Sony president slips up, released info about 8MP iPhone 5 camera

The Sony CEO and President, Sir Howard Stringer, may have accidently released information about the next generation iPhone 5 camera. When talking during an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, he mentioned that a camera sensor factory in Sendai, Japan, had suffered devastating effects from the recent Earthquake, as well as a further 14 other factories from the company, and that shipments to Apple would be delayed.

According to 9to5Mac, Stringer said, more or less, "Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones...or iPads. Isn't that something? They buy our best sensors from us?" Currently the cameras in the iPhone models are manufactured by OmniVision which begs the question, are Apple moving to Sony? The Street reported a story last year which seems to confirm the rumour, "Apple has picked Sony's 8-megapixel camera chip for the 2011 iPhone, according to supply and manufacturing sources, said Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar."

It's rumoured that the iPhone 5 may use the Sony's Exmor R 8MP camera sensors which are currently used in the Sony Ericsson Neo and Xperia smartphone. An anonymous source from Sony's UK office told Neowin, "We are experiencing lots of problems with supply, many of our factories, especially those that manufacture batteries, are not able to keep up with the high demand."

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I still think it will take a while before phone-cameras take as good a picture as a higher end PnS. Also some PnS have features that phone-cameras don't have e.g. water/shock proof.

I don't want no 6 in my iphone so i will skip iphone 6 and buy iphone 7 with a 21 mp camera. I hear apple is moving to hasbaldad camera manufacturer.

Looking forward to seeing this new lens. I was always a Nokia man because of their cameras but moved to Android when Apples 3GS just wasn't doing it for me OS wise and Nokia was producing some bad phones. Ive still got a year of contract left on my HTC Desire so maybe its an iPhone 6 for me this time next year.

Faisal Islam said,
Canon EOS 7D works just fine for me. Who wants crappy and noisy camera for taking photos and videos?

Yeah, 'cause your Canon EOS 7D can make phone calls, play games and let you browse the internet.

Fair comparison, not to mention its also $1400.

Faisal Islam said,
Canon EOS 7D works just fine for me. Who wants crappy and noisy camera for taking photos and videos?

Do you want to send a memo to all phone makers/manufacturers to stop putting cameras into phones, unless they're at least on par with the quality of a Canon EOS 7D? While you're doing that, tell 'em to stop bothering with gaming, GPS and web surfing, there are far better stand-alone alternatives.

Think before posting next time? Otherwise it's just garbage in, garbage out.

Faisal Islam said,
Canon EOS 7D works just fine for me. Who wants crappy and noisy camera for taking photos and videos?

Nah, the cool thing is taking the Canon EOS 7D on the go. It's really handy for those 1-100 opportunities to take a rare pic when they just, out of nowhere, occur. Man, just pulling a Canon out of your pocket for quick picture is truly something that no other camera can do.

Oh wait, say wha? A phone can do all those things and much more? Oh mannnn.....

It's cool that you got yourself a Canon but seriously, your comparing a mid-range DSLR to a phone. To very completely different types of consumers and products.

Soon enough you won't be needing a dedicated camera, cellphones are getting there. iPhone 4 already takes awesome photos, can't wait to see what king of improvement this new sensors from Sony will add.

KeR said,
Soon enough you won't be needing a dedicated camera, cellphones are getting there. iPhone 4 already takes awesome photos, can't wait to see what king of improvement this new sensors from Sony will add.

Yeah. Sony's phones are the best of the market when it comes to phone-camera....

KeR said,
Soon enough you won't be needing a dedicated camera, cellphones are getting there. iPhone 4 already takes awesome photos, can't wait to see what king of improvement this new sensors from Sony will add.

Lol. No.

KeR said,
Soon enough you won't be needing a dedicated camera, cellphones are getting there. iPhone 4 already takes awesome photos, can't wait to see what king of improvement this new sensors from Sony will add.

Hahahahaha no. Phone cameras will never be as good as an image shot with a DSLR.

Chasethebase said,

Hahahahaha no. Phone cameras will never be as good as an image shot with a DSLR.

I think he meant in terms of point and shoot, nothings going to compare to a DSLR. However i recently went on a trip that didn't need a DSLR due to size, i didn't bother with my samsung PnS and simply used the iPhone 4. It took great photos and good HD vid. The only thing missing is an optical zoom.

Chasethebase said,

Hahahahaha no. Phone cameras will never be as good as an image shot with a DSLR.

Way to take it out of proportion... Regular point and shoot cameras will also never be as good as DSLRs...but phones are almost up to par with regular point and shoot cameras. the iPhone 4 already has great picture and video quality, imagine what it'd be like at 14MP which is what most point and shoot cameras are right now.

Sionic Ion said,

Way to take it out of proportion... Regular point and shoot cameras will also never be as good as DSLRs...but phones are almost up to par with regular point and shoot cameras. the iPhone 4 already has great picture and video quality, imagine what it'd be like at 14MP which is what most point and shoot cameras are right now.


not really.

dhan said,

not really.

Ya rly.

It will be a cold day in hell when I give up my dSLR camera.

My flash alone costs more than your entire point and shoot.

Sionic Ion said,

Way to take it out of proportion... Regular point and shoot cameras will also never be as good as DSLRs...but phones are almost up to par with regular point and shoot cameras. the iPhone 4 already has great picture and video quality, imagine what it'd be like at 14MP which is what most point and shoot cameras are right now.

Comparing cameras by their megapixels? ...

Sionic Ion said,

but phones are almost up to par with regular point and shoot cameras.

Sorry, but that is utter bull****, unless you are talking about cheap (as in sub-$100) crap with no or very limited optical zoom and plastic lenses. Unless you plan on making a phone that is at least an inch or so thick to account for better optics, you aren't even going to be in the ballpark of what an average point and shoot can do.

roadwarrior said,

Sorry, but that is utter bull****, unless you are talking about cheap (as in sub-$100) crap with no or very limited optical zoom and plastic lenses. Unless you plan on making a phone that is at least an inch or so thick to account for better optics, you aren't even going to be in the ballpark of what an average point and shoot can do.

This.

Jose_49 said,

Yeah. Sony's phones are the best of the market when it comes to phone-camera....

No, they are not. Nokia's are.

roadwarrior said,

Sorry, but that is utter bull****, unless you are talking about cheap (as in sub-$100) crap with no or very limited optical zoom and plastic lenses. Unless you plan on making a phone that is at least an inch or so thick to account for better optics, you aren't even going to be in the ballpark of what an average point and shoot can do.

Kodak has some really cool concept lens technology that captures a bunch of "blurry" spheres of light that can then be processed into almost any image you like: want a 35mm shot at f/1.8? Done. Same image focused on a background element at 150mm and F9? no problem.

IIRC there was a paper and video at sigraph last year, it's worth checking out. The point is that if this stuff works as demo'd you could end up with amazing quality from a tiny package, on par with what we're getting from modern dslr kit without the need for a bag full of lenses.

Twisp said,

Lol. No.


Well, for casual people, yes. If you're a professional, however, I'm sure you'll still use a proper camera.

chconline said,

Ya rly.

It will be a cold day in hell when I give up my dSLR camera.

My lens cost more than your house!

My flash alone costs more than your entire point and shoot.

The article makes it seem as though no one knew about the iPhone 5...but we've known about this for like...ever