Photo Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S

Photo Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S

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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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Photo Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S

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Photo Comparison: iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S
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?
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