by Joe White
April 16, 2013
Though the iPhone 5 already performs well as a digital camera and video recorder, one new report indicates that the forthcoming seventh-generation smartphone (the "iPhone 5S?") could feature a 12-megapixel built-in camera with improved low-light shooting. The report comes from the Vietnamese publication Tinh tê' - a blog that has a markedly good track record, having previously leaked information on the fourth-gen iPod touch and the iPad 3 ahead of Apple's announcements, back in 2011 and 2012. According to the website, via Google Translate:
[The source] has revealed to me that Apple's next generation iPhone will have a camera 12MP resolution [...] and night photography.This "source" is said to work for Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the Vietnamese branch of a Japanese company that makes components for Apple. Improvements in the camera department are usually a given when Apple releases a new iPhone model, though in terms of megapixels both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 boast an impressive (albeit, for the latter, unchanging) eight. With the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 set to feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, it wouldn't be a great surprise if Apple indeed chooses to increase the quality of the camera module in its seventh iteration of the smartphone. A low-light shooting mode, however, sounds more interesting, and would allow for the iPhone 5S to better compete with the likes of Nokia's Lumia series and its PureView software. This, combined with the handset's already-impressive HDR photography, would surely further establish Apple's iPhone as a device that can hold its own against standalone cameras. Just recently, we heard that Foxconn had started taking on additional workers for its seventh-gen iPhone production, signalling that the launch of the forthcoming handset is fast approaching. Are you getting excited yet?