Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

Camera Obscura: from iPhone to iPhone 5

With camera phones being part and parcel of all smartphones being sold today, it’s important to remember just how the camera has evolved. The fact is it has become an integral part of communications technology. Yet Apple have probably been the slowest in keeping their camera quality at the cutting edge. Now with the arrival of the iPhone 5, they are finally looking to rectify this.

So it seems like a good time to look back at how the camera on the iPhone has developed over time. In fact, the makers of the Camera+ app have gone ahead with a image-based retrospective, highlighting how much the quality has improved. 

However, some feel that it is too little too late as iPhones have been over shadowed in recent years with the arrival of new android phones. In particular those from Samsung and HTC. There was a time when everybody had an iPhone yet the poor image quality from the get go may have been too much to handle, for some tech enthusiasts. This perhaps explains why many may have switched to another phone manufacturer.

Even still, it’s interesting to see the image quality side-by-side for comparison. These images are taken from a short distance on the left, and using the full zoom function on the right. From the original iPhone.

Iphone Quality: The Photographic Proof

iphone picture quality


To the iPhone 5.

iphone 5 picture quality

For a clearer comparison, here are image stills from all cameras.

 iphone models picture quality

As you can see, Apple did not focus on the camera quality in the earlier iPhone iterations. Instead they focused on usability and interface. That being said, there is a clear improvement in quality from the 3GS onwards. It seems Apple began to realize the importance of the camera at this time, including a flash function and enhancing the pixel rate.

With the newest model sporting an 8MP display (on par with most smartphones available today), Apple have brought out a camera that can at least now compete with other smartphones.