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iPhone 6 camera may stick at 8-megapixels

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Apple’s next major smartphone revision, the iPhone 6, could keep the same megapixel count as its predecessors according to a recent report from China.

Starting with the iPhone 4S in 2011 and moving through the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, each of the last three iPhones has sported an 8-megapixel rear camera.

If a recent report from The China Post is to be believed, so will the next one. According to the report, shares of Largan Precision Co. tumbled due to rumours that the iPhone 6 won’t feature a 13-megapixel camera.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that the iPhone camera has improved dramatically over the past three iterations, despite the lack of movement on the resolution front. Enhancements to the phone’s optics, image sensor, and speed have been notable with each successive generation.

Similarly, the iPhone 6 camera is expected to represent a step forward from the current iPhone 5S model. According to the report, it will feature an optical image stabilisation system, which would reduce blur and improve night time shots considerably.

While we’ve seen such technology on other handsets (most notably the Nokia Lumia 920 and its successors), this would be the first time Apple has included it in an iPhone.

Apple’s decision to go with this rather than boosting the megapixel count is apparently due to a wish to attain maximum portability for the next generation iPhone. Whatever form it takes, even if that includes a larger screen, we’d expect it to be even thinner than the iPhone 5S, which would place restrictions on the kind of camera technology that can be included.

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Via: MacRumours

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