Rumor: iPhone 5S Will Have 12-Megapixel Sensor and Better Low-Light Shooting


Apple’s next iPhone release may come with enticing upgrades to the phone’s camera, including a 12-megapixel sensor, improved low-light capabilities, and HDR photography.

The rumor comes courtesy of Vietnamese blog, which in turn heard the news from a factory in Vietnam that produces camera modules for Apple’s iPhone line.

In addition to the specs and features mentioned above, the refresh may also include redesigns that address the “purple fringing” issue that we covered last year.

You might remember that when the iPhone 4S was announced in October 2011, one of its main enhancements was the 8-megapixel iSight camera (up from 5MP) that could capture 1080p video (up from 720p), and a larger f/2.4 lens (from f/2.8).

Tasty camera improvements are reportedly coming to the iPhone line

Tasty camera improvements are reportedly coming to the iPhone line

The iPhone 5 didn’t upgrade the camera module very much from the 4S, at least hardware-wise. It instead focused on better low-light performance a 40% faster photo capture speed, and a new sapphire lens for clarity and scratch resistance.

If the ‘S’ trend holds true, we should be seeing more significant camera hardware upgrades when the 5 is replaced with the 5S sometime in the near future. The iPhone has dominated the camera leaderboards over at Flickr for quite some time now, so many casual snapshot photographers are likely pleased to hear that major upgrades are coming to their “camera” line.

(via Mac Rumors)

Image credit: patina’d by Robert S. Donovan

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Just give it a bigger sensor…

  • Raleigh Brecht

    Yes, see how much better they still come across android, I used android camera, apple has it again and again, our future will be bright, generations will live on like this when it comes to apple ;v;.

  • DamianM

    Now we will see there lunch and baby’s much more clearly
    Everyone press like because that’s what your suppose to do or your a bad friend.
    Lets celebrate mediocrity!

  • Nathan Blaney

    Well, this seems good to me. I’m due for an upgrade soon, so I think I’d be happy with this!

  • David Thunander

    I’ve always had the S versions, 3gs, 4s and probably the 5s. GO S

  • Vincent

    Why don’t you celebrate spelling first..

  • Paul B

    hahahaha. about says it all.

  • Flibber

    What the hell are you talking about?

  • scott!!!

    hes talking bout there bad speling. just look at your screen and reed the comment!

  • faloc

    will be even more overpriced than it is xD

  • faloc

    12mpix? pfft my Sony Xperia Acro S already has it and its older than iPhone 5… Android phones tends to have better specs and quality for lower price… and yet people still buy’s Apple crap,

    “I dont want to live in this planet anymore”

  • Richard

    Me too although I had a 4 too. I love my 4S now though, great phone.

  • Night_of_the_Creature


  • faloc

    What was this topic about again… oh lol u couldnt be any slower to reply to my comment could ye?

    And, nah I just choose to buy better things for lower prices.. u know, being smart.

  • Night_of_the_Creature

    Yup just like I said…. Fanboy