The new iPhone was unveiled by Apple on Wednesday and the new features it came with included an 8-megapixel iSight camera.
Apple Vice President Phil Schiller explained that new ”sapphire crystal lens covering” was used to enhance the photo and video capabilities of the device.
Schiller also explained that with this new camera iPhone 5 users can take photos up to 40 % faster.
In addition, the fact that the camera is 25 % smaller helped in making the iPhone 5 thinner.
Cult of Mac reports that a comparison between photos taken with the new iPhone and the 4S was made by Scott Everett at Dpreview.
He noticed a picture of Big Sur in Apple’s iPhone 5 photos gallery that looked very similar to one he took recently with his iPhone 4S.
“Close examination shows the iPhone 5 is using a 4.1mm lens to give a 33mm equivalent field of view, rather than the 4S’s 4.3mm lens, which gave a 35mm equivalent view. This means the new sensor is a tiny fraction larger. The iPhone 5 has also selected ISO 50, 1/3EV below the 4S’s minimum sensitivity of ISO 64,” the site wrote.