Why are Apple so slow at improving the camera?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ToddH, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. ToddH macrumors 6502a

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    I just learned through leaks that the iPhone camera optics are going to be F/1.9. Just .3 stops from f/2.2. That is lame!!! Why are they so slow at improving the camera? F/1.4 or something please. I seriously doubt I'll be upgrading. Samsung has f/1.7 optics and it's an awesome camera, I just don't like the android software otherwise I'd be using one.

    F/1.9 is basically f/2, hardly worth investing in. I guess I'll know more in 7 days. But if true, rather disappointing for sure. It seems that the 4.7" iPhone will have f/1.9 optics and a larger sensor but the plus model will not have a larger sensor, same as I have now in my 6s plus. If the camera image quality is not up to my standards, I may just pass this time. Hopefully apple will provide some full resolution image samples we can look at.

    This latest leak says that a 12MP unit will be used, with a 1/2.6? sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, and 1.3 µm pixels. By way of comparison the iPhone 6s has a 1/3? sensor and a ƒ/2.2 aperture. It remains to be seen what difference these changes will make on a practical level.

    Dual-camera module coming to iPhone 7 Plus

    Arguably more interesting is the rumored arrival of the dual=lens module on the iPhone 7 Plus. According to the leak the camera will have two 12 MP units, a 1/3″ sensor and a ƒ/1.9 aperture. There has been no word on what the pixel size will be at this stage.
     
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  3. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Wow people do like to complain huh? What are you expecting? This is not a photographer connoisseur's niche.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Or should we just wait until the Keynote confirms everything.
     
  5. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502

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    Maybe. But why not at the very least match what the competition is doing for almost $700? Apple are milking the brand to the max at the moment. No innovation effort at-all. So sad.
     
  6. ToddH thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It should be. Apple says its best thing about the iPhone is the camera. All of those shot on iPhone commercials are everywhere. We don't see shot on Samsung note or S7 yet that phone has a much better camera. I just wish that apple used the same or better. As a pro photographer, I want my iPhone camera to be great. Those of you that aren't photographers can care less. You guys mostly take snap shots for Facebook and Instagram. I want my iPhone to perform like my DSLR, I realize it can't match it, but at least apple can try. I just hate the aggressive noise reduction and watercolor look seen in medium ISO levels. Bigger optics mean more light grasp and higher resolution.

    I use my iPhone for three things: photography, web browsing, and texting. I'm not a gamer, nor do I play Pokemon go!
     
  7. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Why match it? There are always trade-offs to be had. I almost never shoot at f1.7 (well f1.8 anyway). Apple overall has better dynamic range, color balance and doesn't blow out the sky as much as the competition, imo.
     
  8. ToddH thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I'm complaining! Apple should focus more on the camera to cater to pro photo enthusiast. There are apps that make the image quality better, but they take up time to use and slow me down. I used to use my iPhone camera all the time, not much anymore though, I've outgrown its limits and it no longer inspires me to use it. That is why I hope camera improvement evolves quicker.
     
  9. DadBod630 macrumors regular

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    Okay so do you want a brand new entry level model iPhone to cost $1300 then instead of $650?
     
  10. ToddH thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I suppose they do. I just felt like venting... I don't know what I want. Guess I shouldn't have started this thread lol.
     
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Cmon. Apple HEAVILY promotes the superiority of the camera. And they run commercials showing off the amazing photos possible. And they brag about how people are replacing their cameras with the iPhone. And the amazing Apps available make the iPhone an all-in-one photo studio. So how is it that pointing out Apples very slow progress with lenses is suddenly unnecessary whining.

    Just like in so many other areas, Apple can do much better than what they've been churning out lately.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    But it's fun to be upset about unknown things beforehand.
     
  13. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    You should go ahead and get a Samsung. Just don't expose that powerful lens to direct sunlight or the incredible focusing power may cause the battery to explode! At least that's what my "leaks" in the media are saying.
     
  14. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Let me just say ahead of time, I have a lot to respond to.

    What is the competitor? The iPhone camera performs just as good and sometimes worse or better in other conditions. Milking a brand that they see as a market that is well within the ecosystem they provide. What innovation are you specifically talking about? I'm sorry I don't follow, the "facts" you will come up with are either half baked or are inferior to their counterparts.

    They take great photos for a cell phone, they create commercials (take note, commercials, you know how those are made to overhype everything, lets get real). It's an advertising campaign. You, as a "Pro" photographer expect a cellphone lens to create your career? Once again let's get real here. Want your phone to perform like a DSLR, last DSLR I had was a 7D, years ago, trust me it was 10x what the iPhone camera is. If you're a pro, you'd know. Do you see the lens size on the iPhone versus your DSLR? Are you just being delusional for the sake of it?

    Slow progress right, well there have been cameras that are far ahead of what iPhone offers. However, have those lasted? Have they adapted to the marketplace? I don't think so. People want the package, not the ***** CPU specs or the RAM or the f stop. Do you not get that?

    The iPhone is literally the flagship of flagships, no bull, it is. I'm sorry.
     
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    You realize they are oblivious to that kind of factual information, right?
     
  17. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    He did say he was a pro photographer...
     
  18. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    You're a pro photographer and use an iPhone for your professional shots? o_O
     
  19. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    You'll get lots of laughs, trust me. Pro photographer using the iPhone as his main device? LMAO.
     
  20. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502

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    Have either of you even seen a picture taken with a Galaxy S7? I'm pretty sure you have not because the difference in clarity, sharpness, contrast and especially dynamic range is infinitely better. Sorry guys, the S7 is not a perfect package for sure but this one part of makes the iPhone look like a kids toy. It's funny though how certain you are in your statements which are completely false.
     
  21. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    The vast majority of people aren't very objective, nor do they spend the time to do meaningful comparisons of their own.
     
  22. 2010lexus macrumors member

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    Well as a PRO photographer to, I do know it's not all about the camera. If you can't take good or great pictures with the iPhone 6s or 6s+ well then it could be something else besides the camera. The iPhone will never perform like a DSLR. You should know that.
     
  23. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I wonder if he even knows what aperture is? Probably googling now.
     
  24. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Nobody said main device. The idea is that photographers who know how to make good photos can do much more with their iPhones if the specs were higher. It's not an unreasonable request or an idiotic discussion topic. It's the real world for some people. You just don't want the conversation to exist because you'd rather be angry at the world for not being as complacent as you are.

    Nobody is holding a gun to anyone's head. It's just a discussion on a discussion board so relax.
     
  25. I7guy, Sep 2, 2016
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    Yes, that's why I posted what I did. I guess you think blown highlights are a good feature.
     

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