Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Evolution of iPhone Cameras

While people can now argue about "pixel details" regarding their latest smartphones, comparing the latest iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 to exhaustion and back again; it wouldn't hurt to take a step back and look at how much things have evolved over the past 4 years.

That's exactly what Lisa Bettany did in Camera+, taking shots with every iPhone model: the original iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S, and also throwing a compact Canon S95 and a professional 5D MkII into the mix.

Sure, no one would expect a smartphone camera to compete with a professional dSLR, but the most interesting point is that current high-end smartphones can indeed compete and even surpass compact cameras  - and let's not forget a smartphone is something we carry along with us most of the time (unlike a camera, even a compact one.)

The iPhone camera has improved a lot since its original model, but the real deal was actually made in the 3GS generation, when it went from a fixed focus camera to a auto-focus one.
From now on, every new improvement is likely to be less noticeable than the previous one - simply because we're getting to a point where the current photos are already "more than good" enough for most people.

[via Petapixel]

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