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iPhone 6 camera to focus on image quality, not megapixels?

Sam Loveridge by

iPhone 5S camera
iPhone 5S camera

Apple will not focus on improving the megapixel count with the iPhone 6, instead focusing on image quality enhancements.

According to a new report, Apple won’t be entering the megapixel battle with the iPhone 6 but will introduce new methods of improving the image quality.

Speaking to AppleInsider, “people familiar with the matter” suggested the iPhone 6 will not compete with the likes of the 20.7-megapixel Sony Xperia Z2 or 40-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 in terms of megapixel count when it is launched next year.

Apple is instead focusing its efforts on tweaking components to increase the image quality produced by its 2014 flagship.

With the iPhone 5S, Apple retained the 8-megapixel iSight camera but enlarged the pixels to 1.5 microns, up 0.1-microns from the original iPhone 5. This enabled the iPhone 5S to gather 33 per cent more light than the previous camera model.

Apple also introduced a faster f/2.2 lens, making the iPhone 5S better at low-light photography and improved overall image quality.

That’s not to suggest the iPhone 6 will not feature a slightly higher resolution rear camera than the 8-megapixel iSight camera featured in the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The sources suggested that Apple may jump up a few megapixels, upgrading perhaps in a way that the iPhone 4S’ 5-megapixel camera was bumped up to 8-megapixels for the iPhone 5.

Many iPhone 6 rumours have suggested the 8-megapixel resolution will remain unchanged, but some have tipped a 10-megapixel snapper to feature.

The iPhone 6 rear camera may also be able to offer optical image stabilisation according to recent reports, as well as an aperture size of f/2.0.

Earlier this month, a rumour emerged that the iPhone 6 could feature pressure, temperature and humidity sensors to bring it up to level with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The iPhone 6 is expected to launch in September with a new iOS 8 health-centric operating system alongside the heavily rumoured Apple iWatch.

Read more: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5S – What to expect

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March 20, 2014, 6:32 pm

the iphone 4s camera was 8mp, not 5mp.

Prem Desai

March 21, 2014, 8:42 am

The iPhone was never a player in the mega pixels game. Sort of implies that they concentrated on neither the quality nor the mega pixels upto now!!


March 21, 2014, 11:56 am

Was just about to say the same thing :)

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