel binning
    2 - Being able to digitally zoom without losing image data (as opposed to what most phonecams do, which is zoom directly into the image and anti-alias the hell out of it, giving you a blurry mess)

    There ya go
  16. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    Have you bothered to read just how the Nokia Lumia uses those 41 Megapixels?
  17. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    I would never use a cell phone camera for something I want pics of. I figure for most people that is fine but I wouldnt ever
  18. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    The iPhone camera is one of the most used cameras in the world.

    I don't see that changing over a few megapixels.

    The issue is not if Nokia makes a better camera. The issue is does anyone care, because I know I don't and I've yet to hear anyone say they are going to run out and get a Lumia just for a camera.


    It's hard to say that when the iPhone camera is on you damn near 24/7. There are lots of chances and moments to capture pics that would be lost otherwise.
  19. TacticalDesire, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 7, 2013

    TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The iPhone 5 has been out for almost a year and it lags behind phones that just came out?

  20. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    So are some of you guys saying we won't see a megapixel bump in the next iPhone? Or are you just defending the current?
  21. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Looks like it will be 12mp going on current rumor.

    However folks are not so much defending the iPhone, but belittling a clearly silly opening post .
  22. daveathall macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    I agree with this totally, and gotta say, when I had a iPhone 4S and 5 I was very pleased with the camera.
  23. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Maybe. Let me ask you. Totally ignoring release dates do you think the iPhones camera is better or worse then the Nokias?
  24. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Haven't tried the pureview, but of the ones I have N9, 800 and 820 I have been bitterly disappointed, that I have lost trust in both Nokia & Carl Zeiss branding.

    On the other hand every iPhone has seen a decent leap in camera Peformance which has always made it one of the best of that year, I have no doubt the 5S will do the same.
  25. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
    Sorry you didn't get the memo OP but Nokia has been paving the way for cameras on mobile devices for quite a while now. Glad you finally decided to join us from that rock you've been living under.

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