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New iPhone 4S camera review

By now you would have had time to digest all the information from yesterdays Apple event, and to many, it was seen as a failure. Many of our readers and public reaction are the same; the iPhone 4S is just a minor upgrade. However, we think that consumers are getting confused as to what constitutes a major upgrade. So the new iPhone does not look any different on the outside, but this has not hurt sales of the Porsche 911 — that has looked almost the same since the day I was bored born 39 years ago.

We often forget that it is inside that counts, and the iPhone 4S has seen a number of improvements, from the A5 processor to the new camera, which we feel deserves a review. When the iPhone was first introduced in 2007, Apple did not put much effort into the camera; they only started improving things on the 3GS and again on the iPhone 4. That model was a big leap forward, but was still behind when compared to rival handsets.

The camera would often take some great snaps, but put it in low-light conditions and the results were shocking. The lens could not take in enough light, and the flash never seems up to the task. Apple listened and has upgraded the camera in all areas. The first thing that we always think of with a camera is megapixels, and the 4S has 8 of them. However, it is so much more than that, the most important feature of the camera is the lens itself, and Apple has made some great strides in offering a huge leap when compared to the current iPhone.

Having 8-megapixels is not as important as you think, the reason is because you are trying to get so much from just a small place — it’s important for a dedicated camera, but not a smartphone. Having 1080P is a nice touch, but not that big of a deal for such a small device.

The biggest achievement has to be with the lens, which is said to let in 73 percent more light. Apple states that you will be able to take much better shots of the moonlight, candles etc. Action shots are said to be less blurry, but we will not know how much truth there is in that statement until we get our hands on one — come on pre-order day.

The lens has been custom made, and is made up of five precession elements, it is this that will give the camera on the 4S the edge. The filter is the next step to achieving great photos, as this helps to filter out IR light, which we know could ruin an image.

An issue that we have with the current iPhone is the shutter speed, as it is just too slow. Thankfully this has now seen an improvement by over 30 percent. We do not believe this to be down to the camera, but with the help of that powerful A5 processor. The time from the first photo to the second is now better than any rival smartphone on the market, which if you watch the stream of the keynote you will get to see graphs that (supposedly) prove this.

Real-time stabilization is like something you would read from the specs of a standalone digital camera, but the 4S has it. However, not sure how useful this will be once iOS 5 allows us to use the volume button to take a photo instead of that touchscreen button? Overall we would say that this is one of the better features on the new iPhone, but there are many more. Let’s not focus on the negative, because there are so many positives for the 4S.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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