Here’s a quick review of the camera in the brand new Sony Xperia Z vs the iPhone 5 (and the Oppo Find 5). Since the Xperia Z features a 13 megapixel camera that is supposed to be really good, I’m a bit surprised that the difference isn’t bigger. The Sony Xperia Z is by the way the first phone in years that made me even think about switching from my iPhone 5.
I got the iPhone 5 a few weeks ago (I’m really satisfied by the way) and I have put together a quick camera shootout. Other than the iPhone 5 I used the 3Gs, 4 and the 4s. I was mostly interested in the difference between the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 as I haven’t found any significant improvements other than overall speed while using it. I started out with a traditional ‘objects on the table’ shot.
As you can see in the photos above the results were basically what you would expect. The 3Gs is worst and has the typical foggy look, while there’s really no big difference between the 4s and the 5. Let’s see what the 100% crops looks like.
I threw in a Canon 550D shot, just to get a reference, and as you can see the 4s and the 5 look basically the same. Moving on to a close-up of Captain America:
Same thing here, a bit foggy 3Gs image, the typical blue tone image from the iPhone 4, and the 4s and the 5 shots are very similar. No big improvement, and the 100% crops looked basically the same for the 4s and the 5, so I didn’t bother publishing them. Let’s move on to a daylight landscape shot.
All of the images look quite good, as you would expect from a shot when there’s plenty of light available. The same thing here; iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 are a very close match.
When Apple talk about the new camera in the iPhone 5 they mostly talk about the speed and that it’s better to capture images in low-light conditions so let’s move into a quite dark closet.
And here’s the first dramatical difference between the phones. I didn’t use the flash in any of the shots, to actually see what the phones were capable of capturing in low-light conditions. All of the images except the iPhone 5 version are useless. Even though the iPhone 5 shot is very noisy (see a 100% crop below), it’s still a big difference compared to the iPhone 4s.
Conclusion: The camera from the iPhone 5 is a a slight improvement in a head-to-head comparision with the iPhone 4s. The camera is much faster and can capture images where the 4s just produce a nearly black shot. But I guess you won’t upgrade from a 4s to a 5 just for the slightly improved camera…
Apple just confirmed that they will arrange a ‘special event’ on September 12 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00AM in San Francisco. And as you can see by the shadow on the image above it’s obvious that it’s the iPhone 5 event. Eight days to go!
Here’s a nice infographic featuring a summary of all the iPhone 5 rumors that are circulating. If you should summarize the summary you get the following:
Bigger screen – 97%
Unveiled on Sept.12 – 96%
New connector – 94%
Relocated jack – 94%
Support 4G/LTE – 92%
Available in Sept. – 89%
More powerful processor – 89%
New design – 89%
More RAM – 81%
New nano-SIM – 79%
Enhanced bluetooth – 72%
Better camera – 55%
NFC capabilities – 42%
Available in Oct. – 11%
Check out the full infographic here. [nowhereelse.fr]
A bunch of photos of a iPhone 5 prototype that looks authentic recently appeared in this Flickr gallery by ‘Chrisbrownie91. As mentioned earlier it’s a bit thinner, a bit longer and the back of the iPhone 5 has a nice matte finish. Check out the gallery inside.
This video popped up on several sites today and it says it’s a ‘world exclusive video’ of the new iPhone 5. It looks pretty fake to me but we will see the real thing in a couple of weeks – it might, just might, be the real deal. But I wonder why they didn’t turn it on if it was the real deal.