iPhone 5: 5 Ways the Camera Can Be Improved

February 17, 2012

If there’s one thing that has consistently changed with each new iPhone model, it’s the camera. The original iPhone came with just a 2 megapixel camera, while the iPhone 4S came with an 8 megapixel camera and flash capability. We’re hoping this progressive trend of camera changes continues with the new iPhone 5, reportedly set to come out in the summer of 2012. Continuing on our focus this week of going in depth with both the speculated and desired iPhone 5 features, we’ve compiled a list of ways the iPhone 5 camera can be improved.

Better Flash in the iPhone 5 Camera

Both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S came with a built-in flash for the camera, and the iPhone 5 obviously will as well. However, we’re hoping that Apple makes significant improvements to the flash for the iPhone 5 camera because the flash on the existing iPhones is, quite frankly, not very good. Pictures taken with the camera flash-enabled on the iPhone 4S appear washed out and photos taken in dark lighting look blurry. When compared to other smartphones on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S2, the iPhone 4S flash camera is very disappointing. Here’s hoping Apple packs better flash in the iPhone 5.

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Macro Capabilities

One major difference between the camera on an Android phone and the camera on the iPhone is that many Android phones allow users to use a macro mode for the camera, while the iPhone does not. As you might know, the macro mode is useful for taking close up pictures of people and items. And while the iPhone doesn’t do a terrible job of taking close up pictures, it doesn’t do a great job, either. Either an automatic or a manual macro mode would be great on the iPhone 5.

More Megapixels

Let’s make one thing clear: more megapixels doesn’t always equal higher picture quality. However, in this case, we think the iPhone 5 having a higher megapixel camera may make a big difference in terms of the quality of pictures taken with the device. That’s because the greater the megapixels, the bigger the picture you can print without sacrificing quality. What this means is a low megapixel camera won’t yield good quality 5×7 prints, but a high megapixel camera will–and then some. The only way for the iPhone 5 to be considered a true digital camera replacement is for the iPhone 5 to come with at least a 10 megapixel camera.

More Scenes

With Android-powered smartphones and digital cameras, you are able to pick from multiple scenes when taking pictures. For instance, you can select to take the image in black and white, or even in sepia, among many other scenes. Regrettably, you cannot do this with the default camera application on any of the current iPhones, although some third party apps offer this functionality. We’re holding out hope that the iPhone 5 camera app will come with multiple scenes.

More Settings Customization

Truly great photographs require the optimal camera settings for the particular situation. Many Android phones, as well as all digital cameras, allow users to configure the ISO, exposure, and a lot of other settings. As with the scenes, none of the current iPhones come with this option. It’s a huge limitation that must be changed by Apple with the iPhone 5 if they want photographers to consider the iPhone 5 camera to be a serious camera.

What Do You Think?

What features or specifications do you think the iPhone 5 camera should have? Leave us a comment below and give us your opinion on this topic.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Diedre February 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Think it should have a block number ability so many of the other phones allow you to block specific phone numbers from calling you. iPhone leaves it up to the carry which charges for it. Don't we pay enough to at least have that peace of mind without going through the carrier. I want a little control


James February 20, 2012 at 4:58 am

I wish the video could have a higher frame rate. I had the LG dare and it could film at around 100 fps. I would like I see this on the iPhone 5


Ben February 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Larger sensor. Bounce flash. Optical zoom.


Whitney Dafoe February 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

More megapixels? Obviously this article wasn't written by a photographer. The last thing I would want to see in such a tiny camera and tiny sensor is more megapixels. More megapixels does not equal better pictures. 8 is plenty. They are better off improving other aspects of image quality like high iso noise, color rendering, tonality, dynamic range.

Big megapixel numbers mostly just look good on spec sheets. If you want to make big prints, use a real camera!!!


Smart one February 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Give up your silly gadgets, stop texting people, (actually talk to them) , and buy a digital camera. Smart Phones are a waste of time. And, yes I'll be saying this the rest of my life.


aakash February 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

i think iphone 5 should beat samsung galaxy s2 in features and bluetooth in it should be make totally free of any cost…


vasche February 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

And you fail to mention a timer?


Patrick February 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The camera on the iPhone 4 wouldn't be so bad if the flash weren't so close to the camera itself. It blurs into the picture everytime.


vers February 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Honestly…I'm a photographer and I enjoy having a little handy camera feature on my phone (wouldn't call it a camera though). My biggest gripe is that is always gets the metering wrong. I'd like a simple way to make the photo brighter or darker. Without that simple feature, it just can't really be used creatively in a controlled way.


iPhone 5 March 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

i think iphone 5 should beat samsung galaxy s2 in features and bluetooth in it should be make totally free of any cos


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