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Sunday, June 23, 2013

An iPhone 5S with better camera? Bring it

Word is that the iPhone 5S is a minor upgrade. But if it's got a better camera, it's major.
Smartphone camera competition is getting stiff. And a phone's photo shooting prowess is increasingly the focus at dedicated camera review sites.
The iPhone 5 fared well, though it was a close contest with the S4 in some areas. The HTC One was good in low-light conditions.
HTC, in fact, is a good example of a company trying to push the envelope on camera tech. The One has an Ultrapixel camera (see image at bottom) with larger sensors that pull in more light, boosting low-light shots.
Meanwhile, the Samsung S4 boasts a 13 megapixel sensor versus the iPhone 5's 8MP, which makes a difference in photo size
The larger point is that a smartphone is the only camera for a lot of people. So, any phone maker that comes out with manifestly better camera tech will get a lot of attention and sway buyers.Though more megapixels is a less meaningful spec these days, Samsung will undoubtedly continue to be aggressive with optics.
Count me as one of those buyers. And an iPhone 5S that looks identical to the iPhone 5 (what Apple typically does with S models) but packs a better camera would constitute a sway-worthy upgrade.
So, what's in store for the 5S? Reports point to a higher-resolution camera and improved low-light mode.
Ostensible photos of the back shell of the 5S show a larger LED flash.
If all of this is true, the 5S could be a much better shooter than the 5. I'd smile for that camera.
Ultrapixel: HTC is focusing on camera tech.
Ultrapixel: HTC is focusing on smartphone camera tech.
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