Photo Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S

Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:48pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 23145 views

DPReview product manager Scott Everett has taken a photo nearly identical to one of the iPhone 5 sample photos posted by Apple making for a good comparison.

Comparing the EXIF data of these two images supports the idea that the iPhone 5 does have a different sensor to the 4S. The 4S selected ISO 64, while the iPhone 5 has been able to drop to ISO 50. For images taken in such bright light, this strongly suggests the newer model has a lower minimum sensitivity.

Looking at the EXIF data of the images confirms Apple's assertion that this is a new sensor, despite the pixel count remaining the same. Close examination shows the iPhone 5 is using a 4.1mm lens to give a 33mm equivalent field of view, rather than the 4S's 4.3mm lens, which gave a 35mm equivalent view. This means the new sensor is a tiny fraction larger. The iPhone 5 has also selected ISO 50, 1/3EV below the 4S's minimum sensitivity of ISO 64.


Take a look at the photos below or click here for more sample photos actually taken with the iPhone 5.

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iPhone 4S

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Ramtam - September 14, 2012 at 11:18am
Is it just different time of day or not even the same time of the year?
STFU - September 13, 2012 at 10:26pm
There's a ridge on the left side in the top one and not in the bottom one but all other angles appear to be the same. Photoshop?
billy - September 14, 2012 at 10:37am
They were taken at different times of the day knob head
STFU - September 14, 2012 at 11:26am
So that causes the geography to change?
STFU - September 14, 2012 at 12:33pm
So throughout the day the geography changes? Mmmmmmkay?
KVP - September 13, 2012 at 9:11pm
Why you guys worry about iPhone 5? why don't you discuss about why Mr. Steve Jobs sold his country to China by shipping most Apple jobs to oversea to rib off hard working people over there and bring the product back here to rib off his own people again and look at what happening now. Have you guys notice that how many fake iPhone product exist now in China and around the world ? Let discuss about those thing for better next generation guys. Thank you
Lord - September 13, 2012 at 6:51pm
Who fucking cares? If you are using a shitty phone camera to take pictures then good luck with the rest of your life.
steve nash - September 13, 2012 at 6:42pm
This is bs I want better iphone not same.
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