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.
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.
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.
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.