iPhone 4th generation might have 5MP camera

As reported by Appleinsider via chosun, the company developing the next camera lens for Apple says the next iPhone 4G/HD might support a 5MP camera.

An iPhone baseband engineer lost a prototype model in a bar, which was later recovered, sold to Gizmodo for $5000, and dismantled, revealing the internal components.  During the process of dissecting the next generation iPhone hardware, a few details couldn't be determined, such as the screen resolution and the camera.

Because the phone was delivered to Gizmodo in a non-functioning state, details about the camera were left unknown.  However, LG Innotek will be mass producing the 5MP camera hardware for the iPhone, starting in the second half of this year.  Currently the iPhone 3G and 3GS are equipped with a 2-megapixel and 3-megapixel camera.

This years iPhone 4th generation model will also support an LED flash, something that was never included in earlier models of the iPhone. The source didn't confirm if the 5-megapixel cameras will include zoom, but this will likely be done at a software level.

Apple is rumoured to announce their next generation iPhone on June 7-11, along with their next iPhone OS 4.0 firmware.

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Its almost like Apple think people will show off about the new camera just because it has increased from 3 to 5 megapixels. Apple seem to believe that people will take an increase in megapixel as an increase in quality.

Unfortunately they are correct, fan boys will be right on it, just as the fan boys are for all manufactures. I still don't get it.

Orange Battery said,
Its almost like Apple think people will show off about the new camera just because it has increased from 3 to 5 megapixels. Apple seem to believe that people will take an increase in megapixel as an increase in quality.

Unfortunately they are correct, fan boys will be right on it, just as the fan boys are for all manufactures. I still don't get it.

I don't think misunderstanding megapixels has anything to do with being an apple fan boi.

It's not just the lens but also the pickup chip that is important. The iPhone, and most other phones for that matter have a tiny pickup that requires perfect lighting conditions otherwise you get noise and blur.

Yep. My 10 year old 1.3MP camera can take better pictures. Until designers realize that its the lens that matters, nothing else, its just a numbers game.

I prefer IPhone over other phones because of couple of simple reasons and I'm sure many of other IPhone users feel the same.

1- It was the new cool thing to have - at the beginning
2- Most importantly - App Store. other phones they have the application stores too, but for any reason, Apple App store is more active than any other. Developers usually make their stuff available on IPhone first.
3- It was the first phone that actually had full browsing(sort of, missing flash) which would come with a decent data plan from my provider(Rogers 6gig for $30, yes thats consider decent in Canada)
4- IPhone/IPod, my car has a data cable and the multimedia system supports IPod.
5- I was sick of UIs provided by Nokia and Motorola and Samsung at the time.
6- Before IPhone I had a Blackberry, it a solid phone. but honestly it's meant for business and not as much as fun like IPhone(again apps and touch screen)
7- Internet Tethering. It was a simple plug and play... so why not.

and pretty much thats it.

8 - It is the most user-friendly, yet fully featured (almost) device around that can do everything in one. Thus the true meaning of "There's an App for that" although that was for the Droid.

Edited by Gary2MBz, Apr 29 2010, 8:50pm : forgot to add number

I just want to know whether the new iPhone will shot HD video. Not bothered about the megapixel count of the stills camera.

kraized said,
I just want to know whether the new iPhone will shot HD video. Not bothered about the megapixel count of the stills camera.

No word yet on if it will shot HD video, but rumor has it that it will shot web.

Jedimark said,
In other news the 4th Gen iPhone might have a 6MP camera...

in other news the 4th Gen iPhone might run Android!
this annoying stupid news which is ruining Neowin is pi**ing me off

Edited by Sebianoti, Apr 29 2010, 7:16pm :

Well, the 4G iPhone would obviously be released in June or July.. and if they're mass producing in the second half of the year.. that'd be a little late to get into the 4G wouldn't it..? or did it mean outside of the 4G it'd be mass produced..?

techbeck said,
haha, my old motorola/NON smart phone I had 2yrs ago had a 5mp camera.

EXCEPT...Apple's phone cameras, no matter how rubbishy/low resolution they are, reproduce colour far more vividly and accurately than any other camera in the market (IMO). so what if its not 100MP like the top-of-the-range Nokia or Samsung is - which tend to be 'flatter' and less life-like in terms of colour reproduction.

Photo quality is not just about the resolution, but also about how the colour is reproduced, among other things. Assuming Apple keeps the same standards that they did with the 3G/3GS that is...

heh thats how I feel anyway

Aquafox said,

EXCEPT...Apple's phone cameras, no matter how rubbishy/low resolution they are, reproduce colour far more vividly and accurately than any other camera in the market (IMO). so what if its not 100MP like the top-of-the-range Nokia or Samsung is - which tend to be 'flatter' and less life-like in terms of colour reproduction.

Photo quality is not just about the resolution, but also about how the colour is reproduced, among other things. Assuming Apple keeps the same standards that they did with the 3G/3GS that is...

heh thats how I feel anyway

I agree, my 3G produces such rich, vivid pictured it's amazing, just some more detail would be nice.

Aquafox said,

EXCEPT...Apple's phone cameras, no matter how rubbishy/low resolution they are, reproduce colour far more vividly and accurately than any other camera in the market (IMO). so what if its not 100MP like the top-of-the-range Nokia or Samsung is - which tend to be 'flatter' and less life-like in terms of colour reproduction.

Photo quality is not just about the resolution, but also about how the colour is reproduced, among other things. Assuming Apple keeps the same standards that they did with the 3G/3GS that is...

heh thats how I feel anyway

If I want good pics, I will use my normal camera which is much better than what any phone can produce. I tend not to use camera phones much at all.

techbeck said,

If I want good pics, I will use my normal camera which is much better than what any phone can produce. I tend not to use camera phones much at all.

That is because cameras sucks on most phones, but not on the iPhone...and that is why most of the mobile uploads on flickr are from iPhones. Good camera and easy to use for a mobile phone.

KeR said,

That is because cameras sucks on most phones, but not on the iPhone...and that is why most of the mobile uploads on flickr are from iPhones. Good camera and easy to use for a mobile phone.

Independent cameras as still much, much, better than anything a phone can produce. And flickr isnt the only place people upload photos to and where does it say the majority of the photos are from iphones?

KeR said,

That is because cameras sucks on most phones, but not on the iPhone...and that is why most of the mobile uploads on flickr are from iPhones. Good camera and easy to use for a mobile phone.

I can't stand the iPhone's camera. Sure you can get some nice pics but you have to almost always already be in a perfect situation to get that shot. The cameras need to get a lot better. Even at 5MP, it'll suck. Until they can get at least 8MP in there with a better lens, etc... I'll never get a phone for it's camera. I'm waiting for a camera that just happens to have a phone, not the other way around.

Edited by The Guru Network, Apr 29 2010, 8:28pm :

hotdog963al said,
What, seeing news which isn't Microsoft related? Gtfo.

Nope! Everyday there's a new rumour relating to the iPhone 4G!

5MP cam was also a rumour last year but I might be wrong.